- A psalm of David. For the music leader. 1
Don’t honor the dishonorable
- 1 LORD, who’s allowed in your worship center?
Who can live on your sacred hill?
- 2 People of integrity,
Who do the right thing, and tell the truth.
- 3 They don’t trip over their tongues and lie.
They don’t do bad things to others.
And they don’t badmouth their friends.
- 4 They don’t honor dishonorable people.
But they respect folks who respect the Lord.
And they’re determined to do the right thing even when it hurts.
- 5 They don’t charge interest on loans.
They don’t take bribes that hurt the innocent.
People like this stand on solid ground forever.
The subtitle wasn’t part of the original psalm. And the possible byline “of David,” isn’t necessarily a byline. The vague phrase could mean the song was written by David, about David, or was inspired by David. Almost half of the psalms are attributed to David in this way, 73 of 150. Ancient Jewish history tells of David playing a lyre and writing songs. For one, he wrote a song of mourning at the battlefield death of King Saul and his sons: “How have the mighty fallen!” (2 Samuel 1:19-27 New American Standard Bible). An ancient Jewish scroll from about the time of Jesus, discovered among the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, reports that David wrote 3,600 songs.