Seeing God Through the Psalms
“Psalm 101”Categories: Seeing God Through the Psalms
Psalm 101 is a song of commitment from David to the Lord. There are several “I Will” statements that David gives, describing what he will do for the Lord.
I will sing of steadfast love and justice; to you, O LORD, I will make music (v. 1) – it is David’s commitment to worship. I will commit my time, my thoughts, my voice to You in worship. Do you spend time daily in worship to God?
I will ponder the way that is blameless. (v. 2) – there is a way before the Lord that one can be blameless, a right path. Before I speak, before I act, I will think about which decisions will lead me and keep me on the blameless way.
I will walk with integrity of heart within my house (v. 2) – integrity brings to mind character. It is who you are when no one is around, like at home. Thus even in the privacy of my own home I will not give my heart over to bitterness, to greed, to lust, to pride. My heart will be pure and right, even when alone.
I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. (v. 3) – in a world full of distractions, full of evil and alluring ways, I will choose to set my eyes on God, to keep my focus on things above, on the things that honor God and matter the most.
I will know nothing of evil (v. 4) – I will strive to preserve a heart of innocence. I will guard against the thoughts of the wicked. I will not be drawn by examples of evil. Rather than filling my heart with today’s news (which is almost always negative), I’ll fill my heart with the words of life.
Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly I will destroy. Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart I will not endure. (v. 5) – the people I consider my close friends, where I turn to for advice, they will not be those who are walking away from God. I will use my words and example to speak the truth and love, to address sin and point others to Christ.
I will look with favor 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. (v. 6) – in contrast to the thought above, I will surround myself with people of character and integrity. I will learn and lean on those who walk the same path, following the same goal, heading to the same destination – those who are Heaven bound.
7 I will statements. 7 powerful choices. What a big difference these 7 decisions will make in your life!
Holy Righteous God, like David the longing of my heart is to commit my life to You. Every day is full of choices – may the decisions and choices I make today be made with wisdom, with You in mind, with Heaven as my goal – may they be decisions that honor and glorify You. Father, today I WILL use my time, my thoughts, my words, my actions to further Your Kingdom, to demonstrate Your goodness, to bless and not to curse, to show the world my love and devotion to You!