I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me?
I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.
I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes…
Psalm 101:2, 3a
Anyone who’s been a Christian for more than a day, knows the desire of wanting to do the right thing, for God’s glory, but also the heartache of falling. When I read the previous verses last week, I thought about David, who was getting ready to be the king. He made a resolve to behave himself wisely in a perfect (single-minded) way. Where would he behave like this? At home. How was he going to endeavor to do that? By not setting any wicked thing before his eyes.
Now, we scroll forward into David’s life and remember his sin with Bathsheba, which was caused by looking upon her from his window at home. His initial plan was a good one. His sin shouldn’t cause us to throw up our hands in regards to walking purely before the Lord and say, “What’s the use?” It should make us realize that a resolve like that must not be a one time event, but a daily prayer. The hymn writer put it this way – Prone to wander, Lord I feel it; prone to leave the God I love!”
Not only do we need to make that a daily prayer, we also must put away from us anything that would cause us to sin. David needed to guard his eyes. So must we, because first we see, then think, and then act. Do you need to protect yourself from television shows, movies or books that push your heart in the wrong direction? Is food the “wicked thing” that needs to be removed from your eyes? Then don’t go near the food that is a temptation when you’re at the grocery store, so it won’t end up going home with you! Do you need a filter on your computer to protect you from sites that could be damaging to your single-minded heart? Perhaps making yourself accountable to a friend in any one of these (or other) areas would be a good way to protect yourself from the wicked thing that could ensnare you.
If it is your resolve to be single-hearted towards the Lord, then take the necessary precautions so you won’t fall prey, as II Corinthians 2:11 warns, Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. We must be wise to his tricks, and also to his tools so that we can behave ourselves wisely.