“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?