How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word.
The unfolding of Your words gives light;
it imparts understanding to the simple.
Psalm 119:9, 130
But those [seeds] that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
This song is, in essence, a prayer of illumination. A prayer for the illumination of God’s Word; a prayer that Christ would be revealed through the preaching of God’s Word; a prayer that pleads for God to help increase our love and reception of His Word.
Psalm 119 points out that trusting in and guarding oneself with the Word of God – the living, breathing, sharper than a double edged sword, Word – is the way to attend to live in purity. Through Scripture we see, experience and learn about the person of Jesus Christ. This song begins with the prayer – “Prepare our hearts, O God, help us to believe.” This short phrase intends to bring us to a point of humility and surrender; to push us to a place where we vocalize our shortcomings in understanding. We are not able to believe in God by our own strength – no matter how hard we try.
In Mark 4, Jesus told the parable of the sower. In this parable, Jesus explains that in order to accept the Word and bear fruit from it one must be open and receptive of the Word that is being proclaimed. However, if we are not receptive to the Word, “Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them (Mark 4:15).” If we ever expect God’s Word to sink into our hearts we must ask God to reveal Himself through His Word and in our lives. Through His Word, God has “shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6.”
Dig into God’s Word. Listen to God’s Word. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal Christ through the Word of God. There is nowhere else we can go to receive the continued nourishment for our souls, recall the freedom from our sins, and bask in the richness and vastness of God.
“Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”