If you were to ask some older Christians what advice they would give younger Christians, inevitably, they would say to keep their lives pure. This answer would come from the experience and heartbreak they went through by wandering away from what they were taught in church. They thought they could have their faith and the allures of the world only to find out the hard truth. The psalmist shows you how to stay pure.
“How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your Word. With all my heart I have sought You; Do not let me wander from Your commandments.”
Keep the Word of God
The psalmist is wondering out loud how a young man can stay pure in the world in which he lives. By reading between the lines, you can tell that he has gone through struggles and is looking for answers. The only solution he has found is by keeping the Word of God. When he guides his life according to the principles of Scripture, he stays on the right path. God’s Word is a light to your path and a lamp to your feet. When you use it correctly, it will show you the way to go. Make a practice of getting into God’s Word every day.
The psalmist suggests two other things that will keep a person pure. The first is a heart that seeks after the Lord. If your heart isn’t in sync with the Lord, reading the Bible becomes head knowledge. That is where a lot of Christians find themselves. They know a lot about the Bible, but because they have to give their heart to something else, like their job or children, the power of the Word doesn’t affect them. When your heart seeks after the Lord, the Word comes alive, and you want to obey what it says. Thus it keeps you pure.
How to Stay Pure
The final suggestion is a prayer not to wander. The psalmist knew the reality of temptation, and he didn’t want his eyes, hands, or feet to wander into sin, so he prayed to God. You can’t keep yourself pure under your strength. You need help from the Almighty God. He needs to give you spiritual blinders for your eyes so that you don’t veer off the path He has for you. Start your day by asking the Lord to keep you from wandering into sin.