Text: “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.” – Psalm 101:3
Comment: Despite the ugly moment of adultery involving Bathsheba, David, the great king and prophet, repented thoroughly and became a teacher and preacher of integrity, all the days of his life. In view of what the lust of the eyes did to him in the matter of Bathsheba, the king has every reason to make the declaration in the text for today. He prayed: “Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.” (Psalm 119:37) God Almighty also used Job to teach men, to avoid looking at women in a manner that will lead to sin. He declared: “I made a covenant with mine eyes… If mine step has turned out of the way, and mine heart walked after mine eyes……If mine heart have been deceived by a woman or if I have laid wait at my neighbour’s door; then let my wife grind unto another, and let others bow down upon her. For this is a heinous crime, yea, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges”. (Job 31:1,4,7,9-11. Read also Isaiah 33:15) The lesson from the life of King David is that it is never too late to turn a new leaf and become a man or woman, boy or girl with integrity by the grace of God.