Psalm 101 is simply a psalm of David. It does not have a special designation or some special title. That does not make it any less important than any other psalm. It is a psalm about walking righteously in sanctification. It provides insight that if followed would keep one on the path of righteousness.
Part way through Psalm 101, the speaker seems to change. Or, possibly it never did and it was the same speaker throughout the psalm. Either way, if one is serious about their walk with God, they need to pay close attention. Psalm 101 provides insight as to the person God is willing to allow into His house. As such, for the one that desires to be righteous and dwell in the house of Yehovah, it is time to meditate on the speaker’s words.
A Psalm of David. 1 I will sing of mercy and judgment: to You, Yehovah, will I sing.
The first sing comes from the Hebrew word שִׁיר shiyr (H7891). It is used in the feminine singular form. שִׁיר shiyr (H7891) means to sing. The second sing comes from the Hebrew word זָמַר zamar (H2167). Again, this word is in the feminine singular form. זָמַר zamar (H2167) means more than just sing, it is to make music in praise of Yehovah.
We all ought to sing of the mercy and judgment. Mercy is easy to understand. It is His compassion and great love for His creation. Psalm 101 should have been translated:
A Psalm of David. 1 I will sing of mercy and judgment: to You, Yehovah, I will make music.
But why sing of His judgment? God’s judgement is much different than what many realize. We are quickly approaching the Day of the Lord, the millennium. Eight times in the New Testament, it refers to it as the Day of Judgment, 2 Peter 2:9.
9 The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust to the day of judgment to be punished:
Based on Peter’s words, the unjust are being reserved for the Day of Judgment. As such, there is no one in Hell at this point. Although, most believers want to tell you that when you die if you are not a believer, you are headed straight to hell. They should have consulted Peter on this one and not their church doctrine.
In 2 Peter 2:9, judgment comes from the Greek word κρίσις krisis (G2920). It specifically means the judgment that results in a separation, either guilty or not guilt. However, it does not always have to assign guilt. It could determine possibly who gets a reward and who does not. But that is beyond this discussion of Psalm 101. Just know that the Day of Judgment is actually the Day of Separation. This is consistent throughout the New Testament.
What many do not seem to understand is that the Day of Judgement or Separation is what Peter discusses in Acts 3:19-23. But, Peter calls it something quite different.
19 Repent therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; 20 And He shall send Yeshua Messiah, which before was preached to you: 21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of Restitution of All Things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began. 22 For Moses truly said to the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up to you of your brethren, like to me; Him shall You hear in all things whatsoever He shall say to you. 23 And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that Prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.
Peter calls it the Restitution of All Things. So many have this idea that when Yeshua returns, it will be to take believers to heaven and send all the non-believers to the Lake of Fire. However, before that happens; quite a few things will occur. It is 1000 years long, first and foremost it will be a time of Restitution of All Things.
Interestingly enough, Isaiah has something say about this judgment in Isaiah 1:26-27.
26 And I will restore your judges as at the first, and your counselors as at the beginning: afterward you shall be called, the city of righteousness, the faithful city. 27 Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.
The judges at the first are similar to the judges that were in the Book of Judges. The purpose of a judge in Israel was not the same as what a judge does today, Judges 2:18.
18 And when Yehovah raised them up judges, then Yehovah was with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge: for it repented Yehovah because of their groanings by reason of them that oppressed them and vexed them.
The purpose of a judge was foremost to deliver the people from their enemies. In the millennium, it will not be so much about sending them off to hell. It is about restoring order. For many, it will be the first time that they will hear the unadulterated gospel message. God is not as cruel as many of his followers claim, God has a set time for each person, 1 Timothy 2:3-6.
3 For this good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Yeshua Messiah; 6 Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
Each person has a due time. For many, it will be during the millennium, when they see God for the first time. Because honestly, God’s own people failed to deliver the Gospel Message as He intended with love and mercy.
This is the judgment the psalmist is singing about. The compassion and love God has for His creation. We need to get onboard with this.
2 I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. When will You come to me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.
The psalmist will behave himself in a upright and undefiled manner. However, he wants to know when Yehovah will return. This is probably something, we would all like to know.
Truthfully, it will not be long. It has been approximately 2000 years, since Yeshua walked the earth. There is not much time left. But in the mean time, we should behave ourselves in a perfect way. We ought to bring glory to His name in everything we do as long as we are in this lifetime, 2 Corinthians 5:9.
9 Wherefore we labor, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of Him.
We ought to do everything we can do to be more righteous every day. So that others can see the perfect will of God and they will be drawn to Him in righteousness.
3 I will set no wicked thing before my eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; shall not cleave to me.
This is similar to Psalm 1. However, in Psalm 1 there is more, Psalm 1:1.
1 Blessed the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.
Not only will he not put wicked before him. He will not walk in their counsel. Meaning any part of what the evil will do or consider, he will not do. There will be no similarities in doctrine whatsoever, because he has a plan. Never will he stand in their pathways. He will completely avoid the ways the evil tread. Again, because he has a plan to avoid all this. Nor will he associate with them at all. Again, because he has a plan to avoid all this. His plan is Psalm 1:2
2 But his delight in the Torah of Yehovah; and in His Torah does he meditate day and night.
His plan begins with delighting in Torah, just as the Messiah did in Psalm 40:8.
8 I delight to do Your will, my Redeemer: yes, Your Torah within my heart.
Not only will he delight in Torah, he will meditate upon it day and night. It does not give a lot of time for the wicked to cross his path. But meditating on Torah is not something we just do, it has a lasting spiritual effect Psalm 19:7.
7 The Torah of Yehovah perfect, converting the soul: The testimony of Yehovah is sure, making wise the simple.
The Torah will actually convert us through the Holy Spirit. So this person has a plan that will work to overcome sin and wickedness in their lives. It is a good plan, because it is God’s plan for all of mankind, Jeremiah 31:31-34.
31 Behold, the days come, says Yehovah, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which My covenant they broke, although I was an Husband to them, says Yehovah: 33 But this the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; after those days, says Yehovah, I will put My Torah in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their Redeemer, and they shall be My people. 34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, know Yehovah: for they shall all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says Yehovah: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
Notice in Jeremiah 31:33, that part of the New Covenant is to put the Torah in our inward parts and write it in our hearts. Torah will become part of our essence.
Make no mistake about it, Torah is for today. If you plan to walk in righteousness without Torah, that is a bad plan. That will fail and lead to misery and bitterness. If you plan to be like the psalmist and meditate on Torah day and night, that is a good plan. That will lead to the House of Yehovah. Then mercy and goodness will follow you all the days of your life.
Further, He is disgusted with those that do not continue in the way. This seems to be Messiah, but it should be us too. John discusses these in 1 John 2:19.
19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us: but that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
Those that do not continue are not of us.
When it states in Psalm 101:3, shall not cleave to me. This is Messiah speaking. Those who do not continue with us, may not find a place to cleave to Yehovah. We must never turn back. We must always continue in the faith at all time. Once off the path, it will not be easy to return. Make a plan to stay on it all the days of your life.
4 A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked.
Messiah will not allow the wicked in His presence. Only those that repent, only those that are moving away from sin and transgression.
Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 14:20.
20 Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.
We are to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord, 2 Peter 3:18.
18 But grow in grace (charis), and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Yeshua Messiah. To Him glory both now and for ever. Amen.
However, in evil; we need not understand very much. Except that, we are to stay far from it. And, never to allow it to cross the threshold of our house to enter in.
5 Whoso secretly slanders his neighbor, him will I cut off: him that has an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.
This is three people the Messiah will not allow to come near Him. We should definitely not allow these in our sphere of influence.
One who slanders his fellow man. We are never to speak poorly of anyone. There is no value in slandering another. Especially those that do in private and then act differently in public. That is a hypocrite. A hypocrite will not fare well in the millennium, Job 13:16.
16 He also my Yeshua: For an hypocrite shall not come before Him.
And Matthew 24:51.
51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
We should always speak clearly, Matthew 5:37.
37 But let your communication be, Yes, yes; No, no: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
It should never be a mystery to others our intentions or words.
High look are those that look down on others. We are always to treat others with respect. We are to treat them better than we would want to be treated, Mark 9:35.
35 And He sat down, and called the twelve, and said to them, If any man desire to be first, shall be last of all, and servant of all.
We are to be a servant to all. Just as the Messiah ministered to us, we are to minister to others, so that they may benefit.
The proud heart are those who are prideful. Truthfully, we really do not have anything to be proud of. First in Romans 3:10-12.
10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understand, there is none that seek after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that does good, no, not one.
And Romans 3:23.
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
We really do not have much to be proud of. We may when we compare ourselves to others, but that is a deceptive standard, 2 Corinthians 10:12.
12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
The only standard we ought to measure up to is Torah. And we all fall short of it. We all have a lot of work to do. Now is the time. We ought not to be around those that slander their neighbor, have a high look or a proud heart. If we associate with them to long, we will become like them. That will cause one to move in a direction away from righteousness without even realizing it. We need to stay on the path of righteousness. We need to be careful who we associate with. We need to find the way towards His holy Temple in the Heavenlies and stay on it.
If one will not learn this lesson, the Messiah will not be well pleased with them. And, they may find themselves on the outside.
6 My eyes upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walks in a perfect way, he shall serve me.
Messiah is looking for the faithful. These are the ones that will dwell with Him. These are similar to those of Isaiah 66:2.
2 For all those has My hand made, and all those have been, says Yehovah: but to this will I look, to poor and of a contrite spirit, and tremble at My word.
These are the ones who we should associate with. So that we will become more like them, faithful.
Those that walk perfect will serve the Messiah. These are those that take up their cross. It is in serving Messiah that we get our lives back, John 12:25-26.
25 He that loves his life shall lose it; and he that hates his life in this world shall keep it to life eternal. 26 If any man serve Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there shall also My servant be: if any man serve Me, him will Father honor.
And the way to follow him is Matthew 16:24-25.
24 Then said Yeshua to His disciples, If any will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for My sake shall find it.
It is in taking up our cross that we follow Messiah. When we do that we lose our life. However, in losing this life: we gain a greater life in Him.
7 He that works deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that tells lies shall not tarry in my sight.
Again, those that work deceit and tells lies, will have no place with Messiah. We need to avoid these too. We must never associate with them or else we may be them. They should never be allowed to dwell in our house. They will not dwell in Messiah’s house
8 I will early destroy all the wicked of the land; that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of Yehovah.
Early, before the wicked can enter eternity or even the Kingdom. The wicked will be destroyed. They will not live in the land. They will not come to the city of Yehovah, New Jerusalem. It is only for those who have salvation in this lifetime and those deemed worthy in the millennium. When many hear the Unadulterated Gospel Message for the first time and bow the knee in obedience to Yehovah, they will be with us.
The overall message of Psalm 101 is simple, concise and something all of us need to continuously follow. I will sing of Your great mercy and judgment. I look for Your return. Until then, I will walk undefiled and turn from evil. I will be with the faithful and righteous. I will not allow evil to take root and will rid them from my land. I will cleanse my house for Your return. I will take up my cross to serve You, so that others may know You through Your Righteousness.
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