How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word.
With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!
I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
Blessed are you, O LORD; teach me your statutes!
With my lips I declare all the rules of your mouth.
In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches.
I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.
I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.
(Psalm 119:9-16 ESV)
The Bible is the Map for Taking the Narrow Road. (9)
- How can a young man [the young] keep his way [conduct, life, road] pure? By guarding it according to your word. The emphasis in this verse is about keeping one’s life going on the way that God has set it going. Matthew 7: Jesus says that the way is narrow and difficult to enter the kingdom through the narrow gate and there are few that find it. But once you have been placed on that road, how do you stay on it?
- “Young”: Why is David mentioning the young man here? The reality of youth is foolishness, and the sooner one gets a handle on the things that really matter, such as wisdom and truth, the better. Proverbs 1:4; 4:10-17, 23; Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:1.
“Young man, the Bible must be your chart, and you must exercise great watchfulness that your way may be according to its directions. You must take heed to your daily life, as well as study your Bible, and you must study your Bible that you may take heed to your daily life. With the greatest care a man will go astray if his map misleads him; but with the most accurate map he will still lose his road if he does not take heed to it.” C.H.S.