“I will sing of mercy and justice;
To You, O Lord, I will sing praises.
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.
I will set nothing wicked before my eyes…” (Ps 101:1-3)
King David probably wrote this Psalm as he was preparing to sit on the Throne of Israel. These are the desires of his heart and now they became public vows. He makes this covenant with God in the presence of all. The people should know the kind of king they have. His throne is established by the justice of God. The righteous are encouraged and rejoice but the wicked should fear.
These are the three major promises David makes to God (each starts with ‘I will’):
*I will worship God forever. I will sing praises to God for His love, mercy and righteous judgments!
*I will walk wisely before men and within my house!
*I will set nothing wicked before my eyes!
Blessed is the man who has experienced God’s judgment of sin followed by His mercy. The Holy Spirit convicts the soul of sin and judgment (Jn 16:8). The pain and deep sorrow to know that I was an enemy to God cannot be forgotten by the human mind. It has to be replaced by the special grace and overcoming mercy available only before the Throne of God.
To an unbeliever, mercy seems like a handicapped weak child. But mercy is a warrior, an intercessor and an advocate on high. At the Cross, the mercy of the Lamb openly challenged and triumphed against the accusation of judgment’ (Jam 2:13). Blessed is the man who enters the standing room of such a revelation! True worship is the only way to express such freedom, such joy…
Once a man is free from the condemnation of past sin, he will surely desire to walk wisely, with purity of heart. A perfect heart does not mean a sinless heart. It means to be honest, to be real, to be teachable and submissive to the Holy Spirit who leads the way into all truth. By the power of the Word of God, in obedience and trust, the believer changes from inside out. He becomes holy. All ungodly motives of doing things are replaced by the new way of life eternal. He hates sin and runs even from the appearance of evil. His life, marriage and home become a reflection of Christ dwelling there, full of grace and truth.The home is the base where true profitable godliness must be displayed. A true believer should be the same when outside, in the midst of strangers or at home with his wife and children. Selah!
Surround yourself with genuine people who fear God. Hire only them who are really kind, hardworking, humble and faithful. Fear not! Be a true godly leader of men by directing them towards Christ! Separate yourself from the hypocrites, from the ungodly men! Actively influence all over which God has given you authority!
“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven” (Mt 5:14-16, TM)
In Christ I declare:
I am a man (woman) of God!
I am a royal priest and an ambassador for Christ!
I am the salt of the earth and the light of the world!
I will worship God forever!
I will walk wisely outside and inside my home!
I will reject and destroy all evil I find in my way!
In Jesus name,