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. Praise be to you, O LORD; teach me your decrees. With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word. Psalm 119:9-16 (NIV)
Keep Your Way Pure
Is that what you want? Is what do I want? Do you want to keep your way pure? Do you want a heart and mind and life that seeks me? Do you want a mind that thinks my thoughts? Do you want a mouth that speaks my heart? Do you want a life that does what is good and right and pleasing to me? Yes, I want all these things to be true of me. Do you have any idea how I will make you able to live this kind of life? I know one thing for certain. What’s that? Living this kind of life is not possible without you changing my heart and transforming my mind. You are very wise to know that this is true. How will I change your heart and transform your mind? What tool will do that work in you? Your word will change my heart and transform my mind. What will you do with my word so that it can do its work in you? I will hide your word in my heart. Your word will teach and train me. Your word will help me to not sin against you. Your Holy Spirit will take your word and use it like a sword to fight in me, with me, for me and through me. Your word will make me able to resist temptation. Your word will make me able to withstand evil. Yes, my word and the power of my Holy Spirit will use my word to change your heart, transform you mind and guide your life. I am thankful for your word. It is my joy to meet with you in your word. Having your word is far better than having great riches. I will delight in your word. I will not neglect your word. I will not stray from your word. Your word will be ever before me as I walk through life with you. Guard and guide my life with your word. Yes, I will. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, do I always live according to your word? Do I always hide your word deeply in my heart? Do I always keep my way pure? No, I don’t. Forgive me. But hiding your word in my heart, living by it, and keeping my way pure is the desire and direction of my life. Amen
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