1 LORD, who are they that may dwell
within the courts of your house?
And by what lives do they show
they dwell on your holy hill?
2 They lead an incorrupt life
and do the thing that is right.
They speak the truth from their heart
and use not their tongue for harm.
3 They do no wrong to their friends
and will not slander their name.
They scorn the one who is false
but love those who fear the LORD.
4 They stand by what they have vowed,
although it be to their hurt.
They do not sin with their wealth
and will not be swayed with bribes.
5 Now these are they who may dwell
within the courts of the LORD.
Their lives shall never be moved;
they stand in their God, secure.
|First Line:||LORD, who are they that may dwell|
|Title:||LORD, Who Are They That May Dwell|
|Versifier:||J. E. Seddon (1971)|
|Copyright:||Text and music © 1973, Hope Publishing Co. All rights reserved. Used by permission|
A call to self-examination on the part of all who wish access to the presence of God.
st. 1 = v. 1
st. 2 = vv. 2-3
st. 3 = vv. 3-4a
st. 4 = vv. 4b-5
st. 5 = vv. 1, 5
Though the details of temple worship are largely unknown, Psalm 15 may have served as part of an entrance liturgy. The song reminds all who would worship at the temple that entrance into God's presence requires self-examination (st. 1) and cannot be purchased with sacrifices; only those whose lives conform to God's moral law will be received by God (st. 2-4) and will be blessed with God's unfailing care (st. 5).
The unrhymed versification by James E. Seddon (b. Ormskirk, Lancashire, England, 1915; d. London, England, 1983) was first published in Psalm Praise (1973); in the Psalter Hymnal the singular "he" has been altered to "they." Psalm Praise, first published in England and subsequently in the United States, broke new ground in psalm singing by providing contemporary settings of the psalms and other portions of Scripture.
Seddon received his musical training at the London College of Music and Trinity College in London and his theological training at the Bible Churchmen's Theological College (now Trinity College) in Bristol. He served various Anglican parishes in England from 1939 to 1945 as well as from 1967 to 1980. Seddon was a missionary in Morocco from 1945 to 1955 and the home secretary for the Bible Churchmen's Missionary Society from 1955 to 1967. Many of his thirty hymns are based on missionary themes; he wrote some in Arabic while he lived in Morocco. Seddon joined other Jubilate Group participants to produce Psalm Praise (1973) and Hymns for Today's Church (1982).
Beginning of worship; during service of confession and forgiveness; exposition on the lifestyle acceptable to God.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook