Daily Devotional: Psalms 119:9-16
Ps 119:9-16 Beth
9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. 10 I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. 11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. 12 Praise be to you, O LORD; teach me your decrees. 13 With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. 14 I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. 15 I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. 16 I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.
1 Tim 4:9-13
9 This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance 10 (and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe. 11 Command and teach these things. 12 Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. 13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.
How can a young man keep his way pure? The answer is the same whether we are young or old, man or woman. How do we all keep our lives pure? “By living according to your word.” When we hide the word of God in our hearts and we live by it we will be pure. The Psalmist not only read the word of God on occasion but it was a constant joy to do so. He had studied it enough that he had memorized it and could quote it with his lips. If we want to be pure, we must make studying the word a priority in our lives and then put it into practice.
The writer of the Hebrew letter says that we mature spiritually when we know the word and have our senses trained by practice. To put God and his righteousness first in our lives means that we serve him and live for him 24/7. It is not just when we go to church or are around other Christians that we think about him and his word or how to be pure. As the song says: “The longer I serve him, the sweeter he grows.” One of the great mysteries of Bible study is that the more we know, the more we can learn and the more we will enjoy studying.
My Father in heaven, I thank you for revealing your will to all of mankind in your written word. Give me a greater desire to know you by knowing your word. Give me wisdom to understand what it means and how to apply it in my life. Help me truly follow the example of Jesus in all things. I am so thankful for all you have done for me and given to me. Thank you for safe travels. I thank you for my family and the joy each of them gives me. Help me keep my life and my lips pure. Use me to help others and lead them to you. I pray in the name of Jesus.