TURN AWAY AND QUICKEN
Psalm 119:37 Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.
We can find ourselves stuck in vanity--
- longing for what we do not have and cannot have,
- remembering some painful event or events that we cannot change,
- caught up in a bad habit,
These activities do not satisfy, they are vanity.VANITY, n. Emptiness; want of substance to satisfy desire.
All the thoughts and tears, attempts to change things, and fruitless activities are not helping us; they hurting us and distracting us. This lamentable situation can be changed. Psalm 119:37 has keys.Psalm 119:37 Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.
This verse is about a redirection--going from vanity/nothing (crying, blubbering, longing, wasting time) to everything. When we read Psalm 119:37 and get ahold of it, we can find our perspective changed and altered. When the old vain thoughts arise, we can find ourselves immediately going to the elements of the verse and cooperating with it--
- "Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity" (turn away from the nothing and wasting time)
- "and quicken thou me in thy way." (be alive in the divine path fulfilling the scriptures doing your good works--cleaning, cooking, working, organizing, projects, etc.)
If you are redirected from beholding vanity to following God's path, you will be forever getting ahead--even if there is only a party of two--you and God. Even a restaurant meal with just you and him (plus whatever pertinent materials are before you) takes the idea of a "power breakfast" or a "power lunch" to a whole new level. Vanity is not in the equation.