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Psalms

 

“I will sing of steadfast love and justice;
to you, O Lord, I will make music.

I will ponder the way that is blameless.
    Oh when will you come to me?
I will walk with integrity of heart
    within my house;

I will not set before my eyes
    anything that is worthless.
I hate the work of those who fall away;
    it shall not cling to me.
A perverse heart shall be far from me;
    I will know nothing of evil.

Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly
    I will destroy.
Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart
    I will not endure.

I will look with favor on the faithful in the land,
    that they may dwell with me;
he who walks in the way that is blameless
    shall minister to me.

No one who practices deceit
    shall dwell in my house;
no one who utters lies
    shall continue before my eyes.

Morning by morning I will destroy
    all the wicked in the land,
cutting off all the evildoers
    from the city of the Lord.Psalm 101

 

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Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? Did you set up any accountability system to help you stay on track? By the end of February, 80 percent of Americans who set New Year’s resolutions will have failed at them. Maybe you didn’t make any particular New Year’s resolutions, but you have told yourself at one point in time, “I am going to become better at ____,” or, “I will stop ___.” We’ve all made declarations of change, but we are creatures of habit. Change is extremely difficult, especially when it means changing your schedule or routine.

In Psalm 101, David makes some promises about what he will do as king of Israel: “I will walk with integrity of heart within my house; I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. . . . Morning by morning I will destroy all the wicked in the land, cutting off all the evildoers from the city of the Lord” (vv. 2, 8). What bold promises! David has excellent intentions to protect his people out of service to the Lord. He has high expectations and resolutions for himself as a king. But like us and our resolutions, David also failed miserably and quickly.

Perhaps you have been here before. You walk out of church feeling renewed and refreshed, thinking the week ahead will be a breeze. But on the way home, you start a fight with a family member over which afternoon football game to watch. As the argument continues, you bicker over who has better taste in football teams. The argument just got very personal. Your refreshing week didn’t last so long.

We do not live up to the expectations and demands given to us in God’s Law. We daily sin against God despite our desire to please Him. Sometimes we look for signs from God in places He has not promised to be. Instead of seeking guidance from Scripture, we love our own reason and judgment.  But God delivers His true Means of Grace in His Word and Sacraments.

Jesus is the one perfect King who not only met all expectations for His reign, but exceeded far beyond what anyone could imagine! The King of kings keeps every promise for our good. He walked with integrity for the salvation of the world and destroyed the wickedness of sin and death. His forgiveness is abundant and everlasting. With this grace and forgiveness, we are equipped to serve Him for His glory.


 

Question

What are some of your faith intentions that never seem to last? How does Christ already fulfill those intentions?

Prayer

Heavenly Father, we confess that we are prideful people. We desire to take matters into our own hands instead of entrusting You with all of life’s concerns. Thank You that You have already set aside a place in heaven for us even though we fail to follow the Law. Grant us strength to persevere through sufferings until we join You for eternity. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.