Finding Yourself in the Psalms

Psalm 101

A Psalm For Making Spiritual Commitments

Read Psalm 101. Note “I Will”
Scrogie “A Psalm of Pious Resolutions.”
“In a sense, this psalm is a charter by which David ruled under God” BKC
I. Characteristics of a Commitment
A. Worship. V. 1 “I will sing”
B. Walking. V. 2
1. Lead a blameless life. “Without blemish” refers to animals sacrificed to
the Lord. No moral defect.
2. Blameless heart. Perfection. Completeness.
C. Watching.
1. “Set no vile thing. . .”
a. NO ungodly influence. “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly. . . Ps 1
b. NO carnal Christians. “”Not to associate with anyone who calls himself a btother but is sexually immoral” 2 Cor 5:11 (2 Thess
3:14; Rom 16:17)
c. NO sinful acts. Eph 5:11-12 “Have nothing to do with the
fruitless deeds of darkness but rather expose them.”
2. “I will have nothing to do with evil” v. 4
D. Witnessing. V. 5
1. Confront sin. “Whoever slanders his neighbor.”
2. Avoiding double minded.
a. Christians who can’t decide. Josh 24 “choose you this day . . .”
b. Christians always in a crisis mode. “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” James 1:8
E. Washing. Cleansing our lives of all evil influence. SEPERATION. II. What Keeps You from Commitment?
A. Fear of phoniness. Usually means you have no intention of keeping the decision.

You’re just talking a good talk.

B. Fear of failure. Proverbs 22:13 (KJV)13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets

C. Promise of procrastination. We prepare FOREVER.
D. Absence of accountability.
E. Overgeneralization. Be specific. Goals should be measurable, atainable, realistic.
F. We just don’t want to change.
1. Mal 1:6, 7; 3:8, 14-17
What will you do when God speaks? What would have happened. . .

If Moses would not have listened to the voice of the Lord

If Samuel . . .

If Hezekiah. . .

If Martin Luther. . . If DL Moody. . .

If Harry Bollback. . . IF JESUS . . .

It takes a flywheel 6x more power to start from a dead stop than to keep it going once in motion A locomotive must pull 30 pounds for every ton of weight in a railroad car to start from a dead stop. Once in motion, it only requires 3 pounds per ton to keep moving straight and level
Well begun is half done.
Don’t sit on the fence – Only birds. . .