What does it mean to be pure? Can I actually be pure? What does the Psalmist have to say about it? Will it make me crazy just thinking about it? The writer of Psalm 119 seemed to have found many ways to talk about this subject. He offers answers. Can we come to His same conclusion? Do we feel we can live up to His solution?
Psalm 119:9-16 (CSB)
9 How can a young man keep his way pure?
By keeping your word.
10 I have sought you with all my heart;
don’t let me wander from your commands.
11 I have treasured your word in my heart
so that I may not sin against you.
12 Lord, may you be blessed;
teach me your statutes.
13 With my lips I proclaim
all the judgments from your mouth.
14 I rejoice in the way revealed by your decrees
as much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate on your precepts
and think about your ways.
16 I will delight in your statutes;
I will not forget your word.
How can I be pure, clean, unblemished? "By keeping your word." Well, what about that? Can we keep His word? What if we seek Him with all our heart? Will this prevent wandering?
We can treasure His word in our hearts.
We can ask to be taught.
We can proclaim Him and His ways.
We can rejoice.
We can meditate and think on His ways.
We can delight.
We can remember (not forget) His word.
Will this cause us to be clean or blameless? This Psalm was written before the coming of Christ. What we have on this side of the cross is Jesus. Jesus came to cleanse us. He has purified us from sin. That is….we have this offered to us, but we must respond. We must ask for forgiveness and ask Him to come in to our hearts and change us, to yield ourselves to Him. The other thing that happens to us? We get the Holy Spirit. We have the means to overcome much of what God seekers were unable to overcome previously. We can yield to the Spirit, giving us increasing ability to walk in the manner God intended. We also have Jesus to purify us when we will ultimately fall short.
While this is true….and AWESOME….and, really, everything….What can we do? His word is the place He has explained things. It is where He reveals Himself, where He explains His world, where He lays out His standards, where He declares His expectations, where He explains lifegiving principles. We stand on His truths and the foundation of salvation, but don't we need to be reminded? Making a regular habit if spending time in our Bibles is a way we can seek Him, and inhibit wandering. We an choose how we respond to this good news. We should "treasure", be "taught", "rejoice", "meditate", "proclaim", and "delight". I would think this would help us to not forget. Not forget, that we are redeemed children of God. Not forget that He has purified and is purifying us. Not forget that we are His.
Will you purpose to seek ways to develop a habit of seeking Him through His word?
Will you pray this stanza of Psalm 119 as a prayer today?