Psalm 119:9-16


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.


(vs. 9) Since the beginning of time man has asked this question: how can I get to heaven? That is ultimately the question in view here. To be pure is to be blameless in God’s sight. Each of us desires to know the answer to this question, and each culture or religion has provided their own rituals and ways to set themselves apart as blameless… but there is only 1 way that God will approve. God wants you to live according to His word – the Bible. This ancient book has it’s roots set at the beginning of time, and it’s purpose (as it explains) is to make us aware of the work and persons of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit – 3 in person, 1 in substance = GOD. It is about Him, and what He requires from you.

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. – Deuteronomy 6:4

(vs. 10-11) The psalmist has his heart set on knowing and understanding God’s word, but he knows his weakness to wander. He asks for God’s hand to keep him from straying from His commands. The psalmist knows the laws set forth under Moses in the desert, and as commanded keeps them close at hand. His heart is to obey and to follow the law, but the law was spoken to expose the sin in our hearts – in that we are unable to quench sin’s thirst. He has taken God’s word, and by faith that God will provide a way, has hidden it in his heart.

With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. – Matthew 19:26

(vs. 12-16) The psalmist happily relies on God to teach him the law, though he can read it – it is not cemented in our hearts until God does that work. He meditates on them, he repeats them, he memorizes them. He rejoices in the knowledge that he holds the key to righteousness in his hands. What an amazing privilege to have God’s very words in your hands! It is cause for celebration, and cause for reflection… why? Why did God give us His word? Why would a holy God condescend to a people who are inclined to disobey? We certainly could not rise to Him and derive the way of holiness.. no.. He had to come to us; we who despise Him for wanting to rule us.

What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction? What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory – even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles? – Romans 9:22-24

How amazing to be called – and called to worship the Creator. For this reason I say with the psalmist: I will not neglect your word.

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