Study Guide – Psalm 15

Psalm15
1 Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
    Who may live on your holy mountain?


What do you imagine God's "sacred tent" and "holy mountain" are like? Are they the same place? What would make a person want to live there?


::::: SIDE STUDY ::::: Do a quick scan for the mountain of Zion through Scripture. What might this location have to do with verse 1?



2 The one whose walk is blameless,
    who does what is righteous,
    who speaks the truth from their heart;
3 whose tongue utters no slander,
    who does no wrong to a neighbor,
    and casts no slur on others;
4 who despises a vile person
    but honors those who fear the Lord;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
    and does not change their mind;
5 who lends money to the poor without interest;
    who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.

Whoever does these things
    will never be shaken. NIV


 

Verses 2-5 provide a list of the type of person that God would like to hang out with. In other words, the following is a description of a person who would be permitted to dwell in the presence of God. Take a moment to fill in the blanks and try to expain in 1-2 sentences what each description might practically look like:

The one…

v2 = … whose _______________ is _________________. 


v2 = … who  _______________ what is _________________.


v2 = … who ____________________ from their ________________.


v3 = … whose _______________ utters __________________.


v3 = … who does ________________ to a __________________.


v3 = … who casts _________________ on ___________________.


v4 = … who _________________ a ____________________.


v4 = … who honors ________________ who ____________________.


v4 = … who ________________ an ______________ even when _______________.


v4 = … and who does __________________ their ______________.


v5 = … who ____________________ to the ____________ without ________________.


v5 = … who does _____________________ against the ___________________.

 

Who do you know that "does these things"? If you can think of someone, what is it about how they live their life that inspires you?


::::: Application Challenge :::::

Think through the next 24 hours: How you could specifically do some of "these things" during the time ahead? Close your study time today by asking God to help you take advantage of the opportunities you identify.

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Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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