Psalm 101

A Psalm of David

1 I will sing of mercy and justice; to You, O LORD, I will sing praises.

2 I will behave wisely in a perfect way. Oh, when will You come to me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.

3 I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me.

4 A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will not know wickedness.

5 Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, him I will destroy; the one who has a haughty look and a proud heart, him I will not endure.

6 My eyes shall be on the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me; he who walks in a perfect way, he shall serve me.

7 He who works deceit shall not dwell within my house; he who tells lies shall not continue in my presence.

8 Early I will destroy all the wicked of the land, that I may cut off all the evildoers from the city of the LORD.

 

The thing I find speaking to me the most from this psalm is, that it matters what you do when no one else is around.  What you do in secret feeds your spirit.  It grows into habits and patterns.  It will flourish or fester.  It will eventually have no choice but to make itself public knowledge.  Even if that were not the case, God sees it and He cannot bless and promote that which will ultimately dishonor Him.  Promotions and advancements may still come, but not from God, and they will only make the eventual judgment that much more public.

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