Skip to main content

Loving the Word and keeping pure

The psalmist poses a question in psalm 119:9, ‘how can a young man keep his way pure?’ And then he answers his own question, ‘by living according to your word’. In our visual sensual age where ungodly images are being propagated openly, that it almost becomes impossible to avoid, how can a young man keep his way pure? 

Women who dress immodestly, aiming to entice men to gaze upon them; how can a young man keep his way pure from being enticed by them? To these questions, I have but one answer and it is the same as that of the psalmist which is by living according to your word. The psalmist goes on to say that ‘Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against you’ v11. This is the key to how a young man can keep his way pure amidst the numerous visual temptations that surrounds him. Simple meditation on the sweet delight of scripture will be ample to sustain one’s urges from falling prey to the devilish pleasure of fleshly lust. Peter writes in 1 peter 3:15 ‘But in your heart set apart Christ as Lord’. If Christ is set apart as Lord in our hearts then his desires will rule us and our eyes will be healthy, though temptations may surround us we will not yield to it because something else is ruling our hearts. 

It is important that meditation on the word of God becomes part of our daily diet because it is the water for our thirsty souls; and the word is made alive by the Spirit in us which stirs and delights our souls because we see Christ Jesus.  The longer one does not eat one remains hungry, then every kind of food brought to him becomes desirable; but when one is full, even honey is not desired, so it is with us when we are satiated with the word of God and full of it, that now, the desires of the things of this world which are opposed to scripture becomes undesirable. But it is to be said with great sadness that many unlike the psalmist cannot say that ‘with my whole heart I have sought you. Oh, let me not wander from your commandments’v 10. But rather we seek many things and do not set Christ as Lord in our hearts and we see reading the bible as something we have to do as a Christian duty rather than delighting and enjoying reading the word which is all about Jesus.

I pray for me and for us all that like the psalmist we may say ‘Blessed are you , O LORD! Teach me your statutes, with my lips I have declared all the judgements of your mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of your testimonies as much as in all riches. I will meditate on your precepts and contemplate your ways. I will delight myself in your statues, I will not forget your word’, v12-16.

So how can a young man keep his way pure? I believe you now know the answer to that question.



Popular posts from this blog

When God turns a deaf ear on prayers

Does God always hear people’s prayers, or do some pray in vain thinking that God hears them, when in reality He chooses to turn a deaf hear to their cries? Some may perhaps have a notion that all prayers are worthy, and God being who He is is by nature willing to listen and hear their prayers delightfully. They entertain the notion that it is their birth right for God to listen to their prayers and answer them accordingly. Also, there are some who come before the presence of the Lord with severe doubts, defeated by the devils whisper that they are such an unworthy soul that for them to lift up their cries to the Lord is an abomination. They are mute by their own wickedness, depressed and thus fail to pray.

What does the scripture say about God turning a deaf hear to prayers? It is to be said that God is sovereign and can choose to answer any prayer as He sees fit. He is altogether happy and never backed into a corner, God always does whatever He pleases for He is free to do as He wills…

What does it mean to live a godly life?

If you ever asked yourself the question, what does it mean to live a godly life? and if your not exactly sure what living a godly life involves, this extract taking from Charles Seet book 'A Christian in a non-Christian world' provides ample guidance on just what to do.

Now it is worth asking the question then, 'What does it mean to live godly?' It does not mean that we are just to confine ourselves within a set of rules and regulations. Some people reduce godly living to a list of 'do’s and don'ts.' But the meaning of godly living goes far deeper than that.

Godly living means living in the manner that God wants us to live. It means having the same feelings, attitudes and heart's desires that God has. It means that we love the things that God loves, care for the things that God cares for, and dislike those things which He dislikes. And since God loves righteousness, a godly person also loves righteousness. Since God hates sin, a godly person also hates …

Women of the Bible: Adah and Zillah

The Sin of Adam and Eve resulted in the fall of humanity. Every generation after them became wicked and that is why scripture affirms, ‘that there is no one righteous, no, not even one.’ Mankind became enslave to the passions of its flesh, its desires became its ruler and men followed the natural dictates of their hearts; and were it not for Sovereign grace, the race of men would now only be read of by angels in the library of extinct creatures. Adam and Eve witnessed the consequences of their sin in the death of their beloved son, Abel, by the hands of Cain who murdered his brother in anger and was thus sent away from the presence of God. My dear sisters, sin is not only sin when it is found in its extremes, sin is also sin in its subtlety and vanity. Sin is sin when one's affection is set on another and not on God, when one lives to please a thing or a being which is not God; this is also sin.
This becomes especially evident in the lives of Adah and Zillah the wives of Lamech. Th…