Psalm 101: Pledge of Integrity

How do people typically respond to our praise? What might be different about God’s response?

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Psalm 101:1 A song of David.
I will sing of your love and justice. To you, Lord, I sing praise.
King James
Psalm 101:1 <A Psalm of David.> I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O Lord, will I sing.

What is the difference between love and justice? Why is that a basis for praising God?

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Psalm 101:1 A song of David.
I will sing of your love and justice. To you, Lord, I sing praise.
King James
Psalm 101:1 <A Psalm of David.> I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O Lord, will I sing.

How do we know what is right?

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Psalm 101:2 I made a commitment to always do right. Will you walk with me as I pursue a blameless life, pure of heart?
Proverbs 12:15 Foolish people see their own way as right, but the wise listen to good advice.
Isaiah 30:21 You will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way to go. Walk in that direction” and you will turn to the right or left as you are led.
King James
Psalm 101:2 I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.
Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.
Isaiah 30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

What must we do to have God walk with us?

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Psalm 101:2 I made a commitment to always do right. Will you walk with me as I pursue a blameless life, pure of heart?
King James
Psalm 101:2 I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.

In what ways are people affected by what they see?

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Psalm 101:3 I will not allow my eyes to dwell on anything corrupt. I will not follow those who turn away from you. I will have no part in their wickedness.
King James
Psalm 101:3 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.

In a perverse, sinful world, how can we avoid all contact with evil?

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Psalm 101:4 Perversion will have no place in my heart. I want to avoid all contact with evil.
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Psalm 101:4 A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person.

Why do people spread gossip?

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Psalm 101:5 I will unfriend any gossiper who slanders others. I cannot be friends with self-centered, proud people.
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Psalm 101:5 Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.

What makes gossip destructive?

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Psalm 101:5 I will unfriend any gossiper who slanders others. I cannot be friends with self-centered, proud people.
King James
Psalm 101:5 Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.

How do we identify those whom we should associate with?

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Psalm 101:6 I will look to those in the land who are faithful, who will walk with me in righteousness and minister to me.
Matthew 7:16 Recognize them by their actions. No one picks grapes from thorn bushes or figs from briers.
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Psalm 101:6 Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.
Matthew 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

If our door is closed to liars and deceivers, how can they hear the good news and come to the Lord?

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Psalm 101:7 My door is closed to liars and deceivers. They are not welcome in my house.
1 Corinthians 5:10 I didn’t mean you had to avoid all contact with promiscuous, greedy, cheating, or idolatrous people, because then you’d have to live somewhere outside of this world.
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Psalm 101:7 He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.
1 Corinthians 5:10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.

Can evil exist in God’s presence? Why?

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Psalm 101:8 From the time I rise in the morning, I seek to purge wickedness from the land, for evil does not belong in the city where the Lord dwells.
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Psalm 101:8 I will early destroy all the wicked of the land; that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the Lord.