I will sing of steadfast love and justice;
to you, O Lord, I will make music.
I will ponder the way that is blameless.
Oh when will you come to me?
I will walk with integrity of heart
within my house;
I will not set before my eyes
anything that is worthless.
I hate the work of those who fall away;
it shall not cling to me.
A perverse heart shall be far from me;
I will know nothing of evil.
Psalm 101:1-4, ESV
A couple New Years ago, I decided to make these my theme verses for the upcoming year. I read them again this week and realized they are just as worthy a goal for my life now as they were then.
These words are more challenging than they may seem at first glance. How many things do I ponder that are "blameless" or what might I spend time thinking about or looking at that is of no eternal value or "worthless?" Do I really spend time praising the Lord for his steadfast love and his justice? Do I live every day "with integrity of heart" and flee from a "perverse heart?" Do I truly "know nothing of evil?"
All these things are easier said than done, but the benefit of closeness with my Jesus as a result of my personal holiness and purity in my life more than outweighs the challenge. These are fights well worth fighting because the victories are so worth it.
New Year's resolution? Not really. Daily resolution? Absolutely.