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  • Writer's pictureJ.A.Abele

Psalms With Purpose For Young People- Psalm 15

Here’s a practical example to help understand-

Psalm 15

O Lord, who may lodge [as a guest] in Your tent?

Who may dwell [continually] on Your holy hill?

He who walks with integrity and strength of character, and works righteousness,

And speaks and holds truth in his heart.

He does not slander with his tongue,

Nor does evil to his neighbor,

Nor takes up a reproach against his friend;

In his eyes an evil person is despised,

But he honors those who fear the Lord [and obediently worship Him with awe-inspired reverence and submissive wonder].

He keeps his word even to his own disadvantage and does not change it [for his own benefit];

He does not put out his money at interest [to a fellow Israelite],

And does not take a bribe against the innocent.

He who does these things will never be shaken.


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Key negative character words from Psalm 15:


Slander: malicious (intending to do harm) and inaccurate statement or rumor

Gossip: the act of spreading rumors (unproven statements)


Key positive character words from Psalm 15:


Integrity: the state of being complete, whole, and undivided, honest

Strength of character: firmness and determination of purpose, usually in the face of difficulty

Righteousness: fairness, justice, and moral uprightness (choosing right behavior)

Compassion: concern for others, especially those in need

Humble: low-spirited, modest


Psalm 15 describes the type of person God would want us to resemble.


 Imagine a student named Marta in the fifth grade. Marta is known for her integrity, strength of character, and righteousness. She always speaks truth and holds her word close to her heart. She does not engage in gossip or slander, even when it would be easier to do so. She is known for her kindness and compassion towards others. She does not take advantage of her friends or exploit the vulnerable.

 

Marta is also a leader in her school and community. She is a positive role model for her classmates and inspires them to live by the same principles. She is a good listener and always willing to help others. She has a strong moral compass and always stands up for what she believes is right.

 

If Marta were to read Psalm 15, she would see that she embodies the qualities described in the psalm. She is a person of integrity, strength of character, righteousness, and compassion. She is a person who walks with truth and holds her word close to her heart. She is a person who is humble and willing to serve others. 

 

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