Psalm Chapter 101: Is my heart blameless, oh God?

Unless otherwise cited the scriptures in this devotional are from the King James Version of the Bible found on Bible Gateway.

Context

The title implies that King David is the composer of this particular psalm. The body of the psalm supports the idea that the writer is a royal and or a kingship song. The writer indicates that they have the power to silence those who slander their neighbor. See verse 5. They even the power to cut off every evil person from the City of the Lord. See verse 8.

The speaker argues his innocence before God. See also Psalm 26. On the other hand, it does not demonstrate a lengthy complaint about being separated from God, it does connote a feeling of distance from God. Therefore one can conclude that this royal psalm is also a psalm of lament. This psalm connects the reader with the wisdom influence of the teaching of the Book of Proverbs.

I will follow you, only, Lord

The writer begins this segment of the psalm by detailing his intentions to worship the Lord, tell of His marvelous love towards him, and his covenant relationship with Him. He will follow His instructions. Longman says the writer exclaimed what he would do, “He will worship God by extolling God’s love (or covenant loyalty; ḥ esed ) and his justice ” (Longman 2014, 352). Not only will he follow YHWH’s instructions he will also out a distance between him and evildoers “I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.” Longman feels that “house” means dynasty. So David is speaking for the generations to come.

He also states his desire to maintain a distance between himself and “faithless” people. Longman posits that the translation for “faithless people’ is difficult because “The word for ‘faithless people’ ( bĕliyya‘al ) is hard to translate in a precise way” (ibid 353). Today Christians should, “hate” evil, but not evil people. (Heb. 10:38). Psalm 41:8 tells us to “cleaveth fast unto him.” That was the psalmist’s declaration. Because he is living a lifestyle that is in step with God’s commandments he is asking God “O when wilt thou come unto me?” Don’t we feel this way sometimes? When things are just not working out like they should? Look up child of God He is still with us.

I will silence evil doers, Lord.

Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer. Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.I will early destroy all the wicked of the land; that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the Lord.

Slandering people is NOT of GOD, regardless of the circumstance.

Psalm 101:5 “Whoso privily slandereth his neighbor, he will I cut off: him that hath a high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.” Slander of any kind is not looked upon in a mind manner. The psalmist declares that he will silence negativity. Negativity should never be who we are. We should never become a part of that type of speech. The Book of [See Prov. 10:18; 20:19] regularly condemns slander. pride and any speech the denotes that a person is the CENTER of the world. That is just contemptible. Anyone who refuses to listen to counsel and is contemptible is not a leader who knows anything about godly leadership (Prov. 3:7; 21:24; 29:23).

The people who are my advisors will be righteous.

Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.

The king looks out for the faithful in The Lord and those who live righteously to serve with him. Their lives had to be blameless. It is amazing to me how we make excuses for the people to whom we have given leadership positions to. That has NEVER been God’s plan. We are willing to accept any type of deplorable behavior as long as the person supports our pet peeves. How does that line up with this passage or even God’s intent? (See Proverbs 22:11.)

The king distances himself from liars.

I will early destroy all the wicked of the land; that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the Lord.

The psalmist knows that when a leader listens to lies, he leads the nation into committing wickedness. “If a ruler hearkens to lies, all his servants are wicked.” Prov. 29:12 A Christian leader frees his people from the shackles of sin by leading and listening to counselors who are all free from sin. He does not consort with liars and wicked people. There is a difference between a truly God lead leader and us. Yes, David sinned, but he repented of that sin and did not commit it again.

The Book of Samuel shows us how David attempted to live a righteous life. Read about this servant of God’s life. Even his son Solomon did not strive to live a blameless life. No king that followed David longed to live a blameless life. He is there as an example to Christians that it is possible as long as we focus on God. No will not be completely blameless, but neither was David. Remember (Rom. 3:23).

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” It is not an excuse for abhorrent behavior. It is a factual statement about who we are in Christ. So each and every one of us can read Psalm 101 and know that the blood of Jesus Christ applied to out lives makes us blameless.

Reference

Longman, Tremper, III. Psalms: An Introduction and Commentary, InterVarsity Press, 2014. Google Books.

C. S. Lewis Daily

Duration: 365 days

‘Niceness’—wholesome, integrated personality—is an excellent thing. We must try by every medical, educational, economic, and political means in our power to produce a world where as many people as possible grow up ‘nice’; just as we must try to produce a world where all have plenty to eat. But we must not suppose that even if we succeeded in making everyone nice we should have saved their souls. A world of nice people, content in their own niceness, looking no further, turned away from God, would be just as desperately in need of salvation as a miserable world—and might even be more difficult to save.

For mere improvement is not redemption, though redemption always improves people even here and now and will, in the end, improve them to a degree we cannot yet imagine. God became man to turn creatures into sons: not simply to produce better men of the old kind but to pro- duce a new kind of man. It is not like teaching a horse to jump better and better but like turning a horse into a winged creature. Of course, once it has got its wings, it will soar over fences which could never have been jumped and thus beat the natural horse at its own game. But there may be a period, while the wings are just beginning to grow, when it cannot do so: and at that stage the lumps on the shoulders—no one could tell by looking at them that they are going to be wings—may even give it an awkward appearance.

From Mere Christianity
Compiled in A Year with C.S. Lewis

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