The Psalm for this next Sunday is from the multi-versed acrostic Psalm 119, focusing on the second stanza, verses 9-16. This entire psalm is arranged alphabetically, using the 22-letter Hebrew alphabet. In each stanza, each line follows suit by beginning with the same letter as the beginning letter of that section. We look at the "B" section or in Hebrew "Beth", pronounced like we pronounce bathe, with a long a. Is that too much information? Oh well..
9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.
10 With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!
11 I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
12 Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statutes!
13 With my lips I declare all the rules of your mouth.
14 In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.
16 I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.
Summarizing this, each believer, because this is for ones who follow the Christ, should seek God's strength through God's Word, which the Holy Spirit guides for those who seek true wisdom and comfort. We cannot do anything without Christ (John 15:5) we cannot believe without the Holy Spirit's power (1 Corinthians 2:14; 12:3), we cannot but resist the Holy Spirit and insist on our own way (Acts 7:51; Romans 8:7; Galatians 5:17) and only can we be saved through faith in Christ (2 Thessalonians 2:14; Romans 1:16; 10:17; 1 Peter 23, 25; Ephesians 1:13).
O Lord, let us fix our eyes, minds and hearts upon You and Your salvation. Grant us wisdom through the Holy Spirit, and cause us to trust only in You. Amen.