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Not Falling into the Deadly Second Look

Psalm 119:9-16

Verses 9-10 How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to Your word. I seek You with all my heart; do not let me stray from Your commands.

Today we start the second stanza of this song about the Word of God. And while verse 9 is addressing young people, the truth is the same for those of us that are older as well.

The path of purity is often mocked in our day. The world is busy muddying up every area of life. With social media and the entertainment community vying for our attention, things have progressively become edgier and purity has been pushed to the side. Society has likely lost what it even means to be pure as it is viewed as so square.

The psalmist seemed to understand the struggle for purity that existed even in his world. We know that David had to battle for purity and sadly is an example for us of what failing at purity can look like. Had he turned away at first seeing Bathsheba bathing we wouldn't even know about her but David made a choice he knew he shouldn't have made and it changed the course of his life and the course of his descendants.

This is an important thing to remember when we think of purity. The choices we make today about purity will affect the generations that follow. That has been made obvious in our society as the acceptance of things that are impure have led to chaos in many arenas. As purity has been removed from society families have been broken to the point where what God instituted as a family is thought of as odd.

The church hasn't held to purity either. There are sadly many examples in the average American church of how not to live purely. Our dress also reflects that of society instead of the modesty the Bible teaches. Our relationships and speech too often reveal the influence of the world around us than they do of the God we say we worship.

Could it be that we are reflecting the world because we spend more time with it than we do with the Word of God? The psalmist says that living according to the Word is how we can live in purity. To live according to the Word, we have to know it. And we can't know it if we neglect it. We must make it a priority in our lives to seek Him with all our heart and in turn to desire to live as He commands.

Making It Personal

How pure would God say your life is? Would He say the same about your thought life? How diligent are you about spending time learning from His Word?

Making It Personal Kids

What does pure mean? What are some ways you can live purely? Do you like spending time reading or listening to the Bible so you can know how Jesus wants you to live?

Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for this reminder that we are not to reflect the world but are to reflect You. Give us a hunger for Your Word so we can continue learning how You want us to live. In Jesus' name, amen.

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