In Psalm 119:9, we read this: “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.” I wanted to learn more about this word pure, and I found something so useful. In the Hebrew, it pure also reads “clear” or “translucent.” Translucent objects allow light to shine through them. Nothing blocks that light.

The word translucent made me think of “transparent” as well. I think of a life that’s clear for others to see through. It’s about living a life where we don’t hide sin or act in manipulative ways. The public life matches the private life. While the word “translucent” isn’t the same as “transparent” (where you see through something to the other side), both words remind me of living a life of honesty, purity, and obedience so God shines through us.

We carefully guard our lives. We protect ourselves from giving the devil a foothold (Ephesians 4:27). We ask God to lead us, and we follow Him. We read God’s word and ask for the Holy Spirit to apply it to our lives and give us the ability to obey it.

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