word = the articulate subject-matter of what is said. By discovering an infallible remedy for the disorders of his nature -- the salvation that is by Jesus Christ. It stands as the giant among the Psalms--it is the longest psalm and the longest chapter in the Bible--176 verses. Instead of question and answer both in this one verse, the Hebrew demands the construction with question only, leaving the answer to be inferred from the drift of the entire Psalm -- thus: Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way to keep it according to thy word? Free Reading Plans and Devotionals related to Psalms 119:9-11. The inquiry is -- How shall a young man make a clean way -- a pure line of conduct -- through this defiling world? 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. Sufficiency of energy for the cleansing their way. And the answer, in referring to Christ the uncreated word, and to the scriptures of Christ the written word, plainly manifests its reference to be universal. Let him hear what follows; the description is from God. II. Verse 9. See Psalms 73:13. Your way is a way of hope. 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. 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. Perhaps, on the contrary, it is one who, like Browning’s Rabbi ben Ezra, while seeking how best to spend old age, looks back on youth, not with remonstrance at its follies, but with the satisfaction that even then he aimed at the best he knew. ], [There is not a precept in the whole inspired volume which is not made also the subject of a promise. Psalm 119:9-Job 1:5. 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!. 10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Seek The Lord And Find Him. That we should be very early and betimes sensible of this evil; for the question is propounded concerning the young man. Before we look at the answer, we might consider who this young man is? By taking heed thereto according to thy word] Which is of a purifying property, John 15:3; John 17:17, and can cleanse the heart of a young man also, where lusts are strong, stains deep, and will not out without fuller’s soap. That he must use the Bible for the purpose. By living according to your word. All rights reserved. See note on Psalms 18:30. By taking heed, etc. The Bible makes a great deal in its teaching about the ways of men. Does God’s Word motivate me to worship? 12 Praise be to you, O LORD; teach me your decrees. ]:” 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. William Gumall. Bible Gateway Recommends. 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. Here it intimates. 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. 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. 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. (9) Wherewithal.—There 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? 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." Verse 9. Do this, beloved, daily, and with all diligence; so shall ye “be blameless und harmless, the sons of God, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, shining among them as lights in the world, and holding forth in your walk and conversation the word of life [Note: Philippians 2:15-16. 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. It is meet that it should be so. He is directed to the word of God for all direction, and we might say, for all promised assistance. A prominent place -- one of the twenty-two parts -- is assigned to young men in the 119th Psalm. by actual sin which he has already committed,and he himself has already. We must seek to be “cleansed from secret faults,” as well as from those which are more open; and never account our end fully accomplished, till we are “pure as the Lord Jesus Christ is pure,” and “perfect as our Father which is in heaven is perfect.” But how shall a young man so cleanse his way? Every verse in the section begins with b, a house. 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. The general scope and design of this psalm is to magnify the Divine law, and make it honourable. Verse 9. Cleanse his way; reform his life, or purge himself from all filthiness of flesh and spirit. Let the careless remember this. The Timeless Psalms: Psalm 119:1-8, Joan Stott, prayers and meditations based on lectionary Psalms, 2011. Moreover, by them is thy servant warned; and in keeping of them there is great reward [Note: Psalms 19:7-11. "Look well to thy goings"; it is an eventful path. xxix., p. 315; G. Brooks, Outlines of Sermons, p. 196; F. Tholuck, Hours of Devotion, p. 519. 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. It is not that young men in our day require information: they require the inclination. I will praise you with an upright heart, when I learn your … Whole verse. In the gracious young man there are both, and the word that began feeds the proper motives. Psalm 119 is remarkable for how often it refers to God’s written revelation, His word. Psalm 119:9-10 How can a young man keep his way pure? By taking heed thereto according to Thy Word. (This opinion is confirmed by the quotation which follows from Cowles.) Nay, as if it were not sufficient to cloke its malignity, many become its panders and its advocates, and endeavour to laugh out of the world all that squeamishness that betrays a fear of evil, and an aversion to the commission of it. By the words of my lips will I declare all the judgments of thy mouth. God's word is the glass which discovereth all spiritual deformity, and also the water and soap which washes and scours it away. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. -- A question and answer for the young. But real piety is uncongenial with our fallen nature; and to attain it is no easy task to any, of either sex, or of whatever age or quality or condition. 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. Live in the daily habit of self-examination—, [Inward and unperceived uncleanness will come upon you, if you be not always on your guard. "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. or is it easy for them to keep their garments clean in such an ensnaring and polluting world as this? With my whole heart have I sought Thee: O let me not wander from Thy Commandments. James Harrington Evans, 1785-1849. Verse 9. Salem Media Group. F. G. Marchant. Those which arise from within, are exceeding great — — — And they are continually strengthened by those occurring from without. By taking heed thereto according to thy word. -- In the word of God, when applied to the heart by the Spirit of God, there is. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his 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.”]. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Some, wise in their own conceit, throw themselves into the snares of Satan, others, from listlessness and languor, live a vile and wicked life. Theodore Kuebler. 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. Wilful ignorance is in itself wilful sin, and the evil which comes of it is without excuse. The awful threatenings and the sweet encouragements both more him in the right direction. A young sinner has no broad beaten path; he has his private ways of offence, his secret pollutions; and how shall he be cleansed from these? 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. Browse Sermons on Psalm 119:11. The answer to this question is, "By taking heed thereto according to God's word:" by taking God's word as the light, the guide, and the director of the way; by considering your steps in the light of that word; by taking that word as the chart, the pilot, and the propeller of your way. Outlines Upon Keywords of The Psalm, by Pastor C. A. Davis. He. By becoming a directory in all the paths of duty to which he may be called. xxvii., p. 40. ]:” and be assured, that in so ordering your conversation aright, “you shall at last behold the salvation of God.”], Young man; or, any man. The infallible guide by which his circumspection is to be regulated: "according to thy word" -- that is to say. How felt you, my young friends, who have been brought to Christ, in the day of your resolving to be his? Words To Live By With Craig Groeschel. The omission of a direct answer rather strengthens than impairs the impression on the reader. By thy help I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. Free Reading Plans and Devotionals related to Psalms 119:9-11. Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy statutes. And nothing is plainer than that it contemplates as great a variety of ways as there are kinds of men. 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. By living according to your word. Psalm 119: This psalm is an acrostic poem, the stanzas of which begin with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet; moreover, the verses of each stanza begin with the same letter of the Hebrew alphabet.Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the 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. John Gibbon (about 1660) in "The Morning Exercises.". foulness which may arise in the future,and to end by showing a clear. He must examine it according to God's word, and carefully hear what God has said concerning him and it. ], [“Remember your Creator in the days of your youth,” says Solomon. 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. Let the youngest, who are as new-born babes, desire the sincere milk of the word; and they shall grow thereby [Note: 1 Peter 2:2. Where two things are to be observed. By thy grace I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word. "Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? Psalm 119:10, ESV: "With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!" I seek you with all my heart; do not … By taking heed (thereto) according to thy word. Young man, the Bible must be your chart, and you must exercise great watchfulness that your way may be according to its directions. Verse 9. The Increase Opening Day Devotional. John Flavel, 1627-1691. Study, Obey, Teach - Ezra 7:10. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. 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.]. And I cannot but beg the Reader, that as he passed through the whole, of this beautiful Psalm, whenever he comes to the expression, WORD, he will pause over it, and examine whether it is not spoken of the person of Him, who is the eternal WORD, that in the beginning was with God, and is God. But he names the young man, because such are commonly void of wisdom and experience, and exposed to many and great temptations. God's law; this is enacted by him as our Sovereign. Paul Bayne. The narrow way was never hit upon by chance, neither did any heedless man ever lead a holy life. Adam Clarke. 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 . Desire is present, direction is required. The Psalmist seems to be putting himself, and us, in the position of the son (i.e. 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. Cleanse his way. 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