Through the Bible Day by Day
A Psalm of David. LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?
THE CITIZEN OF ZION AND HIS INHERITANCE
The first of these psalms was probably composed to celebrate the bringing of the Ark to Mount Zion, 1Sa_6:20. It describes the character of those who have fellowship with God and dwell in His house all the days of their earthly lot. To the challenge of the soloist, Psa_15:1, the choir makes response, Psa_15:2-5, first positively, then negatively. We must act as non-conductors to evil; must mind what company we keep; and must cultivate a spirit of love and self-sacrifice which will never take advantage of others, Psa_15:5. Here is the secret of permanence and peace.
Michtam means “golden,” and may be truly applied to the next psalm, as also to Psa_56:1-13; Psa_57:1-11; Psa_58:1-11; Psa_59:1-17; Psa_60:1-12. Others explain the word as a “secret.” It is the song of the golden secret. The key is furnished in Act_2:25. The Apostle Paul expressly emphasizes the divine authorship in Act_13:35-38. Our Lord may have repeated Psa_16:8-11 when He was descending the dark valley, and so may we.