“I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.” – Psalms101:2
Successful people often reveal how they obtained so many achievements and victories. David did just that in Psalm 101. He accomplished what he did, not only because of his wealth and powerful position. David attained so much because he behaved himself “wisely in a perfect way” (vs. 2).
In this Scripture, “perfect” was not referring to sinlessness. “Perfect” in this context means “moral, upright, sincere, undefiled.” The leader of Israel tried his best, although he did fall several times, to live the way that was pleasing to the Lord.
David revealed several ways he kept from falling even more than he did.
He protected his eyes from seeing the wrong things (Psalm 101:3). He may not have had the amount of pornographic temptation that waits to snag wandering eyes today, but he had to divert his vision not to see things that would also lure him into sin. If David had a television in his day, there would have been many programs he would not have watched.
“I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: …” (Psalm 101:3)
He avoided those that were lazy and did not work (Psalm 101:3).
“… I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.” Psalm 101:3
He would not allow himself to be self-willed and unreasonable (“froward” — Psalm 101:4).
He avoided those doing wickedness (Psalm 101:4).
He kept from those that talked ill of other people (Psalm 101:5).
He kept from those that were prideful (Psalm 101:5).
He surrounded himself with others that also worked or also tried to live the “perfect way.” (Psalm 101:6)
He kept his distance from deceivers (Psalm 101:7).
He avoided liars (Psalm 101:7).
He did all he could to stomp out wickedness in the lands he controlled (Psalm 101:8).
Although this Psalm was written over 3,000 years ago, every single behavior that David did to protect himself from falling into sin would help people today.
Temptations surround every single one of us. We will also be inclined to sin if we will not separate ourselves from those destroyers of our testimony and joy. Avoid wrong influences, or you too will succumb to sinful behaviors and evil temptations.