Summary: Let me ask a few questions tonight: ƒæ Are you dissatisfied with the rate of your spiritual growth? ƒæ Have you become spiritually stagnant In order to make progress in our walk with God, sometimes we need to get back to the basics of what a Chris
This morning I have $1440 in my pocket. It¡¦s pretty rare day that I have less than $1000 in my pocket. What if I took this money and give it to someone in this room. Let¡¦s say I give it to you, not only will I give this to you, but I will give it to you everyday for the rest of your life. But here¡¦s a catch you have to take $20 of that $1440 and spend it on me everyday. How many of you will take that deal? Would you do it? Would that be a real grudge on you. Oh I am gonna spend $20 on you. I don¡¦t know. Most likely you would say yes sure. Oh I¡¦ll buy him a shirt here you go. Once in awhile you feel generous you¡¦ll spend $25, $30, and $400 on holidays. No big deal. Do you know that every minute of your life is a gift from God. He is not obligated to give that to you. It¡¦s not something he gives to you freely, it¡¦s something you can do on your own. He enables you to live. He gives that to you as a gift. Do you know that every single day God gives you 1440 minutes everyday of your life. Is it too much to ask to spend 20 minutes of that on God. Just thank Him for the day, just have a relationship with Him. The God who gives you every minute that you have. No I can¡¦t. I¡¦m booked for the whole day. I don¡¦t¡¦ have time for you God. What? It¡¦s like me giving you that money and you telling me that I spent it all on myself. I don¡¦t have enough to give you something back? Are you kidding me. When you put it on those terms it sounds ridiculous. Yet I wonder how many of you spend 20 minutes with God everyday. If we expect to grow in your relationship with God, is you need to spend time with God. If you would even spend 15 minutes having a relationship with God it will change your life.
When Should We Start? v9a
How can a young man keep his way pure?.
Here the Psalmist asks the question, how can young people keep His way pure. The answer is really simple by living according to the Word of God. The Bible gives us numerous examples of young men who decided for God early to lived according to the Word of God.
Daniel = When Daniel and his three friends were taken from their home in Jerusalem
and brought to Babylon to serve the court of King Nebo. In 1:7-8 But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself with the king’s choice food or with the wine which he drank; so he sought permission from the commander of the officials that he might not defile himself. Daniel made up his mind and his heart when he was a teenager not compromise the laws of God. Shadrack, Mechach, and Abednego also when they were a teen-ager made up their mind and heart not to compromise the commandment of the Lord.\
What Should We Do? vv9b-11a
By living according to your word.  I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.  I have hidden your word in my heart
1. Living According to the Word
By living according to your word. (verse 9b)
Here the Psalmist is calling us to live out (obeying) the Word of God. James tells the professing Christians - Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
2.Seeking God with All Our Heart
I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. (v10)
How many of us here could say ¡§I seek you with all my heart.¡¨ I want you more than anyone or anything. But here the Psalmist says¡¦ I seek you with all of my being. All of me, my very core. All throughout the Book of Psalms we hear words like 84:2 My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Do you beg the same thing. Ps 27:8 My heart says of you, "Seek his face!"Your face, Lord, I will seek. Ps 42:1-2 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.  My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?
Illustration: Anatoli Shcharansky, Psalms 119:161 Rulers persecute me without cause, but my heart trembles at your word.
3.Hide God¡¦s Word in Our Heart
I have hidden your word in my heart. (v11a)