Psalm 101

101:0Psalms 93 and 95-99 are royal psalms. ‘Royal’ means ‘as a king’, and in these psalms it is God that is the king. But there are other psalms about the kings of Israel and Judah. They include Psalms 2, 18, 20 and 21, 45, 71 and 101. We could also call these ‘royal psalms.’ Each of these psalms is about something different. For example:

– Psalm 2 is about the king (of Israel) ruling over his enemies.

– Psalms 20 and 21 are about the king going to war and coming home.

– Psalm 45 is about the king getting married.

Psalm 101 is about the king ruling in his own country. Many Bible students think that it is what the king said when he became king. It was a promise that he made to God and his people. We do not know which king wrote the psalm. Maybe it was David. Maybe it was a king that ruled after David. He called himself ‘David’ because he was David's son, grandson, or grandson's son, and so on. In other words, he was someone in David's family.

In the psalm, the king says two things:

– He will sing about God, and God's kind love and justice (God is kind and fair);

– He himself will try to be as kind and fair as God is. He will not let bad men work with him.

The King's Song

This is a psalm of David.

1 I will sing to you, LORD.

I will sing about your kind love and justice.

101:1Verse 1: ‘Kind love’ is a special Bible word. It is the love that God has for his people. It means that he will not stop loving them. ‘Justice’ is a word that means ‘being fair.’

2 I will be careful.

Then nobody can say that I have done wrong.

When will you LORD come to me?

Where I rule, I will do nothing that is wrong.

3 I will not let any wicked people be with me.

I really do not like what wicked people do.

They will not come near to me.

4 People with wicked ideas will be far from me.

I will not mix with them.

5 I will destroy anyone that says bad things about people in secret.

I will send away people that have proud eyes and hearts.

101:5Verse 5: ‘In secret’ means ‘in a secret place’, so few people know about it. The people David (or the king) did not like had wicked ideas. They talked about these ideas where only a few people could hear them. Also, they had proud eyes and hearts. ‘Proud’ means that you ‘think that you are more important than you really are.’ A proud heart thought this. Proud eyes looked at other people as if only the proud eyes were important.

6 My eyes will look at people who obey the LORD.

They will be with me in my work.

My servants will be people that do nothing wrong.

7 People that are not honest will not stay with me.

People that do not say what is true will not remain with me.

8 Every morning I will destroy people that are wicked in my country.

Nobody that is wicked will remain in the city of the LORD.

101:8Verse 8: ‘Every morning’ suggests that each day David judged bad people. Judged means ‘decided whether they were bad or not.’ If they were bad, David destroyed them. The word ‘destroy’ in verses 5 and 9 in Hebrew really means ‘made quiet.’ This may mean that he asked his servants to kill them. Or just to stop them talking. We do not know. But they did not stay ‘in the city of the LORD’, which was Jerusalem.