King David made an incredible resolution when he said, “I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me” (Psalm 101:3). However, his decision to stay on the right track as king of God’s people is applicable to more than just kings. All Christians should look to this great Psalm to learn how we may also keep ourselves pure in God’s sight.
David understands that what he watches with his eyes will affect his thinking, and he determines not to allow himself to be involved in that which God views as “wicked”. There are always things in our lives that have no true, genuine value to our spirituality. Therefore, we learn from David to avoid these things completely. We don’t have to allow ourselves to be in situations that place evil before us. If we don’t choose carefully what we watch, we may be drawn to things that aren’t pleasing to God. Many sitcoms, movies, books, magazines, etc. today are simply not worthy of the attention of any Christian. If we want to be spiritual, then we’ll make the decision to “abstain from every form of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:22) and “put to death” all worldly attributes in our lives (Colossians 3:5-10).
It’s the challenge of every Christian to love only that which God loves and to hate everything God hates (cf. Romans 12:9). In this beautiful Psalm, David also determines to have nothing to do with the values and lifestyles of those who aren’t godly. He simply states that he won’t allow them to influence his life or “cling” to him and his thinking.
What specific changes will you need to make in your life to make King David’s resolution your own? Challenge yourself every day to focus your mind and thoughts on spiritual things (cf. Philippians 4:8), and don’t allow any wicked thing before your eyes.