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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 15

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The First Book of Psalms (c 1-41)
Message: Guidelines For Living a Blameless Life (v 1-5)

Psalms 15 Commentary

(15:1) Standards For Living a Moral Life - God calls his people to be morally upright, and in this psalm, he gives us ten standards to determine how we are doing. We all live among corrupt people who make up their own standards and want no help from God or any Christian influence. For them, morality is determined by whatever seems convenient or gets them ahead. But our standards for living should not come from our personal preferences or our society but from God. (For other places where righteous conduct is summarized, see Isaiah 33:15; 56:1; Micah 6:8; Habakkuk 2:4; and Mark 12:29-31.)

(15:2) A Place of Worship - Tabernacle and holy hill are interchangeable terms describing the specific location and focal point of Israelite worship- the dwelling place of God. In Hebrew poetry repeating patterns are found more in a poem's thought than in its sound or rhythm.

(15:2) A Personal Relationship - As each of us grows in our relationship with our redeemer, the Holy Spirit gives us the desire to live by his standards (see Philippians 2:12-13). The depth of a person's eternal relationship with God can often be measured by the way they reflect his standards in their daily activities.

(15:3) Powerful Words - Words are powerful, and how you use them reflects on your relationship with God. Perhaps nothing so identifies Christians as their ability to control their speech--speaking the truth, refusing to slander, and keeping promises. Watch out for what you say. (See James 3:1-12 for more on the importance

(15:5) Usery - Usury is charging interest. God prohibited the Israelites from charging interest or making a profit on loans to fellow Israelites who were in need (see also Exodus 22:25; Leviticus 25:35-37), although charging interest on loans to foreigners was allowed (Deuteronomy 23:20). Interest was also permitted for business

as long as it wasn't exorbitant (Proverbs 28:8).

(15:5) Money - Some people are so obsessed with money that they will abandon their God-given standards and alter their lifestyles to get it. If the desire for money dominates your thoughts, that desire must be curbed or it will harm others and destroy vour relationship with God. Give some of your money to the church and to those in need. Generosity breaks the hold money can have on us.

Dave Burnette's Life Application


Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter, making application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Psalms with Chapter 15. In our text today, we see a theme of Guidelines for living a blameless life. Church attendance, honest speech, treating your neighbor as yourself, and financial stewardship are critical components of living a Godly Christian life. In making application, the same holds true today as just as David penned in this Psalm. We are to live blameless lives, and the light of Jesus shines through the day-to-day activities of our lives. How about you? Do you live a blameless life before others? Our salvation is not determined by how we live, but a Saved Soul should allow the Lord to live through him, producing a blameless life.


Psalm 15

Psalm 15

 1Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?

 2He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.

 3He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.

 4In 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.

 5He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.