Beth

BETH – ב

9-16

9Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. 10With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. 11Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. 12Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes. 13With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth. 14I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.15I will meditate in thy precepts and have respect unto thy ways. I will delight myself in thy statutes: 16I will not forget thy word.

I consider the plight of youth, when passions are strong and the choice is early made to satisfy them one way or the other. Youth is unsteady and is filled with stumbling–how can they be made clean who fall? He chooses well who early enters the house of Godand devotes himself to the practice of your word (Eccles. 12:1).  I, too, have discovered my weakness and am in need of cleansing.

Therefore, with my whole heart I look for you, LORD. I ask you to discipline me with your word lest I stray from you and stumble, for your word alone purifies and safeguards my way.  I secure your word in the sanctuary of my heart,not only by diligent study, but by acting upon its truths and seeing its power, so that I will not grieve your heart with my sin. Give me power to act on all that you have given to me in counsel so that your word will take root and guide my life from the inside out.

You, O Lord, are high above all; for you alone are the well-spring of wisdom. Teach me! Frail as I am, your faithful counsel has come from my mouth; otherwise,  I would walk in my own way and lead others astray. There will never be a time I no longer need you!

The experience of your wisdom has brought me rejoicing, and I treasure it above all the world’s wealth, fame or honor.  I will consider the principles you have laid down in your word; they shall be my constant companions. I choose your ways willingly and joyfully, beyond mere duty. With you as my constant Rabbi, I will not forget your law.

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