A Psalm of David King of Israel
A perfect heart
Psalm 101:1 I will sing of mercy and judgment unto thee O Lord, will I sing. God’s ways are perfect, just, and right. All of God’s Word is to be praised. God’s mercy and judgment are to be desired. God knows what is best and it’s something we should be thankful for.
Psalm 101:2 I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. The only wise and perfect way a person can live is by God’s Word. To fear the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. A person is foolish if they can not stand in wise counsel. Matthew 10:28 says, “And fear them not which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in Hell.
Psalm 101:3 I will set NO wicked thing before my eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside: it shall not cleave to me.
I want to emphasis in this post of how important it is to God that we are to not set wick things before our eyes. Matthew Henry writes, “It is the character of a good man that he shuts his eye from seeing evil.” Isaiah 33:15-16 says, “and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil; 16 He shall dwell on high: his place of defense shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his water shall be sure. Job 31:7 states, “If my heart walked after my eyes then let me sow and another reap.” Numbers 15:39, “Remember all the commandments after your own heart and your own eyes; after which ye use to go a whoring. Ecclesiastes 11:9 reminds us “Walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of their eyes: BUT know thou, that for all these things God will bring the into judgment. All of these scripture verses have an if and a then. If you shut your eyes from seeing evil you will be blessed. If you set wicked things before your eyes you will be cursed.
We know that during Bible times they did not have television, internet, or movie theatres, but this does not mean that people were not doing wicked things. Does it not boggle the mind how much people are drawn to wicked things? Even if they are not participating in it they still have the desire to watch. In the book of Esther, King Ahasuerus was putting on a feast for the princes and he wanted to entertain his guests. He asked his wife Queen Vashti to come and show or perform for them, because she was very beautiful, in order to entertain his guests. She refused, and of coarse because God is so good he used this evil desire to bring Ester on to the scene and she helped to save her people.
In Genesis Noah got drunk and passed out naked inside of his tent. Ham saw his father naked, instead of covering him up he went and told his brothers, as if to say, “come and look at old Dad, drunk and naked” and in my minds eye, he was mocking his father instead of preserving his father’s dignity. Ham’s older brothers upon finding out, went in BACKWARDS to cover up their naked father, so they would not set their eyes on wickedness and preserve the dignity of their father. And when Noah woke up, he knew what his son Ham did and he cursed Cannaan because of it. Of coarse this story points to Christ and the cross, but it also points to the wickedness of our hearts.
In Exodus we have the story of Aaron and the gold calf. Moses was up on the mountain with God, and when he did not come back right away, Aaron decided to make the people gods and set them before the people to worship, and this was when the gold calf was made. In Exodus 32:5 it says, “And when Aaron saw it, he built an alter before it (the gold calf) and made a proclamation that they were going to have a feast to the Lord. Noticed instead of getting rid of the golden calf he set this wicked “god” before his eyes and the eyes of the rest of the Israelites and they worshiped it, breaking the 2 Commandment about not making a graven image of the only God. I was speaking with a young lady one time and her family likes Buddha statues. I told her that this was a wicked thing to be doing, and her response was, “But I think they are beautiful.” Their family was setting false god’s before their eyes, and as long as Satan can get your eyes off the only true God, that’s all he wants. But people love to be religious and they will also do what is right in their own eyes.
In the New Testament during the time of Jesus there was actual play acting and entertainment. It was during this time we get the world hypocrite. A hypocrite was known as someone who wears a mask or pretends to be someone they are not. In Rome, the theater of Athens from the Greeks talks about plays being performed as early as 472 BC. Their was a playwriter named Aeschylus, one of his first plays was call ‘The Persians.’ This idea of play acting spread and became very popular. Many of the plays were used for political gain, or what I would call propaganda just like we have today.
Also in Rome, there was the Roman Coliseum to which gladiatorial games and animal fights would take place in the form of entertainment. During the time of the Incas and Aztecs there was human sacrifices for the sake of Sun worship, and this would be a public event. Needless to say watching this wickedness and setting it before our eyes is not something God finds honorable. He does not wish that anything like this would cleave itself to our hearts. Putting these things before our eyes desensitizes us to the seriousness of sin. And what we fill our minds with, will effect our hearts, and then our behaviors.
All of this to say, that God cares about what we see and hear. Why is it that just because it’s behind a screen, TV or in the form of theatre, we think that in our liberty we can entertain ourselves with sin? Would be go to a Satanic temple? Would we watch witches perform witchcraft in real life? How about go to a strip club? But yet we think that just because it’s on a screen or in the form of entertainment it’s okay?
Romans 1:28 says, “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind to do those things which are not convenient. Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness, full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity, whispers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affections, implacable, unmerciful. Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Let’s take a look at these underlined part of this scripture.
- Without understanding in Greek means foolish, unintelligent, by implication wicked or foolish.
- But have pleasure in them in Greek means to think well of, in common, assent to, or to feel gratified with them.
Two final thoughts on this I would like to leave you with. Are we willing to be without understanding, foolish, or unintelligent? Are we not willing to pray to the Lord and ask Him for understanding about the things we decide to do? The Lord has always given me understanding if I am willing to humble myself before him. There is not excuse in today’s age just to do what ever is pleasing to our flesh we have the internet and can research everything. We should always take our due diligence in prayer, Bible reading, and research so that we understand what we are participating in. And are we not guilty of a sinning against God if we find pleasure in entertaining ourselves with wickedness? God not only finds it offensive that we DO these things, but that we HAVE pleasure in them that do them.