Commentary for Psalms 101

David's vow and profession of godliness.

- In this psalm we have David declaring how he intended to regulate his household, and to govern his kingdom, that he might stop wickedness, and encourage godliness. It is also applicable to private families, and is the householder's psalm. It teaches all that have any power, whether more or less, to use it so as to be a terror to evil-doers, and a praise to them that do well. The chosen subject of the psalm is God's mercy and judgment. The Lord's providences concerning his people are commonly mixed; mercy and judgment. God has set the one over against the other, both to do good, like showers and sunshine. When, in his providence, he exercises us with the mixture of mercy and judgment, we must make suitable acknowledgments to him for both. Family mercies and family afflictions are both calls to family religion. Those who are in public stations are not thereby excused from care in governing their families; they are the more concerned to set a good example of ruling their own houses well. Whenever a man has a house of his own, let him seek to have God to dwell with him; and those may expect his presence, who walk with a perfect heart, in a perfect way. David resolves to practise no evil himself. He further resolves not to keep bad servants, nor to employ those about him that are wicked. He will not admit them into his family, lest they spread the infection of sin. A froward heart, one that delights to be cross and perverse, is not fit for society, the bond of which is Christian love. Nor will he countenance slanderers, those who take pleasure in wounding their neighbour's reputation. Also, God resists the proud, and false, deceitful people, who scruple not to tell lies, or commit frauds. Let every one be zealous and diligent to reform his own heart and ways, and to do this early; ever mindful of that future, most awful morning, when the King of righteousness shall cut off all wicked doers from the heavenly Jerusalem.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 101

  • Mark Verrell
    It seems only in the time of king david was this taking place.we see evil and wickedness everywhere in the land today drugs, wanton killing, traffiking and foolish life styles drunkedness too bad there is no king david today to defeat the cartels and evilness and traffiking and wanton crimes
  • Nancy Myers
    Read in Context BelieversPsalm 37:1-40 NEVER ENVY THE WICKED! 2019 Time is up for those who are Corrupt. vs 38-40 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off. But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: He is their strength in time of trouble. And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them.
  • A disciple
    Marshal (cont.); Just let me add this: Yes Israel is and for ever will be Jesus' natural family according to the flesh; and yes, He will have His day with them, when every one of them will come before His feet to worship Him as their Lord and Saviour. But for now He hides His face from them because of their defiant unbelief and hostility toward Him and the Glad Tidings. Pray for them to be saved!
  • A disciple
    Dear Marshal Allbritton; I know you meant well with your statement, and probably more or less repeating something you heard; but really, Israel is in dreadful spiritual condition! The Country is a mix of complete ungodliness and perversion, as much as any other Western Nation; and fanatic antichrist ideologies; and a trace remnant of Christians still persecuted.
  • Marshal Allbritton
    It is amazing how Israel is blessed so much by God. It is note worthy to point out that their country, by and large, still upholds God's ways and in tern receives God's blessings.
  • Modupe
    The passage of these psalms make us understand that no liars will enter into the kingdom of God.
  • TR Ahlstrom
    This is a most compact and remarkable expression of David's heart and mind. Indeed, in it is the secret of both his private and public greatness. First, he set's his own heart right and keeps his focus only and always on truth, beauty and goodness. Then, in governing God's people he becomes the dread of every evil man and the shield of all who do good. Oh that we had such a leader today. Please, LORD, give us such a President. Better still, come quickly LORD Jesus.
  • Lola
    God is of truth abd He told us He does not like lies.He is telling us to avoid these persons, they slanderous. God does not want us to fall prey of such as He wants us Christians to be different , as He said we are a peculiar people, called, set apart, so we should be that light in the darkness, light on the candle stick not hidden but shineth the brightest. We should be the salt of the earth and not loose our flavor. God desires of us that no wickedness shall befall us if we dwell in His Truth and do His will.THANK YOU JESUS
  • Mike
    The work of them that turn aside. This was well put for much work is being done amongst Christians that in and of itself is not evil. Yet they are tasks that do turn Christians aside from the main task of seeing souls saved and then training of those saved to be effective witnesses for Christ. Many of our churches have been tricked into being "Turned aside " by that which may seem good but is in all reality taking to much time away from the proper service of Christ.
  • Anigbo Ambrose
    I think this psalm is trying to tell us hw to say out of sin and be in the presence of the Lord all the time


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In order to preserve his integrity, David will not have what kind of person dwell in his house?
  • A Servant
  • A Fool
  • A Priest
  • A Liar
  • A Prophet