Psa 101: Heart Determinations of David
David. A psalm.
Comments: Another short psalm of David. In this one,
in the first Part, he expresses his heart that seeks to be blameless,
faithful, & righteous. [v.1-5] In the second Part the Lord
responds with affirmation of such people and rejection of those
who are evil. [v.6-8]. The two parts complement each other.]
1: v.1-5: The Psalmist's Nine-fold Determination
Determination to sing & praise the Lord
will sing of your love and justice;
to you, Lord, I will
Determination to be righteous
will be careful to lead a blameless life –
when will you come to me?
conduct the affairs of my house
with a blameless heart.
Determination to reject the unfaithful
will not look with approval
on anything that is vile.
hate what faithless people do;
I will have no part
Determination to keep the wicked far from him
perverse of heart shall be far from me;
I will have nothing
to do with what is evil.
Determination to deal with such people
slanders their neighbour in secret,
I will put to silence;
whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart,
I will not tolerate.
2: v.6-8: The Lord's Response
The Lord looks for the faithful & blameless
eyes will be on the faithful in the land,
that they may dwell with me;
the one whose way of life is blameless
will minister to me.
He rejects deceivers and liars
one who practices deceit
will dwell in my house;
no one who speaks falsely
will stand in my presence.
He will deal with the wicked
morning I will put to silence
all the wicked in the land;
I will cut off every evildoer
from the city of the Lord.
Comments: Take the nine things that David, the man after
God's own heart, says he will do, and ask yourself, are these
my goals? See those the Lord approves and disapproves and check
which group you are in.]
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