Psalm 119:129-136

Psalms 119:129-136

Turn to me and be gracious to me, as is your way with those who love your name. Keep steady my steps according to your promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over me…

… because, O Lord, I need You. I am so weak, so unsteady, so prone to wander from Your side on the narrow path. Forgive me my wayward heart, my easy-come, easy-go attention. Help me to keep my mind steadfast on You and Your ways. Help me to throw aside the sin which clings so closely and run this race with endurance. Lend me Your strength when I grow weary and lift me up on wings like eagles’.  Keep me safe in Your sovereign grace and do not let any iniquity gain the upper hand in my heart.

Despite the years I have already learned from You, I am still Your child, Your pupil, a branch of Your life-giving Vine. I will always need Your nourishment, for apart from You I truly can do nothing at all. So teach me, my Rabbi, that I may grow deeper in Your love and in Your ways. Teach me to abide more fully, to walk more carefully; to love more freely and spur me to greater and even greater generosity. Prune away all that is dead or useless in me, and make me into a more fruitful vine for Your vineyard.

And Lord, please renew Your works among us today. Send Your Spirit to prepare the hearts of mankind, and draw the nations to Yourself. Show us Your glory, Lord! Show Yourself as the Almighty, the Most High. Oh, my King, there is so much darkness; such rampant wickedness and so much fear and hate. Please change the hearts of man and teach us once and for all to fear You. Fight for Your people and for the victims for the suffering and broken. It is for this reason that…

My eyes shed streams of tears, because people do not keep your law.

 

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