I will sing to thee of mercy and judgement, O Lord: I will sing and find understanding on a blameless path; when wilt thou come to me?
I have walked in the innocence of my heart: in the midst of my house.
I have set no lawless thing before mine eyes: I have hated those who work wickedness.
A crooked heart has not cleaved to me: the wicked man who turned from me I have not acknowledged.
Whosoever secretly slanders his neighbour, him have I driven away: I have not eaten with him who has a proud look and a greedy heart.
Mine eyes are upon the faithful of the land, that they may sit down with me: he who walks in a blameless path has ministered to me.
The arrogant has not dwelt within my house: the teller of lies has not prospered in my sight.
Each morning I would slay all sinners in the land: that I might root out all evil doers from the city of the Lord. (Psalm 100/101)I read this psalm once again this morning, and got quite a lot out of it, so it seems appropriate to write something. It's a long time since I wrote a blog entry here, mainly because I have become much more sensitive about expressing my own opinions, but also because I just have not had much to say.
When we look at a piece of Old Testament Scripture like this psalm, it's easy to look at it as a historical comment, and forget that the Fathers have told us that it is written specifically for us. Given the number of people that it was written for then, it is a mystery how it is written for me, this morning, and yet it seems to be.
- I do sing, almost all the time, of God's mercy and judgement, I am waiting for a sign that my prayers are answered.
- I am trying to defeat sin and become again innocent.
- One of my major sin areas is mainly triggered by sights, and I am actively trying to prevent myself from 'seeing' them.
- I am the wicked man, but I am trying to get him to go away.
- I am looking to the Fathers, to the Scriptures, and to Christian friends as examples.
- Another area of sin is Vainglory, constant thinking of how I will appear to the world. This is arrogance and pride. It must not prosper.
- And I love the last line. Every morning is a new start, and a new opportunity to try to get it right, a new opportunity to to root out the evil in my heart, and ask God to get rid of it.
Love in Christ.