O Lord, Who May Abide (Psalm 15)
composer: Nancy Galbraith (2007)
text: The Book of Psalms
genre: SATB & organ
length: 1 movement, 4:30 minutes
publisher: Subito Music Publishing (ASCAP)
60 Depot Street, Verona, NJ 07044
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world premiere: 18 November 2007
The Chancel Choir
Stephen Culbertson, music director
Sharon Bjorndal, organ
The Presbyterian Church of Upper Montclair
Montclair, New Jersey
dedication: "To Rev. Robert Pryor, in celebration of his lifelong, worldwide ministry and with heartfelt gratitude form the chancel choir of The Presbyterian Church of Upper Montclair (NJ) for his service as interim pastor during our centennial year."
program notes: "When I served in Iran from 1958–1979, I was taught that there is one Psalm, Psalm 15, that is a Universal Psalm. There was for over 40 years a Presbyterian Christian University in Tehran Iran—called Alborz College—from roughly 1910 up th the beginning of WW II, or about 1940. The largest majority of students were Muslim, then Jews and finally a few Christians. Every morning Muslims, Jews and Christians would repeat from memory Psalm 15. One author says Psalm 15 is composed of eleven guidelines for living a blameless life. A Universal Psalm—a Psalm that Christians, Jews and Muslims can repeat and be inspired by."   —Rev. Robert Pryor

Psalm 15
A Psalm of David.
 
O Lord, who may abide in your tent?
Who may dwell on your holy hill?
Those who walk blamelessly,
and do what is right,
and speak the truth from their heart;
who do not slander with their tongue,
and do no evil to their friends,
nor take up a reproach against their neighbors;
in whose eyes the wicked are despised,
but who honor those who fear the Lord;
who stand by their oath even to their hurt;
who do not lend money at interest,
and do not take a bribe against the innocent.
Those who do these things shall never be moved.