Psalm 15, which I set to music on our second album, is the first Psalm for which I have decided to write a commentary on this blog. David has in mind the life that lives in the presence of God – who walks in close fellowship with God because the heart, the mind, and the life are all in step with the heart, mind, and life of God. Who may live as a citizen in His holy hill?”. As John wrote: If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth (1 John 1:6). The word dwell here has a more permanent sense than the word abide in the previous line. But he honors those who fear the LORD; As it says in Proverbs 8:13: The fear of the LORD is to hate evil. Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. Who may enter your presence on your holy hill? It is the happiness of glorified saints, that they dwell in the holy hill; they are at home there, they shall be for ever there. We have no precise occasion for this psalm, but it may well have been on the bringing of the ark of the covenant into Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6). We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise), Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. This … ii. Psalm 1 – The Way of the Righteous and the Way of the Ungodly. Learn … 4to. A very plain and particular answer is here given. c. Nor does evil to his neighbor, nor does he take up a reproach against his friend: David also knew that righteousness is expressed in the way we treat one another. And then I basically started back from Psalm 1 and since then we’ve just been marching along, psalm by psalm until now we’re in the 11th Psalm … Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. Audio Commentary: Psalm 15 Psalm 15 1 Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? 15. Script: Psalm 15 Type: Series on the Psalms Where: GNBC 8-23-20 Intro: We are living in what I have termed a “Siri Smart yet Philosophically Puerile (childish) world.” We can get answers to almost any question on our Smart Phones in moments. And works righteousness, Psalm 15 - A psalm of David. Because I feel like Psalm 15 has much to say to our modern culture, and much of that message would be missed if we read it carelessly without … As it says in Psalm 97:10: The fear of the LORD is to hate evil. In one sense, David here simply uses the Hebrew technique of repetition to ask the same question as in the first part of the verse. We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. In New Testament words, we could express it like this: And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever (1 John 2:17). Log In/Sign Up New International Version (NIV) ... Psalm 15. Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. We might say that under the Old Covenant a righteous walk was the precondition for fellowship with God; under the New Covenant a righteous walk is the result of fellowship with God, founded on faith. He who walks uprightly and works righteousness, and speaks truth in his heart. This means that the items listed in verse 2-5 are not all-inclusive.” (Boice) We also see this from similar passages such as Psalm 24:3-4 and Isaiah 33:14-17, which are not identical in the items listed. By this we may judge of ourselves in some measure. We need 2 cookies to store this setting. Who may live on your holy mountain? Chapter 15. He is very careful to do hurt to no man. who shall dwell in thy holy hill? b. Yet this righteous man also honors those who fear the LORD; he makes his judgments about men on a godly ba… 2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, So, we’re poetically told how this man WALKS and what he WORKS. “In the gracious hospitality of the antique world, a guest was sheltered from all harm; his person was inviolable, his wants all met. Since the tabernacle was the place where man met with God through the work of the priests and the practice of sacrifice, David’s longing to abide in Your tabernacle was actually a desire to abide in the presence of God. This uprightness is what Noah possessed in his time. Psalm 15 I. No convulsions can disturb such a man. Psalm 15:2 © 2020 Christianity.com. - Here is a very serious question concerning the character of a citizen of Zion. a. Wicked people are vile people, worthless, and good for nothing; so the word signifies. 3:16-18).Today, the church is that “righteous generation,” citizens of that heavenly Zion (Heb. We have three characteristics … He who does not put out his money at usury, Psalm 25:15 My eyes are continually toward the LORD, for He will pluck my feet out of the net. He will not increase his estate by extortion, or by bribery. Why? Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. Register! The idea behind shall never be moved is that this righteous one will be a guest in the tent of God forever (as in Psalm 61:4). Psalm 14 informs us that there were two groups in Israel: the “workers of iniquity” and “the generation of the righteous” ().The former group forsook the law, but the latter group was a believing remnant that kept faith alive in the nation of Israel (Mal. b. Abide in Your tabernacle: The tabernacle of God was the great tent of meeting that God told Moses and Israel to build for Him during the Exodus (Exodus 25-31). Though the Old Covenant gave an important place to sacrifice and atonement through blood, it also based blessing and cursing on obedience (Leviticus 26, Deuteronomy 28). He honours such, desires their conversation and an interest in their prayers, is glad to show them respect, or do them a kindness. He values men by their virtue and piety. 1 Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord? First 30-days on us! iii. Click to enable/disable _gid - Google Analytics Cookie. The disobedient could not expect blessing, including the blessing of God’s presence. New International Version Update. God will forgive you. Honour to whom honour is due. We may request cookies to be set on your device. Psalm 15 Psalm 16 Psalm 17. Psalm 11 Commentary: Introduction. i. Bite your tongue before you criticize another Christian.” (Boice), ii. If an ill-natured story be told him, he will disprove it if he can; if not, it goes no further. i. He who swears to his own hurt and does not change; ii. He reckons that serious piety puts honour upon a man, more than wealth, or a great name. Cancel any time. He WALKS uprightly. He is just both to God and man; and, in speaking to both, speaks the truth in his heart. Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend; a. Who may dwell in Your holy hill? O LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent? Check to enable permanent hiding of message bar and refuse all cookies if you do not opt in. Note, Those that would find the way to heaven must look up... 2. It concerns us to make it sure to ourselves that we have a place among them. Under the New Covenant, faith rather than performance is the basis for blessing. Favoriting is a great way to keep a list of sermons, programs, and ministry resources in your account. Commentary for Psalms 15 . We see this whole psalm through the grid of the New Covenant; we see Jesus as having perfectly fulfilled the requirements of the law and the standards of this psalm. "If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.’’ ... the Preaching the Word commentary series, and more. Clarke wrote this about the word backbite: “He is a knave, who would rob you of your good name; he is a coward, that would speak of you in your absence what he dared not to do in your presence; and only an ill-conditioned dog would fly at and bite your back when your face was turned. Honors those who fear the LORD: “We must be as honest in paying respect as in paying our bills. [There are] thematic links between Psalm 16 and 23, between Psalm 17 and 22, and between Psalm 18 and 20-21 …. LORD, who may dwell in your sacred tent? I started with lament psalms. The best Old Testament illustration of the abuse verse 5 is talking about is in Nehemiah 5, where all the wealthy were taking advantage of the poor among the exiles when all should have been helping one another.” (Boice). To do that is to be excluded from His tent, to be shut out from the holy mountain.” (Morgan). He will not, for any gain, or hope of it to himself, do any thing to hurt a righteous cause. i. His rest in Divine love is one which is secure against any catastrophe... 2. “I am convinced that the concern of this verse is not with receiving interest for money loaned, though it seems to say that, but rather with whom the interest is taken from. “To continue in sin is to frustrate the very purpose of God in grace. b. Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. In whose eyes a vile person is despised: David knew that we cannot love good unless we also oppose evil. His tongue is the tongue of a knave, a coward, and a dog.”. By CHRISTOPHER CARTWRIGHT, late minister of Saint Martin's, in the city of York. And speaks the truth in his heart; If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here: We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. A very serious and weighty question concerning the characters of a citizen of Zion ( v. 1 ): "Lord, who shall abide... 1. Return to the Main Player. 3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach […] You must not relinquish this to a commentator. These are high standards––blameless, righteous, and truthful. He thinks the worse of no man's piety for his poverty and mean condition. All Rights Reserved. Psalm 15. We are encouraged to walk in that way. 19:17. Every person makes a big difference! “He doth not admire his person, nor envy his condition, nor court him with flatteries, nor value his company and conversation, nor approve of or comply with his courses; but he thinks meanly of him; he judgeth him a most miserable man, and a great object of pity he abhors his wicked practices, and labours to make such ways contemptible and hateful to all men as far as it lies in his power.” (Poole), iii. So I say, don’t do it. We make mistakes and then we feel bad. Psalm 15 begins a new group of psalms (15-24).As the Zondervan NIV Study Bible notes, “Psalm 15 and its distinctive counterpart, Psalm 24, frame a cluster of psalms that have been arranged in a concentric pattern with Psalm 19 serving as the hinge…. With this verse the psalmist becomes more specific. You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. ii. He who does these things shall never be moved. It was surprising to discover two new things in this passage. Changes will take effect once you reload the page. 2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. The scope of this short but excellent psalm is to show us the way to heaven, and to convince us that, if we would be happy, we must be holy and honest. We are encouraged to walk in that way. As Jesus said in Matthew 12:34: Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Yet seeing our sin in this psalm should drive us to Jesus. “Who rejected the wicked, however rich and honourable; and chose the well inclined, however poor and contemptible in the world.” (Horne), ii. Psalms 15. I’ve been a little random in my teaching through the Psalms. You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. My eyes are continually toward the LORD : Ps 121:1,2 123:2 141:8 ; for He will pluck my feet out of the net: Ps 31:4 Ps 124:7,8 Jer 5:26 2 Ti 2:25,26 ; NET Psalm 25:15 I continually look to the LORD for help, for he will free my feet from the enemy's net. Learn More. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. You Will Not Abandon My Soul The Bible calls the mistakes sin. Book 2 (Psalms 42 - 72) » Psalms 42-72 in one file [or download in R TF format] Psalm 42 and 43: Remember the Good Times [or download in R TF format] Psalm 44: God Help Us! It is as if David wrote, “Who may be received as a guest into God’s tent, enjoying all the protections of His hospitality? בהוֹלֵ֣ךְ תָּ֖מִים וּפֹעֵ֥ל צֶ֑דֶק … 4to. i. 2 The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart; 3 whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, Free 7-day Bible study on CHRIST-LIKE CHARACTER An In-Depth Study of Psalm 15 Psalm 15 broken down verse-by-verse 7 days of study material An attribute of Godly character covered each day Additional scriptures for each attribute A teaching and a prayer for each day Reflection questions to help you apply the passage to your life Psalms 15. The word translated abide can be better thought of as sojourn; it describes a visit, receiving the hospitality of a tent-dwelling host. Psalm 15:1 "LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? iv. “The Christian answer to the psalmist’s question goes deeper than his, but is fatally incomplete unless it include his and lay the same stress on duties to men.” (Maclaren). It is difficult to obey all the rules in Psalm 15:2-5. He scorns and abhors wrong and fraud; he cannot reckon that a good bargain, nor a saving one, which is made with a lie; and knows that he who wrongs his neighbour will prove, in the end, to have most injured himself. Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. A citizen of Zion is sincere in his religion. Here is a very serious question concerning the character of a citizen of Zion. This psalm is simply titled A Psalm of David. At this time, the tabernacle of God was at Gibeon (1 Chronicles 16:39 and 21:29). 1. Who may live on your holy mountain? Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. A Practical and Polemical Commentary, or Exposition on the whole Fifteenth Psalm, wherein the text is learnedly and fruitfully explained, some controversies discussed, sundry cases of conscience are cleared; more especially that of USURIE. “I think more damage has been done to the church and its work by gossip, criticism, and slander than by any other single sin. He speaks evil of no man, makes not others' faults the matter of his common talk; he makes the best of every body, and the worst of nobody. If an ill-natured story be told him, he will disprove it if he can; if not, it goes no further. The Old Testament Readings: Psalm 15. A Practical and Polemical Commentary, or Exposition on the whole Fifteenth Psalm, wherein the text is learnedly and fruitfully explained, some controversies discussed, sundry cases of conscience are cleared; more especially that of USURIE. The first is that while Christians usually choose Psalm 23 as their favorite psalm, Jews often choose Psalm 15. To all good men we owe a debt of honour, and we have no right to hand over what is their due to vile persons who happen to be in high places.” (Spurgeon). Since the tabernacle was not at God’s holy hill in David’s time (though the ark of the covenant was), David has two different – yet similar – places in mind. The characterising of the outward walk and action is followed in Psalm 15:2 by the characterising of the inward nature: speaking truth in his heart, not: with his heart (not merely with his mouth); for in the phrase אמר בּלב, בּ is always the Beth of the place, not of the instrument-the meaning therefore is: it is not falsehood and deceit that he thinks and plans inwardly, but truth (Hitz.). 1 Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? He values men by their virtue and piety. Though he, like the sons of Korah, may have wished to live in the house of God (Psalm 84:2-4; 84:10), it was impossible for him because David was not a priest. Verse six presents a key to understanding Psalm 1: “For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”In this psalm, the way of the righteous and the way of the ungodly are contrasted. The union of these tempers and this conduct, can only spring from repentance for sin, faith in the Saviour, and love to him. b. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. You can check these in your browser security settings. iii. i. In whose eyes a vile person is despised,But he honors those who fear the LORD;He who swears to his own hurt and does not change;He who does not put out his money at usury,Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.a. You can also change some of your preferences. So the guest of Jehovah is safe, can claim asylum from every foe and share in all the bountiful provision of His abode.” (Maclaren). Psalm 15 A psalm … Time is on the side of such a one. “The law prohibited the substitution of another animal sacrifice for that which had been vowed (Leviticus 27:10); and the psalm uses the same word for ‘changeth,’ with evident allusion to the prohibition, which must therefore have been known to the psalmist.” (Maclaren). The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. The way to heaven, if we would be happy, we must be holy. This was a time when David was very much concerned with the questions asked and answered in this psalm. Upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, and access the New Bible Commentary. It is the happiness of glorified saints, that they dwell in the holy hill; they are at home there, they shall be for ever there. 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