LORD, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy mountain? Psalms 15:1 NABRE
Psalm fifteen provides eleven cardinal principles of observance which David stressed and taught. These go beyond the law, beyond the minimum requirements of the Hebrew law. There is a suggestion that in order to follow and love the law the people must go beyond the law with extra devotion and sacrifice. All eleven of these principles deal with man’s relationship with his fellow man. The people of David’s generation were weak in this area, they tried to be righteous and observant yet they would fall into battle because they would maliciously gossip about one another and slander one another. The psalm opens, “LORD, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy mountain?” which implies a discussion on God, yet the psalm discusses the obligations of men toward one another. The implication is that if one expects to get close to God they must first make themselves acceptable to their brother. Jesus speaks generally about reconciling with a brother or sister before bringing a gift to the altar, “if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” (Matthew 5:23-24) We are all children of God. We cannot go to God righteous and humble if we have offended or hold something against one of God’s other children. God desires we reconcile with one another before approaching God with anything short of full love.
We can interpret the word tent and Holy Mountain as the temple and Mount Moriah, the holiest places for the Hebrew person. This also could be a way for the soul to reside in the glorious divine dwelling.
Do you love one another? Do approach God with a pure heart?We cannot go to God righteous and humble if we have offended or hold something against one of God's other children. God desires we reconcile with one another before approaching God with anything short of full love. Click To Tweet
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