Psalm 101

Psalm 101 is one David wrote that is filled with resolutions.  It shows his desire to be a man after God’s own heart.  Look at what he says he is going to do:

  • I will sing of steadfast love and justice
  • I will make music
  • I will ponder the way that is blameless
  • I will walk with integrity of heart within my house
  • I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless
  • I hate the work of those who fall away
  • I will know nothing of evil
  • I will destroy whoever slanders his neighbor secretly
  • I will not endure whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart
  • I will look with favor on the faithful in the land
  • I will destroy all the wicked in the land

David makes eleven statements of things that please the Lord that he was commited to doing.  It’s a picture of obedience to God’s desire placed in David’s heart.

David begins with song and music as the first two of his resolutions.  He is going to fill the air with praise and worship to God.  His topic is love and justice – a bit mixed in how they are given – but a great picture of the very character of God.  He is filled with love that includes His grace and mercy, but also must execute His justice because of His holiness and righteousness.  These are somewhat opposites in some ways, but they demonstrate the extremes of God’s love and standards for us.  David knows that even in the presence of judgment, God is worthy to be praised.

He continues with his desire of being blameless and walking with integrity.  David desires to live a life pleasing to God.  He wants to be perfect in obedience, but we know that isn’t possible.  So he wants to ponder how he can live for God.  He wants to set that example as he lives his life in his house and before others.  David wants to start at home.  He knows that if he can’t live in obedience in his own home, he certainly cannot do it in the world at large.  So he is focused on his own household first.

He knows the way to do that is to avoid and destroy whatever is evil.  He commits to not looking upon things that are evil.  What we see in our eyes enters our heart.  He will avoid being around those who do the work of evil, and will stay away from those with a bad heart and make it his strategy not to even know of evil.  He doesn’t want to be in their conversations or hear their discussions.  He wants to avoid it and focus on what is good and be faithful in walking in righteousness with His God.  That is how we have victory too.  We resist the devil, and he’ll flee from us scripture says.  David appears to be living that way!

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