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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 101

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The Fourth Book of Psalms (c 90-106)
Message: A Prayer to Walk Blamelessly (v 1-8)

Psalms 101 Commentary 

(101:1) A Bameless Life - David may have written this psalm early in his reign as king as he decided the standards by which he wanted to live. David knew that to lead a blameless life he would need God's help (101:2). We can lead blameless lives if we avoid (r) looking at wickedness-anything vile or vulgar (101.3), (2) evil thoughts or associates (lOrd), (3) slander (1015), and (4) pride (LOt.5). While avoiding these wrongs, we must also let God's Word show us the standards by which to live. 

(101:2) Integrity - What determines a life of integrity today? Words like sinful and wrong have been replaced by ones like inappropriate and counterproductive. Leaders and celebrities can publicly profess morality but privately live deeply immoral lives. God has a prior claim on us; we belong to him (100:3). Our values, life choices, and rules for engagement begin with him. Has your understanding of right and wrong become blurry? Living by the priorities set forth in this psalm will help you regain your focus. 

(101:6) Our Friends - David said that he would keep his eyes on "the faithful of the land." In other words, he would choose as advisers and as friends those who followed God and sought the truth. Our friends and associates profoundly influence us. Make sure to choose as your closest companions those who are faithful to God and his Word. Surround yourself with friends who will be positive influences and lead you closer to God.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

See No Evil

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Psalms with Chapter 101. In our text today, we see a theme of a prayer for help to walk a blameless path and to live with integrity. My eye is drawn to verse 3, where David says He will set no evil thing before his eye. In applying, we see that the step to righteousness involves separating from evil in our environment. A conscious effort to remove these impurities will have an eternal effect on our lives. Keeping the evil away will allow us to win battles that we will never be tempted to enter. How about you? Do you control what you watch with your eyes? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember to make an effort to see not Evil so we will not be tempted to sin or disobey our Lord.    


Psalm 101

Psalm 101

 1I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O LORD, will I sing.

 2I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.

 3I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.

 4A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person.

 5Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.

 6Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.

 7He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.

 8I will early destroy all the wicked of the land; that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the LORD.