Friday, 13 January 2017

A WAY KEPT PURE

(Approximate reading time; 7 minutes)

Hello, friends.
I pray you're well. J

Question; how shall a young man keep his way pure?? How shall we manage to walk with God in this earthly land filled with pot-holes of greed, billboards of lust, news of injustice, shortcuts of corruption, flames of anger, sparks of jealousy; in this land of the prince of the air??
 

The Psalmist gives a template in Psalms 119 of how to manoeuvre through the turmoil:

“              9 How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word.
10 With my whole heart I seek you;
Let me not wander from your commandments!
11 I have stored up your word in my heart,
That I might not sin against you.
12 Blessed are you, O Lord,
Teach me your statutes!
13 With my lips I declare
All the just decrees of your mouth.
14 In the way of your testimonies I rejoice
As much as in all riches
15 I will meditate on your precepts
And fix my eyes on your ways.
16 I will delight in your statutes;
I will not forget your word.          “

Let’s walk through this slowly.
The Psalmist explains that God’s Word is the only way for a young man to keep his way pure. Next, he gives directives on how to go about this... Six directives from my analysis.

1. “With my whole heart I seek you...”
Do we seek God daily? Is prayer just a religious activity done before eating, or is it a means of talking to and conversing with the Most High God?
How is your Bible-reading? Yes! I know you have it on your phone. In fact, I know you have more than one Bible application...but how often do you take to actually study it? Perhaps only on Sundays? Maybe only on Easter and Christmas?
It is only through seeking Him will we “not wander from his commandments...”



2.   “I have stored up your word in my heart...”
It goes without saying that we can't always have the Bible with us. We have jobs to go to, degrees and masters to obtain, kids to take care of, meals to prepare... that's why we are urged to memorize the word of God, so that when we are tested by the enemy, who ‘is prowling like a lion seeking someone to devour’, we shall have worn the armour of God.


At this point, the Psalmist breaks out into adoration of God; “Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statutes...”
This worship does not come as a result of knowing about God; but it comes in knowing God.
We can never truly appreciate a person until we come to know them on a personal level. Same applies with God; only in knowing Him personally can we truly worship Him.


3. “With my lips I declare all the just decrees of your mouth...”
Confession of God’s faithfulness in our lives is critical in our walk of faith. I find that whenever I am feeling down spiritually, sharing my faith builds me up; just as it does the person listening.
In fact, as Paul tells the church in Rome in 10.9, we are saved by not only ‘believing in our hearts that Jesus was raised from the dead’, but also by confessing with our mouth that Jesus is Lord.
As one of my friends wrote here, “If I don't tell people of how I've witnessed miracles after miracles, how will they know to still hold on to hope?” 


4. “In the way of your testimonies I rejoice as much as (I do) in all riches
John Piper rightly said; “God is most glorified when we are most satisfied in Him”. David elsewhere sang in the 51st psalm; “Restore to me the joy of your salvation.”

God is here calling us to view Him as our ultimate gift. Our joy is not derived from what he has blessed us with, but it is in who He is to us; our Saviour.

And this was the lesson we were urged to learn in the Sunday School rhyme;

                "               I'm happy today, so happy;
                                In Jesus Christ, I'm happy
  (WHY?) -> -> -> Because He has taken
                               All my sins away;
                               I'm happy, so happy
                               Today!                                  

5. "I will meditate on your precepts...”
As mentioned in the second point on storing up God’s word in our heart, we won't always have the Bible with us. Therefore, the psalmist is here encouraging us to meditate on God’s words all the time. 
But surely, won't we always be distracted? How is constant meditation possible?

Here's how...
As you work, as you relate with others, as you have fun; ponder on how God expresses himself.
As you look at nature, it all declares his glory. As you look up to the skies, it proclaims his handiwork. The earth is His; the world and those who dwell therein. He has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. As you relate with friends and family, realize that He knitted them together in their mother’s wombs. As you walk down that abandoned street, recall that even though you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, you shall fear no evil. (Psalms 19, 24, 139, 23).


6. Finally, “I delight in your decrees...”
The result of doing all the aforementioned things is that we shall learn to take pure delight out of our relationship with God.

That our eyes shall be peeled off from the deceitfulness of riches, and shall instead be fixed on the faithfulness of Jesus.
That our desire shall be pulled from the cares of this life, and shall instead be hinged on casting our cares upon Christ.
That our focus shall be diverted from the pleasures of sin, and instead be reverted to the goodness of Him.
That our hearts shall be channelled from desire for material things, and shall instead be centred on a personal relationship with our King.



Soli Deo Gloria!

3 comments:

  1. "to memorize the word of God, so that when we are tested by the enemy, who ‘is prowling like a lion seeking someone to devour’, we shall have worn the armour of God." Excellente!!

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  2. Amen!
    Thank you, Sir!

    Stay tuned for more... :)

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