32 – Who shall Abide? Who shall Dwell?

Psalm 15
1. LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in thy holy mountain?
2. He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.
3. He that backbiteth not with his tongue, not doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour
4. In whose eye a vile person is condemned, 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 a reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.

In this Psalm King David asks a question of God: Actually he asks God a two-part question.

1a. LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle?
1b. Who shall dwell in thy holy hill?

In the first part David asks just who shall …abide.
And then in the second part he asks just who shall …dwell
Abide, dwell – each with their own subtle differences.
Abide is the verb and abode is the noun. Tabernacle now becomes the place of abode.
A place of abode can be a house, a home, a province. In this instance it is the tabernacle – also called the tent of the meeting. Where is the Tabernacle today? Rev 21:3, “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.”
Here we see that Jesus is the tabernacle. The Old Testament tabernacle only pointed the way to the new tabernacle, who is Jesus.
To dwell means to live in the dwelling. To abide also mean to stay.
The inference here is that the believer has to dwell in the tabernacle, to be “part of”, or surrounded by the tabernacle.

Where in the Scriptures does it say we must dwell in Jesus, our tabernacle?
To mention a few:
Rom 6:3, “Know ye not, that as many of us were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?”
Rom 8:1, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
2 Cor 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things have passed away: behold, all things are become new.”
Lastly: to make the union complete consider the following statement by Paul:
2 Cor 13:5, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” A reprobate means anyone who is wicked, bad, impious, irreverent, etc.

THE ANSWER (God’s answer to David’s question)
I am not expounding the points more than this. I am leaving the following exactly as is on purpose.
Why? This is so important that I want the 11 points to be easily seen as a group instead if being spread out. You also have a chance to study this further and to add your own research notes.
Unfortunately too many just read it through, in a hurry, and pass on the the next Psalm; thinking that as it is a short Psalm it would not contain anything important!

1. He that walketh uprightly,
Walk – movement – towards a goal. (Ps 1:)
Vertical – not sneaking.
Just –
Honourable –
Virtuous –
2. and worketh righteousness.
Work – labour – energy (Not salvation by works)
High morals
In right standing with God
3. And speaketh the truth in his heart.
Speak – what is your speech like?
truth – do you hold to the truth of what your know and see? Truth of the Bible?
Heart – Not from the intellect but from your soul (inner spirit) conscience
(You know, that you know, that you know!)
4. He that backbiteth not with his tongue
Do not tell stories
Do not Gossip – hearsay! dangerous
5. Nor doeth evil to his neighbour
Don’t take revenge on a horrible neighbour. Don’t repay evil with evil.
6. Nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.
Don’t be resentful. Don’t show any malice.
7. In whose eyes a vile person is condemned
Don’t mix with bad company
Don’t take part in their activities. (Ps 1:1 or stand in the way of sinners)
8. But he honoureth them that fear the LORD.
Fear God above man.
God is you highest authority
Prov. 1:7, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
9. He that sweareth to his own hurt and changeth not
NIV: “Who keeps his oath, even if it hurts:” Jesus said let your yes be yes, and your no be no,. Any more than this comes from the evil one.
10. He that putteth not out his money to usury
Don’t specifically lend out money just to collect interest.
If you lend someone money don’t charge interest.
11. Nor taketh reward against the innocent.
If someone is innocent, then don’t take a bribe to bring the innocent into trouble.

He that doeth these things shall not be moved.
Although this Psalm is only 5 verses long, it has high impact to us today.
Jesus is the only One who has lived up to the full implication of the above statements by God.
All of us have fallen short of the glory of God; all this is, except Jesus, who was, and still is, completely sinless in all respects.

May we all be conformed to His image!