How can a young man cleanse his way [H734 – ‘orach]? By taking heed [H8104 – shamar] according to Your word [H1697 – dabar].
Ladies, I’m going to be teaching this from a “young man’s” point of view, but it should be obvious that this post should apply to you as well.
As a young man (at 47) in western culture, I desperately need my way cleansed on a regular basis.
Whether it’s passing a seductive billboard while driving down the road, blowing my temper at someone I care about or telling a joke that’s just a little too “off color,” I seem to constantly have the need to drop to my knees, apologize to the Father and repent for straying from His Ways.
There is His Way [H1870 – derek] that we discussed in the first two devotionals, and then there is my way [H734 – ‘orach].
For the record, His Way is better.
The Hebrew word “‘orach” means pretty much the same thing as “derek.” It is when you look at the root of both words that the difference becomes apparent.
The root word of “‘orach” is “‘arach,” you see that it means “to wander or journey,” implying that there is no set path to follow.
The root word for “derek” is “darak” and it means “to march, tread on and lead.”
There are also references to archery in the definition, which totally fits, as to stray from His Way inevitably leads to sin (another archery term – “to miss the mark”).
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
So we see two pathways to choose between: our way or His Way.
His ways are victorious, established and have purpose. Our ways are unstable, uncertain, subject to our own wisdom and lead to death.
It appears that the phrase “not all who wander are lost” is completely false. They are very lost.
So how do we jump from our wanderings onto His pathway?
By watching what we do – continually. If we make a point to have His Word and His commands at the forefront of our thoughts, not allowing for any distraction, we will be guarding – or “shamar”-ing – the place His word should have in our lives.
Check out: Psalm 119:4 – Conquering the Cain Nature
This is why churches are desperately failing and lacking in the true manliness department. They don’t teach their young men how to guard the Word. They just tell them to go around being nice to everyone and that they have no need for the stuff that the Father put forth from the beginning.
So the young lemmings sit in their apathy, feeding on the latest “spiritual” techniques from today’s christian superstars, none of which can be found in the Word that the Psalmist was referring to.
Keep in mind that, when this verse was written, the only thing considered the Word of God was the Torah.
Young man . . . there is enough material in those first 5 books of your Bible to deliver you from the perversions of this life. It can deliver you from pornography. It can deliver you from drugs.
But you’ve been conditioned to react negatively at the prospect of obeying the same Word that David, a man after God’s own heart, so highly revered.
You’ve been trained well.
Now, be a man and break through your conditioning!