Thoughts on Psalm 15

Thoughts on Psalm 15

Psalm 15

“LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary?
Who may live on your holy hill?” [Praise be to you, Lord God, the High and Holy One, for you invite us to your sanctuary, to live with you on your holy hill. This is another wonderful demonstration of your great love, grace and goodness, your pure and positive character at work in the midst of a sinful, twisted and destructive world. Each of the following conditions for living in close relationship with you are unreachable for us; our sinful flesh prevents this, even when our spirit is willing.  But you, Lord God, in your rich, powerful, active agape love have, through the sacrifice of Christ Jesus, provided these qualities for all who believe. You have imputed them to us and have made us qualified to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the Kingdom of light! This is against all logic, all normal justice, human reasoning and heavenly expectations of angels.  This is marvelous. It is your loving, lovely, lustrous character at work in mysterious and wonderful ways, moving us from hopelessness to certainty of grace.  I praise you for this great and transforming truth of your total commitment to save all who are willing. The following qualities are therefore a description of the Lord Jesus.]

Psa 15:2  “He whose walk is blameless”  [I praise you, Lord Jesus, that in you there is no sin, no evil, no slipping into error, no darkness, no injustice or rebellion; you are without blame, without accusation, without sin. Praise you for your perfection, your purity, your pristineness, that you are the paragon of all virtues. You are worthy of worship and glory.”]

“and who does what is righteous,” [All you do is righteous, Lord Jesus, there is no error in your ways, no wrong, no fault, no blame.  So you are absolutely trustable, believable, faithful and good.]

“who speaks the truth from his heart” [You are Truth itself and therefore speak only Truth from the center of your being.  All you say is true, right, correct, trustable and good.]

Psa 15:3  “and has no slander on his tongue,” [When you accuse, it is correct, it is spoken to the right person with the right motive. There is no malice, selfishness, evil motive or wrong desire when you speak. Instead you speak to convict, heal, lead, giving light, love and healing.]

“who does his neighbor no wrong” [You only do what is right, pure, helpful, good and positive.  To live with you is the exist in the light of goodness, purity and positiveness.]

“and casts no slur on his fellowman,” [You do not accuse unjustly, or speak to put people in a bad light, or speak what is untrue about a person.  As you live in the light, so you shine the light on what is true.]

Psa 15:4  “who despises a vile man” [You see all in the light, nothing is hidden from you, so you know what is sin and rightly reject it.  In righteousness you despise what is unrighteous.]

“but honors those who fear the LORD,” [You honor what is right and good, and are able to discern what really motivates a man: fear of people or fear of God.  And you give glory and honor to those who walk in your ways because they love you.]

“who keeps his oath even when it hurts,” [You are the One who always keeps your Word—you kept your Word to provide a Savior who could only redeem through intense, infinite suffering, and you, Lord Jesus, followed through by doing all that was necessary. Praise you for your faithfulness.]

Psa 15:5  “who lends his money without usury”[You are generous and good, pouring out your riches on us without thought of profit.]

“and does not accept a bribe against the innocent.” [You are absolutely just, know what is true and do only what is right.  A bribe has no influence on you to change your mind, but influences you to respond in justice.  Praise be to you for your goodness and purity.  Praise be to you, period.]

He who does these things
will never be shaken.” [Seeing these qualities in you gives me the desire to live that way, to be that way too,  to live in the light of your lovliness.  Heavenly Father, help me to be an imitator of Jesus by the power of the Spirit. Transform me more everyday that I may live for you.]