Safe At Home

"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).

David wanted to be the same in and out of the spotlight. And the greater challenge was at home not at court. He knew that private sins were the little termites that could undermine the foundation of his whole life. So, the greatest public icon of that day made this wise resolve: "I will walk within my house with a perfect heart" (v. 2c).

In executing this high standard, David removed every "wicked thing" out of his sight (v. 3). He hated it enough to disentangle his heart from it. He was firm: "it shall not cleave to me" (v. 3c). David feared the indifference that leads to indulgence. He understood that the shock factor of viewing evil diminishes with each occurrence.

At first, a tiny ivy plant is dwarfed against a mighty oak. But look again after twenty years and you will see that the ivy is now clinging and claiming the entire truck and branches of the giant. Beware of little television shows and internet websites—they can grow on you! How safe is your home?

Dear Lord, make my home a safe place to live in a wicked world. In Jesus' name, Amen.