Purity of Heart

Psalm 119:9-11 (ESV)
"How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you."

While this verse speaks of what a young man must do to keep pure, the answer is the same for all of us—by meditating on God’s Word regularly. It is the Word that exposes our motives and serves as a Lamp to shine on the darkness that resides in our hearts. It convicts, but also heals, penetrating deeply into our very being. United with the Holy Spirit, it is the transformative vehicle to sanctify us into the image of Christ.

But what does it mean to meditate and store up God’s Word in our heart?

We must first be careful to not just read the Bible from our doctrinal lenses. Depending on our denomination, we can become so entrenched in seeing the Truth from a single perspective, instead of desiring to see His Word in the spirit of Christ. Sometimes we focus on only a few special verses that denote our being “saved”, and in doing so we can become neglectful of the completeness of God’s Revealed Word for our lives.

When we open our Bibles, we should pray to not only read for intellectual learning, but ask for the Holy Spirit to speak to your heart through the Word and give us a proper frame of contrition being before we begin (Isaiah 66:2). We should read with an attitude of willingness, humility, and repentance, holding each verse close to our heart. Only then can God’s Word work within you, transforming your life.

One thing that has helped me in my own personal study is part of my daily reading ALWAYS includes part of the Gospels. Regardless if I am studying Pauline epistles or OT history, the Gospels will always be a part of my daily study. Certainly, Paul has his place, but even he admonished those to let the words of Christ dwell within you (Colossians 3:16), as did John (2 John 1:9).

We sometimes can get caught up reading other “how-to” Christian books and allow these to take precedence over the ultimate “How-To” Book. We must never forget where Truth ultimately resides (John 14:6; Ephesians 4:21).

For our hearts to become pure, Christ is the only way. We must abide in Him so He can abide in us (John 6:56; 15:4-7; Romans 8:9-10; Ephesians 3:17-19). If you are currently not reading your Bible daily, I encourage you to consider beginning a daily study, even if it is only for 10-15 minutes. However, do not read just to read. Read to become pure in heart.

Honor Him and keep a listening ear for His direction. Keep God’s Word in your heart above all else and He will keep your way pure.