Thoughts on Psalm 101

Psalm 101 is written by David. It is one of his many songs. David’s journey of faith is no doubt one of the greatest narratives in Scripture. In Psalm 101 he is writing about his faith. He uses the phrase, “I will,” and “my,” a lot in this short text. He is concerned to be faithful and his use of I am my isn’t about his will being done, but Yahweh’s alone. He wants to be completely God’s, and recognizes the things in his life that present problems, and where his focus needs to be. He mentions his house in v. 2, which as a Youth Minister reminds me of the importance of building faith at home. He also is passionate about guarding the purity of his eyes. We know David’s story, we know his failure with Bathsheba. We too live in a world where distraction comes at us, only our rooftop bathing beauties can be hidden in the world wide web. David wants to stay away from the people in his life that bring him down, the proud and those who cut down others with their words. David is also concerned with the community of believers, who share his passion for Yahweh. He recognizes and rightly so for a shared journey. We need others in our walk with the Lord too. I think it especially poignant how he ends in v. 8 with, “Every morning I will put to silence all the wicked in the land; I will cut off every evil doer fro the city of the Lord.” I think we would do well to begin each day silencing ourselves from the wicked in our world. Let us not immerse ourselves in worldly pursuits, but let us open our ears first to God’s Word. May we then begin the day as those who have been newly re-created.


About Jason Retherford

The random musings of a youth minister.
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