Psalm 119:9-11 ” How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to Your Word. I seek You with all my heart; do not let me stray from Your commands. I have hidden Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You.”

The question asked is just as deep as it was when this Psalm was originally written…how can a young man (or young woman) keep their way pure? In today’s world of excess, immediate gratification, and debasement it’s even more difficult to maintain self-discipline, purity of conduct, and good decision-making. So the idea here is to use God’s Word as a shield or buffer against the urges to wander. If we read Job 22:21-23 we see the three musts of maintaining God’s Word in our heart. They are: Submit to God, accept instruction from Him, and return to the Almighty when we’ve strayed. God’s command for us all, no matter what age, is summed up well in Deuteronomy 6:5, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”

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