Vs. 37 — Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, And revive me in Your way.

From Spurgeon’s The Treasury of David: Psalms 111-119 (Vol. 5, p. 221):

Notice this, that he does not say, I will turn away mine eyes; but, “Turn away mine eyes.” This shows that it is not possible for us sufficiently to keep our eyes by our own caution and diligence; but there must be divine keeping. For, first, wheresoever in this world you turn yourself provocations to evil are met with. Wolfgang Musculus, 1497–1563:

Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity.” From gazing at the delusive mirages which tempt the pilgrim to leave the safe highway. William Kay:

Is it asked—“What will most effectually turn my eyes from vanity?” Not the seclusion of contemplative retirement—not the relinquishment of our lawful connexion with the world—but the transcendent beauty of Jesus unveiled to our eyes, and fixing our hearts.—Charles Bridges.

Prayer:

O’ God, I ask that You would turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way. As I have confessed my sin of covetousness, and my need for You to turn my heart to Your testimonies, please begin by turning my eyes from seeing any value in the things that are not of Your righteous hand. If something is of this ungodly world, make to understand its vanity and harm. If something is from Your hand but not for me, then make to realize its blessing to its benefactor and its worthlessness to me. Show me the ugliness and poison that lies wait in the vanity of this world. Refresh my affections in my Savior. Let my eyes, my heart, my soul–all of me, be overwhelmed with His worth and glory.

 

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