9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
By living according to your word.
10 I seek you with all my heart;
do not let me stray from your commands.
The text begins with a question, a very relevent question. It asks how does a youth stay on the path of purity, then it answers it quick and simply by stating living according to YOUR word. The word of God is so important and we shouldn’t neglect it, Humbly, as a church, we must claim that we know not what God requires of us with out the bible. The path of purity being that path that looks different than what most the world takes. Different by the things that it would state as valuable and what even my own flesh would have me value. The desire to live the path of purity, the faith of the heart that has you to desire to question what it requires and how to obtain it (that which pleases and honors God), is the beginning of the spirits work. Regeneration if you must, a change of heart, you no longer only desire what your flesh craves, but you crave to know that which sets you towards godliness, namely the word of God.
With that said, it is really neat cross referencing with the fact that John proclaims that the word was God and the word was with God, further saying that the word became flesh, hinting that the embodiment of the word of God is Christ himself. To live according to the word of God is to live according to Christ and his teaching. It’s to agree that there is no other words or teachings, or things that you can obey, or laws that you could make for yourself that would so correctly set you on the path of purity than the teachings of Christ.Knowing as stated in my past thoughts that we could not obtain the life according to word, if Christ, (the word of God), had not obtained it first. He obtained it perfectly, without flaw, and by Grace through faith,we that believe, shall obtain it too, through Christ.
The psalmist claims to seek God with all his heart, may we have the same desire. May we be more diligent in our efforts to diving into the word of God. As we seek God more may we sin less. I once read a statement that said in order to sin we have to stop loving God. In short, that is a very convicting statement. Let me clarify I am not saying that those who love God, won’t sin, we will,as we are still in the flesh although we have victory in Christ we still at times with Paul proclaim “it is not I but the sin that dwells with in me” and through the Grace of the Lord keeping us we later in full repentance, with Paul claim”but thanks be to God who delivers me from this body of death..”. So I am not saying we don’t sin at all, But what I am saying, is that sin has and always will be a direct offense to God, only him. King David himself who had wronged many people called out to God saying, ” I have sinned against you and only you”. To sin we choose to disobey and we choose to love an object, emotion, or feeling we get from a temporal pleasure more than the eternal pleasure we have in God. At that moment we have to choose to stop loving God, and chose to sin. I pray that through seeking God with our all our hearts, that our hearts might be able to discern what Sin is. The way I see it, Sin is a confusion, and deception that masks various forms of self mutilation as satisfaction. AKA, we all die as a result of our sin and the sin of Adam. We all sin, before Christ intervenes, because we like it. The Grace that has us to Love Christ and live life according to his word teaches us to hate sin and as in Titus 2 says ” to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age”
And the last thoughts of the psalmist are beautiful, I love how he reminds of of things we need to do, and convicts us when we find ourselves wanting. But he doesn’t leave us there, we can’t stir up the spirit in ourselves the spirit works freely of our desires, as it says in John that the wind blows on whosoever it wills. It willed to blow on me and work on my heart in such away that I want to know this path of purity, I want to live in it that I might bring Glory to God. But it didn’t stop there, this was not a one time occurance, the spirit continues to work in and through us that beleive. With this knowledge, we read the statement “do not let me stray from your commands. ” Our fight against sin always in done in the power of the Spirit, we can’t and won’t do it without him. Therefore we pray to God that he might keep us, knowing full well that he is cabable to deliver us from evil and keep us from stumbling. So when we defeat sin, we praise not ourselves for a decision well-made, but we thankfully say a prayer that might look like a combination of these two verses:
“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25to(the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever and I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.Amen.
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