Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. It is the cleanness which is part of God's life which is intended. By thy grace I have hid thy word in my heart, that I might not sin against thee. Proverbs 1:4; Proverbs 20:11). Psalm 119:9, ESV: "How can a young man keep his way pure?By guarding it according to your word." Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? Psalm 119:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Psalm 119:10, NIV: "I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands." Desire is present, direction is required. -- The Psalmist's rules for the attainment of holiness deduced from his own experience. -- Daniel Wilson, 1828. How felt you, my young friends, who have been brought to Christ, in the day of your resolving to be his? I think the words may be better rendered and supplied thus, by observing what is according to thy word; which shows how a sinner is to be cleansed from his sins by the blood of Christ, and justified by his righteousness, and be clean through his word; and also how and by whom the work of sanctification is wrought in the heart, even by the Spirit of God, by means of the word, and what is the rule of a man's walk and conversation: he will find the word of God to be profitable, to inform in the doctrines of justification and pardon, to acquaint him with the nature of regeneration and sanctification; and for the correction and amendment of his life and manners, and for his instruction in every branch of manners: 2 Timothy 3:16 . Every step, therefore, is solemn, is of everlasting importance, may be a step into blessedness or a step into woe. What course is to be taken? That he must use the Bible for the purpose. By taking heed thereto according to Thy Word. Psalms 119:9. The Bible makes a great deal in its teaching about the ways of men. In this way the prophet stimulates men to an early and seasonable regulation of their manners, and not to delay doing so any longer, agreeably to the words of Solomon, “Remember thy Creator in thy youth, ere the days of trouble come, and the years which shall be grief unto thee,” Ecclesiastes 12:1 (402) They who defer from time to time become hardened in their vicious practices, and arrive at mature years, when it is too late to attempt a reformation. God's word is the glass which discovereth all spiritual deformity, and also the water and soap which washes and scours it away. James Harrington Evans, 1785-1849. Those which arise from within, are exceeding great — — — And they are continually strengthened by those occurring from without. The manner how it is applied and made use of, "by taking heed thereto," etc. By reading, studying, and imitating the Scriptures in a lowly and prayerful spirit the young shall escape pollution and ornament society. By taking heed, etc. Cleanse his way — Reform his life, or purge himself from all filthiness of flesh and spirit. — — —], But if the question be asked in reference to the sanctity which God requires, the difficulty will appear great indeed—, [It is not a Pharisaic righteousness, a cleansing of the outside of the cup and platter, that God requires, but real holiness, both of heart and life. A. Macleod, Days of Heaven upon Earth, p. 229. The blessedness which is set before us in a conditional promise should be practically sought for in the way appointed. The writer not necessarily a youth. He is to consider that his way is impure; and how abominable this must make him appear in the sight of God. The tenth in order of the ten words of this Psalm. How to Start Reading the Bible "HEARing" From God. I did all the wills of God, and so became a man after his own heart, Acts 13:22. "Taking heed,". The pardoning mercy of God in Christ, is the only source of a sinner's happiness. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! Bless God for what he has given (vet. KJV, Reference Bible, Center-Column Giant Print, Red Letter Edition, Comfort Print: Holy Bible, King James Version. Thus he declares how he has been enabled to do rightly, and how he will do rightly in the future. By what means shall a young man cleanse his way? Oh! of That which is enquired after is, What remedy there is against it? Have I hid, in the 11th verse, signifies, treasured up, like something of inestimable value: it may be read, Have I laid up within, &c. The question here put, and with which this second part opens, is not simply intended for the youthful part, but for all. The English rendering, which follows the LXX. I do not say that there are no other guides, no other fences. 9. Cultivate a Heart of Righteousness. Psalms 119:9-12.— H. W. Beecher, Ibid., vol. Thomas Manton. The reason, therefore, of so much evil prevailing in the world, arises from men wallowing in their own impurity, and being disposed to yield more to their own inclination than to heavenly instruction. That which follows makes known that such could not be the case with this young man. ; by studying and endeavouring a holy conformity to God's will. There is no corruption of the heart which is not there condemned, nor any holy affection which is not there delineated. Study, Obey, Teach - Ezra 7:10. Let him become a practical disciple of the holy God, who alone can teach him how to overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil, that trinity of defilers by whom many a hopeful life has been spoiled. The answer furnished to this anxious inquiry is sufficiently plain and practical. foulness which may arise in the future,and to end by showing a clear. Free Reading Plans and Devotionals related to Psalms 119:9-11. Psalm 119:9-16. [While this specific verse is speaking of young men, its application is still true for us as young ladies also.] He is but a young man, full of hot passions, and poor in knowledge and experience; how shall he get right, and keep right? Proud member By taking heed thereto — By diligently and circumspectly watching over himself, and examining and regulating all his dispositions and actions by the rule of thy word. Let the careless remember this. In the gracious young man there are both, and the word that began feeds the proper motives. He is young and unaccustomed to the road, let him not be ashamed often to enquire his way of him who is so ready and so able to instruct him in it. When David would give the young man a receipt to cure him of his lusts, how he may cleanse his whole course and way, he bids him only wash in the waters of the word of God. A “race,” a “wrestling for the mastery,” a “warring of a good warfare,” all require much exertion; and not for a moment only, but till the victory is accomplished. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Psalm 119:11. A sufficiency of support to sustain them in their cleansed way. Where two things are to be observed. 9.Wherewith shall a young man cleanse his way? Perhaps, on the contrary, it is one who, like Browning’s Rabbi ben Ezra, while seeking how best to spend old age, looks back on youth, not with remonstrance at its follies, but with the satisfaction that even then he aimed at the best he knew. The people of the world, if exhorted to give themselves up to God, do not hesitate to affirm that, in the existing state of things, it is impossible: and many who have begun to do this in their own strength, and found its insufficiency for so great a work, have given up in despair, and returned to their former state of carelessness and indifference. Outlines Upon Keywords of The Psalm, by Pastor C. A. Davis. 25 My soul clings to the dust; give me life in accord with your word. KJV, Word Study Bible, Red Letter Edition: 1,700 Key Words that Unlock the Meaning of the Bible. 12 Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes. Still the matter presented in this light does not appear to me to bring out the full import of the passage. Verse 9. There are many who wish to become holy; but they know not how: they would mortify sin; but they cannot: they would serve God in newness of life; but to attempt it, appears to them a hopeless task. Verse 9. According to thy word. how can he be saved from what will destroy mind, body, and soul? There is required the cleansing that his way be according to the Divine Word. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? Ver. (9) Wherewithal.—There can be little question that the right rendering of this verse is By what means can a young man purify his way, so as to keep it according to Thy word? He must examine it according to God's word, and carefully hear what God has said concerning him and it. Other good influences are also at work. Do this, beloved, daily, and with all diligence; so shall ye “be blameless und harmless, the sons of God, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, shining among them as lights in the world, and holding forth in your walk and conversation the word of life [Note: Philippians 2:15-16. But, whilst we acknowledge the impossibility of serving God aright by any strength of our own, we must deny that it is altogether impracticable to fulfil his will. alongside Affliction and Psalms 119:9-10 - 'King James Version' translation John Stephen. That we should earnestly seek for a remedy, how to dry up the issue of sin that runneth upon us. And as he moves on in the line of integrity -- many temptations coming in his way, and much inward corruption rising up to control him -- how often will the same anxious inquiry arise: Ro 7:24. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. It is not direct "his way," but "cleanse his way.". By taking heed thereto according to thy word; John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary on the Bible, Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible, Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. 5 When the days of feasting had completed their cycle, Job would send and consecrate them, rising up early in the morning and offering burnt offerings according to the number of them all; for Job said, “Perhaps my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually. ], [“Remember your Creator in the days of your youth,” says Solomon. A young man. Retail: $44.99. etc. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, BETH. By taking heed thereto according to thy word. Here it intimates. 10. 14 I rejoice … I seek you with all my heart; do not … Ver. And I cannot but beg the Reader, that as he passed through the whole, of this beautiful Psalm, whenever he comes to the expression, WORD, he will pause over it, and examine whether it is not spoken of the person of Him, who is the eternal WORD, that in the beginning was with God, and is God. Verse 9. ]:” and be assured, that in so ordering your conversation aright, “you shall at last behold the salvation of God.”], Young man; or, any man. A captain may watch from his deck all night; but if he knows nothing of the coast, and has no pilot on board, he may be carefully hastening on to shipwreck. young man, because such are commonly void of wisdom and experience, heady and wilful, and impatient of admonition, full of violent passions and strong lusts, and exposed to many and great temptations. The One Hour Prayer Cycle. Verse 9. Let him hear what follows; the description is from God. xxvii., p. 40. "Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? John 1:1. The Hebrew word signifieth the cleansing of glass, which though it be very clean, yet will it gather filth even in the sunbeams, and of itself; which noteth the great corruption of this slippery age, and what care must be taken that it may shine as picked glass, or clearest crystal. (1) A great practical step has been taken when you see that you are to a certain extent God's stewards over your own life and character. By far more than in all riches I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies. Thy word. Verse 9. Hiding the Word in our hearts is the most powerful antidote against sin, the world, the flesh, and the devil, and is the greatest influence to live a holy and perfect life. Well, let the word of God meet this young gallant in all his bravery, with his feast of sensual delights before him, and but whisper a few syllables in his car, give his conscience but a prick with the point of its sword, and it shall make him fly in as great haste from them all, as Absalom's brethren did from the feast when they saw Amnon their brother murdered at the table. Instead of question and answer both in this one verse, the Hebrew demands the construction with question only, leaving the answer to be inferred from the drift of the entire Psalm -- thus: Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way to keep it according to thy word? The answer of the Bible, with the teaching and enlightenment of the Holy Spirit, will in all the intricacies of our road be a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? Youth is the season of impression and improvement, young men are the future props of society, and the fear of the Lord, which is the beginning of wisdom, must begin in youth. "Look well to thy goings"; it is a new path. Psalm 119:9. The way, or life, of the man has to be cleansed from the sins of his youth behind him, and kept clear of the sins which temptation will place before him: this is the work, this is the difficulty. It is only in a false estimate of one's own strength that any can think otherwise, and the spirit of such false estimate will be brought low. The strength, the aspirations, the unmarred expectations of youth, are in requisition for the world; O that they may be consecrated to God. Your face is towards the future. The more effectually to excite them to this, he produces, in an especial manner, the example of children or youths. ]:” and let the “young men have the word of God abiding in them; and they shall overcome the wicked one [Note: 1 John 2:14. By taking heed thereto according to thy word. 12): "Blessed art thou," etc. (3) The next step places you face to face with the grand choice submitted to every soul who follows God's word: the choice between the life you are leading and the life which that light expresses. Does God’s Word motivate me to worship? It is ours to ask the question, it is God's to give the answer and enable us to carry it out. 11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. It is a question, I doubt not, of great anxiety to every convert whose mind is awakened to a sense of sin -- how he shall keep clear of the sin, avoid the loose company, and rid himself of the wicked pleasures and practices of this enslaving world. Verse 9. 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