3 TACTICS FROM DAVID TO HELP US NOT FALL PREY TO THE ENEMY

3 TACTICS FROM DAVID TO HELP US NOT FALL PREY TO THE ENEMY 

I DO'T WANT THAT IN MY SPIRIT

I DON’T WANT THAT IN MY SPIRIT!

I DON'T WANT THAT IN MY SPIRIT

I DON’T WANT THAT IN MY SPIRIT EITHER!

 

“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 101:3 – KJV)

 

David makes three noteworthy statements in Psalm 101:3. 

 

“I will set no base or wicked thing before my eyes. I hate the work of them who turn aside [from the right path]; it shall not grasp hold of me.”

(Psalm 101:3 – Amplified Bible Classic Edition)

 

  1. He said he would set no wicked or base thing before his eyes.

This statement shows that just like with us today, there were wicked, worthless and base things that David could have chosen to set or place before his eyes, that he could have chosen to look at, gaze upon, or expose himself to, but instead, he made a deliberate decision to turn away and not to do so.

What about you?

When faced with the opportunity to look at things that are wicked, worthless and base in the eyes of God, what do you do?

Do you choose to set your eyes on them, to look at or gaze upon them? Or do you, like David, make a determined choice to turn away?

How do you deal with this?

 

2. He said he hated the work/deeds of them who turn aside from what is right.

This statement shows that David had an internal posture toward wicked work/deeds that aligned with God’s posture.

Like God, David hated the work/deeds of people who turned aside from what was right.

He did not applaud the work/deeds, he did not praise them, he did not glorify them, nor did he aspire to do the same things or act in the same way.

He made a decision to love what God loves and hate what God hates.

What about you?

What is your posture towards the work/deeds of those who turn aside from what is right?

Do you hate these works/deeds and see them as God sees them, i.e., as wicked and to be avoided, or do you love these works/deeds and see them as man or popular culture sees them, i.e., as acceptable, entertaining, to be aspired to and embraced?

What is your position?

 

3. He said it shall not cleave to or grasp hold of him.

This statement  shows that David understood something that is worth noting. 

He understood that if he chose to set his eyes upon/expose himself to wicked things and to embrace wicked works/deeds of people who have turned aside from what is right, it would make him vulnerable to those same wicked proclivities cleaving to, clinging to or grasping hold of him.

Because of this, he made a decision and took a stance that would protect his spiritual well-being and keep him from this path.

What about you?

David did not take the matter of setting wicked, worthless or base things before his eyes or embracing the works/deeds of people who have turned away from what is right lightly……..do you?

David understood the danger of such things to his spiritual well-being; he understood that these things could contaminate and weaken him spiritually and draw him down a treacherous path….do you?

David was willing to take a disciplined stance that would protect his spiritual well-being…..are you?

How will you choose to view these things and what will you choose to do?

 

Considering the above, the three tactics that can be derived from Psalm 101:3: that can help us not fall prey to the wiles and traps of the enemy are:

1: – We decide to set/place no wicked, worthless or base thing before our eyes.

2: – We love and embrace the work/deeds that God loves and hate and reject the work/deeds that God hates.

3: – We walk discerningly, and circumspectly, understanding that setting our eyes on wicked things and embracing wicked deeds is not harmless, but  can negatively affect our spiritual well-being.

 

“I will set no worthless thing before my eyes;
I hate the work of those who fall away;
It shall not fasten its grip on me.”

(Psalm 101:3 – NASB)

 

“I will not set before my eyes
anything that is base.
I hate the work of those who fall away;
it shall not cleave to me.”

(Psalm 101:3 – RSV)

SELAH!

Father, by your grace, help us to be wise and obedient to Your Spirit concerning these matters in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Be challenged…be encouraged,

Kim

 

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5 thoughts on “3 TACTICS FROM DAVID TO HELP US NOT FALL PREY TO THE ENEMY

  1. Excellent and practicals steps to living the kind of life that God has called us to live. Thank you for sharing, Kim. May God continue to bless your ministry.

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