1 I will sing of loyalty and of justice;
to you, O LORD, I will sing.
2 I will study the way that is blameless.
When shall I attain it?
I will walk with integrity of heart
within my house;
3 I will not set before my eyes
anything that is base.
I hate the work of those who fall away;
it shall not cling to me.
4 Perverseness of heart shall be far from me;
I will know nothing of evil.
5 One who secretly slanders a neighbor
I will destroy.
A haughty look and an arrogant heart
I will not tolerate.
6 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.
7 No one who practices deceit
shall remain in my house;
no one who utters lies
shall continue in my presence.
8 Morning by morning I will destroy
all the wicked in the land,
cutting off all evildoers
from the city of the LORD.”
I love the zeal the Psalmist has for being true to God. I hope we all strive to walk with integrity of heart. Sometimes, however, our zeal can negate the very thing we are trying most to do to please God.
Here, the Psalmist takes it upon himself to act as judge, jury and executioner for those who do not live up to his (the Psalmist’s) ideal relationship with God. That is not up to this Psalmist (or anyone else for that matter) to determine. That right belongs to God and God alone.
Integrity, purity of heart, walking in blamelessness before God are all noble pursuits, but they are still pursuits. Only Jesus perfected them. This Psalmist would do well to take the time to sip a nice, tall, ice-cold, glass of humility and make peace with being human, leaving the work of being God to God.
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