Psalms 100—102, 1 Corinthians 1 • Key Verses: Psalm 101:2—3
As we approach December 31 every year, we start to think about making New Year’s, resolutions, some of which we keep well into the next day! Far too often our resolutions are far too short-lived. Some people find it more beneficial to make their resolutions for only that day and then to renew them each day. Their morning begins with a recitation of what they are determined to do or not do. The decisions are lived one day at a time.
Psalm 101 sounds like a New Year’s resolution, but it isn’t. The intentions expressed in these verses were hot to be followed only for a day or two but for life.
In a resolute way, David stated his “objectives.” These included a blameless walk, a guarding of his eyes, a perspective that rejects wrong and embraces right, and an intolerance for deceitfulness.
Read again this psalm and identify David’s statements of resolution, such as, “I will walk in my house with blameless heart” (v. 2). Then think about how that applies to your life. The next one may be easier. “I will set before my eyes no vile thing” (v. 3). This affects what you watch on TV, the magazines you read and the books you buy.
If Psalm 101 describes how you want to live, make it your daily resolution. Determine that this is how you will live today and every day.
To help this become your resolution, print the words of Psalm 101 on a piece of paper and post it where you will see it every day. Then read it, aloud ‘even, daily. Renew your resolution every day.
Woodrow Kroll & Tony Beckett