Nov 13 2012

Psalm 101 – I Will Focus On Nothing Worthless

I am so taken by David’s ethical standards in Psalm 101 that I want to focus on another in Psalm 101:3

We can read the first line of that verse as

I will focus
On nothing worthless

On what do I focus? What occupies my mind? To what do I pay attention? With what do I become involved? That focus or involvement may be physical, or visual, or even mental.

How many of these things are “worthless”? Are they morally objectionable, wicked or sinful? Maybe they are not directly wrong, but if they do not advance what is good then maybe they are worthless.

As you ponder this truth the Holy Spirit will bring to mind some worthless things you need to remove from your focus. A way to ponder truths like this is to allow no other thoughts in your mind as you walk from place to place.

Technical Discussion of Psalm 101 3a

A word for word “translation” of the Hebrew might be “Not will I set before my eyes thing worthless.”

Much of what follows comes from the UBS Translators Handbook for Psalm 101

I will focus

The Holy Spirit has David use the Hebrew phrase “I will set before my eyes” three times in the book of Psalms (Psalm 26:3; Psalm 101:3; Psalm 101:7) “I will focus” rewords the Hebrew phrase “I will set my eyes.” It may mean to physically see. But can mean to focus upon, or pay attention to.

On nothing worthless

My moral code must come from Scripture. I may make this code stricter based on the communities in which I live. If I offend my brother-in-Christ by some liberty which scripture allows then I may limit that freedom to keep from offending my brother. 1 Corinthians 8:1-10:33 discuss this in detail.

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