Praying the Psalms -Psalm 101-


Psalm 101 (ESV)
A Psalm of David


I will sing of steadfast love and justice;
    to you, O Lord, I will make music.
 I will ponder the way that is blameless.
    Oh when will you come to me?
I will walk with integrity of heart
    within my house;
I will not set before my eyes
    anything that is worthless.
I hate the work of those who fall away;
    it shall not cling to me.
A perverse heart shall be far from me;
    I will know nothing of evil.

Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly

    I will destroy.
Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart
    I will not endure.

I will look with favor on the faithful in the land,

    that they may dwell with me;
he who walks in the way that is blameless
    shall minister to me.

No one who practices deceit
    shall dwell in my house;
no one who utters lies
    shall continue before my eyes.

Morning by morning I will destroy
    all the wicked in the land,
cutting off all the evildoers
    from the city of the Lord.

Father in Heaven, what a beautiful thing it is to wake up this morning with a song of praise and worship in my mouth. Help me keep this song through the day, and help us, your Church, today to sing of your steadfast love and justice in the assembly of the saints with a glad heart. Help us make music to you and rejoice in doing so.

Father, as I sing your praises through the day, as I consider your steadfast love and justice, I pray that you help me ponder the way you have showed us to follow.  Help me consider how to love kindness, and do justice, and walk humbly before you, my God. Let this be the hard motivation behind all I do.

My Father, help me to walk in integrity of heart within my house. Help me to live this day, this week, this life, with integrity everywhere I go, but always starting within the walls of my house, within my room. God, it is in our homes where we take off our shoes and show who we really are. Help me be true to the gospel when no one else is seeing me, when I do the dishes and read a book with my children under the covers. Help me to live in integrity in my marriage, to honor my Man and bless him every moment. Help me love my precious family,  those with whom I share a roof, those with whom I share the meals; Help me also to love the stranger and the foreign; give me eyes to see, ears to hear, hands to do, and feet to walk.

God, help us to honor you with our eyes. Help us not to set our eyes before anything that is worthless. Lord, that we may choose wisely this week which books to read, which websites to visit. Father, help us to hate the work of the evil One. Lord, thank you, thank you because you have made us free from the bondage of sin, now we are free not to cling to the sins of our past. O what a glorious truth this is!

This week I will fight many battles, some big and other small, but I pray that in each one your name may be glorified. That my heart will be purified as a refined silver in the oven.  Help me overcome all the perverse desires in my heart that rise against your Holy Name. Help me fight against all arrogance. Lord, I want to be poor in spirit, always depending on you. Some prayers are not easy to say, but God, I pray, keep me humble. Remind me always that the arrogant, the one with a haughty look can not stand before you.

This week help me, Lord, to choose my company, my friends wisely. Help my children, my Man, help us all to dwell with those who love Truth, who are faithful to you, who honor your Word and fear your Name.

Morning by morning I will fight my enemies in your name, Jesus, and because of You, I will stand firm.

I love you Lord, because you loved me first…



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