6Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.
7He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.
8I will early destroy all the wicked of the land; that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the LORD.
If you will remember, Psalm 101 is a contemplation of David as he considers what type of king he will be when God finally removes King Saul. Of course, as is often the case in the Psalms, this also applies to God, who looks down from the Kingdom of Heaven upon the children of men.
From history we know that David did turn out to be a great king in the land of Israel. Though he committed some grievous sins, he always went back to God in repentance. Because he faithfully loved and served God, God blessed him and blessed the people as well.
As we read these verses we cannot help but compare them to God, whose eyes are upon the faithful of the land. As Christians, we find great comfort in knowing that God is with us wherever we go, and whatever we do. We also understand that though the wicked of this world seem to have free reign, with no one to stop their wickedness, the day will come when the saints of God will be redeemed and the wicked will be cast out into outer darkness, never to see the light of God again.
However, until that time when Christ returns again, as Christians we need to continually seek the Lord for strength and grace to live our lives in a manner that is pleasing to Him. It does not really matter if we please people, but it matters if we please God.
It is often hard to remember that, is it not? From our days of infancy we received great pleasure from the cheers of people as we displayed our antics before them. Often it is much easier to try to please people whom we can see, rather than God, Whom we cannot see. What would we do if living for God and seeking to please Him cost us dearly, perhaps even with our life?
When we think about that, are we not like Peter, who believed he would never deny the Lord?
31 Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written:
‘ I will strike the Shepherd,
And the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’
32 But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee.”
33 Peter answered and said to Him, “Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble.”
(Matthew 26:31-33, New King James Version)
We must remember the weakness of our frame, but God is our Rock and our Fortress, it is to Him we must go when faced with persecution. Peter repented of his denial of the Lord, but he never forgot the lesson he learned. In our own strength, we are weak, but in the strength of the Lord, we are strong.
Let us remember, today, that it is God we serve, and not man. God is with us everywhere we go, every moment of every day, and in His strength we can live a life that is pleasing to Him--and that is all that matters!
God Bless You,