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March 21, 2020

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
New American Standard Bible for 2020

Text: Judges 8-9
Audio: Judges 8-9

Psalm 101 (ESV)

A Psalm of David.

I will sing of steadfast love and justice;
    to you, O Lord, I will make music.
I will ponder the way that is blameless.
    Oh when will you come to me?
I will walk with integrity of heart
    within my house;
I will not set before my eyes
    anything that is worthless.
I hate the work of those who fall away;
    it shall not cling to me.
A perverse heart shall be far from me;
    I will know nothing of evil.

Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly
    I will destroy.
Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart
    I will not endure.

I will look with favor on the faithful in the land,
    that they may dwell with me;
he who walks in the way that is blameless
    shall minister to me.

No one who practices deceit
    shall dwell in my house;
no one who utters lies
    shall continue before my eyes.

Morning by morning I will destroy
    all the wicked in the land,
cutting off all the evildoers
    from the city of the Lord.

English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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  1. I will not set before my eyes
        anything that is worthless.
    I hate the work of those who fall away;
        it shall not cling to me.

    Sin Clings

    Just as Job made a covenant with his eyes not to "gaze at a virgin" (Job 31:1), David commits himself to not set before his eyes, "anything that is worthless" (Psalm 101:3).

    The word "worthless" speaks of things which are not good for anything and are unprofitable – and by extension, things which are destructive, wicked and evil.

    David certainly knew a thing or two about the power of setting his eyes on things which enticed him (Bathsheba). But knowing the power of his gaze, and how sin clings, he committed himself to life right before God.

    Hebrews 12:1 reminds us, "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us."

    I'm reminded of 1 John 2:16 which says, "For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world." 

    (I prefer the King James Version which I memorized as a child):

    "For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world (1 John 2:16).

    There are so many things that can entice us visually and trigger sinful desires and behaviors. People today often say having sinful desires is not sin but Jesus said, "You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart."

    If we "take every thought captive to obey Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:5) that will help us not set our eyes on things that are worthless, unprofitable, destructive, wicked and evil. Sin will then not so easily cling to us and entangle us because we are "looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God" (Hebrews 12:2).

    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "I Am His" by Robert Hawker

    "Lord, grant me grace to abide in Jesus, that every act of my life may testify whose I am, and whom I serve.

    And like the martyr who answered every question “I am a Christian,” may my every thought, word, and action proclaim Jesus and my union and oneness with him—so that everyone may plainly see I am no longer my own.

    But instead, 'being bought with a price, you glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are both his.' Amen."

    (Excerpt taken from Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans)

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