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KEY THOUGHT:     I will be careful to lead a blameless life. Psalm 101:2a NIV

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Psalm 101 New International Version – NIV

Psalm 101

Of David. A psalm.

I will sing of your love and justice;
    to you, Lord, I will sing praise.
I will be careful to lead a blameless life—
    when will you come to me?

I will conduct the affairs of my house
    with a blameless heart.
I will not look with approval
    on anything that is vile.

I hate what faithless people do;
    I will have no part in it.
The perverse of heart shall be far from me;
    I will have nothing to do with what is evil.

Whoever slanders their neighbor in secret,
    I will put to silence;
whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart,
    I will not tolerate.

My eyes will be on the faithful in the land,
    that they may dwell with me;
the one whose walk is blameless
    will minister to me.

No one who practices deceit
    will dwell in my house;
no one who speaks falsely
    will stand in my presence.

Every morning I will put to silence
    all the wicked in the land;
I will cut off every evildoer
    from the city of the Lord.


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Psalm 101 Commentary

In many some Western countries, quoting the scriptures to explain a moral situation has become a civil offense. One could lose her job for it or be in danger of a jail term. Where such threats don’t exist, the saint still feels the discomfort of talking about God’s love when millions are suffering from all sorts of things.

Love is simply one side of the story. There is also justice. Won’t the LORD move in and make everything square? Of course, He will. Between now and God’s intervention, David has resolved the following:-

He will lead a blameless life in the many different spheres of life.

He is a family man. He will have a godly face around his house.

He is living in a world of faithlessness. He will not be part of it. Let there be a distance between David and the evildoers. He shall not maintain fellowship with wicked men and women.

He is living among men and women who pride themselves in wrongdoing. Highly materialistic and selfish. They care nothing about the neighbor. He will not tolerate it.

But there is a ray of hope coming from a few faithful servants of the LORD God. He will keep their company. He will consult with them. They are his allies.

We can relate to the world in many different ways. We can raise a white flag; declaring peaceful coexistence and acceptance – being cool about everything going on. This is not David’s position. We can also let the world know our position, even in our quietness. We can keep a distance. We can declare God’s love and justice.

David was in a position of authority. He could decide from the top who to work with. The saint may not have this luxury, but let the world know your position. Don’t participate. Don’t tolerate it; don’t keep cool about it. Hurt inside at the sight of evil. Resist it. Hate wickedness.

You have authority at home. Don’t let wickedness breed from there. You have authority in your own office. Live blamelessly. The LORD Jesus Christ, by the Spirit of the LORD, makes it possible for us to take on these mountains. And we can always pray that we are not tempted beyond our capacity to endure.

Like David, we too have our own thrones. In many cases, we can decide who to work with. We can decide who to marry. We can decide who to hang out with. We can decide what ideas to accept, question, or completely reject and hate. May the LORD help us.

There is work to do before the LORD comes to make everything square once again.

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  1. It has been exciting learning how God can make things happen to his choosen one, God workout something wonderful and fulfils the promises he made to the father of Joseph.

    God’s words remains true so are his promises and indeed it has been God working out the salvation of man Kind by Grace through Faith alone.

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  2. Profound. My life needs a new introduction to God. Not that I have been right, but because God desires to help me… I see an amazing Grace here. Having broken the first commandment, still God looks for me and helps me to build up with him… And live for him. A littles knowledge of the Lord will ignite my passion and desire to serve him. This morning I pledge to seek, live and serve the Lord Jesus Christ and His purposes everyday of my life.
    Beautiful lesson

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  3. The Lord reintroduces himself and shows Israel, He is all they need. Some boast in horses and others in chariots but we’ll boast in the Lord. He is able and the only one worthy of our trust. Lord teach me how to always look up to you at all times and not focus on my strength or capabilities. This is my prayer

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  4. This far too common today. Just do something that seems like true worship yet it’s intent and actual practice is not even close to the set standard by the Lord. I personally feel challenged of some things we do in our personal lives, the focus of many churches and ministries today. We’ll need to realize the Lord must be worship as he has personally guided. Provides a good start of my reflection today

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  5. In those days when there was no King everyone did as they pleased. This is a good reminder to us that we are on own when the King of Kings isn’t leading our lives we’ll be doing what is not right and the results will show clearly how life without Christ looks like. We thank God that even when it looks like he’s not there, he’s behind the scenes working. I have learnt to trust in the Lord always.

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  6. Iam seeing this being stressed… There was no King in Israel… So lawlessness is the order of the day. This shows how heartless and wicked man can be with out the right King in his life. He can do anything. May the Lord help us to allow Christ in our lives that every aspect of our lives is changed and we yield ourselves to him alone.

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  7. I’m sure as the two daughters in-law stayed in Naomi’s home they learned about the God of Israel and appreciated His works among his people. Ruth’s determination and what she says moves my heart. She’s convinced she must go with Naomi and wants to spend her life with her, this relationship was strong especially between a mother inlaw and a daughter in-law. Yet Ruth stays and how she puts it shows the depth of her heart, I’ll go with with you, your people will be my people, your God will be my God…

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