PSALM 101#The king, grateful at being God’s chosen (Ps 101:1), promises to be a ruler after God’s own heart (Ps 101:2–3), allowing into the royal service only the God-fearing (Ps 101:3–8).
Norm of Life for Rulers
1A psalm of David.
I sing of mercy and justice;
to you, Lord, I sing praise.
2I study the way of integrity;#a. [101:2] Ps 26:11; Is 33:15.
when will you come to me?
I act with integrity of heart
within my household.#Within my household: the king promises to make his own household, i.e., the royal court, a model for Israel, banning all officials who abuse their power.#b. [101:2] 1 Kgs 9:4.
3I do not allow into my presence anything base.
I hate wrongdoing;
I will have no part of it.#c. [101:3] Prv 11:20.
4May the devious heart keep far from me;
the wicked I will not acknowledge.
5Whoever slanders a neighbor in secret
I will reduce to silence.#d. [101:5] Prv 17:20; 30:10.
Haughty eyes and arrogant hearts#e. [101:5] Prv 21:4.
I cannot endure.
6I look to the faithful of the land#I look to the faithful of the land: the king seeks companions only among those faithful to God.
to sit at my side.
Whoever follows the way of integrity#f. [101:6] Ps 26:11; Prv 20:7.
is the one to enter my service.
7No one who practices deceit
can remain within my house.
No one who speaks falsely
can last in my presence.#g. [101:7] Ps 5:5; Prv 25:5.
8#Morning after morning: the morning is the normal time for the administration of justice (2 Sm 15:2; Jer 21:12) and for the arrival of divine aid (Ps 59:17; 143:8; Is 33:2). I clear all the wicked from the land: the king, as God’s servant, is responsible for seeing that divine justice is carried out.Morning after morning I clear all the wicked from the land,
to rid the city of the Lord of all doers of evil.