Psalms – Prayers of Honesty and Praise
Psalm 101 theme songMm, what is the theme song of my life? I ask myself this question as I read David’s words to God in our next psalm. I wonder, like us, if he was beginning a new year at the time he wrote these words. The prayer almost sounds like resolutions with goals of wanting to live better, love better and be a better steward of the life that has been given to him by God. Hold that thought…
When David became king, first in Hebron and then at Jerusalem, he inherited a divided land and a discouraged people whose spiritual life was at low ebb. This psalm of dedication was probably written early in his reign in Jerusalem. We could accurately call this psalm “Leadership 101” because in it David spells out the essentials for successful leadership in the work of God.
Psalm 101
A David Psalm
Psalm 101 love
1-8 My theme song is God’s love and justice,
and I’m singing it right to you, God.
I’m finding my way down the road of right living,
but how long before you show up?
I’m doing the very best I can,
and I’m doing it at home, where it counts.
I refuse to take a second look
at corrupting people and degrading things.
I reject made-in-Canaan gods,
stay clear of contamination.
The crooked in heart keep their distance;
I refuse to shake hands with those who plan evil.
I put a gag on the gossip
who bad-mouths his neighbor;
I can’t stand arrogance.
Psalm 101 eyes on You
But I have my eye on salt-of-the-earth people—
they’re the ones I want working with me;
Men and women on the straight and narrow—
these are the ones I want at my side.
But no one who traffics in lies
gets a job with me; I have no patience with liars.
I’ve rounded up all the wicked like cattle
and herded them right out of the country.
I purged God’s city
of all who make a business of evil.
Psalm 101 I will vowsSOMETHING MORE TO CHEW ON…
There are a lot of “I” statements leading to vows to do things God’s way. Reread this passage and find them all. Now, lets classify these statements into vows of good leadership:
Devotion to God (vv. 1-2).
The king of Israel was God’s representative on earth and was expected to rule the way God commanded (Deut. 17:14-20; and see 2 Kings 23:1-3). The emphasis here is on the heart, for the heart of leadership is the leader’s devotion to the Lord. This devotion results in a life lived blamelessly to the glory of the Lord. David was determined to be that kind of leader.
Psalm 101 integrity
He made it clear that there must be no separation between the leader’s personal life and his or her official life, the private and the public. David wanted his reign to be characterized by loving-kindness (mercy) and justice, for this is the way God rules the world.
Blameless? “Blameless” does not mean “sinless,” for David was a sinner like the rest of us. However, unlike David, we have not seen the account of our sins written down for all the world to read! “Blameless” is another word for integrity, cultivating wholeness of heart and singleness of mind, instead of a double heart and a double mind.
Believers today should have integrity whether we are leaders or not. Faith is living without scheming, and the way of faith is “the blameless way” (v. 2 nasb). David vowed to live a godly life in his “house” (palace) and have an administration characterized by mercy, justice, and integrity.
Discernment (vv. 3-5).
David moved from the heart of the leader to the hearts of the sinners and turned the emphasis to the leader’s eyes and what he saw in them. David did not want anyone in his official family who was not walking with the Lord.
Leaders must set the best goals, guided by God’s will, for outlook determines outcome. The spiritual leader not only sets the best goals, but he or she also uses the best methods for achieving those goals. “Faithless” people are people who have abandoned God’s way for their own way and the world’s way. It is important that leaders cultivate humility and lead by being servants, not dictators.
Decision (vv. 6-8).
We have moved from the leader’s heart to the leader’s eyes, and now we look at the leader’s will. The repeated “I will” statements in the psalm give evidence of David’s determination to serve God and God’s people successfully and be a man of decision. He would not make excuses, and he would not delay making decisions. But some of those decisions would be difficult to make and perhaps more difficult to implement. He wanted associates who were not defiled by sin, whose walk was blameless, and who would treat people with fairness. He knew that no king could build a lasting government on lies. Deception is the Devil’s tool, and Satan goes to work whenever a lie moves in (2 Cor. 11:1–3).
Was David successful in maintaining the high standard of this declaration? No, not completely; but what leader besides Jesus Christ has ever maintained an unblemished record? David failed in his own family. His sin with Bathsheba set a bad example for his sons and daughters (2 Sam. 11–12), and David failed to discipline Amnon and Absalom for their sins (2 Sam. 13–15). He had problems with his generals Joab and Abishai, and his trusted counselor Ahithophel betrayed him.
But David reigned for forty years, during which time he expanded the borders of the kingdom, defeated Israel’s enemies, gathered the wealth used to build the temple, wrote the psalms, and established the dynasty that eventually brought Jesus Christ into the world. Like us, he had his weaknesses and failings, but over all, he sought to honor the Lord and be a good leader. Jerusalem is known as “the city of David” and Jesus as “the Son of David.” Could any compliment be higher than that?
Psalm 101 blamelessHEART CHECK:
David was determined to maintain a blameless life. What difference do you see between blameless and perfect?
What resources can help you lead a blameless life of worship and service?
What worthy goals do you want to attain? What steps lead to your goals? What help from God do you need?
What is your theme song? Not just 2019 but for life?
My life song is…to love the Lord, My God with all my heart, mind and soul. And to love others like Jesus loves me.
Will I be perfect? Nope. But I will focus on God, watch how He works, know Him intimately so when my feet wander from His path I will quickly get back to where He is.
Psalm 101 no evil
Dear Heavenly Father,
I love how you love us. I love how you teach us because of the love you have for us. We are not perfect, but you perfectly forgive us when we fall down or fall away from the Right Road. Thank you for being with us. Thank you for loving us enough to confront us. You are indeed a loving Father who loves His children well. Thank you!
In Jesus Name, Amen
And I’m singing...(Good, Good Father, by Chris Tomlin)
I’ve heard a thousand stories of what they think you’re like
But I’ve heard the tender whispers of love in the dead of night
And you tell me that you’re pleased
And that I’m never alone
You’re a good good father
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I’m loved by you
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am
I’ve seen many searching for answers far and wide
But I know we’re all searching
For answers only you provide
‘Cause you know just what we need
Before we say a word
You’re a good good father
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I’m loved by you
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am
Because you are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways to us
You are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways to us
Oh, it’s love so undeniable
I, I can hardly speak
Peace so unexplainable
I, I can hardly think
As you call me deeper still
As you call me deeper still
As you call me deeper still
Into love, love, love
You’re a good good father
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I’m loved by you
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am…

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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