Song Title:

Who May Find Their Rest In You?

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Writer's Notes:

In studying Psalm 15, I discovered that some scholars think that a tabernacle official, possibly the priest, would stand at the door of the tent while the people walked together up the hill toward the tent of God’s Holy presence.
He would cry out, “Who is worthy to enter in!”
Of course, the Psalmist writes as addressed to God:
O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent?
Who shall dwell on your holy hill?
The people would then sing in answer back to him the list you see in Psalm 15. I was so moved by the fact that the people must have all known they didn’t measure up. It was only by the grace of God that anyone could stand in the presence of God. So, the last verses of the song bring in the Gospel.

Psalm 15 English Standard Version (ESV)

Who Shall Dwell on Your Holy Hill?

A Psalm of David.

15 Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent?
    Who shall dwell on your holy hill?

He who walks blamelessly and does what is right
    and speaks truth in his heart;
who does not slander with his tongue
    and does no evil to his neighbor,
    nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
in whose eyes a vile person is despised,
    but who honors those who fear the Lord;
who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
who does not put out his money at interest
    and does not take a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things shall never be moved.

Living, loving Lord eternal, changeless Holy God;
Who may find their rest in you and your eternal home?
A home of righteous purity, no sin or stain allowed;
Who O Lord may enter in and bow before your throne?

Those who speak the truth in love, and walk in righteousness.
Those who keep their promises no matter what the test.
They do not wound their neighbor or a friend with evil tongue;
And do not take advantage of a poor or helpless one.
They are not swayed in bribery, against the innocent.
They honor those who fear the Lord, the humble penitent;
They despise a vile and evil man who causes harm.
They are not fooled, or led astray by Satan's hollow charms.



Lord, you are of purer eyes, than to behold our sin.
You have made a way for us to truly enter in.
It is not on our merit, Lord, we gain our heavn'y home;
But by your grace, through faith, O God, in Jesus Christ alone.
Only you are holy, God. Your mercy is profound.
May we display your perfect love, in kindnesses, abound.
Fill us with your Spirit, give us hearts holy and pure.
We know that as we trust in you, our hope is ever sure!

Living, loving God, eternal, changeless, Holy Lord,
Because you are the God of mercy we have been restored!
The blood of Jesus sets us free our sin has been removed,
And as we follow in your ways we never shall be moved!