It all starts at home. Work is important and so is the church, but living love out at home is where it all starts and ends. It can’t be faked at home.
Either I do things out of love with a blameless heart or I don’t. Everyone at home knows.
God’s goal for is that I seek to do every act at home out of pure love. No selfishness. No boasting. No ego gratification. Only love.
1 I will sing of faithful love and justice;
I will sing praise to you, Lord.
2 I will pay attention to the way of integrity.
When will you come to me?
I will live with a heart of integrity in my house.
3 I will not let anything worthless guide me.
I hate the practice of transgression;
it will not cling to me.
4 A devious heart will be far from me;
I will not be involved with evil.
5 I will destroy anyone
who secretly slanders his neighbor;
I cannot tolerate anyone
with haughty eyes or an arrogant heart.
6 My eyes favor the faithful of the land
so that they may sit down with me.
The one who follows the way of integrity
may serve me.
7 No one who acts deceitfully
will live in my palace;
the one who tells lies
will not be retained here to guide me.
8 Every morning I will destroy
all the wicked of the land,
wiping out all evildoers from the Lord’s city.
Christian Standard Bible. (2020). (Ps 101). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
Speaking to the Master, King David said he was determined to maintain purity in his empire by removing wickedness from himself, his court, and his capital. When justice prevailed, the Master would be pleased to dwell in their midst. So in a sense this psalm is a charter by which David ruled under God.
The psalmist sang of the Lord’s qualities of love and justice. These are characteristics of the divine rule, foundational to His effective reign.
- David said he resolved to live a blameless life, with a blameless heart before God. His lifestyle of integrity would begin in the privacy of his own house. This contrasted sharply with the corrupt lives of most kings of the ancient Near East.
- David elaborated on the path of purity he had said he would follow. That pure life would begin with him and extend to those who served him. This was a requirement if he was to enjoy the Master’s blessing on his reign.
- David said he would keep himself pure by not tolerating evil. He would not allow vile … faithless, and perverse people and their activities to be around him. “Vile thing” is literally, “things of Belial” (worthless and wicked). “Perverse” (‘iqqēš) means “crooked, twisted”.
- The king also wrote that he would surround himself with faithful servants. He would silence slanderers and not tolerate the arrogant. Haughty eyes refers to a proud look. David would look for faithful people to serve him, those whose lives were blameless (in integrity) as his own was at that point.
- David also indicated he would purge the wicked from throughout the nation, not just from the palace. As he administrated justice daily, he would cut off deceptive people and the wicked. “Cut off” often implies capital punishment, but it may also mean removal from service and fellowship.