“Steering The Honest Course” (Psalm 119: 9, Psalm 138: 2, NEB) by Carley Evans

“How shall a young man steer an honest course? By holding to Thy Word.” (Psalm 119: 9)

A wise young man will say, as does David: “I will bow down towards Thy holy temple, for Thy love and faithfulness I will praise Thy Name; for Thou hast made Thy promise wide as the heavens.” (Psalm 138: 2)

Knowing the Word of God allows the Holy Spirit a greater opportunity to guide in moments of need. “For the Word of God is alive and active. It cuts more keenly than any two-edged sword, piercing as far as the place where life and spirit, joints and marrow, divide. It sifts the purposes and thoughts of the heart.” (Hebrews 4: 12 – 13) Without this sword, a young man may be left to his own devices, his own knowledge and fail to “steer an honest course.”

Solomon teaches the young man to “understand the fear of the Lord and attain to the knowledge of God; for the Lord bestows wisdom and teaches knowledge and understanding.” (Proverbs 2: 5 – 6) Solomon promises that this wisdom from God will enable the young man to “understand what is right and just and keep only to the good man’s path.” (Proverbs 2: 9)

Solomon tells the young man: “Prudence will keep watch over you, understanding will guard you, it will save you from evil ways and from men whose talk is subversive, who forsake the honest course.” (Proverb 2: 11 – 13)

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