Psalm 101:3 - What You Behold You Become!
Psa.101:3: What You Behold You Become!
Psa 101:3 (KJV) I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I
hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.
Psa 101:3 (NCV) I will not look at anything wicked. I hate
those who turn against you; they will not be found near me.
What would lead me away from righteousness and truth, I will
never set before my eyes. (Adam Clarke Commentary)
Staying free from the sin that used to entrap us depends on our
staying close to God and staying away from every evil. [Life Recovery
David resolves not to look upon evil that his life may not
imitate what he would see. To a great extent we are what we habitually
behold (2 Cor. 3:18). [SDA Commentary]
Because our thought life and actions are determined to a great
extent by that which we focus on, we must carefully screen the items we
read, the programs and movies we watch, and the activities in which we
participate. [Passages Of Life SB]
The psalm expresses David's commitment to the God whose love and
justice he praised. That commitment was expressed in the psalmist's
determination to live in a way that pleased God. But note the motivation.
David intended to lead a blameless life in view of the love and the
justice of God. Because God loves us, we want to please Him. Because God
is a God of justice, we can trust Him fully to reward those who do
right, and to punish the wicked. Our motivation too, when pure, is
response to the love God has showered on us, and trust that His justice
will guard and protect us as we live for Him. [The 365-Day Devotional
At some point in life, each one of us must decide what is his
highest joy; for the thing that delights us directs us. Generally
speaking, a child finds his delight in what he has; a youth in what he
does; and an adult in what he is. The first lives for possessions, the
second for the experiences, and the third for character. We do not
condemn the child or the youth for so living, because neither has
reached maturity; but we would certainly wonder at an adult who lived on
those lower levels.... So, every person has an outlook on life; he is
seeking his highest joy. Outlook determines outcome. Abraham lifted up
his eyes and saw the stars and became the friend of God by faith.
Lot lifted up his eyes and saw Sodom and became the friend of the
world. Abraham inherited the city prepared for him by God, the city he
had been seeking (Hebrews 11:13-16); but Lot lost everything when
Sodom went up in smoke. If life is to be rich and meaningful, then our
joys must be the highest possible; and Jesus tells us that the
highest joy possible is to see God. by Warren Wiersbe [Inspirational
It is vital that we not waste our time following a recovery
program that tries to undermine our faith in God. We must learn to be
discerning in the activities we become involved in. Like the psalmist, we
must refuse to tolerate anything in our life that does not recognize
the value of our trust in God and obedience to his ways. [Life
Psa 119:37 (ESV) Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things;
and give me life in your ways.
Job 31:1 I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I
think upon a maid?
Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it
are the issues of life.
Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation:
the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
2 Cor. 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass
the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to
glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Dedicated To All Television Fanatics
The 23rd Channel
The television is my shepherd, my spiritual life doth want.
It maketh me to sit down and do nothing.
It leadeth me beside men of no faith.
It restoreth my desire for worldly pleasures.
It requireth all my spare time and keepeth me from doing the
will of God,
because it presenteth so much foolishness which I must see.
It increaseth my knowledge of nonsense and keepeth me from the
study of the Word of God.
Yea, though I live to be an hundred, yet the viewing of my
shall have first place in my life as long as it doth operate,
for it is my closest companion.
Its sound and its picture, they comfort me.
It presenteth foolishness and folly before me continually and
keepeth me from surrendering my whole life unto God.
It anoints my mind with seeds of corruption and fills my head
which profiteth me nothing; my cup remains empty.
Surely, no good thing will come of my life, because I am devoted
to my television,
which leaveth me no time to serve God acceptably:
Thus I will dwell in the House of Confusion forever. By Joseph