Summary: You want God’s presence? Allow the Word of God not only dwell richly, but be applied and demonstrated in your everyday decision making.
The Secret Power of the Word of God
The movement we take our eyes off Jesus, there are going to be all kinds of problems, all kinds of offenses. Today, this morning, I would like to teach you the importance of keeping your eyes on Jesus. But how do we keep our eyes on Jesus? By constantly keeping our eye on the Word of God.
The secret of God’s protection is in the secret of His presence. And the secret of God’s presence is in the secret of keeping His Word.
Now, before we read this section of the Psalm, I want to tell you a few things about Psalm 119. It is 176 verses. It is the longest psalm in the Bible, and it is divided into 22 sections. When we see Psalm 119 in our bible, each section is numbered by the Hebrew alphabet. The first letter is Aleph, which is equivalent to A. That’s the beginning; Aleph, Beth, B, and so on. Each of these sections have different emphasis, but they all hold importance to the Word of God.
Today let us meditate on the second section of B. B equivalent to the second letter of Hebrew alphabet of Beth. How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to your Word. Psalm 119:9. This section of psalm 119 tells that the only real protection a person can have is when the Word of God finds a home. That’s why the letter Beth. Beth means “a house.” We all know that Bethlehem means, house of bread. Unless the Word of God finds a home in our hearts we can’t have a protection in our family. That’s why the Apostle Paul said, in Colossians 3:16 ‘Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, and singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Where? In your hearts.
But there is a great difference. The Word of God makes a difference. There is a great difference between fighting the enemy with our own strength or trying to overcome temptation by our own strength and fighting in the power of the Word of God. That is why psalm 119:9-16 tells us two very important things. In the Word of God:
I. There is an Indescribable Power: (verses 9-12)
First it tells us about this indescribable power of the Word of God in verses 9-12. Then it tells us about the incalculable preeminence of the Word of God in verses 13-16. The question is how do we experience the power of the Word of God? Verse 9 tells us that it has the power to cleanse us, and in verse 10 tells us that it has the power to control us. And in verse 11: it tells that it has the power to correct us. Here it is: Cleanse, Control, and Correct.
a) The Power of the Word of God cleanse us:
Psalm 119:9 says, How can a young man cleanse his or her way? By taking heed according to the Word of God. The Psalmist is saying that when it comes to character and conduct, no amount of goodwill, no amount of good intentions, no amount of good efforts, no amount of good anything will achieve the desired effect. He is telling us something that the world will never comprehend or understand. He is saying, “The younger you begin filling the mind and the heart with the Word of God, the more of his power you experience when you grow up”. The younger you begin to make your heart a home for the Word of God, the more peaceful, contented, and joyful you will be later on.
There are many people on this earth who suffer from these awful addictions and destructive behaviors. Because of their addictions they have the inability to relate to their spouse, and the inability to socialize, and just to love another person. These are all the results of bad seeds that have been planted early in life. Habits in an undisciplined life begins early in life, but through the grace of God, at any age and at any stage, the Word of God, when it is applied, it has the power to purify. Jesus said to the Jews who believed in him: "If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."
Martin Luther, standing before the Diet of Worms and before Charles V, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, said: "Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Scriptures or by clear reason (for I do not trust either in the pope or in councils alone, since it is well known that they have often erred and contradicted themselves) I am bound by the Scriptures. I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God." The power of the word of God not only cleanses, but it also controls.