Be Careful!

“I will sing of your love and justice; to you, O Lord, I will sing praise. I will be careful to lead a blameless life—when will you come to me? I will walk in my house with blameless heart. I will set before my eyes no vile thing…” (Psalm 101:1-3a). We notice in these verses that the Psalmist connects the joy of singing to the Lord with the quality of how we live. What caught my attention is the word “careful.” He made a commitment to be “careful to lead a blameless life.” If he means sinless perfection here, we are all in trouble! “Blameless,” in Scripture, means walking with God in truth and integrity…hiding nothing from Him and harboring no hidden practices of sin. Sad to say, the average Christian today is not careful concerning their walk with God. We settle for “mixture.” We want God and His blessings, but we also indulge our carnal nature. I find it interesting (and challenging) that the Psalmist emphasizes the importance of living a life of integrity first in the home. Then he gives the example of setting “no vile thing” before his eyes. This was written hundreds of years before the television and internet! It’s as if this admonition is a prophetic challenge to our generation—to those who are so careless about what they put before their eyes. So, we have to ask ourselves the question: Do I want God’s joy and peace in my life, or do I just want to sit and entertain myself with evil images and thoughts? Don’t misunderstand me. I am not advocating getting rid of TVs and the internet. However, I challenge you as I challenge myself: Decide what is really important in life and go after it! Be careful in your choice of entertainment! Enjoy the presence and peace of Jesus!

Pastor Mark Boucher