If You Make The The Right Move, You Will Not Be Moved

Psa 15:1  A Psalm of David. LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?

Psa 15:2  He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.

Psa 15:3  He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.

Psa 15:4  In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.

Psa 15:5  He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.


Who should attend upon the ark was a matter of no small consequence, for because unauthorised persons had intruded into the office, David was unable on the first occasion to complete his purpose of bringing the ark to Zion. On the second attempt he is more careful, not only to allot the work of carrying the ark to the divinely appointed Levites (1Ch_15:2), but also to leave it in charge of the man whose house the Lord had blessed, even Obededom, who, with his many sons, ministered in the house of the Lord. (1Ch_26:8, 1Ch_26:12.) Spiritually we have here a description of the man who is a child at home in the Church of God on earth, and who will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever above. He is primarily Jesus, the perfect man, and in him all who through grace are conformed to his image.

Division - The first verse asks the question; the rest of the verses answer it. We will call the Psalm The Question And Answer.

Hints to Preachers

Psa_15:1 - Qualifications for church membership on earth and in heaven. A subject for self-examination.

Psa_15:1 -

I.   Comparison of the church to the tabernacle. God's presence manifested, sacrifice offered, and vessels of grace preserved in it; mean externally, glorious within.

II. Comparison of its double position to that of the tabernacle. Moving in the wilderness, and fixed on the hill.

III.           Enquire into qualifications for admittance into church and tabernacle. Parallel with the priests, etc.

Psa_15:1 - The great question. Asked by idle curiosity, despair, godly fear, earnest enquirer, soul troubled by falls of others, holy faith. Give answer to each.

Psa_15:1 - The citizen of Zion described - Thomas Boston's Sermons.

Psa_15:1 - Anxiety to know the true saints, how far lawful and profitable.

Psa_15:1 - God the only infallible discerner of true saints.

Psa_15:2 - “He that walketh uprightly.”

I.   What he must be. He must be upright in heart. A man himself bent double cannot walk uprightly.

II. How he must act. Neither from impulse, ambition, gain, fear, or flattery. He must not be warped in any direction, but stand perpendicularly.

III.           What he must expect. Snares, etc to trip him.

IV.            Where he must walk. Path of duty, the only one in which he can walk uprightly.

V.  Where he must look. Up, right-up, and then he will be upright.

Psa_15:2 - “Speaketh the truth in his heart.” Subject: - Heart falsehood and heart truth.

Psa_15:2 (first clause) - The citizen of Zion an upright walker.

Psa_15:2 (middle clause) - The citizen of Zion, a worker of righteousness.

Psa_15:2 (last clause) - The citizen of Zion, a speaker of truth - Four Sermons in Thomas Boston' s Works.

Psa_15:3 - The evils of detraction. It affects three persons here mentioned: the backbiter, the suffering neighbour, and the taker-up of the reproach.

Psa_15:3 - “Nor taketh up a reproach.” The sin of being too ready to believe ill reports. Common, cruel, foolish, injurious, wicked.

Psa_15:4 - The duty of practically honouring those who fear the Lord. Commendation, deference, assistance, imitation, etc.

Psa_15:4 - The sin of estimating persons other than by their practical characters.

Psa_15:4 (last clause) - The Lord Jesus as our unchanging Surety, his oath and his hurt.

Psa_15:5 - The evidences and privileges of godly men.

Psa_15:5 (last clause) - The fixedness and safety of the godly.

The psalm has 11 things to study. Spurgen gave a good and simple breakdown, you may want to re-read his break down of these 11 things.

This Psalms main message is much more than a list of do- nots, it is a list of Do’s.

The last words tell us how we can never be moved.

He that doeth these things shall never be moved.

Well that pretty much is the reason our economy is collapsing, why? The sin of loaning money with interest, this is a sin, and no small matter, so much for the Bankers LOL. They are and shall be moved.

To the rest of us, I asked, have we been moved, by fear, looking upon others as we should not, judging a person before you know the whole matter, pointing of the finger, gossip, sins of the tongue are in abundance in the word.

Psa 24:1  A Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

Psa 24:2  For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.

Psa 24:3  Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?

Psa 24:4  He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

Psa 24:5  He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

Psa 24:6  This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.

Psa 24:7  Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

Psa 24:8  Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.

Psa 24:9  Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

Psa 24:10  Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.

In this Psalm 4 things are listed as you read.

Psa 24:4  He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

The King of Glory, strong and mighty, the lord mighty in battle, hear he comes, he is hear, now, he is lord of lords and Kings Of Kings. Have we forgot, grace and mercy, salvation are free, but discipleship costs us everything. The King of Glory, do you not want His presence and blessing in your life? I do not speak of the blessings of health, wealth, prosperity , no, no.

Mic 2:10  Arise ye, and depart; for this is not your rest: because it is polluted, it shall destroy you, even with a sore destruction.

Heb 13:13  Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.

Heb 13:14  For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.

This is the move we are to make, not away, but to a closer walk with our Lord. This is a sanctified move, to be heavenly minded, and not worldly minded. We are not of this world. Our Lord comes as King of Glory , he inhabits the praise of His people, and with those that  walk with clean hands and pure hearts, putting away the sins of the tongue. The key is, the correct move, once made, we will than, and only than, see we will not be moved.