Psalm 101:1-2, I will,sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O Lord, will I sing. I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.
Pastors have many challenging responsibilities each time they deliver the massage of God’s word. They must feed the sheep, rebuke the disobedient correct false teaching and exercise responsible leadership. King David faced comparable responsibilities and challenges as the national and spiritual leader of Israel. Psalm 101, which may have composed for his son Solomon’s coronation, is in essence a public pledge to make faith, obedience, and righteousness the foundations of life and leadership, scripture said I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes; I hate the work of them that turn aside: it shall not cleave to me. God rightfully received this pledge from David and Solomon, as well as from any believer who prays it today his love and justice are paramount in worshipers’ live, and he daily provides us with the spiritual strength necessary to live well. This psalm’s pledge of blamelessness includes both public and private spheres, as well as words, thoughts, and actions. It includes both a positive or active orientation-doing righteous things and a negative or passive orietation not doing evil things.
It presupposes a love of godliness, that is, doing the right the right thing is not a matter of mere duty, constraint, or avoidance of punishment, but rather a matter of passion and worship from the heart This way of life is not just an individual matter, but is best done in company with other who share the same values: My eyes will be on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me, the one whose walk is blamelessness will minister to me. Furthermore this is not a one time choice or action but a commitment that must be renewed on a daily basic, verse 8, said I will early destroy all the wicked of the land, that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the Lord. The motivation or reward for all this is relational closeness with the Lord. This treasure is worth all the labor and sacrifice that might be required. We need not be kings to take a stand for faith, obedience, and righteousness. Wherever we are we can and should pledge to pursue and practice godliness. If you were to follow the psalmist’s example and write out such a pledge what might it look like? Perhaps doing so could help you shire your light for God’s glory. Matthew 5:14-16, Ye are the light of the world, a city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let my cry come unto thee.
CB Helping Hands Ministries
To God Be The Glory
Minister David A. Benjamin