God’s word is what keeps our hearts on track. The Law shows us our sin and in the Gospel we delight in the forgiveness that is ours.

Scripture: Psalm 119:9-16

ESV Text: Psalm 119:9-16

Psalm 119:9-16 (Listen)

Beth

How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word.
10 With my whole heart I seek you;
let me not wander from your commandments!
11 I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
12 Blessed are you, O Lord;
teach me your statutes!
13 With my lips I declare
all the rules of your mouth.
14 In the way of your testimonies I delight
as much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate on your precepts
and fix my eyes on your ways.
16 I will delight in your statutes;
I will not forget your word. (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 119

     9 BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

     10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.

     11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

     12 Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes.

     13 With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth. 14 I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. 15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. 16 I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 286:
How Shall the Young Secure Their Hearts

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. How shall the young secure their hearts 
And guard their lives from sin? 
Thy Word the choicest rules imparts 
To keep the conscience clean. 

2. “Tis like the sun, a heavenly light, 
That guides us all the day, 
And through the dangers of the night 
A lamp to lead our way. 

3. The starry heavens Thy rule obey, 
The earth maintains her place; 
And these Thy servants, night and day, 
Thy skill and power express. 

4. But still Thy Law and Gospel, Lord, 
Have lessons more divine; 
Not earth stands firmer than Thy Word, 
Nor stars so nobly shine. 

5. Thy Word is everlasting truth; 
How pure is every page! 
That holy Book shall guide our youth 
And well support our age. 


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