9Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
10With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.
11Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
12Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes.
(Psalm 119:9-12, King James Version)
How important is God's Word to us? In this section of 8 verses from Psalm 119, the subject or theme is God's Word. The Psalmist begins with the question, Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? The answer given by the Psalmist: by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
Though the answer to the Psalmist's question may sound simple, it really is not that easy, is it? The answer first presumes that we know God's Word, but how do we do that? It takes more than just a cursory reading of the Bible to really know and understand the depth of meaning found within its pages. It always comes back to the heart. How much do we really love God? Is He truly our First Love? The Psalmist sought God with his whole heart, memorizing much of what he read.
We have all experienced those glorious times when we felt so close to the Lord that we were lifted above the daily hum drum of this world. Yet, it only takes a short time to find ourselves immersed again in the things of this world. Knowing this, the Psalmist pled with God, O let me not wander from thy commandments . . . . that I might not sin against thee.
There is an obvious correlation between the amount of time we spend reading the Bible, as well as our attitude toward it, and our daily walk before the Lord. We may truly desire to live a life pleasing to God, but if we are not spending time in God's Word, studying and memorizing its glorious truths, our life will pretty much go on the same as it always has.
However, when we reach the point in our lives that we are truly in agony over our own sin, and turn to God's Word for help, it will truly become a necessary part of each day. Many books have been written about the secrets to wealth, health, and happiness, but only the Bible gives the necessary information about how we actually achieve such goals. That does not mean that the Bible is a talisman that will guarantee good fortune throughout all of our days on this earth, but rather, the Bible helps us to understand who we are, what our great needs really are, and the solution to all of life's problems which are found in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Oh, that we would find the love and joy of studying God's Word and commit our hearts to incorporating its truths to every fabric of our being. It really is an impossible task, but with God nothing is impossible. If we, like the Psalmist, cry out to God to help us, God will open our hearts and minds to the wealth of information contained within its pages. It is a life-time process, but the Word truly will change us so that we will become more and more like Christ.
May we all join the Psalmist today and say, Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes.
God Bless You,