S: Psalm 101
O: David starts out singing praise to the LORD but then goes on to say "I will be careful to live a blameless life—when will you come to help me?" He then enumerates what he intends to do to live a blameless life:
- refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar.
- have nothing to do with crooked dealings
- reject perverse ideas & stay away from every evil
- not tolerate slander, conceit & pride
- only allow people of integrity to serve in his house
- liars would not be allowed to stay in his presence
- ferret out the wicked and free the city of the LORD from their grip
A: Under grace, we don't live a blameless life in order to find favour with God. However, He does still call us to live a blameless life.
Some of the things David listed are appropriate for him as a king, but not so appropriate for us. But a lot of the stuff he listed is appropriate for us. I have been struggling with temptation myself and so I need to remind myself of this.
As 2 Timothy 2:22-24 says, I need to
- run away from temptations
- do the right thing
- be faithful, loving, and easy to get along with
- worship with people of pure hearts
- stay away from senseless arguments
- be kind to everyone
- be a good teacher and very patient.
P: Father, this is a tall order, the kind of life You have called us to live. But ultimately, it is how we can be blessed and have joy in life. So I ask You to fill me with Your Holy Spirit again daily, so that I will have the power to do so. In Jesus' name, amen.
Note: this is using the SOAP method. For more information, see this page (not written by me.)