I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar…. I will reject perverse ideas and stay away from every evil. – Psalm 101:3-4


What we look at shapes our lives. David said he would not set before his eyes any vile thing. In this world we live in, our minds are bombarded daily with vile and vulgar images. From television, magazines, movies, and even the daily lives of others comes the constant portrayal of the perverse, proud, deceptive, profane, and slanderous.

What can we do about it? We can do as David did and be totally intolerant of filth. Whenever something from the enemy came before David’s eyes, he immediately cast it from his mind. We cannot afford to meditate passively on unclean and worthless things that our minds conceive. Rather, we must follow Paul’s instructions to “take captive every thought” (2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV) and David’s admonishment to “stay away from every evil” (Psalm 101:4).

Analyze your environment. Conduct spiritual housecleaning, if necessary, and do not let evil enter your presence (Psalm 101:7). Your mind will clear, temptation will lift, and you will dwell in safety.


Praise the Lord, I tell myself; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, I tell myself, and never forget the good things he does for me. – Psalm 103:1-2

Rejoice in your spiritual benefits! According to Psalm 103, your benefit package includes five specific blessings.

First and most importantly, God forgives all your sins. Nothing is more valuable than having your sins removed from you, “as far as the east is from the west” (v. 12).

Second, He heals all your diseases (v. 3). The root of disease sprang from the cesspool of sin in the Garden of Eden. But if the root is cut, the fruit (the disease) is also rendered powerless!

Third, He ransoms, or redeems, you from death (v. 4). Satan’s power over your life is broken, for just as God redeemed Israel from the hand of Egypt, so Jesus redeemed you with the shedding of His blood.

Fourth, He surrounds (“crowns” in the New International Version) you with “love and tender mercies” (v. 4). The Holy Spirit has come to rest upon your head like the anointing oil rested upon, or crowned, the Old Testament high priest. That presence will surround you with God’s mercy every day of your life.

Fifth, your life will be filled with “good things” (v. 5) and your strength renewed. Your temporal and physical needs will all be supplied from God’s abundance.

These are your benefits: forgiveness, healing, deliverance, anointing, and provision. Rise up today and claim your inheritance!

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