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October 17, 2012

Stand // Day 3

The Resolve to Stand

I will sing of your love and justice, Lord. I will praise you with songs.  I will be careful to live a blameless life— when will you come to help me? I will lead a life of integrity in my own home. I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar. I hate all who deal crookedly; I will have nothing to do with them. I will reject perverse ideas and stay away from every evil.I will not tolerate people who slander their neighbors. I will not endure conceit and pride. I will search for faithful people to be my companions. Only those who are above reproach will be allowed to serve me. I will not allow deceivers to serve in my house, and liars will not stay in my presence.  My daily task will be to ferret out the wicked and free the city of the Lord from their grip.” Psalms 101:1-8 (NLT)

I admire people who have set core values in their lives they refuse to compromise.  They aren’t swayed by the winds of culture or even pressure and demands.  It’s not that they are inflexible; they just know where they stand.  This summer I came across a psalm that King David penned that offers some insight into his character and resolve.  It shows us the core values upon which he stood.  It’s in Psalm 101, and its only eight verses.  But each verse is a personal challenge setting a standard of living that explains why he was a man after God’s own heart.

David may have written this psalm early in his reign as King as he set down the convictions that would guide his life and leadership.  Each verse begins with the personal resolve “I will …” It reminds me of the swearing in of a national leader, President or judge as they enter office.  Look at these standards with me for a minute and consider how our lives could be shaped by them to be a people with uncompromising faith who stand fearless:

  • Vs. 1 “I will sing of your love and justice, Lord.  I will praise You with songs.” (He determined to live a life of praise!)
  • Vs. 2 “I will be careful to live a blameless life – when will you come to help me? I will lead a life of     integrity in my own home.” (To live a blameless life with integrity, David knew he needed God’s help. He also saw the importance of that quality of life beginning in his own home.)
  • Vs. 3 “I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar.” (If David had the Internet, he no doubt would have put a filter on it and his TV.)
  • Vs. 4 “I will reject perverse ideas and stay away from every evil.” (He guarded his thought life knowing that what we think affects how we feel, and how we feel affects what we do.)
  • Vs. 5 “I will not tolerate people who slander their neighbors.  I will not endure conceit and pride.” (He refused to be party to gossip or associate with those who were proud.)
  • Vs. 6 “I will search for faithful people to be my companions.”  (He surrounded himself with a small group of people of faith.)
  • Vs. 7 “I will not allow deceivers to serve in my house, and liars will not stay in my presence.” (He made a commitment to protect his life and his home from those who lie and deceive.)
  • Vs. 8 “My daily task will be to ferret out the wicked and free the city of the Lord from their grip.”  (As King he would establish a reign of justice.  He applied his faith in his position to honor God with his work.)

Imagine for a moment if these were the core values that governed your life. What are your personal standards to live by?  Take a few minutes and reflect over these verses again and personalize them in your life.  They will help you stand when others fall.