What Does the Lord Require of Me?

What does the Lord require of me?

Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God?  shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?  Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? (Micah 6:6-7 KJV)

Nope.  Turns out its much simpler than that.

He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? (Micah 6:8 KJV)

Let’s look at the definitions of some key words in the text.  (Definitions from the Websters Dictionary 1828 – Online Edition):

  • Just:  In an evangelical sense, righteous; religious; influenced by a regard to the laws of God; or living in exact conformity to the divine will.
  • Mercy:  That benevolence, mildness or tenderness of heart which disposes a person to overlook injuries, or to treat an offender better than he deserves; the disposition that tempers justice, and induces an injured person to forgive trespasses and injuries, and to forbear punishment, or inflict less than law or justice will warrant.
  • Humbly:  In a humble manner; with modest submissiveness; with humility.

So…be righteous, do God’s will, have mercy on others (forgive, forgive, forgive!) and do it in a spirit of humility because we all fall short of the glory of God.

With the Holy Ghost’s help I should be able to do that.