My wife is a wonderful housekeeper! She likes to have things scrupulously clean! Keeping things that way however, seems like a never ending task! There is always dusting to do, a floor to sweep or mop, and things to pick up and put away! Dust settles… if you live in a house, clutter happens! Just yesterday, Sharon was sweeping the garage floor and the neighbor was mowing his lawn next door… I heard her say to me, “Honey, please shut the garage door or all that grass and dust will come in here!” Keeping things clean and free of pollution is an ongoing task of vigilance!
And so it is with my mind and heart… That’s why David in Psalm 101 purposed…
“I will ponder the way that is blameless… I will walk with integrity of heart within my house; I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless! I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me! A perverse heart shall be far from me; I will know nothing of evil! … I will look with favor on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; he who walks in the way that is blameless shall minister to me. No one who practices deceit shall dwell in my house; no one who utters lies shall continue before my eyes.” (From Psalm 101 ESV)
Having a pure heart and clean mind requires constant vigilance! We live in a morally corrupt culture and spiritually polluted world! The dust of it all settles… the pollution is everywhere. But as much as I control – where I have a choice – I’m going to do my very best to keep my heart pure, my mind clean, and my life blameless! Help me Lord!