Psalm 101:1-3 – “I will sing of steadfast love and justice; to you, O Lord, I will make music. 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; I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless.”
We would do well to follow David’s example here in Psalm 101. In these three verses, David gives numerous resolutions by saying “I will” five individual times. “I will sing…I will make music…I will ponder the way that is blameless…I will walk with integrity of heart…” and “I will not set before my eyes.” He will give his life to praising God, and he will give his life to keeping his heart and mind pure. We would do well to not just setting goals of keeping these sorts of resolutions, but also seriously considering what David is saying.
Consider his last resolution, found in verse three. “I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless.” The word is most often translated as “worthless” and not vile or wicked, as some translations explain. The New American Standard, Holman Standard, and English Standard translations rightly say that David refuses to set before his eyes any “worthless” things. There is a big difference between something that is worthless and something that is vile. How much time do we set before our eyes things that are worthless?
Back before Nicole and I started dating, while we were working at a Christian camp, we were looking to watch a movie with a group of people. We had a place to watch the movie (one of the missionary staff couple’s home), but we needed to figure out what movie to watch. The guys had a “great idea” for a movie to watch, while the ladies clearly thought our idea was terrible. There was nothing outright “vile” or “wicked” about the movie we chose as the first choice, but the fact that the movie we chose was going to be watched at the home we were at, made our choice disrespectful. At the time, we “mature” guys got in a small argument with the girls. Ultimately they were right, as the movie we wanted to watch was quite worthless as David explains here in Psalm 101. Ironically, the missionary had a sign above their television that quoted Psalm 101:3 directly! Through the mature advice of the ladies, we kept our eyes off of worthless things.
What sort of things do we rest our eyes on that are truly worthless? Hours of television watching per day? Countless time perusing Facebook? Wasted time scanning through Netflix to find something to watch, only to get to the point where you can’t decide and don’t watch anything at all? Of course, within the category of worthlessness includes that which is vile and wicked. So what worthless things are you placing your eyes on? What would your life look like if you were to resolve to keep your eyes from worthless things?