I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. ~Psalm 101:2
Ps. 101 is a psalm of David. In the early days of his life, David made some important decisions about how he would live. We are told in I Sam. 18 that David behaved himself wisely four different times. Wise behavior is essential for the Christian life. Let us see from this psalm how David behaved himself wisely in a perfect way.
We see the ENGAGEMENT in wise behavior.
“I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.” The first thing David did in exercising wise behavior was making God’s presence and holiness a must in his life and home. This psalm epitomizes a prayer of dedication for our family and home. David made the important decision to have a testimony that is blameless and without reproach. I believe David sincerely made sure that his life and home did not give place to Satan. We must be circumspect and so watchful that sin does not make any kind of an encroachment upon our lives. He lived his life in private just as he knew he needed to live his life in public.
We see the EXCLUSION in wise behavior.
David established proper boundaries in his life. He was careful of not having associations with people who were wicked, slanderers, conceited, deceitful, and liars. “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me… Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer… He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.” Wise behavior means we must choose the right people for our counsel and association. “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.” Make the important decision to withdraw yourself from unsavory associations.
We see the EXTRACTION in wise behavior.
“A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person.” Wise behavior means we are living under the power of the Holy Spirit. It is imperative that we walk in the Spirit, so that we do not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. We must keep our hearts with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life. We must keep our lives from corrupting influences. All tendencies toward sins that easily beset us must be dealt with immediately. All sin must be confessed and forsaken immediately. Any tendencies toward sins of the spirit (anger, wrath, malice, evil speaking, unforgiveness, and unkindness) should be confessed and forsaken.
We see the EXCEPTION in wise behavior.
“Mine 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.” Wise behavior mandates that we follow the right examples. Have godly men and women as your role models. Your inner circle of friends should be close knit to God, yourself, and your family. Determine biblically that you want to be around Christians who are living holy lives, are on fire for God, are excited about the Lord and His church, have a positive attitude, do not compromise, and are completely transparent.
Wise behavior takes will power, hard work, diligent time in prayer and in the Word, and humble submission to doing God’s will.
Have a wisdom-enriched God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Ezra 1-3