Scriptures

Psalm 101

Introduction

In this psalm, David, after he was anointed king, 1 Samuel 16:13 / 2 Samuel 2:4 / 2 Samuel 5:3, set out his ideals for maintaining his kingship among God’s people. He was determined to live his live with dignity and he was determined to remove all evil does from his service.

Heading

‘Of David. A psalm.’

Although the headings aren’t inspired by God, they are important because they give us some understanding about the Psalm and they help us to see why it was written. The headings usually tell us four things.

1. Who wrote them, probably wrote them or possibly wrote them.

2. Information about the historical background to the Psalm. Why it was written.

3. They tell us of the tune the Psalm was written to.

4. How it was used.

The heading tells us this is a psalm of David.

‘I will sing of your love and justice; to you, LORD, I will sing praise. 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. I will not look with approval on anything that is vile. I hate what faithless people do; I will have no part in it. The perverse of heart shall be far from me; I will have nothing to do with what is evil. Whoever slanders their neighbour in secret, I will put to silence; whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart, I will not tolerate. My eyes will be on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; the one whose walk is blameless will minister to me. No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence. 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.’ Psalm 101:1-8

David begins by announcing that he will sing songs of praise which speak about God’s love and justice. God had been merciful and just with him, and so, David in turn wanted to be merciful and just with others, Matthew 6:12 / Luke 6:36 / James 2:13.

David declares that he is determined to lead a blameless life. Remember, ‘blameless’ doesn’t mean sinless, but it refers to doing what needed to be done under the Old Testament Law to have his sin forgiven. When God comes to Him, that is, when God is in his presence, he will be obedient to the law, Deuteronomy 28:1-14 / 1 John 1:6-7.

As it is most of us, a blameless heart begins in our own homes, and so he promises to live a righteous life as an example before his family. He is determined not to look for the approval of anything vile, Job 31:1 / 1 John 2:16, in other words, he will only look upon what is right in God’s eyes.

David is determined to stay away from anything which is wicked. He is determined to hate what faithless people do and will not get involved with anything they do, 1 Corinthians 15:33.

He wouldn’t allow his loyalty to God to be compromised by friends who fell away from God. He wouldn’t associate with apostates. He would maintain companions who were righteous but he would stay away from evil companions.

He is determined that anyone who slanders another in secret will be silenced. In other words, he would reject those who maliciously spoke to him about others. He is determined that he will not tolerate all those who have haughty eyes and proud, Exodus 3:8 / Proverbs 28:25 / Job 11:9.

In other words, he promised that he would associate with humble people, not those who played politics in order to gain his favour as the king of Israel.

He is determined that those who are faithful in the land will dwell with him and those who are walking blamelessly will ministers to him. In other words, he would focus on the righteous, and encourage them to be his friends.

However, those who are practicing deceit will not live in his house and those who speak falsely again him, will not be in his presence. In other words, he will reject from his court all those who deceive in order to gain favour or promote their own personal agendas.

He is determined to silence all the wicked in the land and cut off every evil doer with the city, that is, Jerusalem, Psalm 46:4 / Psalm 48:2 / Psalm 48:8. The reason for doing this every morning, was simply to get rid of the wicked, so that their influence would infect the people.

Conclusion

Although David would sin on numerous occasions, 2 Samuel 3:2-5 / 1 Samuel 5:13 / 2 Samuel 11:2, at this point in his life, he was determined to do what was right by God’s standards. Overall, David truly was a man after God’s own heart, 1 Samuel 13:14 / Acts 13:22.

Godly leadership is a must for any congregation of the Lord’s church and godly leaders recognise that it is Christ’s church and He is the one with all the authority, Matthew 28:18 / Colossians 1:18 / Hebrews 10:12 / 1 Timothy 6:15.

In the first century each local assembly was under the guidance of men known as elders, 1 Timothy 3:1-7 / Titus 1:6-9. They were elders because they were older, especially in experience, bishops or overseers because they ‘oversaw’ the work of the church, pastors because they shepherded the flock.

Like David, they too, must be determined to lead God’s people in God’s ways and be on their guard for anyone who would come amongst the flock to destroy them, Acts 20:28-31.

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DAILY BIBLE VERSE

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

John 16:33

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