Summary: At the beginning of King Davi’s reign, this Psalm was his commitment to purity in his home. Today, it eshorts us to guard the purity of our lives and our homes.

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“A Blameless Life”

Psalm 101

Pastor Paul Barreca

Have you ever been the victim of a crime? When I was ten years old, my parents gave me brand new ten speed bicycle. It was a genuine Schwinn, and I couldn’t have been any happier. Although I was still growing, they purchased the bike with a full frame, knowing I would soon catch up to the size of the bike and the awesome features. I really though I was “hot stuff” riding my bike to little league practice, that is until I was confronted by a much bigger teenager who threatened to kill me unless I gave him my bike.

My world was shaken, and I was devastated.

Whether or not you have ever had something precious stolen from you, all of can relate to the sense of loss that is experienced when we are robbed of something important. Today I want to share that almost everyone of us has been robbed by a subtle intruder that is in our homes. The intruder has stolen precious family time, corrupted the minds of our children and introduced them to wicked and shameful things. The intruder has halted our children’s creativity, driven a wedge between them and their parents and caused them to crave things their parents cannot provide. What is this vile intruder? It is the television set and the programing we allow into our homes every day.

Today we are studying Psalm 101. It is referred to as "The Homebuilder’s Psalm," or "The Psalm of Pious Resolutions." This Psalm is practical for us today, as it provides an exhortation to guard what comes into our lives.

In this Psalm, King David expresses his commitment to build a godly home and palace. This Psalm was most likely composed at the beginning of his reign. It served as a pledge that he would guard his home from becoming overrun by hostile intruders that would steal away the hearts of his children and family. We can learn much from David’s Psalm of commitment.

The Psalm can be examined in three parts: The Object of our Commitment (101:1), A Commitment to a Pure LIFE (101:2-4), and A Commitment to a Pure Home (101:5-8).

The Object of our Commitment. 101:1

“I will sing of your love and justice; to you, O Lord, I will sing praise" (Psalm 101:1).

David’s song is to the Lord (to you). His desire is to speak of the Lord’s love and justice. His focus in establishing a home of purity was to please the Lord who treated David according to His love, and demanded justice from all those who follow Him. These two thoughts are not contradictory to one another. God’s love never excuses sin. In His love He demands that we obey. David understood the relationship of these two attributes.

In our day of permissiveness and toleration, we must remember that God will judge sin. We ought not misinterpret His patience with thinking He overlooks our sinful behavior. When David himself sinned against God, he confesses that "to you and to you alone have I sinned” (Psalm 51:4). Had David heeded the words of his own song in Psalm 101, he would not have needed the words of confession he prayed in Psalm 51!

A Commitment to a Pure Life. Psalm 101:2-4

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Russell Lyon

commented on Jul 10, 2013

A very helpful message! Thank you!

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