Worthless Things


“I will run the course of Your commandments, for you shall enlarge my heart…Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way.” – Psalm 119:32 , 37

This is the longest Psalm in the Bible. Most believe it was written by King David. It is written in an acrostic pattern using the 22 characters of the Hebrew alphabet. This Psalm’s overall theme is glorifying God and His word. Out of 176 verses, Scripture is mentioned 171 times.

The two verses outlined really stood out. When we “run the course” of His word, we read and teach it from cover to cover. All 66 books, line upon line and precept upon precept. And when we do that, God the Lord will empty our hearts and make room for Him and His ways. He enlarges it to the capacity needed to worship Him.

When God enlarges our hearts and pours into us through His word, we then begin taking our eyes off of worthless things. I like how the writer does not put a label on what is worthless, he leaves it open. What are these worthless things? Anything that takes the place of God in our lives. Anything that keeps us from Him and His words.

Ask yourself these simple question. Will the “worthless” things that my eyes are on and that consume my thoughts bring me closer to God? Will these worthless things in my life make me a better person? Are these worthless things keeping me from joy and peace in my life? Are these worthless things drawing me closer to eternity with Christ in heaven or closer to the world and hell?

Will you let God turn your eyes from the worthless to the eternal today and revive you?

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