This stanza of Psalm 119 begins each verse with the 17th letter of the Aleph-Bet, “pe” or “peh.” The pictograph for this letter resembles a mouth, which (as often occurs with these stanzas) goes with part of the text (note verse 131). Verse 135 (“Make your face shine upon your servant”) reminds us of the Lord’s blessing on Aaron in Numbers 6:23-25.
Some commentators have speculated that Psalm 15 was written by David after his first failed attempt to move the Ark of the Covenant (1 Chronicles 13) and before the second (1 Chronicles 15). That seems as likely a guess as any. But as for relevance to us today, it seems clear that the psalm reminds us that in our walk with the Lord, He cares very much about whether we are truthful, honorable, generous, and compassionate to each other (verses 2-3, 5).
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