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Psalm 101

June 4, 2009

This psalm is attributed to David telling of his commitment to serve God according to God’s statutes. David commits to being God’s servant while on Israel’s throne. We know from David’s life that he was unable to keep this commitment fully. Only God, Jesus Christ, is able to lead a blameless life free of sin and rule as such. Nevertheless, this psalm tells us of God’s standard for love and justice.

David praises God for His love and justice. He commits to live free of sin but recognizes that can happen only with the Lord’s presence in His life. He will refuse to look upon anything that will detract him from doing the Lord’s will.

David hates sin or evil and commits to separating himself from its influence. This includes people who do not acknowledge God, who seek to take advantage of others, who slander, who covet another’s wife or possessions, and who boast with pride about their accomplishments.

Instead, David commits to fellowshipping with people who love God, who acknowledge, honor and worship Him. David’s vision is of a nation who honors God and where evil is identified and removed [vs. 7-8].

This psalm of commitment should be the prayer of every Christian each morning. It would quicken our sanctifying process to be like Jesus. Without such a lofty goal we flounder. Such a prayer of commitment would do much to help us focus on what is right, what it means to love God, and what it means to be just. It helps us become more like Jesus. David failed and we fail but remembering this psalm will do much to reduce the frequency of those failures. Remember this is God’s standard. Commit to follow it and become more like Jesus. That is the purist form of worship to the Lord God Almighty.

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