6. Psalm 101 – A song to keep you from compromising
In Psalm 101, David sings of God’s loving-kindness and righteousness (verse 1) and sets them against the evil of this world. This song is his commitment to pay attention to living a flawless life.
“I will walk in my house in the integrity of my heart,” David sang in verse 2. “I will not set anything worthless before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall; he will not cling to me.” A perverse heart will leave me; I will know no evil (verses 3-4, NASB).
David pledges not to tolerate any sin in his presence and swears that his eyes will be “unto the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me; He who walks blamelessly is he who will serve me” (verse 6).
This passage of scripture confirmed to me, in my early twenties, that I, like David, had to take a stand on how I would choose to live. I couldn’t walk in the middle of the road. I had to choose justice over worldliness, integrity over dishonesty, good over evil, God over myself and sin. Mark this song as a personal commitment to integrity, a dedication to living purely, a commitment to your home and family, or as a vow to God to live fully for Him.
7. Psalm 145 – A reminder of God’s protection and provision
Since my teens I have prayed through this song, and over the years I have taught others to do the same, as a way to stay aligned with God’s will and ways. It is a song of comfort “The Lord upholds all who fall, and lifts up all who are bowed down” (verse 14 KJV). It’s a song celebrating God’s provision: “The eyes of all are turned to You, and You give them their food in due season. You open your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing” (verses 15-16). And it’s a song that will strengthen for you God’s ability to keep you safe: “The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and good in all his works. The Lord is close to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear him; He will also hear their cry for help and save them. The Lord watches over all who love Him…” (verses 17-20).
Bookmark this Psalm and start reading it at least once a week. I guarantee it will change your life and your heart and bring you closer to the One who satisfies.
For more on drawing closer to God and sensing his presence during silence or disappointment, check out Cindi’s books, When God sees your tears, The whispers of God in a woman’s heart, and Let God Meet Your Emotional Needs.
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