“How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.
With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!
I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
Blessed are you, O LORD; teach me your statutes!
With my lips I declare all the rules of your mouth.
In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches.
I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.
I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.” Psalm 119:9-16
In this second stanza of Psalm 119, each verse begins with the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet: Beth. Again, our focus is on God’s Word: His commandments, statutes, rules, testimonies, and precepts.
Verse 11 speaks of storing up God’s word in our heart that we might not sin against him. When we look at the word “heart” here in the Hebrew context this is referring to the center of one’s being. We know that we store up information in the mind. We learn, we read, we memorize the Word of God so that we might not sin against Him. And yet “heart” seems to encompass all of our being.
Do we want to store up the Word in our heart so that we don’t sin? The idea here is that we need to study it, read it, hear it preached so that we can apply it easier to our lives. The more we know the easier it is to know right from wrong and truth from falsehood. We have truth. God has revealed His truth to us in His written word. The world operates today in falsehood. The world today rejects the truth and embraces sin. No so for the Christian.
Today more than ever being counter cultural simply means striving to live according to God’s Word. Living according to God’s Word. Let us strive to do the things this stanza teaches us:
Let us guard our ways according to God’s Word.
Let us seek God and not wander from His commandments.
Let us store up the Word in our hearts so that we might not sin.
May God teach us His statutes.
May we declare the rules of God with our lips.
Let us delight in the Word as much as in riches.
Let us meditate on the Word and fix our eyes on His ways.
Let us delight in the Word and not forget it.
Praise God for the treasure of His Word!