1 I will sing of your love and justice; to you, O LORD, I will sing praise.
2 I will be careful to lead a blameless life— when will you come to me? I will walk in my house with blameless heart. 3 I will set before my eyes no vile thing. The deeds of faithless men I hate; they will not cling to me. 4 Men of perverse heart shall be far from me; I will have nothing to do with evil. 5 Whoever slanders his neighbor in secret, him will I put to silence; whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart, him will I not endure. 6 My eyes will be on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; he whose walk is blameless will minister to me. 7 No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence. 8 Every morning I will put to silence all the wicked in the land; I will cut off every evildoer from the city of the LORD.
David makes it a point in this psalm to clarify his position on a few things. He begins with a declaration to the Lord – I WILL sing of your love and justice; to you, O Lord I will sing praise. He then declares His allegiance to live a blameless life before the Lord – even in his house! To me that suggests that he is intent on being the same in public as he is in his own house. “I will walk in my house with a blameless heart.” David states that he will have nothing to do with evil or with those who slander or talk about others behind their backs or to even allow those who practice deceit to dwell in his house.
This brings to us the question, who’s at our house? Do we allow our house to be a place where others can come and feel comfortable in wrong doing? Do they call our phones and feel comfortable in providing the latest gossip or spewing out the latest poison? Do they feel comfortable in our living rooms as they tear down the church or the pastor? Are we hosting events at our house that are contrary to the God we say we serve on Sunday?
It is imperative that we take a stand for righteousness – not just while we are out and about in the church, in the community, or at work – but especially in our homes. Can Jesus come to our homes and be comfortable that He is being praised there or will he have to excuse Himself and decide to come back later when we’ve gotten our act together?
Make a declaration today, as David did, to sing praises to God and to walk around your house with a blameless heart. Dedicate your house to the Lord today!
c/2008 Candie A. Price