"I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O LORD, will I sing" (Psalm 101:1).
David understood how powerful his will was and how it had to be exercised in his decision-making for good and not evil. In Psalm 101 he set forth the following "will" statements concerning his daily behavior. The present-day believer should do the same.
- "I will sing of mercy and judgment |justice|" (v. 1). As king, David desired to show forth in his life God's wonderful characteristics of loving-kindness and right judgment.
- "I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way" (v. 2). God's perfect way would be his standard of conduct before the world. He willed to do God's will in public.
- "I will walk within my house with a perfect heart" (v. 2). David willed that his private life was to be conducted in a blameless way as well. Nothing is more important than having a good testimony in the privacy of one's home. The children of Israel went down to defeat because, as Moses stated, "Ye murmured in your tents" (Deuteronomy 1:27).
- "I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes" (v. 3). He would not allow his attention to be given over to wicked, perverse, worthless things. Every believer must decide how his eyes are to be used; what to watch and what not to watch.
- "I will not know a wicked person" (v. 4). Associating and participating in the activities of the ungodly will only bring defeat. Fellowshipping with the godly will bring blessing.
We need to use our will wisely, seeking always to see that our will conforms to His will. NPS