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David wrote Psalm 101  like a covenant.  He is expressing to God his intent to be the King, the man and the servant God had anointed him to be. We often lose sight of the fact that David was anointed as king when he was young. Saul was at the pinnacle of his reign as Israel’s first King and David was simply his family’s baby brother. David sought the Lord his entire life, and as God’s anointed–he bore a great responsibility. 

For the servant leader, Psalm 101 actually becomes a guide to life–“Life 101”. David promises to honor and praise God. He promises to live a life that is above reproach. As king, he promises to clear his court of the proud, the wicked, the deceitful and the merciless.  In short, David promises to be the king, God called him to be.

We are also God’s anointed. Through Christ, we are set apart to follow him, serve him and spend eternity with him. We should take lessons from David’s commitment–and live a life worthy of God’s call. Such a life entails that we seek him, honor him and live in a way that brings him glory.  We distance ourselves from evil and surround ourselves with those that love him.  We do not tolerate wickedness, pride, deceit or mercilessness. We are quick to praise and thank God–because he redeemed us a a great price.

It is a path worth taking–“Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things will be added to you!” Matthew 6:33. From David to Jesus and now to us–let’s adopt a code for life.

God Bless You

I will sing of your love and justice;
    to you, Lord, I will sing praise.
I will be careful to lead a blameless life—
    when will you come to me?

I will conduct the affairs of my house
    with a blameless heart.
I will not look with approval
    on anything that is vile.

I hate what faithless people do;
    I will have no part in it.
The perverse of heart shall be far from me;
    I will have nothing to do with what is evil.

Whoever slanders their neighbor in secret,
    I will put to silence;
whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart,
    I will not tolerate.

My eyes will be on the faithful in the land,
    that they may dwell with me;
the one whose walk is blameless
    will minister to me.

No one who practices deceit
    will dwell in my house;
no one who speaks falsely
    will stand in my presence.

Every morning I will put to silence
    all the wicked in the land;
I will cut off every evildoer
    from the city of the Lord.