Psalm 101 was written by David. It sounds like an oath of office. Verse 3 says, “I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me.” The Hebrew for wicked is: worthless, good for nothing, unprofitable.”
Verse 6 says, “My eyes shall be on the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me; he who walks in a perfect way, he shall serve me.”
Since we are in this Psalm I want to continue. Verse 7 says, “He who works deceit shall not dwell within my house; he who tells lies shall not continue in my presence.” Oh that this would be the case right now in our nation!
Let me remind you that David got into serious sin because of what he saw. He didn’t catch a glimpse, and turn immediately away. He gazed upon Bathsheba as she was bathing. That wicked experience brought severe consequences.
Habakkuk 1:13 was speaking about the Lord. Let’s emulate Him. It says, “You are of purer eyes than to behold evil, and You cannot look upon wickedness…”
Matthew 5:8 says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Does what you look at purify your heart or defile it? Psalm 18:26 says, “With the pure You will show Yourself pure…”
Matthew 6:22 says, “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.” What we gaze upon affects every aspect of our lives. What we read and what we watch brings light or darkness into our heart. Our eyes reflect what is in our heart.
Psalm 121:1 says, “I will lift up my eyes to the hills–from whence comes my help?” What did Abraham see when he lifted up his eyes. Genesis 22:13 says, “…and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket…” He saw God’s provision for an acceptable sacrificial offering.
What do we see when we gaze upon the Lord? How does it affect us in every aspect of our lives? It brings inner transformation. 2 Corinthians 3:18 says, “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”