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Psalm One Hundred and One

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

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A Psalm of David.

Psalm 101:1 I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O LORD, will I sing.

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.

perfect way. Although this psalm was written by David, its claim of perfect actions and a perfect heart (Psalm 101:2) could not really apply to him, whether written as he assumed Israel's throne or after his great sin and subsequent repentance. As a divinely inspired writer, it is difficult to think of him speaking of himself in such a manner. Thus it seems this is actually a Messianic psalm, with the perfectly righteous Son of Man speaking through David concerning His future ministry on earth.

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.

Psalm 101:4 A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person.

froward. See note on Job 5:13.

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.

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.

Psalm 101:7 He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.

he that telleth lies. But the fearful, and unbelieving, ... and all liars” (Revelation 21:8), are to be “cut off ... from the city of the Lord” (Psalm 101:8). “For without are ... idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie” (Revelation 22:15).

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.