Psalm 119 Beth
9 How can a young person stay pure?
By obeying your word.
10 I have tried hard to find you—
don’t let me wander from your commands.
11 I have hidden your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
The Psalmist begins part 2 of Psalm 119 by questioning how can you keep yourself pure or living uprightly with integrity? This is a question that both young and old ask themselves daily. The psalmist confesses he is seeking God and asks God’s help in staying true or close to God’s ways. He wants to be obedient and walk with God. He then gives the action he has taken to stay true to God. He has hidden God’s Word in His heart to protect himself from temptation and sinning. God’s solution for keeping us close to Him and keeping us away from sinful actions is to have us immerse ourselves in His Word and commit it to memory. Why is this an answer? God in His wisdom knows that we need to imprint His Word and His ways upon our hearts. Memorizing or internalizing the Word of God does that for our heart, mind and soul. How long has it been since you memorized a piece of scripture? It is easy to get started. Choose a favorite verse, write it on a card or use the App Scripture Typer on your phone and review it daily. Before you know it you will have it memorized and ready for recall when you need it most. Recalling Scripture gives you strength and power to walk with integrity, just as Jesus would have you do.
The Jews had a portion of scripture in the Old Testament that they recited twice a day. The Shema, Deuteronomy 6:4-9, was their confession of faith. God is wise and wants us to know His word and have it in our hearts and on our lips. He knew that having these words on their lips repeatedly would help to keep them focused and walking with Him. 4 “Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. 5 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. 6 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. 7 Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. 8 Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. 9 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
May you delight in God’s Word today!