Psalm 119:9 BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
I wanted to write about how God uses the Scriptures to bring conviction against sin to us. However, as I read and re-read this verse, it became apparent to me that the Lord used the words “young man (or woman)” here. Why would God use this adjective to describe the man? He could have just used the word man. So why did God interject with the word “young”?
I’ve seen older Christians who have remained “spiritual babes” because they have not spent time in the God’s word. Taking time in the Bible is work but a blessing follows. Some of us work for a living and at the end of the pay period, we receive a check. At the end of our hard work of reading and studying, we also receive a paycheck – a spiritual paycheck. However, our paycheck is inexhaustible and lasts for eternity. Paul spoke about these spiritual babes. 1 Cor. 3:1-2, “And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.” Paul likened the spiritual babes as carnal. They were still more concerned about the things of the flesh than spiritual things. After all, isn’t that what a human baby does? He cries and cries unto he is fed. He is only concerned about his own needs at this point. Not once does this baby consider that Mommy is really tired and could sleep an extra hour if he would just hold off! Paul used the right choice of words here, didn’t he?
As that baby gets older, he becomes a whiner so he can get what he wants. There are Christians who are whiners in every church. They don’t like the way things are going – they don’t like the color of the carpet that was chosen – they think the Pastor preaches to long and keep looking at their watches.
The more we grow in the Lord through His word, the more we become spiritual adults. We no longer have the same struggles we did as younger believers. We have put off the immature spirituality and have made way for the meat of God’s word. We’ve learned to trust more in the Lord; we’ve learned that we can never lose our salvation and we’re sure of it and can prove it from the Scriptures; we’ve learned that God is faithful and won’t abandon us; we’ve received this peace that young Christians and spiritually immature Christians can’t understand. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Phi 4:7)
Suffice it to say, however, that just reading the Bible is not sufficient. One has to heed its warnings, as the Psalmist continues to point out. What’s the use in reading a self-help book if you don’t apply what you’ve learned, right? Applying God’s word to our lives is the key to maturing as a believer.
I know I sound like a broken record, but God stresses over and over in His word that we need to be IN the word of God and applying it to our lives! Without it our growth is stunted spiritually. That baby would die without his Mommy feeding him, right? So will the babe in Christ stunt his growth in Christ by not opening his Bible and gleaning from its spiritual nourishment.
There’s a banquet table awaiting the believer who stops to eat!