The Sight of Jesus

I have been working my way through Charles Bridges work on Psalm 119. His thoughts on that great Psalm help the Christian evaluate their walk with the Lord. Consider what the following section on Psalm 119:37 says about the supremacy of Christ over the pleasures of this world.

Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.

Is it asked—What will most effectually “turn my eyes from vanity”? Not the seclusion of contemplative retirement — not the relinquishment of our lawful connection with the world; but the transcendent beauty of Jesus unveiled to our eyes, and fixing our hearts. This will “turn our eyes from vanity” in its most glittering forms. The sight of the “pearl of great price” (Matt. 13:46) dims the luster of the “goodliest pearls” of earth; at once deadens us to the enticements of the world, and urges us forward in the pursuit of the prize. And is not this our object? It is not enough, that through special mercy I am preserved from temptations. I want to be quickened to more life, energy, delight, and devotedness in the way of my God. The secret of Christian progress is simplicity and diligence. “This one thing I do,— forgetting the things that are behind, and reaching forth to those things that are before; I press towards the mark, for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14) The Spirit leaves no wish in the heart for beholding vanity. The world with all its flowery paths, is a dreary wilderness; and Christ and heaven are the only objects of desire—”He that shutteth his eyes from seeing evil, he shall dwell on high; his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks; bread shall be given him, his waters shall be sure. Thine eyes shall see the King in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.” (Isaiah 33:15-17) Precious promises to those, that flee from temptation, and desire to walk in the ways of God!