Psa 15:2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.
Psa 15:3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.
Psa 15:4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his ownhurt, and changeth not.
Psa 15:5 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 book of Psalms has been a guide to the blind for centuries. Struggles, victories, hardships, blessing, depression, fear, anxiety, and hope are all clearly depicted and represented in this vast book of songs.
The most notorious author being that of David, we know now, through history, there were several different writers to the book of praise. If one is unfamiliar with the Christian faith, you could note, perhaps, some of the greatest literary works in all of the bible derive from the book of Psalms. If you were a Christian you would note that the book of Psalms can be the easiest book of the Bible to read, but also one of the most challenging books to comprehend.
If I could be understood by all who are reading, it is my personal belief that the book of Psalms is the microscope to the human heart. It is the most relative book to the way we currently live our day to day lives. Not to say that the rest of the, God-breathed, Holy Spirit inspired Word, is not relative to our daily lives, more so I am saying the book of Psalms is a front row seat to the life of a believer.
Concluding all of this to say, Psalm 15 like most of David’s Psalms, poses a daunting question that must be thoroughly thought out and ones answer ought to be sought after. The bold questions and proclamations David makes as a witness to the most holy God, and as a witness to the world could make one shutter in anxiousness. If we’re putting it to modern day language, David can make someone cringe by asking certain questions. He was a man after God’s own heart who boldly proclaimed what He felt, and boldly professed of the mercies, graces, and love of a most Holy and reverent God.
I heard a theologian and a great preacher say this Psalm referred specifically to the sanctification of man rather than the salvation of man. His reasoning for such a claim is directly related to the idea that we cannot be saved by works. Also, as David writes in verse 1 as a question, “Who shall ‘abide’ in in thy tabernacle? Who shall ‘dwell’ in your holy hill?” This possibly referring to the state of already being saved rather than the start of salvation. Perhaps, maybe even asking who shall continue to abide? Or who shall continue to dwell?
We do know this for certain, God has always, since the beginning of time worked through faith and grace. Even in David’s time being under the law of Moses God granted David grace through his faith in the Lord’s redemption plan. Saying this refers me back to the idea that this particular Psalm directly deals with the process of living for Christ on a daily basis rather than someone accepting Christ for the first time. Moving forward in thought, we can confidently say the only way we truly please God is through our faith in Him. (Heb. 11:6)
This Psalm, as we have established, is a result of salvation. The only way we can first even attempt to live the way this Psalm tells us to is by our faith in Christ for the forgiveness of our sinful mistakes. The commandments and precepts listed in this Psalm are challenging to our life. They are against the natural way our heart’s bend. They raise concern because we know within ourselves we simply do not have the power capable of performing these testaments.
If you look at these next few verses like commandments to follow rather than a way of life because you have been changed, our Christian experience has all been in vanity and emptiness. When you said yes to Jesus Christ these attributes came with salvation. That is not to say of course that you became perfect in every thing you do, but you became a new creation. Before salvation you never desired to live right. You craved what was evil, you never wanted to do good. After salvation the desire to live right arrived, the innocence of your childhood came back again. The guilt and shame you carried was broken. All of these things you received didn’t come through working laboriously simply because the work had already been done with what Christ did on the cross.
In the same respect you do not have to physically labor to do all that this Psalm requires. You must work and strive to simply keep your faith in Christ alone, only then can these rules be followed. The only way you can speak truth in your heart is if Christ is in your heart, because He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and no man can see the Father without Jesus Christ. (John 14:6)
Psalm 15 like many of David’s Psalms opens the doors of our hearts to look inwardly whether there be anything that displeases the Lord. We must follow all of these commands to dwell in thy holy hill. We must do and accomplish this type of edict to abide in the tabernacle of God, but simply only as a result of our faith in Christ Jesus. By our faith and trust in Him God blesses us with the ability through His supernatural grace to dwell in the holy hill and abide in the tabernacle of God.
Love from me to you,