A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will not know wickedness. Psalm 101:4
Freedom allows a person to choose what one wants to see or be a part of. Having a choice allows a person to choose to know things that are good or bad and to participate in those things. The world does not have a rock solid standard of what is good or bad and so the majority of the world has no problems being a part of anything without seeing it as bad. Unless it directly harms someone in the immediate, the world does not see anything as wicked.
David states that he will have the perverse heart leave him and that he will choose to not know wickedness.
Walking through this world, it is nearly impossible to not see things that are wicked or sinful. Wickedness can be easily seen in movies, music, books, magazines, television and nearly everywhere and in everything else. Sin is promoted as good and fun. Honoring of wickedness is commonplace.
Since wickedness is so prevalent throughout the world, many believers have fallen into the same trap as the world and choose to see and know it and participate in it. In order to choose to not know wickedness, one must go against the flow of normal society, to be different and strange.
Believers are supposed to be holy, set apart, different, strange in comparison to the world. Everything that they see, know or do is to be holy unto the Lord. God hates wickedness and sin, and so the believer should also hate wickedness and sin and not desire to be a part of it in any way. Instead of knowing wickedness, believers should know the love of God, His holiness and righteousness and true living in the ways of God.
Wickedness is all around you, regardless of where you live or go. The world will strive to pull you into that wickedness and sinful way of living. At the moment you choose to believe in Jesus, He removed all wickedness–sin–from you. Do not allow yourself to go back to that wickedness. Do not choose to know what wickedness is. Be innocent of the ways of the world that brings only death in the end, but knowledgeable of the holy and righteous ways of God that brings eternal life.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s ways of living; that God will turn your heart from the wicked and evil ways of this world; and that you will live the holy and righteous life God has called you to live.
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