“How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word” (Psalm 119:9).
Just because the verse refers to a young person, don’t let that be a turn off. The issue is not whether one is young or old. The purpose of this teaching is for giving guidance and wisdom regarding purity.
The Hebrew word for purity means “to be clear, clean, or pure” in a moral sense. It means to be blameless, untarnished, without impurity.
Notice that purity is not a destination or a particular stop on the journey of life. Purity is to be pursued during the course or the path of life.
So how can one stay on the path of purity? By living according to God’s word.
The thing is every single one of us is going to fail in this endeavor. We are going to wander, go astray, and leave the path. That’s going to happen. But what ultimately matters is not whether we fail, but whether we choose to get back on the pathway. That’s what matters.
God’s word gives us the compass heading. God’s truth shows us the path we are to follow. People will stray. We all do. But what matters is not that we stray, but that we get back on the path to pursue God and his truths revealed in God’s word.