Monday, July 18, 2016

PSALM 101 Basic Christian Life Course continued...
"I will walk within my house in the integrity of my heart."
(verse 2)

"I will set no worthless thing before my eyes;
I hate the work of those who fall away;
It shall not fasten its grip on me.
A perverse heart shall depart from me;
I will know no evil.
Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor,
him will I destroy;
No one who has a haughty look
and an arrogant heart will I endure.
My eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land,
that they may dwell with me;
He who walks in a blameless way
is the one who will minister to me.
He who practices deceit shall not dwell within my house;
He who speaks falsehood shall not maintain his position before me."
(verses 3-7)

How can this be more relevant in our daily lives, in our culture, in our country?  Now it is supposedly a good thing to be called, "worldly."  But that's not how a Christian is supposed to live.  David was new in his kingdom.  He was trying to set up some boundaries in his life.  He is leaving us some good advice in this song: Bad company corrupts good morals.
"I will set no wicked thing before my eyes."
"Evil desires enter more frequently into the soul by the eye than by any of the other senses."
(Adam Clarke)

Sometimes the worthless thing is the television program or movie.  Sometimes the worthless thing is even on Pinterest,  (Scroll long enough even looking up illustrations for Biblical pictures and you'll stumble across porn.)  The old saying goes, "You can't keep the birds from flying over your head, but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair." But sometimes the bird flying over your head poops.  I know, I once had a pelican leave a giant, fishy-never-smelled-anything-worse-in-my-life, Frisbee-size bird dropping on my head in San Diego at Point Loma University, I kid you not.  That's how life happens sometimes, isn't it.

"I hate the work of those who fall away."
"Those who turn away"
"He that would leave sinmust hate and abhor it:
he that leaves God is an object of abhorrence."
(Adam Clarke)
"It shall not cleave to me."
(verse 3)
"It will cleave to him who cleaves to it. 
He who does not hate it, will cleave to it."
(Adam Clarke)

"I shall particularly abominate the conduct of those who apostatize from the true religion, and those who deny its Divine authority, and who live without having their conduct governed by its influence, shall never be put in a place of political trust or confidence by me." Hmm.
(Adam Clarke)

We have political candidates, both who claim to be Christians, but we shall know them by their fruits.  We are in trouble as a nation, aren't we.  I think I'll stand outside the polling place and pass out clothes pins so people can hold their noses as they vote.

"All flatterers...and those who by insinuation and false accusations endeavour to supplant the upright that they may obtain their offices for themselves or their dependants, will I consider as enemies to the state, abominate, and expel from my court." (sigh) (Adam Clarke)
"The Chaldee gives a remarkable meaning to the Hebrew, which we translate...'He who speaks with the triple tongue against his neighbor.' That is, the tongue by which he slays three persons, 1.The man whom he slanders; 2. Him to whom he communicates the slander; and, 3. Himself, the slanderer.  Every slanderer has the triple tongue, and by every slander inflicts those sharp deadly wounds." (Adam Clarke)  Ouch.  Who likes a snake anyway.  Wasn't there a snake in the Garden?

"One who is seeking preferment; who sticks at nothing to gain it; and one who behaves himself haughtily and insolently in his office....  These persons especially will I drive from my presence, and from all state employments.  The humble upright followers of God...Be my confidants and privy counsellors.  No irreligious or wicked man, whatever his abilities may be, shall be countenanced or supported by me.  I will purify my court from the base, the irreligious, the avaricious, the venal, the profligate, and the wicked...I will expel from my court all sycophants and flatterers." (Adam Clarke)  Oh, that we had that in our politics now. Because a warning is given...
"Every morning will I destroy all the wicked of the land,
So as to cut off from the city of the Lord all who do iniquity."
"I will take the first opportunity of destroying all the wicked of the land.  I will purify my court, purge Jerusalem, and cleanse the whole land of every abomination and abominable person; so the city of my God, where holiness alone should dwell, shall indeed become the Holy corruption or abuse, either in things political, domestic, or religious, shall be tolerated.  All must be holy, as He who has called us is holy."  (Adam Clarke)

Notice, this is a continuous action, "every morning."  We must be on guard continually that no wicked thing is tolerated in our households.  We must do whatever we can in the political arena, but no matter what, we can rest assured that God is our King.

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