Psalm 15

The Characteristics of a Dweller in God's Presence



Psalm 15 is a psalm of David that emphasizes the qualities and character of those who are welcomed into God's presence. As we study this psalm from a New Covenant perspective, we will see how it points to Jesus Christ as the ultimate embodiment of righteousness and the One who enables us to live according to God's standards. We will explore the themes of dwelling in God's presence, righteous conduct, and the assurance of God's blessing.

Section 1: Qualities of a Dweller in God's Presence (vs 1-2)

"O LORD, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy hill? He who walks with integrity and practices righteousness, who speaks the truth from his heart."

Talking Points:

Harmony: Matthew 5:8 "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."


Section 2: Righteous Conduct (vs 3-5a)

"He does not slander with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend; in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but who honors those who fear the LORD; he keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change his mind; he does not lend his money for usury, nor does he accept a bribe against the innocent."

Talking Points:

Harmony: Romans 12:9 "Love must be sincere. Detest what is evil; cling to what is good."


Section 3: The Assurance of God's Blessing (vs 5b)

"He who does these things will never be shaken."

Talking Points:

Harmony: Matthew 7:24-25 "Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain fell, the torrents raged, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because its foundation was on the rock."



Psalm 15, viewed through the lens of the New Covenant in Christ, highlights the characteristics and virtues of those who abide in God's presence, finding their ultimate fulfillment in Jesus.

The psalmist's description of the one who walks blamelessly and does what is right reflects the righteousness we receive through faith in Jesus, who fulfilled the law on our behalf (Romans 3:22-24).

The psalmist's emphasis on truthful speech and refraining from slander aligns with Jesus' teaching on honesty and the transformative power of our words (Matthew 12:36-37).

The psalmist's depiction of one who does not lend money at interest or take bribes speaks to the integrity and righteousness that Jesus displayed during His earthly ministry (Luke 19:1-10).

The psalmist's declaration that the one who does these things will never be shaken points to the security and stability we have in Jesus, who provides a firm foundation for our lives (Matthew 7:24-25).

Ultimately, Psalm 15 points us to Jesus as the perfect embodiment of the virtues described, and through faith in Him, we are transformed by His righteousness and empowered by the Holy Spirit to walk in obedience and integrity.