Keeping God’s Word Results in Purity

Text: Psalm 119:9-16

Second stanza of Psalm 119 – Following God’s word results in purity in our lives. Any one of us can keep from sin if we follow the word of God, but we must do certain things to make this happen.

Following God’s Word Keeps Our Way Pure (v. 9)

  • The word of God is pure (Psalm 12:6) – nothing corrupt in it (Proverbs 30:5)
  • It provides a foundation for our spiritual growth (1 Peter 2:1-2)
  • The Lord expects us to be pure (Matthew 5:8) – possible as we follow God’s word (1 Timothy 1:5)

Young People Can Maintain Purity (v. 9)

  • God created us with free will – even a “young man” can choose to do what is right (Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:1)
  • Joseph is an example of this (Genesis 39:7-10) – we can flee youthful lusts and not sin (2 Timothy 2:22)
  • Young people will not maintain purity if they follow the world (1 Peter 4:1-3) or follow their lusts (James 1:13-15)
  • Young people maintain purity like anyone else will – by following God’s word; reminder of the importance of being spiritually-minded in one’s youth (Ecclesiastes 12:1; 1 Timothy 4:12)

God’s Word on Our Heart is a Safeguard from Sin (v. 10-12)

  • Too keep from sin, David kept God’s word in his heart (v. 11) – how do we put His word in our hearts?
  • Seek God wholeheartedly (v. 10) – “make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts” (Romans 13:14)
  • Commit to faithful obedience (v. 10) – importance of a commitment to purity (Job 31:1)
  • Recognize that God is to be blessed (v. 12), not sinned against (v. 11; cf. Genesis 39:9; Psalm 51:4)
  • Have a desire to learn God’s word (v. 12) – we cannot keep God’s word if we do not know it (Hosea 4:6)

How We Can Obtain Purity (v. 11)

  • It is not enough to have God’s word in our minds – many have an academic understanding of the Scriptures but are far from being pure in their lives (Romans 2:21)
  • We must have God’s word in our hearts (v. 11; Proverbs 4:23)

How We Can Maintain Purity (v. 13-16)

  • Telling others of God’s law (v. 13) – ability to teach is indicative of maturity and practice (Hebrews 5:12-14); but we must not be hypocrites (Romans 2:21; Matthew 23:2-3)
  • Rejoicing in God’s testimonies (v. 14) – remember that God’s instructions are for our good (Proverbs 5:1-5)
  • Meditating upon God’s precepts (v. 15) – “think on these things” (Philippians 4:8, KJV)
  • Regarding God’s ways (v. 15) – respect for God and His word (Proverbs 15:33)
  • Delighting in God’s statutes (v. 16) – way of blessing and stability (Psalm 1:1-3)
  • Remembering God’s word (v. 16) – if we forget God’s law, we will not practice it (James 1:25); this will cause us to revert back to wickedness (James 1:21-22)


  • If we want to obtain and maintain purity, we must follow God’s word
  • We must treasure His word in our hearts and keep His commandments

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