Psalm 15

The Character of  Those Who May Dwell with the LORD

A Psalm of David

  1.  1.    LORD who may abide in Your tabernacle?
  2.         Who may dwell in Your holy hill?
  3. 2.     He who walks uprightly,
  4.          And works righteousness,
  5.          And speaks the truth in his heart;
  6. 3.     He who does not backbite with his tongue,
  7.          Nor does evil to his neighbor,
  8.          Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend;
  9. 4.      In whose eyes a vile person is despised,
  10.           But he honors those who fear the LORD;
  11.           He who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
  12. 5.      He who does not put out his money at usury,
  13.           Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.
  14.           He who does these things shall never be moved.

The following commentary is taken from Warren Wiersbe’s Book, BE Worshipful.

Psalms 10 and 12 focus on those not acceptable to the Lord, while Psalm 15 describes those who are acceptable and are invited to dwell in His tabernacle……It’s important to note that Psalm 15 is not a prescription for being saved but a description of how saved people ought to live if they want to please God and fellowship with Him.  The list contains both positive and negative qualities, and these qualities must be present in all of life at all times.  Believers who want to fellowship intimately with God must follow David’s example and meet three personal requirements.  

1.  Seeking God’s Presence (v. 1).  After his men captured Mount Zion, David made it the site of his residence and of the sanctuary of God, and Jerusalem became “the city of David” (2 Sam. 5:1-16)……To the believer today, Mount Zion speaks of the heavenly city where God’s people will dwell forever (Heb. 12:19-25)……David’s great desire was to be with God in Heaven and dwell in His house forever (23:6; 61:4), for God is our eternal home (90:1).  Believers today can enjoy intimate fellowship with God through Jesus  Christ (John 14:19-31; Heb. 10:19-25).

2.  Obeying God’s Precepts (vv. 2-5b).  Three basic areas of life are named in verse 2—blameless character, righteous conduct, and truthful conversation—-and these are applied specifically and practically in verses 3-5a.  If we are right in these basic virtues, we will “work them out” in every area of life and be obedient to the Lord. ‘Walk’, ‘work’ and ‘speak’ are present participles, indicating that the dedicated believer is constantly obeying the Lord and seeking to please Him.

Integrity—-blameless character (vv. 2a, 4a, 4b).  What we are, largely determines what we do and say, so the first emphasis is on godly character (Is. 33:14-16)……Blameless doesn’t mean sinless, for nobody on earth is sinless.  Blameless has to do with soundness of character, integrity, complete loyalty to God……People with integrity will honor others who have integrity and who fear the Lord (15:4; 119:63).  They will not be deceived by the flatterers (12:2-3) or enticed by the sinful (1:1)……

Honesty—-righteous conduct (vv. 2b, 5a, 5b).  People who “work righteousness” are honest in their own dealings and concerned that justice be done in the land……In verse 5, David applied the principle of honesty to two areas:  asking for exorbitant interest and accepting bribes.  Both were “sins in good standing” in the days of the divided kingdom, and the prophets preached against both sins (is 1:23)……There can be no justice in a society where money tells the court what is right or wrong.

Sincerity—-truthful conversation (vv. 2c, 3-4c).  Truth is the cement that holds society together.  If people can get away with lies, then every promise, agreement, oath, pledge, and contract is immediately destroyed……But we must speak truth in love (Eph. 4:15) and use truth as a tool to build relationships as well as a weapon to fight deception.  When truth is in the heart, then the lips will not speak lies, spread gossip (Lev. 19:16), or attack the innocent.  People with truthful hearts will keep their vows and promises (Deut. 23:22-24; Ecc. 5:1-5)…..The Lord wants truth in our innermost being(51:6), and He wants us to love the truth and protect it.

The Lord is blameless in what He is (1 John 1:6), righteous in what He does (Ezra   9:15), and truthful in what He says (1 Sam. 15:29), and He wants His guests to have the same characteristics.

3.  Trusting God’s Promise (v. 5c)……God’s promise to the godly is they are firmly grounded on His covenant promises and need not fear.  “He who does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:17 NKJV).  In these last days, God is shaking things so that the true will remain and the false will be exposed  (Heb. 12:18-29).  Jesus closed the Sermon on the Mount with a parable about two builders (Matt. 7:24-27) whose structures (lives) were tested by the judgement storm, and only one stood strong.  It was the life built by the person who did the will of God.  The godly life that our Lord discussed in the Sermon on the Mount parallels the characteristics of the godly person described in Psalm 15, and in both places, the promise is given:  “You shall never be moved.”

I wish everyone a very blessed day.

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