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And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justice, to love kindness,
And to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8 (NASB)
I am taking a course with Ligonier Ministries called “Dust to Glory.” R. C. Sproul in this course gave some insight into this verse that I found very helpful and helped me meditate on this verse more effectively, and I think it is worth sharing from some of my notes.
The things of God require a rigorous use of our minds. And what does the Lord require of you, to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. This is the simplicity of the commands of God.
In this verse, “to do justice” or justly is associated with righteousness. In ancient Israel justice is always defined in terms of righteousness. What Micah is telling us here is that we ought to understand the first thing God requires of us is to do the right thing. And God defines for us throughout Scripture what the right thing is.
Love mercy is the second thing. According to Dr. Sproul, the term here can be a bit more confusing. The Hebrew word used here is "Hesed," which is translated many different ways in English. The most common translation is steadfast love. The most accurate translation according to Dr. Sproul is to love loyally. Hesed is the term used in the Scriptures again and again to describe God's love, His covenant love, His faithful, loyal, love to His people, which begets His mercy to His beloved. Our relationships in this world are to be marked by loyalty, by a kind of love that covers a multitude of sins, by the kind of love that shows mercy. In a sense the whole of 1 Corinthians 13 reflects this kind of love, Hesed. This is the kind of love, faithful, kind, perserverant, steadfast that reflects the character of God.
The third thing in Micah is to 'walk humbly with your God.' Dr. Sproul says that this verse is summed up in the term Coram Deo, a Latin phrase meaning before the face of God.
“To live Coram Deo is to live one’s entire life in the presence of God, under the authority of God, to the glory of God.” Dr. Sproul.
We as Christians are to live acutely aware that our lives are lived out in the presence of God. We are to do all things in subjection to His sovereignly and His authority. Micah is saying just this.
Sometimes God’s will isn’t always so clear to us, but the more closely we practice the truth of Micah 6:8, the easier it is to discern what the will of God is.
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