Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?
This verse speaks of the underlying attitudes that must accompany all true worship.
What does the Lord require of you: The idea here is that God seeks certain characteristics of true worship from His people.
Do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly. These phrases summarize biblical piety in true worship.
Piety: The quality of being religious or reverent.
The majority of the people of Israel, (just as people today) had violated and are violating today each of the aforementioned standards repeatedly. The rulers did not know justice (read Micah 3:1), had no interest in mercy (read Micah 3:2,3) and demonstrated no humility (read Micah 3:11).
With your God: It is the Lord who ultimately gives a person strength, courage, and ability to exercise the virtues of godly living.
Micah prophesied in the Northern Kingdom during the time Israel had begun to fall. Is America falling today? He encouraged God’s chosen people to live their faith in practical ways. As they had done in the past, Israel had put their faith in their ritual sacrifices.
People of today: Matthew 24:37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. To know the days of Noah, read Genesis 6.
Micah’s plea to God’s people is a summary of the Scripture comprised of three requirements: justice, mercy, and humility. Justice and mercy are two aspects of the character of God. He is holy, and merciful. Brothers and sisters, in our relationships with each other, you and I must uphold God’s standards while, at the same time, displaying His mercy, faithfulness, and love.
In addition to justice and mercy, you and I are called also to humility. This seems to be a foreign concept in our selfie-obsessed (look at me) society.
How does one walk humbly with God? Humility comes when you and I take the focus away from ourselves. When you and I seek God’s holiness and emulate His kindness we are practicing justice and mercy. In other words, true justice and mercy lead you and I to true humility.
Heavenly Father, may I seek Your justice and mercy in humility.
Accept Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, today. Today is the day of salvation. Now is the accepted time. You may not really have tomorrow. Have a Blessed Day.
Written By Edward Jeffries