Psalm 101 Commentary

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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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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