Psalm 101 reminds me of my friend and pastor from Texas, Rbie Threatt. I can still hear his pleading voice as he led the congregation in our memory verse each Sunday. “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me” (vs. 3). Sadly, Pastor left us too early about this time three years ago. I will never forget him or our memory verses! He, too, was one of my instructors in Bible college. In his classes, he also taught us the importance of Scripture memorization.
We would do well to memorize this entire Psalm. It is definitely one that would be great to recite, from ‘memory’, before a new day starts. It would remind us of our godly responsibilities during the day. We are to, “Sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O LORD, will I sing. 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: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me” (Psalm 101:1-3). Then David affirms that during his days, anyone with a “froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person” (vs. 4). He is acting here as leader/judge of the Hebrews and that of his family (head of household). He would not employ anybody who wasn’t godly. “Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me. He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight’ (vs. 6,7).
The idea here is to watch what engages our senses. They are wonderful gifts of God, but can become devious tools of the devil. My parents exercised this whenever I met a ‘new’ friend. They wanted to meet him and there were a few they ordered me to stay away from. At the time, I didn’t like their decision, but time would prove their wisdom. Moreover they would warn: speak no evil, see no evil and hear no evil. My oh my, if I would only have listened!
Let us be determined, as David, to be examples of God in our individual spheres of influence. Whether it be at work, at the store or at home, let us not manifest “an high look and a proud heart” (vs. 5). As the saying goes, we may be the only Jesus someone ever encounters!