Let's look at
Psalm 15. I have always thought this portion of Scripture
preaches beautifully. In reality it tells us what things a
believer must do to remain stable. (To never be moved!) For that
reason alone it is well worth studying!
printed the whole Psalm here for your study. Read it a time or
two before plunging into the material!
1 LORD, who shall abide
in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? 2 He that
walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the
truth in his heart. 3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue,
nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach
against his neighbour. 4 In 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. 5 He that putteth
not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the
innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.
To "abide" is to inhabit continually!
To "dwell" is to remain constantly!
Both verbs have the idea of faithfulness!
Then comes the list of 11 things one must do
in order to "never be moved!" Let's see if we can list them
1. He that walks uprightly! (Uprightly is
translated "without blemish" 44 times in the King James Bible!)
2. He that works righteousness! (Worketh =
to make, do or commit! It is a participle meaning the action is
ongoing, continual! It is not occasional!)
3. Speaks the truth! (Even in his own
4. He backbites not with his tongue! (Backbiteth
is translated "slander" in the King James Version!)
5. He does no evil to his neighbor!
(Neighbor = friend or companion)
6. He takes no reproach against his neighbor
either! (He never harms his neighbor. He casts no slur upon his
neighbor! To reproach = to strip, to pull off! ... as regarding
a neighbor's good name or reputation!)
7. He condemns a vile person! (Condemned =
despised! Vile = reprobate!) That takes care of a lot of today's
so-called popular "heroes," doesn't it?
8. He honors those who fear the Lord!
(Honor = to give weight to! To respect heavily! To let them
"carry a lot of weight" with you!)
9. He will not change after he has sworn
(given his word) on something! (This simply means that he
(whatever the cost) will do what he has said! He keeps his
10. He loans not his money to usury! (That
means he does not loan money at high and hurtful interest rates!
He helps others financially rather than hurts them!)
11. He does not take reward against the
innocent! (That means that he will not untruthfully testify
against an innocent person ... even if he is offered a lot of
money to do so! He can't be bought!)
He that does these 11 things ... WILL NEVER
BE MOVED! The verb "moved" means to waver! to slip! to shake! or
to fall! The verb has a sense of ongoing action! He will not
fall today or tomorrow or ever!
I would say these 11 things are well worth
preaching ... and living! What do you think?
I pray you can find a nugget (or a sermon) in
See to Whom the question of this Psalm is
addressed? To God Himself! He ALONE knows who shall abide in His
Presence! David surely asked the right Person this question!
We should "frown" upon a backbiting tongue!
Read Proverbs 25:23 --- "The north wind
driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting
These are not the "10 Commandments" ... but
they are the "11 behaviors" that God will bless!
The "tabernacle" was like a tent and was
portable! The Temple (located on the Holy Hill of Zion) was a
permanent building. The godly man of Psalm 15 can inhabit
either! In a sense the verbs used in verse one reflect the
temporary nature of the tabernacle and the permanent nature of
Speaking the truth in one's heart certainly
removes all hypocrisy!
The word for "usury" means literally to bite
with a sting (as a serpent does)! Hurting a poor man financially
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell