Old Testament: Psa 101.6–8
To read the Bible in a year, read Psalms 99–102 on August 14, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020
By Don Ruhl
Listen to David as he spoke, no doubt as a king, stating what he would do and who would dwell with him:
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.
He who works deceit shall not dwell within my house;
He who tells lies shall not continue in my presence.
Early I will destroy all the wicked of the land,
That I may cut off all the evildoers from the city of the LORD.
– Psalm 101.6–8
In the Book of Proverbs, Solomon will tell you what a king does (Proverbs 20.2, 8, 26, 28; 22.11; 24.21; 25.5–6; 29.4, 14), and his point is how we then should act. Solomon instructs us on the right behavior.
However, in Psalm 101, David provides the same kind of instruction, but emphasizes that instruction from the viewpoint of the king.
There are proper and improper ways to present ourselves before those in authority, and David showed what a king does according to the way that we live.
- Why don’t those in authority want liars and deceivers in their presence?
- Are you faithful to Lord?
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