Psalm 101

Psalm 101

What do you want to do when you become a king?

Many times, we dream about being a king or a queen. We dream about being in control of our lives and our situations. We want to be a king or a queen because we want to do whatever we want. We do not like to be told NO!

However, that is not the image of a biblical king! In the Bible, a king should voluntarily obey to the commandments of God and become a model for other people. If you are an ordinary citizen, you may be able to do something that you desire to do. However, if you are a king, you have to refrain from doing many things that you desire. You have more responsibilities and obligations!

A Sovereign’s Pledge of Integrity and Justice

That is why this Psalm 101 sounds like Basic Ethics 101. “I will sing of loyalty and of justice; to you, O Lord, I will sing. I will study the way that is blameless. When shall I attain it? I will walk with integrity of heart within my house; I will not set before my eyes anything that is base.”

It is not just personal ethics but a communal justice that a king should keep.

The king also has responsibility that the whole community respects the commandments of God. He has power to enforce the laws. Sometimes, it is not easy for a tender heart human being. However, as a king, he should do it whether he likes the job or not.

“I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me. Perverseness of heart shall be far from me; I will know nothing of evil. One who secretly slanders a neighbor I will destroy. A haughty look and an arrogant heart I will not tolerate. I will look with favor on the faithful in the land, so that they may live with me; whoever walks in the way that is blameless shall minister to me. No one who practices deceit shall remain in my house; no one who utters lies shall continue in my presence. Morning by morning I will destroy all the wicked in the land, cutting off all evildoers from the city of the Lord.”

About biblepreacher

United Methodist Church Pastor. My wife, Hysung Hong Lee, is also a UMC pastor and my children are all grown and have their independent life. We have now empty nest. I and my wife are collecting some mission eggs now in that nest!
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