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Bible Commentaries

Smith's Writings

Psalms 101

Verses 1-8

PSALM 101

The great principles on which the kingdom of Christ will be governed, unfolded by the King. The psalm is written by David, the king. He expresses the desires of his heart for the government of his house, the land, and the city of God. His desires express the mind of Christ for the government of the world as the King of kings. Thus the psalm sets forth the principles on which the kingdom will be ruled.

(v. 1) Above all else the kingdom will redound to the praise of Jehovah, setting forth His loving-kindness and judgment. These are the two great principles of grace and government (see Psa_99:8 ; Psa_100:5 ). Grace to His people and judgment of evil and evildoers will introduce the kingdom; and in grace and government it will be maintained. As one has said, “This must be so, for righteousness must be upheld, while grace takes its course; justice will not give way, though love will have its way.”

(v. 2) In the government of His kingdom, the King will take “a perfect way,” moved by “a perfect heart.” In Christ's kingdom the inward motives will be as perfect as the outward ways. The administration of His kingdom will flow from a pure heart.

(vv. 3-4) Moreover the kingdom will be marked by separation from every “wicked thing,” and every wicked person. The King “will not know evil.” There will be no toleration of evil.

(v. 5) Furthermore in Christ's kingdom not only will there be separation from evil, but, the evil will be dealt with. The slanderer will be “cut off.” The “high look” and the “proud heart” will be dealt with by a King who not only sees the look, but reads the heart.

(v. 6) If, however, the judgment of the King comes upon the wicked, the favour of the King will rest upon “the faithful of the land.” Such will dwell with Him, and he that walketh in a perfect way shall serve Him.

(vv. 7-8) Evil will have no place in the “house,” “the land” or “the city of the Lord.” Those who practice deceit, speak falsehood, and work iniquity will meet with prompt and early judgment. In the kingdom of Christ evil will not be allowed to ripen into open rebellion.

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Smith, Hamilton. "Commentary on Psalms 101". "Smith's Writings". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/hsw/psalms-101.html. 1832.