Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

Psalm 101:1-5 NLT


[1] I will sing of your love and justice, LORD. I will praise you with songs.

[2] I will be careful to live a blameless life— when will you come to help me? I will lead a life of integrity in my own home.

[3] I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar. I hate all who deal crookedly; I will have nothing to do with them.

[4] I will reject perverse ideas and stay away from every evil.

[5] I will not tolerate people who slander their neighbors. I will not endure conceit and pride.

Reflection . . .

These words of commitment that the Psalmist uses call us to join in. They are words of commitment to live a life worthy of the calling we have as children of God.

The Lord’s Love and Justice are so great that these characteristics of God by themselves call us to live a life that rejects everything that is evil, unjust, rude, and perverse!

It’s amazing that the Psalmist puts the Lord’s Love and Justice together in the opening verse. So often, even among many churches the focus is only on God’s love, and his justice (or righteousness) is almost overlooked completely. God is Love, yes! God is also Just! Hallelujah! A God who lacks or is not acknowledged for being just is a god that would ultimately allow just about anything, and that is exactly where many churches are, and where many so called Christians are heading in their belief. They allow for all kinds of sin, injustice, rudeness and perversity while at the same time saying that God would not judge it because he is a loving God. He is loving and just! The both have to go together and for our own good!

Only a Loving God who is also just could ever bring salvation to humanity!

He is God and we are not. Are we willing to let Him be Lord?