How do we live in a way that pleases God? - Psalm 15

Psalm 15

“...Who may abide in Your Tent O Lord?

Who may dwell

on Your holy mountain?..."

A tent offers protection from the elements yet one is still part of the world around him, she said. A mountain offers the strongest foundation yet it is a high point from which one may see from afar with wisdom and clarity.

The question each of us has wondered: How can I live my life in such a way that is pleasing to God? Perhaps it is a way of being, a way of speaking, a way of doing kindness and truthfulness in the world.”

The psalmist continues:

“...One who walks blamelessly,

Acts justly and speaks the truth in his heart

Who has no slander on his tongue,

who has done his fellow man no evil..."

Residing in God's tent and dwelling on His Holy Mountain does not mean residing in a holy shrine and meditating from within its walls. It does not mean dwelling among the enlightened, powerful and well positioned. It does not mean covering oneself with special clothing or being admired by other people.

Perhaps it does mean, that to dwell in God’s tent, each and every day we treat those around us truthfully and kindly. Or as Grandma Ida would say: it’s nice to be a ‘mench,’ which is a Yiddish word for a ‘person.’”

(excerpt from the book "Software for the Soul: Psalms for Everyone - discovering the inner meanings")

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(א) מִזְמ֗וֹר לְדָ֫וִ֥ד יְ֭הֹוָה מִי־יָג֣וּר בְּאָהֳלֶ֑ךָ מִֽי־יִ֝שְׁכֹּ֗ן בְּהַ֣ר קָדְשֶֽׁךָ׃ (ב) הוֹלֵ֣ךְ תָּ֭מִים וּפֹעֵ֥ל צֶ֑דֶק וְדֹבֵ֥ר אֱ֝מֶ֗ת בִּלְבָבֽוֹ׃ (ג) לֹֽא־רָגַ֨ל ׀ עַל־לְשֹׁנ֗וֹ לֹא־עָשָׂ֣ה לְרֵעֵ֣הוּ רָעָ֑ה וְ֝חֶרְפָּ֗ה לֹא־נָשָׂ֥א עַל־קְרֹֽבוֹ׃ (ד) נִבְזֶ֤ה ׀ בְּֽעֵ֘ינָ֤יו נִמְאָ֗ס וְאֶת־יִרְאֵ֣י יְהוָ֣ה יְכַבֵּ֑ד נִשְׁבַּ֥ע לְ֝הָרַ֗ע וְלֹ֣א יָמִֽר׃ (ה) כַּסְפּ֤וֹ ׀ לֹא־נָתַ֣ן בְּנֶשֶׁךְ֮ וְשֹׁ֥חַד עַל־נָקִ֗י לֹ֥א לָ֫קָ֥ח עֹֽשֵׂה־אֵ֑לֶּה לֹ֖א יִמּ֣וֹט לְעוֹלָֽם׃
(1) A psalm of David. LORD, who may sojourn in Your tent, who may dwell on Your holy mountain? (2) He who lives without blame, who does what is right, and in his heart acknowledges the truth; (3) whose tongue is not given to evil; who has never done harm to his fellow, or borne reproach for [his acts toward] his neighbor; (4) for whom a contemptible man is abhorrent, but who honors those who fear the LORD; who stands by his oath even to his hurt; (5) who has never lent money at interest, or accepted a bribe against the innocent. The man who acts thus shall never be shaken.