Daily Reading: Psalms 118-119:72; 1 Corinthians 7:25-40
How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word. (Psalm 119:9, NASB95)
Psalm 119 is a reflection on walking according to the law of the Lord (Ps. 119:1).
- It is an acrostic poem, composed of 22 sections corresponding to the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, with each section composed of eight verses that begin with the letter of the alphabet.
- The number eight significantly draws attention to God’s law and its seven synonyms used throughout: word, commandments, statutes, ordinances, testimonies, precepts, and promise (often translated word, but different from the first).
- The focus on God’s word is not legalistic and on the minutia, but is first and foremost relational and intimate.
- The word translated law actually refers to instruction and teaching.
- While there are many things he must commit to doing, the psalmist states: “Blessed are You, O Lord; teach me Your statutes” (Ps. 119:12). The focus on God’s word is always a devotion to God Himself.
In Psalm 119:9-16, the psalmist asks how a young man can keep his way pure. In order not to sin against Him, we need to treasure God’s word in our heart (Ps. 119:11). Adam and Eve’s sin began when they didn’t keep God’s word. He had commanded them to cultivate and keep the garden (Gen. 2:15), but they allowed the serpent to twist God’s word. They chose to believe him instead of God (Gen. 3:1-6). Our heart is like the garden, and we must keep our hearts pure and seek Him alone. In just these eight verses, the psalmist is committed to a variety of ways of keeping God’s word: treasuring, telling, rejoicing, meditating, regarding, delighting, and remembering. How do you keep and treasure God’s word in your heart? Do you commune with God over His word to make sure that your focus remains on Him?