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1 (A Psalm of David.) 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 neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.

4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth 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.

Commentary for Psalms 15

The way to heaven, if we would be happy, we must be holy. We are encouraged to walk in that way.

- Here is a very serious question concerning the character of a citizen of Zion. 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. It concerns us to make it sure to ourselves that we have a place among them. A very plain and particular answer is here given. Those who desire to know their duty, will find the Scripture a very faithful director, and conscience a faithful monitor. A citizen of Zion is sincere in his religion. He is really what he professes to be, and endeavours to stand complete in all the will of God. He is just both to God and man; and, in speaking to both, speaks the truth in his heart. 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. He is very careful to do hurt to no man. 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. He values men by their virtue and piety. Wicked people are vile people, worthless, and good for nothing; so the word signifies. He thinks the worse of no man's piety for his poverty and mean condition. He reckons that serious piety puts honour upon a man, more than wealth, or a great name. He honours such, desires their conversation and an interest in their prayers, is glad to show them respect, or do them a kindness. By this we may judge of ourselves in some measure. Even wise and good men may swear to their own hurt: but see how strong the obligation is, a man must rather suffer loss to himself and his family, than wrong his neighbour. He will not increase his estate by extortion, or by bribery. He will not, for any gain, or hope of it to himself, do any thing to hurt a righteous cause. Every true living member of the church, like the church itself, is built upon a Rock. He that doeth these things shall not be moved for ever. The grace of God shall always be sufficient for him. The union of these tempers and this conduct, can only spring from repentance for sin, faith in the Saviour, and love to him. In these respects let us examine and prove our own selves.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 15

  • Steve morrow
    PSALM 15:1 LORD who shall abide in thy tabernacle who shall dwell in thy holy hill --15:2-- he that walketh uprightly and worketh righteousness --- AND SPEAKETH TRUTH IN HIS HEART ---
  • A disciple
    Dear Bill; Amen to all you wrote. It is gratitude that kisses Jesus' feet and washes them with its tears and wipes them with the hairs of its head! He that loves much is the one forgiven much. By our fruits we are known! And the axe is laid to the root of the tree: every tree that produces NOT good fruit IS CUT DOWN AND THROWN INTO THE FIRE! The completed word and work of grace is in the action!
  • Mild Bill
    everyone else reading this,do you possess everlasting life now?Have all your sins been paid for?Is there anything to keep you from entering heaven?If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.John8:36 Our service to God is out of gratitude, with nothing to merit salvation.Heirs by grace of God only.
  • A disciple
    "LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart." Dear Brother Bill, I don't know why this is so hard to understand: the whole reason for our being left here after we're saved, is to show forth the grace of God by a really converted life, BY GOOD WORKS! Its not competition w/grace!
  • A disciple
    "And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it." If the Lord comes and finds no fruit, how shall it be known what kind of man you are? Certainly not one in His likeness!
  • Mild Bill
    Two forms of righteousness,"they being ignorant of God's righteousness,and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God."Demons appearing as ministers of righteousness,based on works,2Cor.11:15."much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one,Jesus Christ".Gifts are free!
  • A disciple
    "And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing." 2 Samuel 24:24 TRUE TRUE TRUE!!! No one is redeemed or can come at all to the Father except through the blood of Christ; but no one just slips in without doing righteousness. Its not a contest, but proof of grace wrought.
  • Steve morrow

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