Browse Sermons on Psalm 119:11. Psalms 119:10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. William Gumall. 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." The Bible is a book for young people. Psalms 119:9. Be careless in your way, and your ruin will ensue [Note: Ecclesiastes 11:9.] Thy word. Indeed, we may ask, How shall young persons of either sex so walk before God? The word of God can master our lusts when they are in their greatest pride: if ever lust rageth at one time more than another, it is when youthful blood boils in our veins. Psalms 119:9-12.— H. W. Beecher, Ibid., vol. 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. 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. The blessedness which is set before us in a conditional promise should be practically sought for in the way appointed. That which is enquired after is, What remedy there is against it? Is it any wonder if young men, so circumstanced, fall into sin? "Look well to thy goings"; it is a new path. So that the sum of the question is this: How shall a man that is impure, and naturally defiled with sin, be made able, as soon as he cometh to the use of reason, to purge out that natural corruption, and live a holy and pure life to God? All rights reserved. The remedy is the word; by way of address to God, called "Thy word"; because, if God had not given direction about it, we should have been at an utter loss. The expression does not absolutely convey the impression that the given young man is in a corrupt and discreditable way which requires cleansing, though this be true of all men originally: Isaiah 53:6 . No nobler ambition can lie before a youth, none to which he is called by so sure a calling; but none in which greater difficulties can be found. Psalm 119:9-10 How can a young man keep his way pure? II. There every thing is described in its proper colours: piety is exalted as the perfection of our nature; and sin is declared to be “an abomination in the sight of God.” The example of our blessed Lord also is there portrayed with the utmost exactness; so that, whatever doubt might obscure a precept, the true light is reflected on it, and a perfect standard is exhibited before us. Let him not, however, shrink from the glorious enterprise of living a pure and gracious life; rather let him enquire the way by which all obstacles may be overcome. App-73. The format of Psalm 119 is an alphabetic acrostic, meaning that the first letters of each line in Hebrew follow through the alphabet, 8 lines per letter, thus 8 lines x 22 letters in Hebrew = 176 lines. But, for the most part, the way of righteousness is clearly defined; and it is our own blindness only that makes it appear intricate or doubtful. Verse 9. 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 . 9. Never was there a more important question for any man; never was there a fitter time for asking it than at the commencement of life. 12 Praise be to you, O LORD; teach me your decrees. Sufficiency of energy for the cleansing their way. ],” Here, whether in respect of direction or efficacy, its sufficiency for our necessities is fully declared. Let him not think that he knows the road to easy victory, nor dream that he can keep himself by his own wisdom; he will do well to follow the Psalmist, and become an earnest enquirer asking how he may cleanse his way. (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. Put interrogation at end of the second line instead of the first. Before we look at the answer, we might consider who this young man is? But the young man must be in hearty and practical sympathy with the work. He is to consider that his way is impure; and how abominable this must make him appear in the sight of God. That we are from the birth polluted with sin; for we must be cleansed. He did so, and had it (Mr Clark’s Lives). And those are most happy, who are preserved most free from the defilement of sin, who simply believe God's testimonies, and depend on his promises. Day by day, let us hide more of God's Word deep within our hearts, for we desire to be holy as our Father in heaven is holy. In the gracious young man there are both, and the word that began feeds the proper motives. Psalm 119:9-16. and the second section runs parallel to it, with the question, "Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way?" The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever. The writer not necessarily a youth. How felt you, my young friends, who have been brought to Christ, in the day of your resolving to be his? Verse 9. 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. The narrow way was never hit upon by chance, neither did any heedless man ever lead a holy life. 2 Samuel 11:4. This is a question suggested by common sense, and pressed home by daily occurrences; but it is not to be answered by unaided reason, nor, when answered, can the directions be carried out by unsupported human power. Wherewith shall a young man cleanse his way, By taking heed thereto according to thy word. "Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? The pardoning mercy of God in Christ, is the only source of a sinner's happiness. Psalm 119:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Psalm 119:9, NIV: "How can a young person stay on the path of purity?By living according to your word." 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. Youth is giddy, and his lust is hot and impetuous: his sun is climbing higher still, and he thinks it is a great while to night; so that it must be a strong arm that brings a young man off his lusts, who hath his palate at best advantage to taste sensual pleasure. Not the same word as in Psalms 119:1. Cleanse his way] Mandabit, id est emendabit. Thus he declares how he has been enabled to do rightly, and how he will do rightly in the future. But yet more satisfactory is the declaration of St. Peter, when he affirms, that by “the exceeding great and precious promises of Scripture we may be made partakers of the divine nature, and be enabled to escape the corruption that is in the world through lust [Note: 2 Peter 1:4. Proud member
In this question there are several things supposed. etc. To the question asked, “How shall he cleanse his way?” the answer is given, even “by taking heed thereto according to thy word.” The Holy Scriptures afford, to every human being, [There may doubtless be particular cases, even to our dying hour, in which it may be difficult to discover the precise line of duty. 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. Retail: $44.99. 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. Paul Bayne. F. G. Marchant. "Not any way, not somebody else's way, not the old man's way, not the way of the man in mid-life, but his own way: the young man's way. The Lord our God is holy, and He will deal justly in every segment of our life, where sin is hiding, for He is a fair judge and a righteous God, Who will not abide iniquity. With my whole heart have I sought thee] And that of a child little, being nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, 1 Timothy 4:6. The English rendering, which follows the LXX. 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. But, on the whole, I consider our version as more elegant than the other given above, because it contains a fine and satisfactory answer to the question in the former clause. By taking heed. The answer is supposed, or rather left to be inferred, from the whole tenor of the psalm, which is that men, and especially-young men, whose passions and temptations are strong in proportion to their inexperience, can do nothing of themselves, but are dependent on the grace of God. With my whole heart have I sought Thee: O let me not wander from Thy Commandments. God is of purer eyes than to look upon sin. By becoming a directory in all the paths of duty to which he may be called. "Look well to thy goings"; it is a slippery path. The Increase Opening Day Devotional. Verse 9. He must take heed to it, rmfl, lishmor, to keep, guard, and preserve his way -- his general course of life, from all defilement. Psalms 119:9. What course is to be taken? 1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.. 2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.. 3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.. 4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.. 5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!. Psalms 119:9 BETH. Psalm 119:9, KJV: "BETH.Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? Be ready to communicate his knowledge to others (, Let it have a due effect on thy own heart (, Having pursued the above course he should continue in it, and then his happiness would be secured (. xxiv., p. 90. 9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity? Still the matter presented in this light does not appear to me to bring out the full import of the passage. ].”], 3. Verse 9. A young man. If the heart be divided between him and the world, it is evil. It is ours to ask the question, it is God's to give the answer and enable us to carry it out. 9.Wherewith shall a young man cleanse his way? (This opinion is confirmed by the quotation which follows from Cowles.) Words To Live By With Craig Groeschel. Psalm 119:10, KJV: "With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments." I do not say that conscience is worth nothing, and conscience in youth is especially sensitive and tender; I do not say that prayer is not a most valuable fence, but prayer without taking heed is only another name for presumption: prayer and carelessness can never walk hand in hand together; and I therefore say that there is no fence nor guard that can so effectually keep out every enemy as prayerful reading of the word of God, bringing every solicitation from the world or from companions, every suggestion from our own hearts and passions, to the test of God's word: -- What says the Bible? The strength, the aspirations, the unmarred expectations of youth, are in requisition for the world; O that they may be consecrated to God. Psalm 119:9-Job 1:5. Verse 9. The omission of a direct answer rather strengthens than impairs the impression on the reader. THERE is much despondency in the human mind, especially in reference to the great work of sanctification. ]:” 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. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? ], [“Remember your Creator in the days of your youth,” says Solomon. By taking heed thereto according to thy word; by a diligent and circumspect watch over himself, and the examination and regulation of all his actions by the rules of thy word. 11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Psalms 119:9. and Vulg. Let him hear what follows; the description is from God. 3. But for all such anxiety there seems to be an answer in the text. Let the Scriptures of Truth be studied by you—, [Do not form your standard by the opinions of men, or labour to cleanse your way by superstitious observances that have been devised by man; but look to the word of God as the proper rule of your conduct, and seek for holiness in the way that is there prescribed. Our "way" is a subject which concerns us deeply, and it is far better to enquire about it than to speculate upon mysterious themes which rather puzzle than enlighten the mind. 12): "Blessed art thou," etc. The Greek word for a youth comes from another that signifieth to be hot, and to boil up, or scald, ηιθεος of αιθω, and αιζηος of ζεω. Verse 9. Proverbs 1:4; Proverbs 20:11). Moreover, by them is thy servant warned; and in keeping of them there is great reward [Note: Psalms 19:7-11. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Barton Bouchier. Theodore Kuebler. ; by studying and endeavouring a holy conformity to God's will. 10 I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. But he names the young man, because such are commonly void of wisdom and experience, and exposed to many and great temptations. By taking heed thereto according to thy word. The Psalmist seems to be putting himself, and us, in the position of the son (i.e. That we should earnestly seek for a remedy, how to dry up the issue of sin that runneth upon us. Psalms 17:4). 25 My soul clings to the dust; give me life in accord with your word. The infallible guide by which his circumspection is to be regulated: "according to thy word" -- that is to say. It is not direct "his way," but "cleanse his way.". xxix., p. 315; G. Brooks, Outlines of Sermons, p. 196; F. Tholuck, Hours of Devotion, p. 519. Some, wise in their own conceit, throw themselves into the snares of Satan, others, from listlessness and languor, live a vile and wicked life. 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. Verse 9. 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. Thomas Manton. The original word זכה zakkah, rendered, cleanse, signifies to make clean, purify. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! In respect of outward decorum, females, from the restraints of education, have a great advantage: perhaps, in reference to vital godliness also, they may be considered as more favoured than the other sex, because they have more opportunity for serious reflection. The general scope and design of this psalm is to magnify the Divine law, and make it honourable. By thy grace I have hid thy word in my heart, that I might not sin against thee. Secondly, naar may be rendered "shaking off"; that is to say, the yoke, for a young man begins to cast off the maternal, and frequently the paternal, yoke. There is an especial necessity for this "Take heed," because of the proneness of a young man to thoughtlessness, carelessness, presumption, self confidence. The enquiry is of the most enlarged comprehension, and will be made only by one who can say that he has been honestly putting himself in the way, as the young man in Psalms 119:10-11 ; and it can be answered only by the heart that takes in all the strength provided by the blessed God, as is expressed here in Psalms 119:12 . Keyword Study: Psalm 119:9-10 “BETH. By day and by night have I sought thee with my whole heart: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Verse 9. "Taking heed,". Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. There he will find every turn of the road marked down, every slough and miry place pointed out, with the way to go through unsoiled; and there, too, he will find light for his darkness, comfort for his weariness, and company for his loneliness, so that by its help he shall reach the benediction of the first verse of the Psalm, which suggested the Psalmist's enquiry, and awakened his desires. Through, The circumspection he should use to cleanse his way. 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. For young man, in the Hebrew the word is r[g naar, i.e., "shaken off"; that is to say, from the milder and more tender care of his parents. The question is posed: “How shall a young man keep His way pure?” (Psalm 119:9a). John Gibbon (about 1660) in "The Morning Exercises.". By living according to your word. Cleanse his way; reform his life, or purge himself from all filthiness of flesh and spirit. Try, next, to understand what is meant by "cleansing the way." It must be confessed, therefore, that a young man’s course is very difficult; that “strait is the gate, and narrow is the way,” in which he has to walk; and that if ever he gain “the kingdom of heaven, he must take it by violence.”]. To render evil the less formidable, every one agrees to strip it of its proper names, and to affix to it some gentle appellation that shall conceal its odiousness, and cast a veil over its deformity. by actual sin which he has already committed,and he himself has already. Should a man carefully measure out what he believes to be a dose of useful medicine, he will die if it should turn out that he has taken up the wrong vial, and has poured out a deadly poison: the fact that he did it ignorantly will not alter the result. Words To Live By With Craig Groeschel. All this is to be supposed. By thy grace I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word. Oh! Other good influences are also at work. That which follows makes known that such could not be the case with this young man. Study, Obey, Teach - Ezra 7:10. ב Beth How can a young person stay on the path of purity? Live in the daily habit of self-examination—, [Inward and unperceived uncleanness will come upon you, if you be not always on your guard. We may reason from the greater to the less; for if the law of God possesses the power of restraining the impetuosity of youth, so as to preserve pure and upright all who take it for their guide, then, assuredly, when they come to maturity, and their irregular desires are considerably abated, it will prove the best antidote for correcting their vices. alongside Affliction and Psalms 119:9-10 - 'King James Version' translation There are ten words by which Divine revelation is called in this psalm, and each expresses what God expects from us, and what we may expect from him: 1. His way. Verse 9. -- In the word of God, when applied to the heart by the Spirit of God, there is. James Harrington Evans, 1785-1849. "Thereto" - namely, to "his way" (cf. Wilful ignorance is in itself wilful sin, and the evil which comes of it is without excuse. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? The strength, the aspirations, the unmarred expectations of youth, are in requisition for the world; O that they may be consecrated to God. The One Hour Prayer Cycle. God's word is the glass which discovereth all spiritual deformity, and also the water and soap which washes and scours it away. The awful threatenings and the sweet encouragements both more him in the right direction. How effectual the word is, when duly improved, may be seen in the general description given of it by the Psalmist: “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. --W.J. The title of this psalm reads To the Chief Musician. Psalms 119:9. 11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:9 tells us, “How can a young man keep his way pure? Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? or is it easy for them to keep their garments clean in such an ensnaring and polluting world as this? We can sin without thought, we have only to neglect the great salvation and ruin our souls; but to obey the Lord and walk uprightly will need all our heart and soul and mind. -- Sanctification by the word, declared generally ( Psalms 119:9 ); sought personally ( Psalms 119:10-12 ); published to others ( Psalms 119:13 ); personally rejoiced in ( Psalms 119:14-16 ). The inquiry to me would seem to extend over the whole verse. Ð°Ð½Ð¾. "Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? The Timeless Psalms: Psalm 119:1-8, Joan Stott, prayers and meditations based on lectionary Psalms, 2011. 2. 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. Psalms 119:9-11.— H. Allon, Christian World Pulpit, vol. Now, take a young man all in the heat and boiling of his blood, in the highest fermentation of his youthful lusts; and, at all these disadvantages, let him enter that great school of the Holy Spirit, the divine Scripture, and commit himself to the conduct of those blessed oracles; and he shall effectually be convinced, by his own experience, of the incredible virtue, the vast and mighty power, of God's word, in the success it hath upon him, and in his daily progression and advances in heavenly wisdom. You must not only “examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith,” but what progress you are making in the faith. xra, orach, which we translate way here, signifies a track, a rut, such as is made by the wheel of a cart or chariot. Those which arise from within, are exceeding great — — — And they are continually strengthened by those occurring from without. 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