How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping Your word. I have sought You with all my heart; don’t let me wander from Your commands. I have treasured Your word in my heart so that I may not sin against You. Lord, may You be praised; teach me Your statutes. With my lips I proclaim all the judgments from Your mouth. I rejoice in the way [revealed by] Your decrees as much as in all riches. I will meditate on Your precepts and think about Your ways. I will delight in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word (Psalm vv. 9—16).
How can a young person in this decadent society hope to lead a pure life? How can one avoid wandering from the truth? How can one be protected from committing sin? By mastering God’s Word. By allowing it to control his or her life. The way to master the Word is to memorize it—-just the way a good symphony conductor memorizes a score. Then, when the spiritual battles come, the sword of the Spirit can be wielded at a moment’s notice, without fumbling for words!
The psalmist asks the Lord’s help in learning the divine decrees, then publicly recites God’s magnificent law. He rejoices in following the Lords statutes as one exults in great riches. At work during the day or in his bed at night, he runs these precepts through his mind. He doesn’t intend to neglect them because God’s law is his delight!
The Word has impacted this psalmist’s mind-set. He has not programmed his mind with trash and pornographic material that feed lust and lead to unhealthy fantasizing. He doesn’t have to live with the pressure and pain caused by an unbalanced, sick mental attitude. His life is pure because his thoughts are pure.
O Lord, don’t let me neglect your Word. As I hide it away in my heart like nuggets of gold, I am enriched. As I follow it’s precepts, I’m strengthened for the battle.