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Psalm 15

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Moral Qualities that Should Characterize Guests of God

Psalm 15

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Lesson Number 9

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The guests of God will dwell in the Lord’s earthly kingdom.
  2. The guests of God exhibit the highest moral qualities.

Practical Application

  1. Would we die rather than lie, or would we lie rather than die?

Questions

  1. How does Psalm 14 contrast with Psalm 15?
  2. What is the Lord’s tent or tabernacle referred to in verse 1?
  3. Review David’s desire in Psalm 14:7.
  4. What is similar about the three moral qualities of the guest of God in verse 3?
  5. What is the meaning of verse 5 concerning usury or interest?

Answers

  1. Psalm 14 describes the characteristics of the godless fool. Psalm 15 describes the characteristics of the godly guest of God.
  2. This is the tent that David erected on Mount Zion in Jerusalem to house the Ark of the Covenant until the Temple was built.
  3. David desired for Israel to be restored to the Lord and for the righteous kingdom of God to be established on this earth. This will be realized when the Lord returns to this earth at His Second Coming.
  4. They all concern our words. Words are powerful and we are held accountable for what we say as well as what we do. Read James 3:1-12.
  5. This refers back to the Law where God’s people were to loan money to fellow Jews who were in need and not charge them interest (Exodus 22:25 and Leviticus 25:35-37). As Christians who are no longer under the Mosaic Law, the principle is that we should not take advantage of the poor, but should try to help them in their financial struggles.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Review the moral qualities that characterize the guests of God. As a believer, are you characterized as someone who has fellowship with the Lord?

Challenge

  1. The righteous person does the right thing and does not compromise the truth even to the point of death. What about you?

Key Verses

  • "LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? He who walks uprightly, And works righteousness, And speaks the truth in his heart." Psalms 15:1-2
  • “You are My Son, today I have begotten You.” Psalm 2:7

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