Psalm 101

Psalm 101

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I Will Walk with Integrity

A Psalm of David.

101   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;
  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.
  A perverse heart shall be far from me;
    I will know nothing of evil.
  Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly
    I will destroy.
  Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart
    I will not endure.
  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.
  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.

(ESV)


Psalm 101 Commentary

by Hank Workman

“When will You come for me?”

Just let this question hover in your mind a moment.

David’s prayer was to walk blamelessly before his God.  Within this prayer are many aspects he ascends toward doing the right thing and setting the table to follow after his Creator.  But before that, he opens with this.

We sometimes ask the same question:  When will You come, Jesus?  Often this is posed in those times of uncertainty as the hardship of life presses in.  But this question always seems to be at the forefront of my own mind – I simply want to be with Jesus.  That is the reality of living a life in the ‘not yet but almost’ time frame.  Yes, there are so many things this human life brings but something is missing.  Being intimately one on one, seeing my Savior’s face, basking in his presence.  I long to feel such wholeness.

God’s presence is deeply connected to obedience.  How obedient we are in the now is what ushers in His sweet presence.  But this obedience is also connected to our life of eternity.  We must be careful how we walk, how we live.

“If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.”

1 John 1:6-10

Are we deceiving ourselves by what we say but what we do is completely contrary to Jesus?

As many credit this psalm prior to David taking the throne, he knew that before he could rule in the courts of the kingdom his relationship with God had to be settled and his conduct within his own house was priority.  It began within first before he could do the task ordained.  Oh, our private life sets the stage for our public.

In order for David to lead the life set before him, which was the standard of being blameless he needed God’s help.  He would avoid indulging in the things of the wicked.  Remarkably he knew that who he associated with was critical so he would stay away from those who perverted the words and ways of God.  He would choose not to slander.  Just as importantly, he would wrestle and sacrifice his pride.  My goodness, this last aspect is overwhelming to see so many Believers filled with pride for who they are, what they’ve done and what they ascend to.  It’s an epidemic to say the least and disgusting at best.

God’s blessing in our life is directly connected to our obedience.  We must ensure we are walking the life He has set before us, running from the sin that entangles, sacrificing our will and pride and giving ourselves completely to Him.  Not in word but in absolute heart readiness to be obedient and follow.  Then we can ask with certainty “When will you come for me?” knowing that as we’re striving to do and become what He intends, rescue from this life will be the greatest thing we have striven toward.  We will be with Jesus.


Psalm 101 Commentary

by Brad Boyles

“I will pay attention to the way of integrity. When will You come to me? I will live with a heart of integrity in my house.”

Psalms 101:2 HCSB

Christians are often singled out as hypocrites. We love phrases like “the last shall be first” and “kill the flesh” but we struggle daily to live out these principles. On top of this, it’s nearly impossible to determine who is actually living a consistent Christian life with integrity. A simple definition of integrity is doing the right thing when no one else is watching. With all of the megachurch scandals and excessive abuse of authority, integrity can be hard to come by in the church these days – especially within leadership.

Unfortunately, once our eyes have seen hypocrisy in another believer, it tends to tarnish our view of their Christian life. I have been down this path many times and I’m sure others have looked at me in that same way. It’s a terrible feeling. The details are irrelevant, but I’ve had my fair share of bosses and colleagues who played with fire and eventually got burnt. Though they may have fooled me with their double life, they could not fool God.

Scripture is full of passages that closely associate those without integrity to a wicked or evil person.

“The one who lives with integrity lives securely, but whoever perverts his ways will be found out.”

Proverbs 10:9 HCSB

Living with integrity is not something we should just do because God said it. It doesn’t come by following rules or regulations. Integrity is built over time through freedom and joy. Through Christ, we have the power to reject sinful choices. We are free from sin. The feeling of doing what we ought to do out of obedient joy cannot be matched. It’s a feeling that cannot be bought or artificially produced. When we know our life is the same at work, church and at home – and it is aligned with Scripture – we see a whole new life in front of us.

One of my friends says often, “If you don’t confess it, then it hasn’t become real yet.” There are only two ways that things get real. Either you confess and repent or your secret life is discovered. There are no alternatives. As the passage above states, whoever perverts God’s ways will be found out.

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