"I Do Solemnly Swear . . ."

Tammy De Ruyter

READ : Psalm 101

I will study the way that is blameless. (v. 2)

On April 30, 1789, George Washington took the first oath of office as president of the United States of America. One hand lay gently across the pages of Scripture, while his other hand was raised in a solemn gesture. The inaugural oath complete, Washington added the words “so help me God” and kissed the Bible. America had installed its first national leader.

Three thousand years earlier, Israel also installed a national leader. David wrote Psalm 101 as an inaugural oath of the kingly office. This psalm is his public and personal commitment to the Lord and to the lofty goal of godly national leadership. Its application for us and our families is just as relevant. Note David’s specific resolutions: to keep away from anything contemptible (v. 3); to consciously keep his heart right (v. 4); to keep far from evil (vv. 3-4); to avoid gossip, slander, and arrogance (v. 5). In summary, the king vows to steer clear of those who lie and are malicious and cruel, and instead to surround himself with people whose hearts are good, honest, and upright, that his reign might be pleasing to the Lord.

Study the way that is blameless, read God’s Word, and be careful of the company you keep!


Lord, may the lives we lead be pleasing to you . . . so help us God!