Psalm 15

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The Dweller in the Holy Hill of God
The question posed is addressed to God. David, on contemplating who God is and the holiness and glory of His dwelling place, is querying the unfitness of man to abide there. Strictly speaking, there is only one Man who could dwell in such holy splendour, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ. The question is reminiscent of Ps.24:3, “Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord or who shall stand in his holy place?” There is only One who has the moral qualifications to do so. Mankind is disqualified from such a holy habitation. 

The answer reveals that there is a people who, because they are justified through Christ and sanctified by Him, prove by their walk and character that they are citizens of God’s spiritual Jerusalem. Although a short psalm, if we could only implement its principles individually and as churches, then what model citizens we would be, both in the temporal and the spiritual. Good citizens for God will be good citizens for their country.

Pastor Jeff O’ Neil

Psalm 15

¹Within thy tabernacle, LORD,
Who shall abide with thee?
And in thy high and holy hill
Who shall a dweller be?

²The man that walketh uprightly,
And worketh righteousness,
And as he thinketh in his heart,
So doth he truth express.

³Who doth not slander with his tongue,
Nor to his friend doth hurt;
Nor yet against his neighbour doth
Take up an ill report.

⁴In whose eyes vile men are despis’d;
But those that GOD do fear
He honoureth; and changeth not,
Though to his hurt he swear.

⁵His coin puts not to usury,
Nor take reward will he
Against the guiltless. Who doth thus
Shall never moved be.