This Psalm does not indicate what prompted the writing. The Psalm focuses on how a Christian should live a life of integrity in fellowship with God.
Verse 1 asks the probing question – Who may dwell with God? This is not a question of salvation, but of living in close fellowship with God in the here and now as a believer. What characteristics mark a person who is able to maintain a joyous association and relationship with God?
The Holy Spirit inspires God’s answer in verses 2 – 5 providing traits and behaviors of a devoted believer. Charles Swindoll writes, “David’s answer describes several facets of the same gem called integrity (v. 1). He envisions a man who ‘walks with integrity.’ The Hebrew word means ‘to be solid, wholesome, complete.’” These verses outline the characteristics of a person who walks with integrity. Everything cited in these verses deal with our relationship with others. So consider for yourself how your relationship with others influences and affects your relationship with God.
God saves by his grace and not because of our works. The life of a Christian walking in fellowship with God will produce fruit as evidence of that walk and relationship. In John 14:23-24a, “Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching.’”
Verse 2 describes a person of moral integrity – actions, speech, and thoughts. Verse 3 highlights a person who is fair to his neighbor and in all dealings with others. Verse 4a reminds us where our allegiance belongs in a world that wants to change the meanings of good and evil. Verse 4b tells us that a person of integrity keeps his word even when it hurts. Verse 5a says to live without greed.
The Psalm closes with a promise of stability – “. . . he who does these things will never be shaken.” When storms come and the chaos of the world surrounds us, we can stand firm on the truth of God’s word.
Printable cards for Psalm 15 available here.
Tent, holy mountain, truth in your heart, neighbors, good vs. evil, generous, stability