The Character of Those Who May Dwell with the LORD

A Psalm of David.

1 LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle?
Who may dwell in Your holy hill?
2 He who walks uprightly,
And works righteousness,
And speaks the truth in his heart;
3 He who does not backbite with his tongue,
Nor does evil to his neighbor,
Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend;
4 In whose eyes a vile person is despised,
But he honors those who fear the LORD;
He who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
5 He who does not put out his money at usury,
Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.

Psalm 15:1-5a
  • Lord, You are holy beyond any comprehension of man.
  • You are without sin and evil. Every act of God is righteous.
  • You are the most holy and powerful being, standing outside of our existence in resplendent glory.
  • You transcend earth and humanity.
  • Who can even presume to dwell in Your presence? Who can elevate to Your place? No one in their own strength can do this.
  • However, those who walk uprightly, work righteousness, and speak the truth can dwell in Your presence.
  • Lord, help me to dwell with You by Your grace and mercy. I am not upright or righteous on my own.
  • I would not even know truth without You, O LORD.
  • Keep me from speaking evil of others. Keep me from acting in evil ways toward my fellow man.
  • Temper my lips that I may not speak derogatory words about my friends.
  • Help me, O LORD, to despise evil and honor good. Give the the discernment to know the difference and always seek good over evil.
  • I celebrate those who walk with You. I will speak the truth at all times, even if it costs me.
  • I will walk consistently in Your ways and honor You with my words and actions.
  • Help me to live up to that standard and honor You, O LORD.
  • I will lend without expectation of gain. I will refuse gifts that taint my character or challenge my integrity.
  • These are all my desires, Lord, but I cannot see them fulfilled without Your mighty help.
  • Help me, Lord, to glorify You at all times.

He who does these things shall never be moved.

Psalm 15:5b
  • I know, O LORD, that You are my source of strength.
  • I know that I can do all things through You.
  • Empower me to be like You, and walk with me that I do not stumble.
  • As I do Your will and purpose for my life, and as I live holy before You, I trust with my whole heart that You will keep me and I shall not be moved! Thank You, Lord, for Your faithfulness.

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