Psalm 101 – Living For God
Psalm 101:1-8 ESV
In this Psalm, David listed a number of ways he would live his life for God.
I will sing of steadfast love and justice; to you, O LORD, I will make music.
I will ponder the way that is blameless. Oh when will you come to me? I will walk with integrity of heart within my house;
As God’s chosen people, we should sing of God’s love and justice, and live a holy life. But it does not mean that once we become Christians, we can always differentiate right from wrong, or be much better than non-believers. We are constantly at crossroads, and we are always a step away from wrongdoing.
Meditation is an important part of our Christianity. We must make time to think about what’s going on around us and how we should respond to different situations. David desired to “walk with integrity of heart” because he knew God would come to him; it was not “if” but “when”.
I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me.
God chose both Saul and David, but each took a different view on the possessions that were given them. David saw how Saul fell away and lost everything God gave him. He decided not to set his eyes on material things, which he considered worthless.
A perverse heart shall be far from me; I will know nothing of evil.
David obviously knew what evil was. He was a man like us and faced trials and temptations as we do. He wanted to keep far away from a perverse heart and not get acquainted with evil.
This is the kind of commitment we should make to God – that we desire good, and stay far away from evil and perversity. Ponder on how we can be blameless before God and keep our hearts pure. If we can teach our children to stay away from wrongdoings, we can teach ourselves to stay away from sin too. Desire an upright heart in our daily devotion and pray that God will give us strength to keep away from evil.
Whoever slanders his neighbour secretly I will destroy. Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart I will not endure.
Speaking against someone secretly cannot be condoned. The theme of this psalm is about David’s desire to walk with integrity. So David would have referred to himself as much as he referred to others here. He hated slanderers and he hated slandering. He wouldn’t tolerate arrogance in himself or others too.
Slanders and pride are sins that hurt relationships; God desires love and reconciliation among His people.
I will look with favour on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; he who walks in the way that is blameless shall minister to me.
No one who practices deceit shall dwell in my house; no one who utters lies shall continue before my eyes.
Morning by morning I will destroy all the wicked in the land, cutting off all the evildoers from the city of the LORD.
David looked with favour on those who were faithful to God and lived righteous lives. Conversely, David wanted to stay away from the deceitful and fight against the wicked and evildoers.
I know how easily I get influenced by godly people, and by ungodly people too. However the lack of a spiritual mind holds me back from identifying such people. If we make time to get to know people who seek God with all their hearts, we will benefit from their guidance and influence. Thus, it is important to be with the Church, and seek out people who love God. We need to be watchful about deceitful people around us too.
And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. (2 Corinthians 5:15)
Jesus has died for us, let’s live for God.
Andy is the head of compliance for an international bank and is happily married, with three daughters. He became a disciple of Christ three decades ago, and studies God's Word passionately. He desires to be constantly led by the Spirit. Andy joined the Central Christian Church in 1990.