Morning devotion: Read Psalm 119

Psalms 119:33  ¶HE. Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end. 34  Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. 35  ¶Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight. 36  Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness. 37  ¶Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way. 38  ¶Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear. 39  ¶Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good. 40  ¶Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness.

This entire stanza is one of dependence upon the Lord. He says teach me, give me understanding, make me to go in the path, and incline my heart to thy testimonies. In verse 37 he prays, “Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity.”

There are two very important gates to the heart and soul, the ear gate and the eye gate.

After the heart has been inclined to the Lord, after it has been given over to the Lord, the gates to that heart must be guarded.  Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

It was the eye gate that caused Adam and Eve to fall. Genesis 3:6  ¶And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

One way to protect the heart is to be very careful of what you look at. For it is the eye that affects to heart. Lamentations 3:51  Mine eye affecteth mine heart because of all the daughters of my city.

Why do you think advertisers use flyers consisting of only pictures and prices of their food and wares? It is because they know this principle of how the eye affects the heart. If they were to send out flyers with only words describing their items, very few would buy. People want their eye candy. Hence, flyers are great promoters.

Psalm 119: 37  ¶Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way. 38  ¶Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear.

The psalmist did not want his eye to affect his heart, he wanted to refrain from vanity or empty worthless things that would only cause him to leave the one he loved, Jesus.

Job 31:1  ¶I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?

Job made a covenant with his eyes concerning the girls. He said he would not look so he would not have his mind affected by what he saw. In the summer months, people have a tendency to reveal more than they should, consequently the mind of the onlooker is affected.  Job said, I don’t want any of that.

Psalm 119: 37  ¶Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way. 38  ¶Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear.

God tells us about the eye gate in I John. 1 John 2:15  Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh (the desire to consume), and the lust of the eyes (the desire to possess), and the pride of life (the desire to attract), is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

There is a wonderful song that says, “Turn you eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.”

Turn your eyes and your heart upon Jesus.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook