Chapter 15: The Righteous Shall Dwell with God
A Psalm of David.
David opens this Psalm by asking the Lord a simple question, which happens to have a very simple answer; “Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle?” (Psalms 15:1)
Who shall dwell with God, once again? “He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh truth in his heart” (Psalms 15:2)
“He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent…” (Psalms 15:5)
So who shall return to live with God? Those who are righteous, upright and full of integrity.
So what does that? It means you MUST follow the commandments, and be righteous and have integrity. Does that mean you must be perfect? No, but we must strive to have the integrity to be righteous before the Lord.
Chapter 16: Fullness of Joy is found with God
Michtam of David.
“Michtam – is commonly understood as ‘golden’. However other Biblical Scholars believe that since this word is only associated with Psalms 16 and 56-60 (which were times of peril), that Michtam could also mean the covering of the lips in the sense of ‘secrecy’”
“PRESERVE me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust” (Psalms 16:1)
We can see that David wrote this Psalm in a time of trouble, because he asked for preservation, but he put his trust God. “…my goodness extendeth not to thee; But to the saints that are in the earth…” (Psalms 16:2-3). God will be with the saints in the earth, even though troubling times.
David goes on to rejoice in the Lord, “…because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth…For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One [Jesus Christ] to see corruption.” (Psalms 16:8-10)
David knew that with his trust in the Lord, he could rejoice knowing that everything would be ok, or eventually be ok. Times of trouble happen, but the Lord will be there for his saints.