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Psalm 101 (2:52)

by Jason Silver (played 6 times)

 

What do YOU Think? David, or God, or Who?

This Psalm reads like a promise, or a commitment to be a certain kind of person. I think it may be David's promise to be a good king. Each line has a promise to do something or not do something, for example:

I will sing,
I will study,
I will walk,
I won't look,
I will destroy,
I won't tolerate,
I will favour

Psalm 101 is one of those Psalms that at times feels a tad awkward to read, nevermind sing.

As Christians, we're used to hearing about the complexities of God's personality; he is perfect in love, and yet at times, jealous. He is both patient and impatient with us, a righteous judge, and yet full of forgiveness.

You get the idea.

In this Psalm we read about how the author will destroy the evil in the land, and other seemingly violent things... I suspect it's David promising to be a just king, after all, the Psalm is attributed to David.

What do you think? Does this Psalm have a double meaning? Do you think God is speaking to us through David here, or is there some other way we're to interpret it?

I'd love to hear YOUR thoughts!

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Lyrics

I will sing of loyalty and of justice;
To you, O Lord,
To you I'll sing.
I will study the way that is blameless.
When shall I learn
So I attain it?

I will walk with integrity of heart
Within my house,
Within my house;
I will not set before my eyes a thing
That is base,
That is base.

I hate the work of those who fall away;
It shall not cling to me.
Perverseness of heart shall be far from me;

Instrumental

I will know nothing of evil.
The slanderer:
I will destroy.
I will not tolerate a haughty look,
Nor arrogant–
arrogant hearts.

I will look with favour on the faithful
In the land,
So they may live;
Those who walk in the way that is blameless
Shall minister,
Shall attend me.

None who practice deceit
Shall remain in my house;
None who utters lies
Shall continue in my presence.

Morning by morning I will destroy
All the wicked in the land,
Cutting off all evildoers
From the city of the Lord.