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)
David’s Process: David gives us several ways to follow Scripture and stay on the narrow road.
- Memorizing The Bible: I have stored up [hidden, concealed, treasured] your Word in my heart [intellect, emotions and will] that I might not sin against you. Notice the change in David’s writing at this point: He made the statement that the Word of God is the map for walking the narrow road and he has prayed that he would not wander from the Word and thus leave the road, now he decides to put the Scriptures into his heart that they might affect the way he lives. Jeremiah 15:16.
- Submitting to the Bible: Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statutes! This is an every day heart posture towards the Scriptures, admitting that God knows more than we do and that his Word is our teacher. Psalm 25:4-5; John 14:26.
- Talking about the Bible: With my lips I declare all the rules of your mouth. Isn’t it interesting that the one who requested to be taught in verse 12 is now teaching in verse 13? It is in talking about the Bible that we actually learn and grow in the Bible. Matthew 12:34: out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. When speaking about John Bunyan, the author of Pilgrim’s Progress, Spurgeon said, “Why, this man is a living Bible!’ Prick him anywhere, his blood is Bibline, the very essence of the Bible flows from him. He cannot speak without quoting a text, for his very soul is FULL of the Word of God.” Oh that this might be said of us!