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TheSongsWe Sing~

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TheSongsWe Sing~

How Shall the Young Secure?

How shall the young secure their hearts

And guard their lives from sin?

Thy Word the choicest rules imparts

To keep the conscience clean.

Tis, like the sun, a heav’nly light

That guides us all the day,

And through the dangers of the night

A lamp to lead our way.

Thy Word is everlasting truth;

How pure is every page!

That holy Book shall guide our youth

And well support our age.

How shall the hearts of the young be fortified? The evident answer is, by an intense familiarity with God’s Word. John, chapter 1, portrays our Savior as this aid (the Word) come to earth as a man. The three Hebrew children found him at their side in the fiery furnace. Their consciences were whole and clean by the application of these choice rules–no equivocation, no compromise. They could not be charged with the careless idolatry of their oppressors. "Wherewith shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee. Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy statutes. With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all thy riches. I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word" (Ps. 119:9-16). David expressed so well that conscience must be trained. It is the chock block that prevents the wagon from rolling backward, and only allows its forward progress. In a child’s mind conscience is the essence of its every exposure to the truths of God’s word. "...that thou by them mightest war a good warfare; Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some concerning faith have made shipwreck" (1 Tim. 1:18-19). We cannot violate it (Rom. 14). We are and will be judged by it, but not to the exclusion of God’s Word.

The proper application of God’s word in the life of a child delivers them, by obedience, to the waters of baptism. Which obedience they may then cherish as their hope of salvation, the answer of a good conscience toward God. (1 Pet. 3:21)

The song is as surely addressed to parents, grandparents, and older brethren as it is to children. Parents have a special charge to be faithful to their responsibilities in rearing godly children. God’s selection of Abraham, was based on the knowledge that he would be responsible in the guidance of his family. "For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment" (Gen. 18;19).

God’s Word is heavenly light to the young. Paul said, Christ revealed to him was "…a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun" (Acts 26:13).

"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my pathway" (Ps. 119:105). A dual illumination. A lamp to keep the young from the pitfalls of sin, things immediate, temptations and trials requiring quick decision. It is as a light shining in the distance as well, to help them find a pathway of life, that suits them to be "soldiers of the cross" and servants of the King. God’s Word schools them in critical thinking. It gives the ability to compare good with evil, and see the superiority of God’s way. It points to wise choices of careers and marriage. The Church is built upon the foundation of the apostles and the prophets, with Jesus as the chief cornerstone. Happy young lives are too.

Jesus said, "...my words shall not pass away". They are everlasting truth; pure, complete, perfect, and whole, preserved by Providence for the instruction and guidance of youth.

God’s Word has been the support of our age. The Church is the pillar and ground of the truth (1 Tim. 3:15). May God help us who are older, help the young secure their hearts! "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might" (Duet. 6:4-5).

–David Mizer

 

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