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Psalms 101

Garner-Howes Baptist CommentaryGarner-Howes

Verses 1-8

Psalms 101

An Holy Resolve

David resolved to do eight things in his reign of righteousness, perhaps to be fulfilled only in Jesus Christ, his seed.

Scripture v. 1-8:

Eight Resolves For A Worthy Life

1) Verse 1 is a resolve to sing of mercy and judgment, unto the Lord. Even mercy the Lord had shown to David and his family, Through Nathan the prophet, 2Samual Ch. 7; Numbers 21:17; Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalms 17:7; La 3:22, 23.

2) Verse 2 relates a resolve to behave or deport himself wiser (discreetly) in a perfect (spiritually mature) way, even before his own house, a becoming thing for the head of any family or nation, 1 Samuel 18:14-15; 2 Samuel 8:15; 1 Kings 9:4; 1 Kings 11:4; 1 Timothy 3:4-5. He then asked, "O when," will the Lord come to him? to deliver him from his enemies, as He had promised, Exodus 20:24; Psalms 102:1; Psalms 78:72; Proverbs 20:7; Romans 6:4; 1 Corinthians 13:5.

3) Verse 3 resolves to set no wicked thing before his eyes, or look with approval on no wickedness; He added that he hated the work of those who turned aside, strayed from the law of the Lord, in matters of morals and ethics and spiritual service, Genesis 28:20; Psalms 1:1-5; Hosea 5:2.

4) Verse 4 vows that he will not know (recognize with approval) a wicked person or thing, in any known wrong, Psalms 34:16; Psalms 52:3. He resolved that one with a froward heart, that would live presumptuously, should be required to depart from his presence, lest he be thought to sanction or condone his sins, Psalms 1:1-2; Psalms 18:26; See also Proverbs 3:32; Isaiah 53:11.

5) Verse 5 expressed a determined resolve to cut off one who, a; slanders his neighbor, b) who holds an high look and a proud heart, or one filled with proud vanity. It was a noble resolve, as certified Psalms 15:3; Psalms 31:13; Proverbs 10:18; Proverbs 15:23; Proverbs 15:25; Proverbs 21:4. Such is still not to be tolerated or approved by godly people, Proverbs 6:17; Daniel 4:37; Luke 18:11-14.

6) Verse 6 declares, (resolves) that his eyes shall be upon the faithful, those who walk in a perfect (mature) way, v. 2. ft was those whom David resolved to choose as his companions and helpers, Romans 13:4; Psalms 15:4; Psalms 34:15; Psalms 119:63.

7) Verse 7 resolves that neither deceitful workers nor a repeated liar should reside in his house or tarry in his sight. For both are a danger to ones person, testimony, and influence, Psalms 36:3; ’20:2; Leviticus 19:11; Proverbs 12:3;1 Kings 2:5.

8) Verse 8 Is a resolve to destroy all the wicked of the land, especially those involved in labor in the city of the Lord, in Jerusalem, as related Jeremiah 21:12; Hosea 9:3; Psalms 118:12; Nehemiah 11:1. Those unworthy of citizenship, lawbreakers, and criminals shall have no part in God’s work, now of hereafter, Revelation 21:8; John 3:3; John 3:5. David pledged himself to wise behavior. May his tribe increase, Romans 12:1-2.

Bibliographical Information
Garner, Albert & Howes, J.C. "Commentary on Psalms 101". Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary. 1985.