How Can A Young Man Keep His Way Pure?

14. August 2014 Sexual Purity 0
How Can A Young Man Keep His Way Pure?

How can a young man keep his way pure?

I’ve always given my response to this question by stating, “by hiding his word in our hearts that we might not sin against him.” That’s it? Nothing more, nothing less? What is the deeper meaning here? Is it simply hiding his word in our hearts, and then we begin to experience purity? Let’s take a look at the Scripture below.

How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. 10 I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. 11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. 12 Praise be to you, O LORD; teach me your decrees. 13 With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. 14 I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. 15 I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. 16 I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word (Psalm 119:9-16).

Do you see his passion in this passage? This isn’t simply hiding God’s word in the heart, then hoping to begin to walk in purity. He is passionate about wanting more of God. And he has a plan of how he’s going to get there! 

How many times do you see the word “I” in the Scripture above?

A) 2

B) 5

C) 8


I seek you with all my heart

I have hidden your word in my heart

I might not sin against you

I recount all the laws that come from your mouth

I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches

I meditate on your precepts

I delight in your decrees

I will not neglect your word


How can a young man keep his way pure?

We see it’s those who seek God with, “all of their heart.” It’s those that take the time to read God’s word so it can be “hidden” in the heart. It’s those that have in the forefront of their minds not to “sin against” God. It’s those that “recount” the laws that come from the “mouth” of God. It’s those that “rejoice in following” as one rejoices in “great riches.” It’s those who “meditate” on his word. It’s those who “delight” in the word of God. And finally, for those who “will not neglect” God’s word.

Where are you with all these “I’s”, be honest with yourself?

A) I’m right where I need to be

B) I am almost there

C) I need to repent, get right with God, and begin to seek him with all my heart

What will you do different starting right now?

Author: Erick Hurt

​From a slave to sin–to freedom in Christ (Galatians 5:1). From an abusive husband verbally and physically–to loving my wife as Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5:25). Now an Elder at Family Bible Church, I speak, teach, and preach with the same passion I once had for sin. I work as a volunteer for Setting Captives Free ministry as a mentor and mentor coordinator helping people become freed from the grip of sin. Visit www.settingcaptivesfree.com.


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