Encouragement for your daily walk with God
To get the right answer, you have to ask the right question. When it comes to holy living, the Psalmist asked the right question, “How can a young man keep his way pure?” He didn’t ask, “Why should a young man keep his way pure?” Or, “Should a young man keep his way pure?” No! He had moved past the point that many people struggle with, which is to question God as to why it is important to Him that we remain pure.
The Psalmist already knew he was sinful before a holy God. He’s not questioning that. He wants to know what is the best way to remedy it. How can it be done?
The answer was immediately given: by keeping — internalizing and personalizing — the Word of God. One could be very disappointed in that answer, especially if he or she is hoping for something more entertaining and less demanding. But, nothing less than the Refiner’s fire, the Word of God, will make your flawed mindset rise to the surface.
At the same time, it can also be extremely encouraging. The answer we’re looking for is so readily available. Just think, you don’t have to climb a Tibetan mountain and find a guru for the answer. You don’t need a degree in rocket science to figure it out. There is no religious pedigree necessary to understand how to purify your life and make it pleasing to God.
The solution is simple, but it is not easy: Take heed, study, listen to and obey God’s Word, the Bible. There is wisdom in God’s Word. So, dig in! Make God’s wisdom your wisdom. Then live joyfully in it!
How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word. Psalm 119.9