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Psalm 15

Who Shall Abide in God’s Sanctuary?

A Psalm of David.

1

O Lord, who may abide in your tent?

Who may dwell on your holy hill?

 

2

Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right,

and speak the truth from their heart;

3

who do not slander with their tongue,

and do no evil to their friends,

nor take up a reproach against their neighbors;

4

in whose eyes the wicked are despised,

but who honor those who fear the Lord;

who stand by their oath even to their hurt;

5

who do not lend money at interest,

and do not take a bribe against the innocent.

 

Those who do these things shall never be moved.


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Verses 12–18

The psalmist speaks with astonishment, at the wickedness of the wicked, and at the patience and forbearance of God. God prepares the heart for prayer, by kindling holy desires, and strengthening our most holy faith, fixing the thoughts, and raising the affections, and then he graciously accepts the prayer. The preparation of the heart is from the Lord, and we must seek unto him for it. Let the poor, afflicted, persecuted, or tempted believer recollect, that Satan is the prince of this world, and that he is the father of all the ungodly. The children of God cannot expect kindness, truth, or justice from such persons as crucified the Lord of glory. But this once suffering Jesus, now reigns as King over all the earth, and of his dominion there shall be no end. Let us commit ourselves unto him, humbly trusting in his mercy. He will rescue the believer from every temptation, and break the arm of every wicked oppressor, and bruise Satan under our feet shortly. But in heaven alone will all sin and temptation be shut out, though in this life the believer has a foretaste of deliverance.




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