9 How can a young man keep his way pure?
By keeping it according to Thy word.
10 With all my heart I have sought Thee;
Do not let me wander from Thy commandments.
11 Thy word I have treasured in my heart,
That I may not sin against Thee.
12 Blessed art Thee, O Lord;
Teach me Thy statutes.
13 With my lips I have told of
All the ordinances of Thy mouth.
14 I have rejoiced in the way of Thy testimonies,
As much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate on Thy precepts
And regard Thy ways.
16 I shall delight in Thy statutes;
I shall not forget Thy word.
Over 22 days it is my hope to soak in and meditate on Psalm 119. This is the longest chapter of the Bible with 22 sections. Each of the 22 sections is an acrostic in the original Hebrew language that alliterates each statement with one letter from the Hebrew Alphabet. In reading through this Psalm, one can find the meditations of the heart, the movements of the hands, & the all surpassing Grace of God.
Beth (pronounced Bae-th) asks the question of purity and integrity? How is it possible to be a man of God…simply put…by following the will of God. Being “healthy means increasingly reflecting God’s character as God’s character is revealed in God’s Word.” (Dever) This is the pursuit of the psalmist to be the same consistent man of God whether alone or around others.
It is important to note that Integrity is not something that immediately occurs. Righteousness is reckoned to us and along with healing and cleansing at the moment of placing our faith in Jesus Christ. Integrity, however is cultivated over time as we embrace our Identity in Christ and continue our Intimacy with Christ. Integrity that is cultivated is the revelation of the character that God desires from us through His word. Then that Character of His righteousness will shine like the noonday sun whether alone or around others.
“What you are alone is what you are.” –Adrian Rogers