“Keep me, O Lord, for I have hoped in you. I said unto the Lord: You are my Lord, for of my goods, you have no need (ὅτι τῶν ἀγαθῶν μου οὐ χρείαν ἔχεις, яко благих моих не требуеши).” (Ps 15/16: 1-2, Septuagint-translation)

God would not truly be Lord, if He had ”need” of anyone or anything; i.e., if He were somehow insufficient, in and of Himself, and depended on the “goods” of others to keep Himself fulfilled. As the Source of Good, that is, as the Source of Life, He certainly has no “need,” as we say in the above-quoted Psalm, of “my goods.” But God does “want” me to embrace true goodness, His life, even while He does not “need” me to do that. Because outside of it I am not truly alive. I just “walk in the valley of the shadow of death” (Ps 22/23: 4) with no compass or hope. As God is free, and not bound by some kind of “need” for our “goods,” so has He created us free, to choose either Life or the absence of it, which is death.

Today I choose Life, not because I have to, but because I want to. I re-connect with God this morning, Who offers Himself to all of us freely, “for the life of the world.” Thank You, God, for dignifying me with Your freedom. “I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord!” (Ps 117/118: 17)

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