How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your Word. With all my heart I have sought You; Do not let me wander from Your commandments. (Psalm 119:9, 10).
In conclusion to the Aleph introductory verses, the psalmist has realized his source for blessing. It is found in the very Word of God. He plants his feet firmly in the statement, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” This is where the life of blessing resides; awaiting whosoever will partake of its manna.
The message is didactic, taught not as a mere rendering of one man’s life, but as encouragement for all to seek the blessing he found. In the Beth verses, the author describes the woes of youth. We shouldn’t subscribe to the thought that we may outgrow the lusts of the flesh, but understand the influential prodding of immorality toward the adolescent.
His advice is spilled out through the course of these verses. He offers, “Seek God with your all, hide the Word of God in your heart, agree with God, see the riches of God’s Word, meditate on His Word, and delight in, rather than forgetting His statutes.”
I recently heard the acronym “anthem” used to help remember how to stay in the presence of blessings and refrain from stepping into trouble.
Avoid – flee the temptation, don’t fight it.
No – say no… within five seconds!
Turn – forcefully away from the desire and toward Christ.
Hold – to the promise. We have been empowered to defeat sin.
Enjoy – the superior satisfaction found in Christ; His Word.
Move – into a useful and God-honoring activity.
We have a more excellent example than the Psalmist of course in the life of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Tempted just as we are, He found victory over the devil’s darts through the words of His Father. When Satan tested, Jesus quoted Scripture (Luke 4).
The author of this Psalm understood the significance of knowing God’s Word, not just having it resting on a bookshelf. He described it as “being hidden in his heart (11)” and readily available to bear the fruits of blessings… “that I might not sin against You.”
Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him (Colossians 2:6).
- Aleph, He Dwelt Among Us (ptl2010.com)