In the world but not of it

March 11, 2010

The standard, Psalms 101

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David wanted to set standards in his kingdom and life so that he could lead by example and ensure that his love for the Lord burned continuously.

As a king, a father, a husband and a man, David had his share of difficulties and bad choices but he was firm on his love for the Lord and knew that any behavior or action, whether it was sin or just a weight, would ultimately make a person ineffective and a stumbling block for others.

When we read thru this Psalms it cuts deep because these are standards that are precisely linked to the inner workings of our lives.

These eight verses make up a blueprint for how we are to live practically if we desire to live blamelessly before God and enjoy fellowship with Him. Let’s briefly consider what they mean to us…

[1] I will sing of your love and justice, LORD. I will praise you with songs.

David begins this Psalms with the reminder that our lives with the Lord must be filled with worship. We tend to look at worship only in the form of music but it is so much more. It is a constant attitude of thankfulness that exists in our hearts

[2] I will be careful to live a blameless life—when will you come to help me? I will lead a life of integrity in my own home.

Here we see some key words; careful, blameless, integrity. This tells us that we are to apply wisdom and thought (careful) to live a life of truthfulness (blameless) not one of compromise or lying. Isn’t it true that many times we do lie even in the smallest exaggerations?

We ask God to come help us but are we indeed living a life that is governed by His principles for our welfare and protection? To lead a life of integrity is to walk with a clear conscience, not carrying baggage filled with little things we continue to do that may be unethical or just wrong.

Integrity is doing the right thing all the time, especially when no one is watching, knowing of course that God is always watching…

[3] I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar. I hate all who deal crookedly; I will have nothing to do with them.

This perhaps presents the greatest difficulty for many today. We are surrounded by television programs, magazines, newspapers, internet sites, etc…all filled with content that is designed to ignite the fleshly desires and attitudes within us.

How are we to go deeper with the Lord when we are desensitized to the very things of the world? This is not a matter of salvation necessarily but rather sanctification. Are we allowing our lives to be shaped and molded so we can be vessels of honor? Is that program or magazine or web site that important that we cannot rid ourselves of it in order to proclaim like David that we won’t look at these things?

Many are accused of being legalistic when they take this position but it is not just a matter of personal conviction.

In fact, when our viewing and listening habits stumble a brother or sister then it is no longer personal.

it is a matter of consecration and responding to God’s instruction.

[4] I will reject perverse ideas and stay away from every evil.

This speaks of a crooked heart. Especially for those that work in the world it is a bold proclamation to remain truthful and righteous in our dealings. We are not to get pulled into things that will tear down our witness for Jesus and His reputation.

If God’s reputation were solely based on how we live what would people think of Him?

[5] I will not tolerate people who slander their neighbors. I will not endure conceit and pride.

Does this one cut deep? It probably does since we are all guilty of making damaging statements against people.

No one wants to be accused of slander but we really need to consider how we talk about those we may not like as much as we say we do.

[6] I will search for faithful people to be my companions. Only those who are above reproach will be allowed to serve me.

David knew that in order to remain strong spiritually he needed to surround himself with people that had the same love and zeal for God that he had. How important for us it is to have people in our lives that can challenge us to go deeper with Christ and not compromise or stay stagnant in our walk.

This may require changing our “friends” or re-prioritizing our relationships.

[7] I will not allow deceivers to serve in my house, and liars will not stay in my presence.

The admonition here is to live our lives free of those that desire to fill it with lies. To be vigilant in seeking the truth and in living it. Similar to the previous verse it is making the concerted effort to prioritize the relationships in our lives.

[8] My daily task will be to ferret out the wicked and free the city of the LORD from their grip.

David had a “daily” task at hand to cleanse the city of the wicked. We too share that same task but within our lives to ensure that anything that is not edifying gets thrown out…

There is so much more we can say within all these verses but let us take away the obvious points and be challenged to ask the Lord to help us draw nearer to Him…

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