"I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart."
“I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way.”
Living right is a choice. We ponder God’s “perfect way” and choose it for our life’s path.
“O when wilt thou come unto me?”
David knew that he could not be the man he needed to be in his home or elsewhere, without the LORD being near him and him near his God. He knew that without the LORD’S help, he was bound to fail. David wanted the visible, tangible proof that his God was near, which is understandable. He wanted the LORD to be with him in his home. As believers today, we are especially blessed to have our God living in us. He is ever-present within each believer no matter our circumstance, and He is always here and ready to meet our need.
“I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.”
David was determined to live right so that his home would not be as “the tents of wickedness” (Psalm 84:10).
“The recesses of an Eastern palace were often foul with lust, and hid extravagances of caprice and self-indulgence, but this ruler will behave there as one who has Jehovah for a guest”1 (Maclaren).
David was resolved to live at home, in private before his family and friends, in a way that was consistent with walking in God’s path.
“The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him” (Proverbs 20:7).
David desired to have “a perfect heart.” He wanted to live justly, treating everyone right. The LORD deserved his best. His family, friends, and subjects needed a man of integrity to lead them. He chose to do right in the small things, not just the essential decisions that affected his kingdom. He was the kind of man who did his best to treat everyone fairly. To him, people mattered, but his LORD mattered the most.
Believers, how is your “at home testimony?” If we could talk to your children, what might they say about your home life?
1. Alexander Maclaren, as quoted in the Cambridge Bible, the electronic version in eSword.