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Psalm 119 – Part 2

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PSALM 119:9-16
Hebrew B-V-beth

(Beth)

9How 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 rules of your mouth.
14
In the way of your testimonies I delight 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.”

Psalm 119:9-16, ESV

Today, in our second “stanza” of Psalm 119, verses 9-16, you’re probably most familiar with verse 11 in the KJV version: “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”  You may have even memorized this particular verse when you were a child. This verse is pivotal for answering the question in verse 9: how can you stay on the straight and narrow pathway?

The Psalmist shares that the only way he knows to stay on the straight and narrow pathway is by putting the Word of God first place in his life. It’s not in the doing of rules and rituals or exercises that makes you pure or holy. In your sinful nature, you can’t do anything to make yourself holy and pure before God. But through Jesus, the Word made flesh, you are justified through His finished work on the Cross; therefore it is God’s Grace that enables you to stand “in Christ”, totally loved and accepted, holy and pure before God.

You continue to be conformed to the image of Christ as you take heed—pay attention to—God’s Word. Paul tells us that in Romans 12:2 that we need to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, and that happens when we give ourselves to God’s Word and walk in what the Word says. The Word is your guide, your light, and your compass showing you where to go (Psalms 119:105).  Joshua 1:8 makes it clear as well. God’s Word was not to depart from their mouths, and they (God’s people) were to meditate on it continually. They were to keep God’s Word before their eyes and in their mouths so they’d know what to do; and in following God’s instructions they would have great success and be prosperous.  Paul amplifies this in Romans 10:8 when he says “…the Word [of faith] is nigh thee, even in thy mouth and in thy heart; that is the word of faith that we preach.”

The Psalmist says in verse 13 that with his lips he declares all the rules of God’s mouth—what God has spoken in His Word (vs. 13). Are you declaring His words in your life? Are they a delight to your heart? Let His Words come from a heart of thanksgiving and love as you declare what God has spoken to you. His Word in you carries His power. Don’t hold it in but speak it forth and watch God’s Word change your circumstances. Remember—the Word is in your heart and in your mouth.