Today, read Leviticus 15, Proverbs 29, Psalm 101.
This devotional is about Psalm 101.
In this song, David sang about the ideals to which he aspired. Each “I will” expressed his determination as the king to lead his kingdom according to specific moral principles. Those moral principles were:
to lead himself first (vv. 1-3b)
Before expressing moral goals for his administration, David set some personal goals for himself. Those goals were:
- To praise God and live a godly life in His sight (vv. 1-2a-b)
- To act with righteousness in his personal, family decisions (v. 2c)
- Never to approve of something that God disapproves of (v. 3a-b).
to cultivate relationships carefully (vv. 3c-7)
Because the king was powerful, many people courted his friendship in order to gain power. David determined to be careful about who influenced him by:
- separating himself from:
- those who were dishonest (“faithless = lacking in faithfulness” v. 3c-d)
- those who had evil hearts (v. 4).
- those who gossiped. In fact, he determined to rebuke anyone wanted to tell him secrets that slander others (v. 5a-b)
- those who were proud (v. 5c-d)
- those who were dishonest liars (v. 7)
- and, instead, choosing to make friends with those who:
- are faithful to God and others (v. 6a-b)
- who are righteous in their lives before God (v. 6c-d)
to rule justly (v. 8)
- by silencing those who were wicked and outspoken about it (v. 8a-b)
- by delivering justice to those who broke God’s law intentionally (v. 8c-d)
None of us is a king, but each of us should consider how making these kinds of choices could affect our lives and the lives of others.
Do you live your life by a moral code? Have you ever spelled out on paper the kind of life you are determined to live by the grace of God, the kind of people you won’t and will be influenced by, and how you will use the power/influence you have?
As David sang this song, perhaps each morning at the beginning of his day, he was rehearsing what it would look like to do the right thing at the moment of decision, reminding himself of what was important to him (because it is important to God), and resolving to live his life by these principles.
As we know, David did not perfectly live by these principles No one, except Jesus, was or is able morally to live by these or any other good principles. These are the things David aspired to be personally and to see cultivated in his kingdom.
Who do you aspire to become morally? Have you considered writing out your principles and reviewing them regularly?