#DailyDevotion Friday May 26, 2017
Turn your eyes away from worthless things (Psalm 119:37)
This world which is not our home presents lots of things which we must filter out to be able to take in those which are worthy. A believer must always be keen to ensure that worthless things do not keep him or her away from God and his word. In the fifth part of the longest Psalm, the psalmist makes a prayer in which part of the prayer asks God to turn away his eyes from worthless things. He prayed;
Teach me, LORD, the way of your decrees, that I may follow it to the end. Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law and obey it with all my heart. Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word. Fulfil your promise to your servant, so that you may be feared. Take away the disgrace I dread, for your laws are good. How I long for your precepts! In your righteousness preserve my life (Psalm 119:33-40).
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The psalmist asks God to turn away his eyes from worthless things because worthless things are worthless, they don’t add any value to ones’ quality of life. Many and good looking are the things that are worthless. As such, it takes an inspiration from the Holy Ghost for one to discern the worth of anything that comes his way. When full of the Holy Ghost, a believer will be able to set his heart on; “whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable” (Philippians 4:8) for such are the things of worth. They are excellent and praiseworthy. Worthless things are but folly. They may appear pleasant, but remember that everything that shines is not Gold.
By the enabling power of the Holy Spirit and knowledge of the scriptures (God’s word), you will be able to turn away your eyes from worthless things and “set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God” (Colossians 3:1). Worthless things are earthly, praiseworthy things are heavenly. Turn away your eyes from worthless things, fix them on things above, not on earthly things. Rev. J
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Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are taken from the New International Version (NIV). Rev. Julius Izza Tabi is a pastor in the Anglican Church of Uganda, Ma’di & West Nile Diocese. Julius served as an assistant Chaplain and lecturer at the Arua Campus of the Uganda Christin University. He is currently a candidate of Master of Philosophy in Religion, Society and Global Issues at Det Teologiske Menighetsfakultet alias the Norwegian School of Theology, in Oslo, Norway. He is an author of the Popular Triumphing Over Odds . For pastoral assistance you can contact him here and you can also help to support this site and his ministry by donating here.