“I will sing of steadfast love and justice; to You, O Lord, I will make music.” Israel was called to sing of mercy and justice, but not just as abstract ideas. They were to sing with a longing for Almighty God. “Oh when will You come to me?” As they waited for the Lord, they made both personal and national commitments: “I will walk with integrity of heart.”
This commitment to obey God was central to the work of a good king. He would not let bad company corrupt his ways. His advisers would be faithful to the Word of the Almighty. Yet every king made mistakes. What king could lead the nation without making serious errors that would compromise the purity of Israel?
The words of Psalm 101 were the heartfelt commitments of a coming Ruler who would rid the nation of all evil. The perverse and the arrogant would have no access to power during His reign. Only the faithful would dwell with Him and serve Him.
This great future King is coming again in glory. He will protect the purity of the eternal “city of the Lord.” Even the best rulers in the past had challenges discerning between true and false ambassadors, but this will not be a problem for Jesus when He returns to establish His kingdom upon the earth. He will know what is in the heart of all who would serve Him and He will always do what is right.
Even today, the Lord Jesus has all power and authority in heaven and on earth. When He comes again with all His heavenly host, He will establish the fullest plans of His Father for perfect mercy and justice. He has already demonstrated His complete commitment to God’s eternal purposes by giving His life to save those who would call upon His Name.
Prayer from A Book of Prayers
Great God and King, we sing to You with joy. You are a God full of integrity and holiness. We will follow You. We will love what You love. Surround us with the righteous forever. You will surely bring us into Your land, the place of utmost purity and love.