Psalm 119:9-11 – Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
The writer of Psalm 119 was determined to keep the law of the Lord.
He began by asking a question: “How do any of us cleanse our way, our life? How can we be holy?”
He then answered: meditate on God’s Word, delight in God’s Word and do not forget it!
But the psalmist knew all too well that it is easier to state these truths than it is to keep them.
1) We need a heart that seeks God.
We must all learn that the indwelling Holy Spirit enables us to fulfill God’s righteousness in our daily lives. We must live according to God’s Word, which means cultivating a heart for God.
We need a heart that is seeking for God. If our heart is seeking for God, our feet will not stray from God.
Such a heart will see God in all of life. As we ‘see’ God, we learn more about God. Our fellowship with God increases. We learn to glorify Him in all that is said and done.
Again, the Holy Spirit enables us to do this as we yield to Him. But we must also spend time in God’s Word and treasure it in our hearts. It is not our promises to God but His promises to us that give us victory over sin!
2) We need a teachable spirit to learn from God’s Word. “Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy statutes”(Ps 119:12).
Unless the truth of God’s Word moves from our head into our heart, written there by the Holy Spirit, and then to our will, we have not really learned God’s Word. And until that happens, we will not change. And without that heart change, we will never be fully blessed.
The blessing comes, not in just the hearing, but in the doing – living!!
“I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. I will delight myself in thy states: I will not forget thy word”(Ps119:15-16).
What delights us will capture our focus and our attention. We will think about it. And we will meditate on it. This is true of God’s Word.
Delighting in God’s Word, and loving God’s Word, and meditating on God’s Word are found together, intertwined and interwoven. And they ought to be found together in our hearts and lives.
Circumstances change. But God and His Word are ever the same.
Thank you, Lord, for the magnificent Word of God!!