I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O Lord, will I sing.
2 I 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.
3 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.
4 A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person.
5 Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.
6 Mine 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.
7 He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.
8 I will early destroy all the wicked of the land; that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the Lord.
David begins this chapter singing praises to God for His mercy and justice.
He then resolves to behave wisely and perfectly. David has a clear understanding of his responsibilities to model integrity at every level in his own home and government as an example for all his people. He understands he cannot tolerate evil in any form, be it corruption, degradation, arrogance, gossip, slander or disloyalty.
He declares he will associate only with those who have integrity of personal life and purpose and to serve his household and the nation with honor and fidelity.
If leaders would follow David’s example of consecration, praise to God, and resolution to never tolerate evil in any form, the prevailing corruption and moral destruction of society would be greatly reduced.
In this age as morals and principles are routinely turned upside down, when evil is not only tolerated but celebrated, we must not be derailed into the popular dismissal of the ancient words of Scripture written by “old dead Middle Eastern men.” On the contrary, these ancient words are living, powerful and sharp as a two edged sword, dividing between a culture of life or one of destruction. Let us choose life.
Riverside Seventh-day Adventist Church, Washougal, Washington USA