Psalm 119:113, “I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love.”
CM asked, “How much time do you spend reading the newspaper, or reading trash, in comparison to the time that you spend reading the Bible? Your diet of the Word?”
I couldn’t help but remember all the nonsense covered concerning the Kardashian sisters that seemed to occupy the mindlessness of many. It seems that no political or world crisis could compare to what these sisters were wearing, seeing or whatever. Then there the many false flags raised as well as fake news virtual on the Internet.
I was prepared to point out no time spent on tedious news such as the Kardashian sisters, some time spent countering Online fake news and using the Internet as a mission field. Then there are verses that come to mind dealing with what I give importance to, thoughts of God or to “imaginations.”
Isaiah 26:3, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
Proverbs 23:7, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.”
2 Corinthians 10:5, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”
Vain is described in the dictionary as empty, useless, devoid of meaning, or scripturally put, not profitable. In short, thoughts that do not produce anything of value, are vain.
Drawing again on Merriam-Webster, a conjunction is “an uninflected linguistic form that joins together sentences, clauses, phrases, or words Some common conjunctions are "and," "but," and "although." So, in Psalm 119:113 the word “but” is a conjunction that rather splits this short verse two parts which I gather renders vain thoughts and God’s law mutually exclusive.
“119:113 Moffat translates this verse, "I hate men who are half and half. I love thy law." Double-minded people are for God one minute and for the world the next. They can speak out of both corners of their mouth and are traitors to the law of God.”
[Believer’s Bible Commentary]
I work at keeping every thought captive and stayed on God. Most nights I sleep while listening to Gospel music, audio Bible or CM’s commentaries.