The summer of 1969, I was off to Europe. That fall I would start my senior year at the Moody Bible Institute. Having worked a few jobs, I saved $500 for that summer in Europe! Money went a lot farther in those days. Booked a cheap charter flight. A boat ride across the English Channel. Train from Belgium to Geneva. Then a bus travelling up the mountains to a small village named Huemoz in the Swiss Alps. To study with Dr. Francis Schaeffer at L’Abri Fellowship. I was a guest at this Christian commune. But I got into trouble!
No, didn’t steal money. No illicit relationships. Only my big mouth laced with sarcastic humor nailed me as a mischief-maker! We were studying the fall of Adam and Eve. At breakfast someone dropped the jar of marmalade. I immediately labelled it ‘fallen marmalade’ to the fire-storm anger of our chalet host! Immediately, he confronted me with the option of keeping quiet or getting my hide out of town. Who me? The now and forever quiet one? I became such, watching what I said, at least in front of the staff!
Psalm 15. The Lord invites us into His tent on His holy hill. Opens the flap, inviting us to join Him. Jesus says–‘Come unto me all you who are burdened and heavy laden, and I will give you rest’ (Matthew 11: 28). The Bible overflows with God’s hospitality. He loves sharing time with us.
Psalm 15: 3 is for me. Watch what you say. The Hebrew for ‘…who does not slander with his tongue…’ literally means ‘does not go about with his tongue’.
The point of this Psalm? Be a good guest! Our Host loves being even with me! Grow up! Like that summer at L’Abri!
Lord, thank you for welcoming us into your family. Amen.