Turn off the TV!

I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless.”-Psalm 101:3

In Psalm 101, the human author, King David, is vowing before the living God that he will “walk with integrity of heart” (v. 2). He goes on to list many of the practical ways that he will accomplish this. Among those on the top of the list is the following:

“I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless.” (v. 3)

The term “anything” is all inclusive. It leaves out “nothing”, but covers “everything.” King David is basically vowing to refrain from gazing upon anything that is of no value. In the context, he is especially speaking of those things that are of no spiritual value. That’s a pretty radical oath!

Can you imagine what our modern society would look like if we were to vow that oath before the living God? It would utterly negate the “enjoyment” of the majority of our primary modes of “entertainment”. Among the obvious: television sitcoms; fictional movies; chick-flicks; fictional literature (i.e. romance novels, etc.); pornographic magazines, movies & websites; fashion magazines; tabloids; internet activities, such as social chat-rooms, my-space, and on-&-on it goes… (I am sure that you could add a few more items to this list 🙂 And that is just a list of the “worthless” things that we “set before our eyes” as a means of entertainment. What if we were to additional items to the list for other means, like academic studies, professional studies, political studies, financial studies, etc… what sort of spiritually “worthless” things would our society have to negate then? Imagine how much more free time we would have as a society if we were to remove those spiritually “worthless” things from before our eyes? Our society would look radically different, that’s for sure!

How about you? If you were to make that very same vow before the living God, what would you have to negate from your life? Are there any “worthless” materials that you “set before your eyes”? What “worthless” things or activities could you rule out of your life? It may be radical, but think of how much more time you would have to focus on the spiritually eternal things, which are of lasting worth & value. Would your life look different as a result?

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About Elizabeth

I am a sinner, saved by grace striving to increase in the knowledge of my Savior and His precious Word each day. The reader should know that there are a few presuppositions with which I approach this blog: 1) I believe in the biblical gospel, which basically purports that all mankind is born under the curse of sin (due to the sin of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden). Therefore, man is separated from God and can have no relationship with God because He is perfectly holy, not even able to look upon sin. Unfortunately, God is also perfectly just and must not only separate Himself from sin, but must also punish it. In order to reconcile man to Himself, God, the Father, sent God, the Son, down to earth to live as a man and take our sins upon Himself on the cross. While on the cross, God, the Son, bore the full weight of the wrath of God, the Father, against our sins in order that we who believe in Him might be set free from the curse of our sin. God, the Son, Jesus Christ, died as a propitiation for our sin in order to appease God, the Father's, holy and just character, redeem us from sin, and reconcile those who believe in this gospel to God, the Father. 2) I am primarily writing to those who already believe in this biblical gospel. In other words, this blog is not focused on evangelizing the lost, but edifying believers. 3) I believe that the Christian Bible is the very word of God. Therefore, it is completely inerrant, infallible, sufficient, and authoritative in the life of a believer.
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3 Responses to Turn off the TV!

  1. Mom says:

    Hi, sweetie! Welcome to Blogdom. Your granddad was asking me a lot of questions about how to access blogs. I’ll send him your address. Love you and see you tonight. (I know. Not a very substantial comment, but I’m feeling very convicted right now!)

  2. Geoff says:

    Love,

    Excellent work. What a great verse to meditate on. You have great insights and I am glad that we are on the same page on this issue.

    Praise God for the heart and mind he has given you.

    Love u

    Gpoppa

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Momma,

    Thanks for stopping by the site! It’s great to have you 🙂 It would be GREAT if Granddad would join Blogdom too… I am sure he could contribute some really insightful comments as well 🙂

    We had a GREAT time with you guys last night! I am planning to post some pics soon, so check the blog later for an update!

    Love Ya,

    El

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