I Promise This (Psalm 101)

1 I will sing of mercy and justice; To You, O Lord, I will sing praises.2 I will behave wisely in a perfect way.

Oh, when will You come to me?

I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.

3 I will set nothing wicked before my eyes;

I hate the work of those who fall away;

It shall not cling to me.

4 A perverse heart shall depart from me;

I will not know wickedness.

5 Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor,

Him I will destroy;

The one who has a haughty look and a proud heart,

Him I will not endure.

6 My eyes shall be on the faithful of the land,

That they may dwell with me;

He who walks in a perfect way,

He shall serve me.

7 He who works deceit shall not dwell within my house;

He who tells lies shall not continue in my presence.

8 Early I will destroy all the wicked of the land,

That I may cut off all the evildoers from the city of the Lord.

David writes this psalm, a promise to God of His faithful living.  His laundry list of promises is impressive.  He will sing God’s praises, behave wisely, look at no evil, pick perversity out of his house, etc.  Basically, he promises to shun evil and help good people as he serves and obeys God.  David’s pure and obedient heart is exactly why God exalted him to the office of king of Israel.  David had his moments of fleshly failure, no doubt, as do we all.  However, David always repented of his evil and sought God’s favor.  He loved the Lord and longed to serve and glorify Him.  Take a lesson from David: shun evil and cling to what is good!

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