I will sing of your love and justice; to you, O LORD, I will sing praise. I will be careful to lead a blameless life– when will you come to me? I will walk in my house with blameless heart. I will set before my eyes no vile thing. The deeds of faithless men I hate; they will not cling to me. Men of perverse heart shall be far from me; I will have nothing to do with evil. Whoever slanders his neighbor in secret, him will I put to silence; whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart, him will I not endure. My eyes will be on the faithful in the land that they may dwell with me; he whose walk is blameless will minister to me. No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence. 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. (NIV)
This Psalm written by David reflects the way in which he tried to rule as King of Israel. The key to the way he ruled and lived his life was to live a blameless life. The word blameless can be defined as: free of guilt, not subject to blame, of irreproachable character, an unimpeachable reputation. Blameless does not mean sinless, nor does it imply perfection. A blameless life style is a characteristic of one’s life that others encounter during the course of our daily activity. Living a blameless life before others is not easy and usually is very difficult. Because the perception of living a blameless life to others is viewed by our actions and not our motives a blameless life style is very difficult to show to others. Unlike our physical appearance which people can see, our motives are not visible and must be weighed over time. So how do I groom my life to be blameless? The key is similar to the way I get my physical self-ready every day. As I must get up each morning and make my physical appearance presentable before I venture out of the house each morning, I must also examine my heart to make sure that is it blameless before God and man. As you read this psalm considered the following examples that are in the Bible for us to model our walk after:
This is the account of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. (Genesis 6:9)
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me and be blameless. (Genesis 17:1)
I (David) have been blameless before him and have kept myself from sin. (II Samuel 22:24) In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. (Job 1:8)
As I study these four men I realized that their blameless life style is the result of a living a life of integrity. One key to this is to eliminate anything that causes me to keep secrets. In our process of communicating with others we usually try to filter out the differences between what the other person is saying and that they really mean. In our process of communication we must stop and examine the true motive behind our words and actions. Is what I say really what I mean, or is there a hidden agenda behind my words? So one of the first steps in living a blameless life is the process of eliminating all secret motives from my words and my actions.
Another step would be to remove all the vile things from my life. The word vile is defined as loathsome, disgusting, unpleasant, or objectionable. It is also used to describe behavior as contemptibly, miserably poor and degrading, wretched, morally depraved and wicked. In Psalm one this is one of the two steps in living a blessed life. The first step is to move toward God and seek him, and the second step is to stay away from those things against God’s way (vile things).
The final step is to read and mediate on God’s Word daily. Just read Psalm 119 for this truth to set in. The Word of God will lead you to live a blameless life.