With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! By thy help I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. A prominent place -- one of the twenty-two parts -- is assigned to young men in the 119th Psalm. Barton Bouchier. He is directed to the word of God for all direction, and we might say, for all promised assistance. By taking heed, etc. How to Start Reading the Bible. A mariner may be drawn from his course by currents, as well as driven by winds: and therefore from day to day, he consults his compass and his chart, to see whether there have been any deviation from his destined path. By taking heed thereto according to thy word. Try, next, to understand what is meant by "cleansing the way." Psalm 119:9-16. Free Reading Plans and Devotionals related to Psalms 119:9-11. — — — But let the word of Christ dwell in you richly “in all wisdom;” and you shall find it the power of God to the salvation of your souls. 10. Verse 9. Salem Media Group. The reason, therefore, of so much evil prevailing in the world, arises from men wallowing in their own impurity, and being disposed to yield more to their own inclination than to heavenly instruction. In this passage there is. He must take heed to it, rmfl, lishmor, to keep, guard, and preserve his way -- his general course of life, from all defilement. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, BETH. Cultivate a Heart of Righteousness. "Thereto" - namely, to "his way" (cf. Yet the "word" is absolutely necessary; for, otherwise, care will darken into morbid anxiety, and conscientiousness may become superstition. ].”], 3. Every thing he sees around him has a tendency to foster and to gratify some bad passion; whilst the examples on every side countenance and encourage the indulgence of it. Psalms 119:9. He is young and unaccustomed to the road, let him not be ashamed often to enquire his way of him who is so ready and so able to instruct him in it. Every step, therefore, is solemn, is of everlasting importance, may be a step into blessedness or a step into woe. Show how the young man is in special danger of defiling his way. 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. Happy is it for us, however, that we have, on divine authority. Not the same word as in Psalms 119:11. Sufficiency of energy for the cleansing their way. wishes to choose a clean way, to be himselfclean in it, to cleanse it of any. xxix., p. 315; G. Brooks, Outlines of Sermons, p. 196; F. Tholuck, Hours of Devotion, p. 519. He is to consider that his way is impure; and how abominable this must make him appear in the sight of God. Verse 9-16. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? Verse 9. The infallible guide by which his circumspection is to be regulated: "according to thy word" -- that is to say. See note on Psalms 18:30. By thy grace I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word. Cleanse his way. The awful threatenings and the sweet encouragements both more him in the right direction. 25 My soul clings to the dust; give me life in accord with your word. 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. Psalms 119:9-12.— H. W. Beecher, Ibid., vol. Wherewithal shall a young man] Semipuer, a lad, a stripling, who hath his name in Hebrew of tossing to and fro; confer Ephesians 4:14, and the same word signifieth youth and tow, Isaiah 1:31, or rather the shreds that fall from tow and flax, when whiffied; to note the vanity of youth, and its aptness to be enkindled, when once affections begin to boil within them. The very names by which the divine life is described in Scripture sufficiently shew that it is neither attained nor exercised without great difficulty. Psalms 119:9 BETH. 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.”]. The inquiry to me would seem to extend over the whole verse. -- The Psalmist's rules for the attainment of holiness deduced from his own experience. 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. Wherewith shall a young man — Or, any man. Every verse in the section begins with b, a house. And nothing is plainer than that it contemplates as great a variety of ways as there are kinds of men. When David would give the young man a receipt to cure him of his lusts, how he may cleanse his whole course and way, he bids him only wash in the waters of the word of God. You must not stay till you are advanced in life before you “cleanse your way,” but engage in that work while yet you are “young.” In the appointment of the sacrifices which were offered under the Law, the lambs were to be but a year old: and in the first-fruits presented unto God for a meat-offering, special care was to be taken that “green ears” should be offered, “beaten out indeed of full ears,” but still green, and needing to be “dried with fire” before they could be ground to flour [Note: Leviticus 2:14-16.]. Young man, the Bible must be your chart, and you must exercise great watchfulness that your way may be according to its directions. The writer not necessarily a youth. Outlines Upon Keywords of The Psalm, by Pastor C. A. Davis. By discovering an infallible remedy for the disorders of his nature -- the salvation that is by Jesus Christ. xxvii., p. 40. 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 Increase Opening Day Devotional. The same precautions must be used by you. A Psalm about the Word A New Church Bible story explanation for teaching Sunday school. (9) Wherewithal.âThere can be little question that the right rendering of this verse is By what means can a young man purify his way, so as to keep it according to Thy word? God is of purer eyes than to look upon sin. Theodore Kuebler. 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. Be careless in your way, and your ruin will ensue [Note: Ecclesiastes 11:9.] The Bible makes a great deal in its teaching about the ways of men. He did so, and had it (Mr Clark’s Lives). How shall he become and remain practically holy? The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. 2. The efficient cause in the operation is God. "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. Verse 9. Psalms 119. It is not that young men in our day require information: they require the inclination. That we should be very early and betimes sensible of this evil; for the question is propounded concerning the young man. Desire is present, direction is required. Psalms 17:4). 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. If the heart be divided between him and the world, it is evil. 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