Summary: 3 of 7. The psalmist described the means by which a young man was to cleanse his way or make his way straight in the world. One's way is to be properly maintained. But How? Clearing the Way(for Father’s Day) demands sustained..
CLEARING THE WAY-part 3—Psalm 119:9-16
The psalmist described the means by which a young man was to cleanse his way or make his way straight in the world.
A young man entering adulthood &/or fatherhood can properly maintain his way in the world.
How can a man(person) entering adulthood maintain/make his(their) way in the world?
How can a Christian man maintain/make his way in the world?
12 Disciplines to maintaining/making your way in the world.
Previously we had found that Clearing the Way(for Father’s Day) demands sustained...
1. A PURIFYING Heart(:9a)
2. A KEEPER’s/GUARD’s/PROTECTOR’s Heart(:9b)
3. A HUNTER’s Heart(:10a)
4. A NAVIGATOR’s Heart(:10b)
5—Clearing the Way(for Father’s Day) demands...
A TREASURING Heart(:11a)
:11—“Your word I have hidden in my heart,...”
The young man seeking a cleansed way stores up God’s “word” as he does treasure. He does not lose any of it. He is meticulous about its stowage as this keeps it from falling into corrupt hands.
—cf. :14—“I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, As much as in all riches.
?Why do you hold on to God’s word?...to make your wife happy,...to placate the deacons,..to see the pastor smile?
[the godly young man seeking to honor God]“Not only heard & read it[God’s word], but received it into his affections; mixed it with faith, laid it up in his mind & memory for future use; preserved it in his heart as a choice treasure, where it might dwell richly, & be of service to him...” for every occasion(2Tim. 3:16-17)—Mathew Henry
No one ‘holds’ to anything/anyone unless the holder views what is held as important!
“Word”(See :9—rbd, 16)—hrma im-rah'—1) Utterance, speech, word—1a) Word of God, the Torah. Strong—feminine of rma[ay'-mer], & meaning the same—Something said.
“Hidden/Treasured”—Npu tsaw-fan’—Qal Perfect—1) To hide, treasure, treasure or store up. Strong—a primitive root; To hide(by covering over); by implication--To hoard or reserve; figuratively--To deny; specifically(favorably)--To protect, (unfavorably)--To lurk.
**Ps. 119:98-100—“Thy commandments make me wiser than my enemies, For they are ever mine. I have more insight than all my teachers, For Thy testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the aged, Because I have observed Thy precepts.”
Deut. 7:6[cf. 14:2]—“For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth.”
1Pet. 2:1-10—“Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, & all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious. Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God & precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion A chief cornerstone, elect, precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.” Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,” & “A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense.” They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed. But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”
**Mat. 11:29—“Take My yoke upon you & learn from Me, for I am gentle & lowly in heart, & you will find rest for your souls.”
**Jn. 8:51—“Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death.”
**Jn.14:21—“He who has My commandments & keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, & I will love him & manifest Myself to him.”
**1Jn. 2:1-6—“My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, & not for ours only but also for the whole world. Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” & does not keep His commandments, is a liar, & the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.”