Throughout the day we wash our hands. Our clothes also need periodic washing to remove the grime they collect. But far more important is it that we cleanse our way. And cleansing our way is straightening out our walk of life so that we walk in love toward God.
That is why the psalmist writes in Psalm 119:9, “Where-withal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to Thy word.” And it is not because young men sin more than older people that the psalmist writes these words. It is because if we do not learn how to cleanse our way in the days of our youth, we will spend our whole pilgrimage here below walking to destruction.
Now it is God’s law that points out for us the way of life. And since we are born on the way that leads to ever¬lasting woe in the lake of fire of God’s holy wrath, we need to know this and where to walk to be pleasing in the sight of Him Who created us in His own image and calls us to walk in love to Him.
We all, whether we are young or old, wisely sing:
How shall the young direct their way?
What light shall be their perfect guide?
Thy word, 0 Lord, will safely lead,
If in its wisdom they confide.
And although in His grace God will reward us for such a walk, we do not earn anything by serving Him. Consider once that we walk on His earth, breathe His air, eat His food and drink His water, are given every heartbeat by Him, have received bodies and souls from Him with their talents and abilities. We owe Him for everything we have and are. Yea, we owe Him for His Son and the salvation we have in Him. Can we earn something by our good works? No, we are everlastingly indebted to God and owe Him everlasting and continuous thanks. We need, therefore, to be cleansed of our pride whereby we think that we have given God something. Cleanse your way of that conceit by taking heed to His Word that teaches us that in Him we live, move, and have all our being.
Read: Psalm 119:9-24
Psalter versification: 322:1
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.