On the 3rd Morning of the month, the first Psalm is Psalm 15:
Lord, who shall dwell in thy tabernacle? or who shall rest upon thy holy hill?
Even he that leadeth an uncorrupt life, and doeth the thing which is right, and speaketh the truth from his heart.
Whoso doeth these things shall never fall.
One of the many, many advantages to praying the entirety of the Psalter each month is that we have innumerable opportunities to hear the same psalms juxtaposed against various and sundry contexts. With All Saints’ Day, and its usual transferred Sunday, awaiting us tomorrow, one might find this an opportune Psalm to reflect upon the universal call to sainthood upon all God’s people. The opening question – who gets to live in God’s house – is asking point blank for the qualifications of a Saint. What does holiness look like? What kind of person gets to live in God’s new heaven and earth?
Verses 2 through 6 describe a litany of virtue – doing good, speaking the truth, humbly refraining from exalting oneself, respecting those who fear the Lord, who keeps his word and lends even at personal loss. Of course, this is not a complete theological statement; we know that righteousness purely by works and deeds is impossible for us sinners. But this Psalm shows us two things: it depicts the Righteous One (Jesus) and the end state of righteousness to which he has called us. We are all invited to receive the Way, Truth, and Life; we are all invited to practice righteousness and to grow in grace.
Psalm 15 shows us where we’re going. Let that sink in as you pray it in Morning Prayer today.
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