Monday, August 2, 2010

Personal Purity - August 2, 2010

Psalm 119:9-16 (New International Version)
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9 How can a young man keep his way pure?
By living according to your word.

10 I seek you with all my heart;
do not let me stray from your commands.

11 I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.

12 Praise be to you, O LORD;
teach me your decrees.

13 With my lips I recount
all the laws that come from your mouth.

14 I rejoice in following your statutes
as one rejoices in great riches.

15 I meditate on your precepts
and consider your ways.

16 I delight in your decrees;
I will not neglect your word.

Purity. Now that is a word that you hear alot about, but one that is extremely important. In our society, because of the bombardment of impurity from things such as television, movies, fashion, even magazine racks, maintaining personal purity is a difficult thing to do. If you are married, purity is fundamental to the trust between a husband and wife. If you are single, it is essential to finding the "right one". God laid out a plan to keeping personal purity, which is important for all of us to follow.

His plan starts out with searching the word of God found in the Bible. The Psalter(the person writing the psalm)earnestly seeks the will of God and clings to what he finds there, and he looks to God as His teacher for righteous living. His approach to the Word is one of praise. He goes on to recount, rejoice, meditate, and delight in what God reveals to him. Finally he makes a commitment to consistently study and live out God's precepts(commandments).

So if you want to help your children live out a life of purity, or you want to clean up your own life, seek God and His word for direction, and follow the instruction that you find there. The best thing for us all to do is to pattern our lives after that of Jesus Christ, and it will help us avoid compromising our values. Remember the adage of "What would Jesus do?", and you will find that decisions of personal purity will be much easier to face.

Psalm 119 is a devotional poem from a very pious priest. This is the only psalm in The Psalms written by this author. This psalm is an acrostic poem; the verses of each stanza begin with the same letter of the Hebrew alphabet. This Israelite priest sought to pass on godly instruction in his devotional study of the word of God.

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