Eyring, in his Vita of Ernest the Pious Duke of Saxe-Gotha, v. 1601, d. 1675, relates that he sent an unfaithful minister [magistrate] a copy of the 101st Psalm, and that it became a proverb in the country, when an official had done anything wrong: He will certainty soon receive the prince’s Psalm to read.[i]
Psalm 101 is known as “The Prince’s Psalm” because it deals with leadership issues a king will face, particularly that of leading a life of integrity, blameless as he leads his subjects. Not your problem, you say? Have you considered the fact that we elect our “kings” in this country every few years? Of late the track record on “blameless” hasn’t been much to write home about. But it’s more than just about elected leaders.
Walking the straight path of integrity is hardest at home – that’s where they know ALL about you! There’s no faking it there! No sense trying to put spin on anything.
The prayer of Psalm 101 is a commitment to live a blameless life of integrity, but it quickly acknowledges the difficulty of follow-through, as the writer entreats God: when will you come to help me?
I like (and despise) that about Scripture. I like it because there’s no fluff, no wiggle-room to let me off the hook from my responsibility to live a life of integrity. I despise it because there’s no fluff, no wiggle-room to let me off the hook from my responsibility to live a life of integrity. I sometimes want to pray that God just inject me with Solomon’s wisdom and Job’s integrity and be done with it. But life is much harder than that, and so, God continues to work on me.
We may not be kings and queens, but we all bear the weight of the leadership issue of how our lives affect others. You cannot speak, act or even think without affecting the lives of others for better or worse. Like so many pebbles (or boulders) thrown in a still pond, our words, deeds and attitudes cause ripples (sometimes tidal waves) of consequences.
And it counts most at home.
Get a start on today’s ripples – make them positive and encouraging for those around you at your house, job, school…wherever you take yourself today.