Psalm 119 is a long psalm divided into sections with the letters of the Hebrew alphabet; each section has 8 verses. Its emphasis is on God’s Word, how knowing God’s Word makes our lives special and helps us deal with the difficult things life throws at us.
Psalm 119: 9 – 16 NLT
9 How can a young person stay pure?
By obeying your word.
10 I have tried hard to find you—
don’t let me wander from your commands.
11 I have hidden your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
12 I praise you, O Lord;
teach me your decrees.
13 I have recited aloud
all the regulations you have given us.
14 I have rejoiced in your laws
as much as in riches.
15 I will study your commandments
and reflect on your ways.
16 I will delight in your decrees
and not forget your word.
It’s the first day of the new school year. Life changes as the streets fill with school buses in the mornings. Days become more scheduled as parents work around school times. Today, kids are on our minds more than many days of the year.
“How can a young person stay pure?” As a parent, that verse was something I worried about. I suspect most parents would be concerned about the same thing. We want the best for our kids. We don’t want them to pile up experiences that mess them up, things they will always regret. So, how can we help them learn to make those good decisions?
I have hidden your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
There is the key to living well – hiding God’s word in our hearts. It’s important for us personally since our relationship with God flourishes when we read and contemplate what He says on a regular basis.
How do we “hide God’s word in our children’s hearts”? Start at a very early age – when they first start finding books interesting. There are Christian books for toddlers they can start looking at when they are 1 year old. Preschoolers love reading stories and singing. If you’d like some advice on what is good to buy contact Megan Ditty who is in charge of Kids’ Cove (email@example.com). There are so many good Christian books and music out there for kids – and Megan can help you.
As your kids get older, it gets more complicated. Bringing them to Sunday School on a regular basis helps since they hear about God from someone other than you. Our youth program starts at grade 6 – one night of the week that’s loaded with fun and helps them keep learning about God. LSA’s programs for kids/young adults go from grade 6 right up to age 26. (Chaos, Strive and ReGEN) Encourage your kids to stay involved. If you have questions about those programs contact Shane Davis, our Youth Pastor. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
At home, find a time several days of the week to have a family devotions time. It might be right after supper, right before bed – whenever it works for your family schedule. Read the Bible and pray together. When they are young, read Bible story books so they learn the major stories of the Bible. As they get older, read the Bible itself. Get ready to discuss lots of difficult questions. Let them know they can question their faith. Be open and honest with them as they try to figure out what being a child of God means.
“How can a young person stay pure?”
“I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”
Our song for today is Sing Hosanna – My God is So Big by Bible Songs for Kids.