I've been reading Psalm 101 and reading it over again for almost a half-hour. I've read it in different translations. Usually there's one or two phrases that pop off the page at me and prompt some thought. Today, the chapter seems to be no more than dried ink on the page. I don't know why. Is it me? Maybe I'm just not reading it right.
I finally pulled back and looked at the song as a whole. What was David driving at when he penned these lyrics? It was then that I realized Psalm 101 is a blues song. I hear the thumping, drawling rhythm of a blues band as David makes his case for all that he's doing right in life, but the crux of the song is his question, "how long before you show up?" David is an attorney pleading his case in the house of blues:
"If it please the court, look at all that I'm doing to do right. Why haven't you answered my prayer? Why do you feel absent from this situation? I don't get it!"
That is a feeling I know all to well. For the past few years I've been singing those blues every 28 days or so.