Cleanse his way — Reform his life, or purge himself from all filthiness of flesh and spirit. I seek you with all my heart; do not … ].” By the word, therefore, we may cleanse our way; not externally only, but really, truly, spiritually, and to the full extent of our necessities: so that the difficulty in our text is completely solved; and to the inquiry there made, we are prepared to answer, “Having these promises, dearly Beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness both of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God [Note: 2 Corinthians 7:1. John Gill, 1697-1771. By taking heed thereto according to thy word. That we should be very early and betimes sensible of this evil; for the question is propounded concerning the young man. What Does Psalm 91:10 Mean by “No Harm Shall Befall You”? The Psalmist makes the inquiry, he shows how earnestly he had sought to be in the right way, and immediately he finds all his strength in God. etc. Verse 9. Put interrogation at end of the second line instead of the first. I will praise you with an upright heart, when I learn your … Hiding the Word in our hearts is the most powerful antidote against sin, the world, the flesh, and the devil, and is the greatest influence to live a holy and perfect life. His way. 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. Whole verse. 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. xii., p. 198; H. W. Beecher, Ibid., vol. The Increase Opening Day Devotional. 10 I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! Let him not think that he knows the road to easy victory, nor dream that he can keep himself by his own wisdom; he will do well to follow the Psalmist, and become an earnest enquirer asking how he may cleanse his way. F. G. Marchant. Not the same word as in Psalms 119:11. 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. In this place he repeats, in different words, the same truth which he formerly advanced, That, however much men may pique themselves upon their own works, there is nothing pure in their life until they have made a complete surrender of themselves to the word of the Lord. That he must take an active part in the work. 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. Verse 9. The inquiry is -- How shall a young man make a clean way -- a pure line of conduct -- through this defiling world? Your face is towards the future. Ð°Ð½Ð¾. By guarding it according to your word. (2) Another great step is taken when you see that there is a contrast between the light of God's word and the life on which it falls. Methinks, it speaks powerfully: and I pray God that this day the greenest ears amongst you may be consecrated to the Lord, and receive from him some blessed tokens of his favourable acceptance. Is it any wonder if young men, so circumstanced, fall into sin? It is the cleanness which is also the holiness of God—cleanness from sin, from evil, from guile, from insincerity. By taking heed thereto according to Thy Word. But the young man must be in hearty and practical sympathy with the work. Well, let the word of God meet this young gallant in all his bravery, with his feast of sensual delights before him, and but whisper a few syllables in his car, give his conscience but a prick with the point of its sword, and it shall make him fly in as great haste from them all, as Absalom's brethren did from the feast when they saw Amnon their brother murdered at the table. God has engaged to “give us a new heart, and to renew within us a right spirit, and to cleanse us from our filthiness and from all our idols:” so that, however inveterate any lust may be, here is provision against it; and however arduous any duty be, here is sufficient strength promised for the: performance of it. 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. Thomas Manton. Since the Book of Psalms is the longest book in the Bible, it shows us … The Psalmist seems to be putting himself, and us, in the position of the son (i.e. 11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. foulness which may arise in the future,and to end by showing a clear. Happy is it for us, however, that we have, on divine authority. The awful threatenings and the sweet encouragements both more him in the right direction. (1) A great practical step has been taken when you see that you are to a certain extent God's stewards over your own life and character. By becoming a directory in all the paths of duty to which he may be called. Those which arise from within, are exceeding great — — — And they are continually strengthened by those occurring from without. Still the matter presented in this light does not appear to me to bring out the full import of the passage. The eight verses alphabetically arranged: Whole eight verses, 9-16. Psalm 119:10, KJV: "With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments." Psalm 119:9 tells us, “How can a young man keep his way pure? The answer of the Bible, with the teaching and enlightenment of the Holy Spirit, will in all the intricacies of our road be a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. 14 I rejoice … 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. 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. The same precautions must be used by you. "Look well to thy goings"; it is an eventful path. There is an especial necessity for "taking heed," because of the difficulty of the way. Moreover, by them is thy servant warned; and in keeping of them there is great reward [Note: Psalms 19:7-11. Psalm 119:9-16. III. "Look well to thy goings"; it is a new path. THERE is much despondency in the human mind, especially in reference to the great work of sanctification. 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. It is only in a false estimate of one's own strength that any can think otherwise, and the spirit of such false estimate will be brought low. Retail: $44.99. 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. If the heart be divided between him and the world, it is evil. by taking heed thereto according to thy word." Thoughts For Young Men. Ps 25:7 And the question, read in the light of this explanation, means, "Wherewithal shall a young man lead a holy life, like the life of the holy God? --W.J. See Psalms 73:13. What course is to be taken? References: Psalms 119:9.— A. P. Peabody, Christian World Pulpit, vol. 10 I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. The Bible makes a great deal in its teaching about the ways of men. No nobler ambition can lie before a youth, none to which he is called by so sure a calling; but none in which greater difficulties can be found. Show how the young man is in special danger of defiling his way. The lusts of young men are naturally strong, and prone to bring defilement on the soul (cf. It is by no means an easy task which the prudent young man sets before him. Psalm 91:7-11, “A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. 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. How shall he “mortify the whole body of sin,” keeping in subjection so many unruly appetites, correcting so many unhallowed dispositions, and putting forth into constant exercise so many heavenly graces as are comprehended in real piety? But, for the most part, the way of righteousness is clearly defined; and it is our own blindness only that makes it appear intricate or doubtful. But for all such anxiety there seems to be an answer in the text. Live in the daily habit of self-examination—, [Inward and unperceived uncleanness will come upon you, if you be not always on your guard. In the question, there is the person spoken of, "a young man," and his work, "Wherewithal shall he cleanse his way?" 2 Samuel 11:4. Ver. With my whole heart have I sought Thee: O let me not wander from Thy Commandments. 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. A prominent place -- one of the twenty-two parts -- is assigned to young men in the 119th Psalm. Through, The circumspection he should use to cleanse his way. "Look well to thy goings"; it is a narrow path. Psalm 119:9, ESV: "How can a young man keep his way pure?By guarding it according to your word." Cleanse his way] Mandabit, id est emendabit. 3. 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