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The Resolutions of a King: New Year Resolutions from King David
by Cate Russell-Cole
12/12/2015 / Christian Living
I was reading a list ofsuggested New Year Resolutions for the Pope, last week. While the list (which was not written by either the Pope, or the Vatican), had some great suggestions, it had me thinking about what David would list as his resolutions. The first five may not be very surprising, but after that, some are unexpected.
The cross references to the resolutions is separate, so the resolutions are in David's own voice. Psalm 101 is included below, as it was the source of the idea. I have added additional clarification of the wording.
1. Praise the Lord at all times.
2. Boast only in the Lord, and glorify His Name, not my own.
3. Pray in the morning and the evening, especially when things get rough.
4. Meditate on the Word of God, and His goodness.
5. Wait patiently for God's help and hope only in Him.
6. Be strong and courageous.
7. Work to make what I say and what I think, pleasing to the Lord.
8. Fulfil my promises to God.
9. Spend my time around Godly people.
10. Manage my anger.
11. Tell people about God.
12. Act in a godly way within my own home, so I have no guilt in my heart.
References to match the resolutions:
1. Psalms 56:10, 31:7, 34:1
2. Psalms 34:2, 86:13
3. Psalm 55:16-17
4. Psalm 63:6
5. Psalms 22:14, 62:1-2 and 5-6, 37:7 39:7, 52:9b
6. Psalm 27:14
7. Psalms 19:14, 101:3
8. Psalms 22:25, 61:8
9. Psalms 16:3, 101:4-7 - not the worthless, wicked or evil.
10. Psalms 4:4-5, 37:8
11. Psalms 40:9-10, 51:12-13, 71:15
12. Psalm 101:2
Psalm 101 A Psalm of David
1 I will sing of your love and justice;
to you, Lord, I will sing praise.
2 I will be careful to lead a blameless life
when will you come to me?
I will conduct the affairs of my house
with a *blameless heart. (*integrity, perfect)
3 I will not look with approval
on anything that is vile. (evil, wicked, base)
I hate what *faithless people do; (*those who fall away or turn away from God)
I will have no part in it. (won't cleave to)
4 The *perverse of heart shall be far from me; (*devious, perverted, evil, fraudulent)
I will have nothing to do with what is evil.
5 Whoever slanders their neighbour in secret,
I will put to silence;
whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart,
I will not tolerate.
6 My eyes will be on the faithful in the land,
that they may dwell with me;
the one whose walk is blameless
will minister to me.
7 No one who practices deceit
will dwell in my house;
no one who speaks falsely
will stand in my presence.
8 Every morning I will put to silence
all the wicked in the land;
I will cut off every evildoer
from the city of the Lord.
For more information on King David, please have a meander through the King David Project Facebook page, our web site and our blog, "Masada Rain." The blog houses many useful resources on studying, David plus bits and pieces of information which don't neatly fit into article form. Please ignore dates and use the search feature to find what you want. The web site has resources on David's family tree, life and the Psalms. All content is creative commons and non-profit. Sharing of the project's work would be deeply appreciated.
Masada Rain Blog: https://masadarain.wordpress.com
The project web site: http://cateartios.wix.com/kingdavidproject
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/fromdespairtodeliverance
"From Despair to Deliverance: the King David Project," is a non-profit ministry, that seeks to make the life of King David easy to understand and relevant, so that believers gain inspiration and comfort from the life of King David. The project is run by Cate Russell-Cole, a Christian writer from Brisbane, Australia.
This article by Cate Russell-Cole is under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Written in Australian English.
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