English: Scroll of the Psalms (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
How can a young man keep his way pure?
By keeping it according to Your word.
With all my heart I have sought You;
Do not let me wander from Your commandments.
Your word I have treasured in my heart,
That I may not sin against You.
Blessed are You, O Lord;
Teach me Your statutes.
The author of Psalm 119 (verses 9 – 12 above) is unknown although thought to have been written by King David. I will attribute this Psalm to David.
David poses an interesting question. “How can a young man keep his way pure?” For that matter, how can an old man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to the word of God! We seem to have forgotten this in modern western culture. God’s word seems to be relegated to Sunday morning and maybe Wednesday night. When you only think about God’s word a few hours a week, how can you live in it? I realize that is a generalization and that I could be wrong, but evaluate the situation in this country and judge for yourself.
In verse 10, David implies what is written in Jeremiah. With all my heart I have sought You; Do not let me wander from Your commandments. This implies that if you seek God with all your heart, you will find Him. On finding Him, He will guide your way. David is praying that God will help David keep his commandments. Do we pray like that today. Oh sure, when we recite the Lord’s Prayer we say, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” When we pray that, do we really mean it? Are we really asking God to help us keep our way pure; or is it just part of the prayer that we recite? The key is the seek Him with all your heart. In Jeremiah, this promise from God was for a specific instance. Deliverance from Babylon. This psalm implies that this is a universal truth. Even Jesus said, “seek and you shall find”.
David also said, “Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against you.” What does it mean to treasure God’s word in your heart. If God’s word is in your heart, no one can steal it; no one can use it out of context without your knowledge; no one can miscopy it. It is yours. Jesus demonstrated this when he was in the desert being tempted by Satan, Satan apparently quoted scripture to tempt Jesus. Jesus responded with scripture correctly interpreted and applied. This was the full armor of God in action. In the New Testament, Paul commands us to put on the full armor of God.
You know, you can’t learn and understand God’s word without the teaching of the Holy Spirit. You can’t stay away from sin without His power. This is why Jesus sent Him to dwell within us. So that we may learn God’s statutes and correctly apply them.
The grace of God is wonderful! He asks us to seek us with all our heart, and then gives us the means to do it. Blessed be the name of the Lord!
Will you earnestly seek Him?