Friday, 30 October 2020
Title: Who will minister unto the Lord?
By: Ps. Cheng Cheung
Psalm 101:2b I will walk within my house in the integrity of my heart.
Various commentators have given interesting titles to suggest what they perceive to be the key message of Psalm 101. Amongst them – “Ideals for a King”, ”A King’s Determination to Rule Righteously” and ”A Blameless Life.” Could this be David’s meditation on the standards and practices that should mark the ideal king?
This is a wonderful set of standards for all those who have some degree of responsibility in governance. But why merely meditation? We all know the ideals were somewhat lost in transit. Tragically, David and his son Solomon, the greatest of Israel’s kings, themselves violated this standard. Nevertheless, this is a psalm for every leader, indeed, everyone to ponder.
There are nine “will” statements in the psalm which form the core of David’s ideals.
(1) I will sing of loyal love and justice (v 1);
(2) I will sing praises to you, O Yahweh (v 1).
David recognizes the importance of singing praises and giving thanks to God Almighty for His lovingkindness, and for being the God that He is.
(3) I will walk in the integrity of my heart, in the midst of my house. (v 2)
It has been said that it is easier for most men to walk with a ‘perfect’ heart in the church, or even in the world, than within their own families. Dwight Moody said that if he wanted to know about (the depth and authenticity of) a man’s religion, he would not ask his minister, but his wife. To the married brothers out there, would you welcome such inquiry?
(4) I will not set before my eyes any wicked thing (v 3)
Other translations use much stronger language, such as ”a thing of worthlessness”, akin to abhorrent, revolting and disgusting. Why might there be such a resolve to not set one’s eyes on such offensive things? Because once such an image is cast upon one’s mind, it cannot be erased. This fact should not surprise us, because there are many testimonies of people who seek counselling and psychiatric help after being exposed to sexually explicit and pornographic material or watched movies with strong demonic undertones. The advice is clear – do not start!
(5) A perverse heart will depart from me;
I will not know evil. (v.4)
This is similar to verse 6, where integrity characterizes the godly man or woman. The picture being cast is that he/she has such a high level of integrity that a perverse heart, if personified would find it so uncomfortable that it would ’walk away’ or simply depart since it cannot make an impression.
(6) One who slanders his neighbour in secret,
him I will destroy. (v 5)
So much damage done by one tiny muscle in one’s body – the tongue! Invariably the slanderous act would be behind the victim’s back, of course. No one would slander a person in his presence, surely. However, we need to be aware the damage to the victim’s reputation is just as great if unverified tales are carried either innocently, without malice, or recklessly, without checking the veracity of the story. Let us exercise control over that tongue, always, lest God’s watchman exact punishment on us.
(7) One haughty of eyes and arrogant of heart,
him I will not endure. (v 5)
Beware the sin which caused Lucifer’s fall. It creeps up on you imperceptibly.
(8) He who walks in a blameless way is the one who will minister to me. (v 6)
To “minister to the Lord” is to worship Him alone in all that you do. So, in essence, any ministry that is directed towards others without first being directed towards God is not truly ”ministering to the Lord”.
(9) Each morning, I will destroy all the wicked of the land. (v 8)
This refers to the daily administration of justice by the king, similar to Moses in Exodus 18:13. It was a daily affair, driven by a desire to ensure the innocent are vindicated and the guilty punished.
What are we to make of these nine will statements? In many ways, these are part of everyday life. These are values and principles which guide our behaviour from which we should not deviate: worship and thanksgiving, transparency and authenticity, integrity, abstinence from evil, respect for our fellow man, humility, righteousness and justice.
Prayer for Today
Heavenly Father, thank You that David was a man after Your own heart. Thank You for these values which he shared.
I pray my heart will be focused on personal integrity, transformation and transparency as David’s was. Fill me with the Holy Spirit that I might have the daily strength to do this. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
对于所有在治理方面负有一些责任的人来说，这是一套很棒的标准。 但为什么仅仅是默想？ 我们都知道这些理想在传达中稍微有些改变。 可悲的是，大卫和他的儿子所罗门，以色列最伟大的国王，竟违反了这个标准。 然而，这是每个领导者的诗篇，确实是每个人都可以思考的。
- 邪恶的事，我都不摆在眼前 （第三节）
其他翻译使用更强的词句，如”毫无价值的东西”，类似于可憎，令人反感和令人作呕的。 为什么会有这样的决心不看这样冒犯性的东西？ 因为一旦这样的画面进入人的脑海中，它就不能被抹去。 这个事实不应该让我们感到惊讶，因为有许多人见证在接触露骨和色情的材料或观看具有强烈恶魔意味的电影后，他们都寻求辅导和精神科医师的帮助。 建议是明确的—不要开始！
这与第6节相似：正直是敬虔的男人或女人的特征。 被刻下的画面是，这人有如此高的正直水平，以至于一个狡诈的心思若被人化，会令人感到不舒服并 “走开” 或干脆远离，因为它留不住印象。
一个人的微小肌肉—舌头—造成了如此多的伤害！ 当然，诽谤行为总会在受害者的背后进行。没有人会在另一个人面前诽谤他。无论如何，我们需要意识到，不管是有意或无意，善意或恶意，如果未经证实的故事被传开，受害者的名誉损害是同样巨大。 让我们常常控制这舌头，以免上帝的守望者对我们施加严厉的惩罚。
我们对这九个“要”的声明有何看法？ 在许多方面，这些都是日常生活的一部分。 这些价值观和原则指导我们不应偏离的行为：敬拜和感恩、透明和真实、正直、戒除邪恶、尊重我们的同胞、谦卑、公义和正义。
我祈求我的心会像大卫那样，专注于个人的正直、转变和透明度。 让圣灵充满我，使我有每日的力量去做这些事。 奉耶稣之名，阿门。
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