How Can The Young Cleanse Their Way?


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A great Psalm for our young to memorize, internalize, and apply.

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How Can The Young Cleanse Their Way?

  1. 1. Ways for our young to keep pure. Psa. 119:9 How Can the Young Cleanse Their Way?
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>While the teaching belongs to parents, wise children understand that their role in their years of youth is to learn. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching foundational truths via creative ways maximizes the ability for our children to learn. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There is no better passage in all the scriptures to diligently impress God’s will on our youth than the 119 th Psalm. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Introduction <ul><li>What our young need to learn: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Left to themselves they will get in a rut of a God-less life. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They need to be encouraged to fill their whole lives with God’s laws. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>That older brethren among us have ways to encourage them in the Lord. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. The 119 th (Acrostic) Psalm <ul><li>The Acrostic Psalm. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Aleph to Tav (the equivalent to our A-Z): 22 Hebrew letters. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Each strophe (like a paragraph or a stanza) broken into eight verses each: Thus, 176 verses. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Each stanza of eight verses begins with the succeeding letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and all eight verses start with the same letter. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eight overlapping word themes: way(s), testimony, precept, statute, commandment, word, ordinance, path, truth. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. The 119 th (Acrostic) Psalm <ul><li>Summary – the writer of this psalm wants to convey some very important truths: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>That God’s word (law, commandments, etc.) is from the beginning (Aleph) to the end (Tav) of one’s life. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>That we read it, meditate upon it, pray for the wisdom that comes from it. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Psalm 119:9-16 – Cleansing The Way of the Young <ul><li>The situation: left to himself, the way of man – from his youth – is defiled. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>He need to learn he is not able to direct his own steps. Jer. 10:23 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unless directed upon God’s words he will be caught up in youthful lusts: covetousness, immorality, etc. 1 Tim. 6:11; 2 Tim. 2:22 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unless God’s word continuously drives him his ways eventually gets stuck in a rut. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In the end this (bad) rut only defiles the young man of God. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Psalm 119:9-16 – Cleansing The Way of the Young <ul><li>The answer: cleanse himself in the way of God (his laws, commandments, etc.) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Obedience to God’s word. V. 9 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internalizing God’s word. V. 10-11 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rejoicing in God’s word. V. 12-14 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meditating upon God’s word. V. 15-16 </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. What The Older among the Young Can Do <ul><li>You (those over 40) can teach them the way of the Lord. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To often the young are teaching the younger, maybe even their elders. cp. Job. 32:1-7 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>But wisdom – from those who love and faithfully serve the Lord for many years – are from the aged. Job. 8:8-10; 12:12 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Older brethren: spend time among the youth and teach/counsel them. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. What The Older among the Young Can Do <ul><li>You can also spend time with them to encourage them in the way of the Lord. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have the young in your homes: Bible studies, have children share time with each other in your presence, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Men - take them out: hunting/fishing/camping (life-skills); helping and visiting others in need. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Women – continue what you’ve started: crafts (quilting, sewing, etc.); helping and visiting others in need. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In other words: spend time with them; use your wisdom/experience and build them up as they continue to cleanse their ways . </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Conclusion <ul><li>One of the strengths of our youth is their zeal and they make some of the great examples of faith as noted in the scriptures. </li></ul><ul><li>Yet, behind the scenes of these young faithful men are their elders who have guided them to fill the whole of their lives unto the Lord. </li></ul>