Peace & Blessings Beloved,
TGBTG for allowing us to see another day. I pray all is well with you and yours, and that your week has been fruitful & blessed thus far.
Last week we reviewed Psalm 14. Today, we're going to study Psalm 15.
With that in mind, let's get to it.
A Psalm of David.
1 Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle?
Who shall dwell in thy holy hill?
2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness,
And speaketh the truth in his heart.
3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue,
Nor doeth evil to his neighbor, Nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbor.
4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned;
But he honoreth them that fear the Lord.
He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.
5 He that putteth not out his money to usury,
Nor taketh reward against the innocent.
He that doeth these things shall never be moved.
The writer, David, delineates the flawless character of the man who may draw near to Yahweh and abide in his presence.
Vs. 1 The psalmist asks who may abide in the presence of Yahweh
Vs. 2-5 The psalmist describes the flawless character of the man who may draw near to Yahweh and abide in his presence
This psalm is simply titled A Psalm of David. In it, David meditates over the character of the man received into the presence of God.
The desire of every believer, or one who wants to spend eternity with God, should be to abide & dwell in His presence.
The man who can come before God both walks uprightly and exhibits righteousness. His conduct flows from both of these.
The righteous man speaks in an upright & truthful manner. He avoids tattling, backbiting, gossip, lying, deceiving, manipulating, sabotaging, etc. Matthew 12:34 tells us that "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks."
A righteous man is mindful of how he treats his neighbor, only desiring to do so with goodness, honor, and love.
A righteous man despises and opposes evil, primarily because he loves good, which includes the things of (God).
A righteous man gives honor where honor is due. He also judges men in a godly manner, not based on personal bias.
A righteous man keeps his promises, regardless of the benefit or impact to him.
A righteous man aims to be righteous in every area of his life, including with his money (finances). He would never look to manipulate or deceive another, leading to their financial misfortune.
There's a fusion of both Old & New Covenant, more specifically obedience and faith. Both of these go hand in hand.
Those who shall never be moved can look to Psalm 61:4 & 1 John 2:17 as assurance of their eternity.
Jesus perfectly fulfilled the requirements of the law and the standards of this psalm. By faith His obedience is accounted as ours, and, daily, we are being transformed into His image.
May we establish, nurture, and grow a sincere love for the word of God, and study it lovingly & faithfully.
I pray you receive this with the love intended, and apply it to wisdom.
Love you much.
Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Blessed!
P.S- If you have not given your life to Jesus Christ, I implore you to take the time to do so right now. Use John 3:16 & Romans 10:9-10 as a foundation for making your confession of faith. And use Ephesians 2:1-10 to provide proper context for your salvation.