David’s Stand

Several years ago I was reading a portion of Psalms and when I got to Psalm 101:2-4 I was greatly moved by what it said:

2 I will be careful to lead a blameless life — when will you come to me? I will walk in my house with blameless heart. 3 I will set before my eyes no vile thing. The deeds of faithless men I hate; they will not cling to me. 4 Men of perverse heart shall be far from me; I will have nothing to do with evil.

As I read these verses, I felt that I had right in front of me a prime example of a man (David) who was choosing to stand for righteousness and choosing to walk in holiness. Here is a man who is living a life of proactive proclaiming and not a life of reactive behavior. What do I mean by proactive proclaiming? Let’s look at the following:

Vs. 2
I will be careful to lead a blameless life…
I will walk in my house with blameless heart.”

Vs. 3
I will set before my eyes no vile thing.”
“The deeds of faithless men I hate; they will not cling to me.”

Vs. 4
“Men of perverse heart shall be far from me…”
I will have nothing to do with evil.”

What can we learn from reading the above verses? Does David base his purity decisions upon how he feels at any given moment? Does he see how close to the line he can get before falling into sin? Does he blame his potential poor choices on someone or something? No, I don’t see him doing any of that. What I do believe I see him doing is making a stand for all that is holy and righteous. He is laying down barriers and guidelines that will serve to protect him not tempt him.

It has become more and more a desire of my life to make the daily choice to proactively proclaim that I will take a stand against all that is evil and tempting and to pursue He who is holy, He who is righteous, and He who is faithful. That is my prayer every morning as I begin my day. Will it now be yours?

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