One of the things about Psalm 15 that stands out to me is the way that it points us to Christ as a role model for the Christian life. David asks who is worthy to stand before the Lord and then lists the criteria for admission to the holy presence. Verses 2 through 5 paint the picture of the superhuman. The requirements sound simple enough until we realize that none of us can live up to them all the time. Christ alone has done this. For me, verse 4 is perhaps the most gut wrenching when it says "who swears to his own hurt and does not change." Christ surrendered his heavenly glory, became flesh, lived in a broken world, and died on a cross because he had agreed to submit to the Father's will. By his sacrifice we are made right with God and have the opportunity to dwell in the holy place.
This psalm is set to Matt Redmond's "10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)" in the key of F. The lyrics were adapted from Timothy Tennent's metrical version at the Seedbed website.
Lord, who may dwell in Your holy place?
Who may live on Your holy hill?
He who walks blameless, and does what’s right,
And speaks the truth from his heart ever still.
Lord, Who may dwell in your holy place and on Your holy hill?
He who walks in this path and does these things, Shall never be moved.
Who never slanders with an evil tongue,
Nor wrongs his neighbor in any deed;
And casts no slur on either friend or foe,
Nor of the wicked takes any heed.
The righteous honors those who fear the Lord,
He keeps his oath, despite hurt or pain;
No wicked bribe he takes for his reward,
And lends his money without wrongful gain.