What Am I To Do?
Psalm 119:9-16, (11)
We are suffocating in an ocean of pollution. Wherever we look we discover the compulsion to have sullied existences. There are temptations all around us that can lead us astray. The world can put a stain on our Christian hearts and our lives.
The Bible is one subject that, in my opinion, that every individual ought to acquire knowledge of. Except for the Bible, the public education system teaches everything else to children. Teaching the Bible in public schools is against the law, but we must reach every student with the Bible.
The psalmist posed an inquiry that worries us about everything: how would we keep clean in a disgusting unsanitary climate? We cannot do this all alone; however, we should have guidance and strength more powerful than the enticing impacts around us. We need something stronger than what encamps around us. Where would we be able to locate this strength and astuteness? By reading God's Word, by applying it to our hearts and lives, and by doing what it says.
Putting away God's Word in our hearts and souls is a hindrance to sin. It can help keep sin at bay. This by itself ought to motivate us to learn and retain Scripture. In any case, retaining Scripture alone will not keep us from transgression; we should likewise give God’s Word something to do in our lives, making it an essential manual for all that we do.
Numerous individuals hold the belief that verse eleven only suggests that the Bible should be memorized. Although some of the meanest brats I’ve seen in Sunday school were able to stand up and quote one hundred verses of Scripture. When the psalmist composed, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart,” I think he implied “I submit to it, and I will obey it.”
I think memorizing God’s Word is a wonderful thing. I agree with the various programs that help us in memorizing Scripture. But what is truly significant for us to do is for our submission and obedience to God’s Word. It is something magnificent to have the ability to stand up and present Scripture, yet we likewise need to comply with it, and that implies concealing it in our souls.
The greater part of us abrades under rules, for we feel that they limit us from doing what we want to do, and this is an annoyance to many. From the start, then it might appear to be weird to hear the psalmist discuss celebrating in God's laws as much as in wealth. However, God’s laws were given to free us to be all that He wants us to be. They confine us from doing those things that will handicap us and hold us back from being our best. God’s rules and guidelines assist us with continuing in His way, following in His steps, and to stay away from the ways that lead to desolation.
I want us to take a closer look at verse eleven.
Thy - Who
Word - What
Have I - Possess
Hid - Action
In mine heart - Where
That I - Who
Might not - Probability/Possibility
Sin - What
Against - In opposition to
Thee - Who
God had told Joshua that for him to succeed he must abide by and adhere to the directions presented for daily living that were found in God’s Law.
When we meditate, we spend time reading and thinking about what we read. It entails asking ourselves how we can alter our behavior to live in accordance with God’s will. The first steps toward putting God’s Word into practice are knowledge and reflection. We are to remember, respect, and accept what God says if we want to follow Him even more closely.
We ought to incorporate God’s Word into our lives and base our lives on God’s Word; we can only learn how to live for Him and serve Him from it. If we do not study God’s Word consistently and with care, we risk neglecting God and our true calling in life.
The word Present means to introduce, to show, to put forward, or to submit. The word reasonable is having sound judgment, which is based on good sense, and is appropriate. To be transformed (or converted) is to make a thorough or dramatic change in our behavior and our character. Renewing is to reestablish (as in a relationship) or to replace (as in something that is broken, worn out, or to the point of being no longer useable).
We are to read God’s Word. We are to store God’s Word in our hearts so that it will deter the sin that we face every day. We are also to put God’s Word into action in our lives every day. God’s Word is a vital guide to everything that we do.
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God called me into the ministry over 20 years ago and I have had the blessed opportunity to preach for a church radio broadcast, served as a Sunday School teacher, served as a youth director along with my wife, as a music director, as an Associate Pastor, and as an Interim Pastor.
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