“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Psalm 15, “Lord, Who Shall Abide In Thy Tabernacle?” A Psalm of David

Christian Living

“Can’t Give Up Now,”  Mary Mary

Tabernacle – A Temple Devoted To Worship

Piety – Reverence, Devotion, godliness, Holiness

“Lord, Who Shall Abide In Thy Tabernacle?” Psalm 15:1) Lord, Who Shall Abide In Thy Tabernacle?  Who Shall Dwell In Thy Holy Hill?  Psalm 2:6.  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 (Slander) Against His Neighbour.  4) In Whose Eyes A Vile Person Is Contemned (Despised), But He Honorureth Them That Fear The Lord.  He That Sweareth To His Own Hurt, And Changeth Not (Keeps His Oath, Even If It Hurts).  Joshua 9:18-20.  5) He That Putteth Not Out His Money To Usury (Loans at High Rates), or Taketh Reward Against The Innocent.  He That Doeth These Things Shall Never Be Moved.  Ezekiel 18:8, 9.

Nelson’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1, who may abide:  Except for priests, people did not live in the precincts of The Temple.  These Words Describe An Approach To God’s Presence In Which One Might Feel Accepted, even, “At Home.”  Holy Hill:  This phrase is used Of The Presence Of God In The Temple Of The Tabernacle.  The Hebrew term is a general that refers to wherever The Tabernacle was in David’s day; later singers of the Psalm applied the word to The Temple built in Jerusalem.  v2-4, He Who Walks Uprightly speaks of relative (dependent upon Grace) Righteousness, not absolute (perfect) Righteousness, for no one is innocent before God.   The Lord Commands Us To Be Holy (see 1 Peter 1;15, 16), and He Also Gives Us The Power To Become Holy (2 Thessalonians 2;16, 17).  vile person is despised;  The Righteous Hate What God Hates (vv. 4, 5).  The point is not so much the emotion of hatred as the deliberate rejection of wicked ways (1:1).  v5, Never Be Moved:  The Promise Of God For The Righteous Is For This Life And For The Life To Come.  The Lord Is The Righteous Person’s Sure Foundation.    

Quest Study Bible – v1, Literally, Tent, meaning Tabernacle.  Jerusalem’s Temple wasn’t built until after David’s death.  (Compare the definition of a different Hebrew word for Sanctuary in 20:2).  v1, “Holy Hill”  See “Where Was God’s Holy Mountain?”  (43:3).  v5, “Usury”  Ancient Israelites were Commanded to lend without charging exorbitant interest (Leviticus 25:36-37; Deuteronomy 23:19).  Applying this to modern finance is difficult, though some suggest Christians should charge other Believers no more than the rate of inflation.  See “What’s wrong with charging interest?”  (Exodus 22:25).  

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – 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 endeavors 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 (is right); and knows that he who wrongs his neighbor 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 (lowly) condition.  he reckons that serious piety puts honor upon a man, more than wealth, or a great name.  He honors 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 neighbor.  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 (State of Mind) and this Conduct (Behavior), 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.  Amen.        

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