May 30. Psalm 119:1-88
Psalm 119.9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word.
This is the longest psalm in the book and the longest chapter in the Bible. It is arranged in an acrostic pattern meaning there are 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet, and this Psalm contains 22 units of 8 verses each. In the original language, each of the 22 sections is given to a letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and each line in that section begins with that letter.
This psalm glorifies God and His Word, it refers to Scripture over and over again. The psalm is unique for how often it refers to God's His word. It is referred to in almost every verse.
In verse 9 an insight is given to help keep us morally pure “according to your word.” Purity is not a favorite subject in our day but one God knows is important for the health of our souls. So does God’s word help us?
According to Your word: Is the safeguard and the empowerment for moral purity. These are some of the ways God’s word helps us.
- God's Word shows us the difference between right and what is wrong.
- God's Word shows us the reasons for purity, so we understand the wisdom and goodness of God.
- God's Word shows us the difficulty of purity and reminds us to be on guard.
- God's Word shows us the blessings of purity, and incentive to make the necessary sacrifices.
- God's Word shows us how to be born again so our inner man may be transformed.
- God's Word shows us the person of the Holy Spirit, and He empowers us.
- God's Word is a refuge against temptation.
- God's Word is a light that clears away the fog of seduction and temptation.
- God's Word is a mirror that helps us see our spiritual and moral condition
- God's Word washes us from impurity and actually cleanses our life in a spiritual sense (Ephesians 5:26, John 15:3).
- God's Word renews our mind, which is the key to spiritual transformation (Romans 12:1-2).
- God's Word gives a refuge against condemnation.
11 Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You.
Here is a challenge that I think will go a long way in renewing your mind in the area of moral purity. Memorize God’s Word. Today find a verse in the 119th Psalm and all this week work on committing it to memory. Write it down on a card and take it with you reading and meditating on it when you have the opportunity. I promise it’s power in your mind and heart will make a difference in the health of your soul.
“Dear Heavenly Father thank You for the power of your word to transform my life. I ask You today when I am faced with decisions, choices, and temptation that the Holy Spirit will remind me of your word and that it will become for me a light to my path. Transform my mind as I memorize a verse of scripture this week.”
But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”