Watch What You Watch
Today’s scripture selection: Psalms 99-101
Key verses: Psalm 101:2b-3
“I will walk in my house with blameless heart. I will set before my eyes no vile thing.”
Have you ever thought about all the visual stimuli to which you are exposed every single day? How about that to which you expose yourself?
- Computer Games
- News Spots
- Gossip Spots
- Fictional or Real Acts of Violence
- Images of Sexuality
- On and on and on
Not to mention the beautiful images too – the hopeful; inspiring; sacred things all around us – they are there too – just for the “looking.”
So, as the Psalmist suggests, it’s at least partially a matter of choice. While we certainly can’t control all of the things that catch our eye and our attention – we can control some can’t we? Perhaps even quite a bit.
What did it mean for the Psalmist that “no vile thing” would be set before the eye, that there would be no idol; or temptation; no evil there? You can speculate on that for yourself.
But I think the message is clear enough. Watch what you watch – that you can walk in your house with a blameless heart.
Prayer: Lord, open my eyes to what you would have me see – and help me to avoid that which I shouldn’t. AMEN.