I will sing of steadfast love and justice
to you, O Lord, I will make music.
2 I will ponder the way that is blameless.
Oh when will you come to me?
I will walk with integrity of heart
within my house;
3 I will not set before my eyes
anything that is worthless.
I hate the work of those who fall away;
it shall not cling to me.
4 A perverse heart shall be far from me;
I will know nothing of evil.
5 Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly
I will destroy.
Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart
I will not endure.
6 I will look with favor on the faithful in the land,
that they may dwell with me;
he who walks in the way that is blameless
shall minister to me.
7 No one who practices deceit
shall dwell in my house;
no one who utters lies
shall continue before my eyes.
8 Morning by morning I will destroy
all the wicked in the land,
cutting off all the evildoers
from the city of the Lord.
Reading this psalm makes me think of that song we sang as little children…
“Oh be careful little eyes what you see. Oh be careful little eyes what you see. For the Father up above is looking down with love, oh be careful little eyes what you see…”
I think the reason why is this verse that says: I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. I looked up some other translations, and other words used are vile or wicked. the NIV version says it this way:
I will not look with approval on anything that is vile.
I think that this psalm is an important one to meditate on. I am going to do that more. This verse really stuck out to me because there are SO many days I feel like we are bombarded with worthless filth. You can barely go to the mall or shopping without seeing vile things! It can be SO hard. I think, though, certain things we may not be able to help seeing at times. We are called to go out into the world, and if we are doing that, well, sometimes we may see things we hate. I think it is more talking about choosing worthless things to focus on, dwell on, have in your life, not let go. What are you watching at home? What are you listening to on the radio? What movies do you watch? What books are you choosing to read “for fun?” There is alot of trash out there. There is alot out there that Satan tries to wrap in a pretty package and label it something that doesn’t sound so “vile” or “wicked” or “filthy” — but don’t be fooled. It is still trash. Throw it out. Things such as the new trend of “mommy porn” (like this 50 shades of grey garbage, it isn’t harmless. IT IS PORN) or movies that have the same type of thing. Songs that have constant references to sexual acts, crude language, drug and alcohol abuse, or any other immoral act. TOSS. IT. OUT. It is FILTH.
There are other parts of this passage that are pretty strong as well, such as: “A perverse heart shall be far from me; I will know nothing of evil.” Constantly being around filth or letting our eyes watch it, read it, or ears hear it will slowly turn our hearts away from Christ. It will cause us to become more of this world and less like Christ. It will cause us to become so desensitized to filth that we accept it as normal or harmless. SCARY folks. That is how Satan works. He slowly creeps in and sometimes twists things enough from the Bible that it is wicked, but not enough that we notice it. We fall for it. We are sucked in, then our hearts become perverse.
WOW. It is enough to make ME think. I think all Christians could stand to do a good spring cleaning of their lives! This whole passage, to me, is one we could all stand to meditate one. Pray over. VERSE. BY. VERSE. What do we see that’s worthless? What do we carry in our hearts that is perverse or wrong or sinful? We can we do to become more like Christ. More holy. More faithful. MORE righteous?