By Justin Randolph
Pastor, Zion Hill Baptist Church, Sevierville
Stephen Covey is famous for encouraging his readers to “begin with the end in mind.” If you are going to reach your objective, you must first identify it and then work backwards to determine the steps necessary to get from where you are to where you are going. Psalm 119 begins with a question that is worth our consideration whether we are young or old, black or white, rich or poor, male or female. How can a person keep his way pure and live a life that is pleasing to God?
The psalmist answers his own question in three parts. First, he says one must know where to go. The Word of the Lord serves to show us the way and therefore we must take careful heed to it. Second, he uses the heart to convey the idea that to him God’s Word is the grid through which he sees life. The Psalmist has identified knowing God and being found worthy to be a citizen in His kingdom as his main objective. Therefore, having found the way, he is determined to keep on it until it leads him home. Lastly, he understands his propensity to sin, so he commits himself to filling his mind with the knowledge of God’s Word so that sin will find no room from whence to grow. [Read more…]