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Bible Commentaries
Psalms 101

Everett's Study Notes on the Holy ScripturesEverett's Study Notes

Verses 1-8

Psalms 101:0

Theme - In Psalms 101:0 the psalmist takes us through a process of how to make our way perfect before the Lord while living in a wicked world. One key that is mentioned several times within this psalm is that he will not allow his eyes to dwell upon wickedness. The eyes and the ears are the gateway to man’s soul. We can guard our hearts by first guarding what we allow to enter our minds.

Psalms 101:0 is a testimony of how a leader should behave in office. Therefore, some people call this Psalm an oath of office.

Psalms 101:3 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.

Psalms 101:3 “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes” Word Study on “wicked” The Hebrew word “Belial” ( בְּלִיַּעַל ) (H1100) is used throughout the Old Testament to refer to a wicked person. Strong says it literally means, “without profit, worthlessness.”

Comments - As a Christian living in this evil world we cannot block everything indecent that passes before our eyes. Here in Psalms 101:3 David says that he will not take the initiative to place such wicked things in front of his eyes. The difference is the act of man’s will. We can make a quality decision to not bring indecency before us and dwell upon it. We have the ability to turn our faces when indecency comes by. We can choose cast down such thoughts that these images produce in our minds by thinking on things that are of a good report (Philippians 4:8). This is the way that God created our minds and our will and our hearts. We can live in a wicked world without being overcome with such evil.

Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

Bibliographical Information
Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Psalms 101". Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/ghe/psalms-101.html. 2013.
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