Invited to dinner with God.

I love a good party — especially hosting a good party.

Over this past Thanksgiving holiday, I hosted a few friends at my piano studio for my first-ever Friendsgiving dinner and it was an ab.so.lute.blast! Hilariously enough, the highlight of the menu ended up being this perfect, smoky gouda cheese served with apples and salted rosemary crackers — and we still talk about that gouda!

Yet while I love hosting a great dinner party, there’s also something really special about being on the receiving end of the invitation. On the other hand, there has to be some kind of a relationship or desire for a relationship between the host and the guest for a dinner invitation to be extended.

The same goes for us and God — he desires a relationship with us. In the Psalm below, David asks the Lord how to get an invitation to dinner from him. The answer? Live honestly. Live kindly. Live truthfully.

Psalm 15 
The Message (MSG)

A David Psalm

1 God, who gets invited
    to dinner at your place?
How do we get on your guest list?

“Walk straight,
    act right,
        tell the truth.

3-4 “Don’t hurt your friend,
    don’t blame your neighbor;
        despise the despicable.

“Keep your word even when it costs you,
    make an honest living,
        never take a bribe.

“You’ll never get
blacklisted
if you live like this.”

“You’ll never get blacklisted if you live like this.”

WOW.

Blacklisted from the table of God — who would have thought? Especially when the list of requirements is really so simple:

Stay on the straight and narrow path, have an appropriate attitude, and don’t like. Be nice to people, don’t blame people for your mistakes, and don’t promote what is evil. If you make a promise, keep it. Work hard, don’t be manipulated into doing wrong.

Do these things and you’ll be invited to a dinner party with the Lord as the host. A dinner party that will be plentiful in good menu options — not just really good cheese. A dinner party with the best guest list. A dinner party with the best decorations. A dinner party with someone who loves you more than anyone else in the world.

Definitely sounds like my kind of party. Will you be joining me?