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FRAMEWORKS: Psa 101: Heart Determinations of David


Of David. A psalm.


[Preliminary 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.]


PART 1: v.1-5: The Psalmist's Nine-fold Determination


v.1 Determination to sing & praise the Lord


v.1  I will sing of your love and justice;
     to you, Lord, I will sing praise.

v.2 Determination to be righteous


v.2 I will be careful to lead a blameless life 
     when will you come to me?

I will conduct the affairs of my house
     with a blameless heart.

v.3 Determination to reject the unfaithful


v.3 I will not look with approval
     on anything that is vile.

I hate what faithless people do;
     I will have no part in it.

v.4 Determination to keep the wicked far from him


v.4  The perverse of heart shall be far from me;
     I will have nothing to do with what is evil.


v.5 Determination to deal with such people


v.5  Whoever slanders their neighbour in secret,
     I will put to silence;
whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart,
     I will not tolerate.



PART 2: v.6-8: The Lord's Response


v.6 The Lord looks for the faithful & blameless


v.6  My 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.


v.7 He rejects deceivers and liars


v.7  No one who practices deceit
     will dwell in my house;
no one who speaks falsely
     will stand in my presence.


v.8 He will deal with the wicked


v.8  Every morning I will put to silence
     all the wicked in the land;
I will cut off every evildoer
     from the city of the Lord.



[Additional 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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