July 2, 2007
Psalms 96 - 102
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- O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth.
- Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.
- Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.
- For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.
- For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.
- Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
- Give unto the LORD, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength.
- Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts.
- O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.
- Say among the heathen that the LORD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously.
- Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof.
- Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice
- Before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.
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- The LORD reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.
- Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne.
- A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about.
- His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled.
- The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
- The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory.
- Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods.
- Zion heard, and was glad; and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O LORD.
- For thou, LORD, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods.
- Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.
- Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.
- Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
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- (A Psalm.) O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.
- The LORD hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen.
- He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
- Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.
- Sing unto the LORD with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm.
- With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King.
- Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
- Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together
- Before the LORD; for he cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity.
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- The LORD reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved.
- The LORD is great in Zion; and he is high above all the people.
- Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy.
- The king's strength also loveth judgment; thou dost establish equity, thou executest judgment and righteousness in Jacob.
- Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.
- Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the LORD, and he answered them.
- He spake unto them in the cloudy pillar: they kept his testimonies, and the ordinance that he gave them.
- Thou answeredst them, O LORD our God: thou wast a God that forgavest them, though thou tookest vengeance of their inventions.
- Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God is holy.
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- (A Psalm of praise.) Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
- Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
- Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
- Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
- For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
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- (A Psalm of David.) I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O LORD, will I sing.
- I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.
- I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.
- A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person.
- Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.
- Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.
- He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.
- I will early destroy all the wicked of the land; that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the LORD.
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- (A Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed, and poureth out his complaint before the LORD.) Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come unto thee.
- Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily.
- For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth.
- My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread.
- By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my skin.
- I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert.
- I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top.
- Mine enemies reproach me all the day; and they that are mad against me are sworn against me.
- For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping,
- Because of thine indignation and thy wrath: for thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down.
- My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass.
- But thou, O LORD, shalt endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations.
- Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.
- For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof.
- So the heathen shall fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth thy glory.
- When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.
- He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.
- This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD.
- For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth;
- To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death;
- To declare the name of the LORD in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem;
- When the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.
- He weakened my strength in the way; he shortened my days.
- I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are throughout all generations.
- Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.
- They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:
- But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.
- The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee.
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Doctrine determines practice. In other words, what a man believes ought to influence how he behaves. For example, it a man believes in the reality of the Lake of Fire, and believes that the only way to escape eternal damnation is through receiving Jesus Christ as Savior, then these doctrines should influence him to actively and aggressively evangelize the lost. In Psalm 101 David, having spent much time in previous Psalms expounding on the greatness and holiness of God, now explains how his belief in these truths has played out in his life. He opens the song by exalting the mercy and judgment of Jehovah. God is a merciful God, but He is also a God of absolutely correct and fair judgment. Because of this, David spends the rest of the song telling what he does to please this God.
He opens verse 2 by stating that he will behave wisely and with perfection. How happy the Lord would be if we could live by these two ideals! David goes on to say that he plans to do right even when he is within his own home. For many people, their house is a place where they can "let down their hair", and behave in a way that they would not in public. David wants to be holy even when no one is looking. In fact, he wants to be holy where no one else can ever see: within his heart (2). This shows a tremendous commitment on David's part to personal righteousness.
Beginning in verse 3 he spells out some of the specifics that he is going to do in order to be wise and perfect. He opens with the thought that he will not waste his time looking at those things which are sinful and inappropriate. Notice that he doesn't say that he will not partake of wicked things, not touch wicked things. He goes a step further and determines that he will not put himself in a position where he can even look at wicked things. This is very wise indeed, for a man will not lust after that which he has not seen. He will not touch that which he can not see. Protecting the eye-gate from sin goes a long way towards protecting the heart from sin. David also states in verse 3 that he hates the evil that the wicked do. Part of the reason that so many Christians struggle with sin is the fact that we don't hate it, but rather we love it. We try to abstain from sin, but because we love it so much we have a hard time distancing ourselves from it. I don't like bats, and it is not hard at all for me to stay away from them. However, I do like dogs, and I gravitate towards them when I see them. Because David hates iniquity, he can say with some assurance that it will not cleave to him. Why would he want to be surrounded by that which he despises? He wouldn't, and it helps to keep him pure.
In verses 4-8 David states that he is going to stay away from those who are ungodly. He has already said that he wants to stay away from evil; now he adds that he will stay away from evil doers. Men are influenced by those with whom they spend their time. If we practice separation from the workers of iniquity, this will aid us in practicing holiness. This, of course, does not mean that we should not attempt to witness to the lost; it simply means that we can not place ourselves in positions where they will be influencing us for evil. David states that he will stay away from the wicked (4), the slanderer (5), the proud (5), the deceitful (7), and the liar (7). In verse 6 he states that the people that he will be observing are the faithful and those who walk in righteousness. He is going to choose his companions carefully so that he can serve the Lord effectively.
The holiness of God demands our personal holiness. This starts in our hearts, and fleshes out in our lives. It will be aided or hindered by the people that we associate with. Will we do as David, or will we allow ourselves to tarnish the name of the One Who gave His life for us?
Pastor Mark J Montgomery