Path of Purity


Beth (Hebrew letter)

This psalm is an acrostic poem. Each stanza begins with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The verses of each stanza begin with the same letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
By living according to your word.
10 I seek you with all my heart;
do not let me stray from your commands.
11 I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.
12 Praise be to you, Lord;
teach me your decrees.
13 With my lips I recount
all the laws that come from your mouth.
14 I rejoice in following your statutes
as one rejoices in great riches.
15 I meditate on your precepts
and consider your ways.
16 I delight in your decrees;
I will not neglect your word. Psalm 119:9-16

Most of the verses in this passage complement verse nine by giving a clear direction to the “path of purity:” meditate on the Word of God.

The single best way of doing this is to hide it in your heart. But it must go beyond mere memorization. Those words need to be so ingrained inside us that we could recite the verses in our sleep.

Have you ever gone somewhere and found yourself humming or singing a song you heard at least a week before? That’s the power of music.

The power of God’s word is infinitely greater than music, poetry, or a story. God’s word resonates with your inner being.

Choose one of those verses above and commit it to memory within the next few minutes. Most of the verses are 10-15 words. Write it down. Go through the verse throughout the day. Over and over again. Don’t underestimate the power of the word of God in your inner being.

Take a few minutes now to do that.


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