Who Gets to Live Near God? – Psalm 15

What would it be like to go back in time and hear the psalms of the Bible sung live? Wouldn’t it be great to hear the writer of Psalm 15 sing the song himself? I’d be fascinated to hear it.

Psalm 15 is a list of attributes of a person who is allowed to live in God’s home. When we homeschooled our daughter she had the assignment of memorizing all the presidents of the United States. We made the process fun by making up crazy stories, rhymes, and sing-songy phrases to spark her memory. Is this perhaps how this psalm was taught to a child?

“O Lord, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy hill? He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, and speaks truth in his heart” (Psalm 15:1-2 NASB).

There are only five verses, so I’ll include the entire list.

“He does not slander with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend; in whose eyes a reprobate is despised but who honors those who fear the Lord. He swears to his own hurt and does not change. He does not put out his money at interest, nor does he take a bribe against the innocent” (verses 3-4).

It looks to me like everything in the list relates to our interactions with others, which to me only highlights the most basic law of God – loving him and loving others as ourselves. This is the kind of person the psalmist says may dwell with God.

I love the promise of security at the end of this psalm. “He who does these things will never be shaken” (the end of verse 5).

by Kathy Sheldon Davis