How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. With my whole heart I have sought You; oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You. Blessed are You, O Lord! Teach me Your statutes. With my lips I have declared all the judgments of Your mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways. I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word. (Psalm 119:9-16)
The Bible And Youth
There are many things our young people face today that work against the spirit of youth and God’s plan for them. This is no different from any other time in history as Satan has sought the hearts of young men and women with the trinkets of pleasure and frivolity. Long ago, the wisdom literature asked the question of how young people can find meaning in life. The answers are still relevant. God’s word still holds the key to helping our youth find direction in a world gone far away from believing in the one true God.
The word of God is the foundation of knowledge. No academic studies of man will give our youth the complete answers to life. Taking heed to the word of God will. Parents concern themselves with making certain their children succeed in school, graduate with top honors, find good jobs and make life as promising as possible; all the while failing to instill in the hearts of their children the teaching of the Bible. Education is important in life but sadly all that we attain in life will disappear in death. Of greater value is what is learned for the soul after death. The word of God is the only hope to answer questions of eternity.
Young people must learn early to seek God with their whole heart. The commandments of the Lord should be a daily part of their lives. Learning the stories of old and the truths of God’s grace and mercy must sink deep into the hearts of our children. There are many pitfalls in the time of youth. Knowing, believing and living from the word of God will guard the hearts of our children so they will not grow up with heartache and regret. Nothing will prepare them more for life than the knowledge of God. Young people who follow the word of God will live happier lives. Meditating on the precepts of the will of God and considering the ways of the Lord will keep them from harmful activities. Purity will bring greater happiness than pleasures.
Four things are needed for a young man to cleanse his way: (1) Meditate; (2) Contemplate; (3) Delight; and (4) Not forget. Spend time thinking about the things God has to say. In a world where book reading is a lost art young people should be students of the Bible. Read the book! Contemplating the message of the Bible is ordering life with the pattern of God’s word. Young men and women are blessed when they fill their lives with the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Delighting in the statutes of the Lord is understanding the need of commandment keeping. Obedience brings happiness. The law of God guides and protects. Living by the laws of God will give youth a joyful time. Finally, do not forget the word of God. Learning calculus in school may not help you in life but learning the word of God will always give the answers to life. When youth grows to old age the word of the Lord will still be fresh and exciting. Living by the word of the Lord will help a young man and young man cleanse their ways. Thank God for righteous young people.
A man has found himself when he has found his relation to the rest of the universe, and here is the Book in which those relations are set forth. (Woodrow Wilson, Speech, May 7, 1911)