How can a young man keep his way pure?
By keeping it according to Your word.
Psalm 119:9 (NASB)

This Lord’s Day verse from Psalm 119 is the first verse in eight relating to the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet: Beth. Today’s verse addresses the importance of salvation in the young, boys and girls alike. From birth we are all born into fallen humanity and raised in a sinful world. From childhood we seek that which will make us happy, and in adulthood successful. We look in various places for success in life, which only truly comes through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.

The nature of the verse is a question for the future; looking forward to the life that lies ahead. It is almost a recognition that past ways have failed, and a greater way is needed or sought. As a father I see the importance of this for my children, even though they are grown ups in their twenties following their own ways. I pray that they will find His Way of Purity sometime soon. Naturally thus I apply the label of being young with a broad brush; applying not only to years but in spirituality too.

The purity that is spoken of hear is that of being cleansed from the things of this world that defile and create a barrier between us and God our Father. The greatest reference source for this purity is the Word of God; there is no other like it. When rock bottom is reached in life a light dawns on what has happened; I know this from experience when I was far from God years ago – I followed the example of the prodigal son and returned to Him. 

I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight.” (Luke 15:18)

Dear reader, you may be reading this and seeking a way to God from a life that has not satisfied you – good! It is time to put your pride aside and seek the Word of God and the Father God who loves you and has been seeking you:

Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. (2 Timothy 2:22)

And for those brethren reading this who are praying for their children, keep praying. We serve a compassionate and just God who hears and stores our prayers until His time is right. All His ways and Words are Holy and True!

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