Holding and Being Held

Rulers pursue me for no reason,
yet I am more afraid of disobeying Your instructions.
I rejoice in Your instructions,
like one who finds much plunder.

Psalm 119:161-162

Dear Heavenly Father, even though there are those who want to hurt me I am more afraid of disobeying You.  Your ways are more exciting than treasure.

I hate and despise deceit;
I love Your law.
Seven times a day I praise You
because of Your just regulations.
Those who love Your law are completely secure;
nothing causes them to stumble.

Psalm 119:163-165

Deceit is disgusting.  Your law is truth, therefore I love it.  I praise You for Your just laws. Thank You for the security Your laws bring.

I hope for Your deliverance, O Lord,
and I obey Your commands.
I keep Your rules;
I love them greatly.
I keep Your precepts and rules,
for You are aware of everything I do.

Psalm 119:166-168

Thank you for the sure hope of deliverance by following Your laws.  I will keep Your rules.  I know You are watching me.

I pray this in Jesus’ name.

God is so good.

Defense and Deliverance

See my pain and rescue me!
For I do not forget Your law.
Fight for me and defend me!
Revive me with Your word!
The wicked have no chance for deliverance,
for they do not seek Your statutes.

Psalm 119:153-155 NET

Dear Heavenly Father, help me in my weakness, I work hard to follow Your ways. The wicked cannot be delivered; they do not follow Your laws.

Your compassion is great, O Lord.
Revive me, as You typically do!
The enemies who chase me are numerous.
Yet I do not turn aside from Your rules.
I take note of the treacherous and despise them,
because they do not keep Your instructions.

Psalm 119:156-158 NET

I am in awe of Your wonderful compassion.  Restore me as You always do.  There are so many who want me to fail, but I refuse to go against Your law.  I watch for those who seek to harm others and despise them, because they hate Your ways.

See how I love Your precepts!
O Lord, revive me with Your loyal love!
Your instructions are totally reliable;
all Your just regulations endure.

Psalm 119:159-160 NET

I will live Your ways!  Revive me with Your lovingkindness.  Your ways are trustworthy and will endure.

I pray this in Jesus’ name.

God is so good.

Cry Out and Meditate

I cried out with all my heart, “Answer me, O Lord!
I will observe Your statutes.”
I cried out to You, “Deliver me,
so that I can keep Your rules.”
I am up before dawn crying for help.
I find hope in Your word.

Psalm 119:145-147 NET

Dear Heavenly Father – please hear me.  I need Your help to follow Your rules.  I call for help early in the day.  I find hope in Your word.

My eyes anticipate the nighttime hours,
so that I can meditate on Your word.
Listen to me because of Your loyal love!
O Lord, revive me, as You typically do!
Those who are eager to do wrong draw near;
they are far from Your law.
You are near, O Lord,
and all Your commands are reliable.
I learned long ago that
You ordained Your rules to last. 

Psalm 119:148-152 NET

I look forward to the time that I can meditate on Your word.  I need to talk to You and be strengthened by You. Those who cling to wrong are close by.  They do not want to follow Your law.  Thank you that You and Your rules are reliable and meant to last.

I pray this in Jesus’ name.

God is so good.

Fairness, Justice, and Reliability

You are just, O Lord,
and Your judgments are fair.
The rules You impose are just,
and absolutely reliable. 

Psalm 119:137-138 NET

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you that your rules are like You: fair, just, and reliable.  This fills my heart with joy.

My zeal consumes me,
for my enemies forget Your instructions.
Your word is absolutely pure,
and Your servant loves it! 

Psalm 119:139-140 NET

I am excited to follow Your rules.  Why do some forget them?

I am insignificant and despised,
yet I do not forget Your precepts.
Your justice endures,
and Your law is reliable.
Distress and hardship confront me,
yet I find delight in Your commands.
Your rules remain just.
Give me insight so that I can live.

Psalm 119:141-144 NET

I am no one special, but I will follow Your ways. They are consistent and they last. When hard times come, Your ways are a comfort to me and bring joy.  I love You, Lord.

I pray this in Jesus’ Name.

God is so good.