Gimel

GIMEL – ג

17-24

17Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word. 18Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. 19I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me. 20My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times. 21Thou has rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from thy commandments. 22Remove from me reproach and contempt; for I have kept thy testimonies. 23Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes. 24Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counselors.

Give me this, O LORD, that you will bless me out of the abundance of your grace so that I will live to keep your word, for without your grace, I have no hope of keeping your law. I am blind. Open my eyes then, Lord, that I may see rightly, and come to realize the wonders of your law (Col 2:2-3, Romans 10:3-5), and the promise of your salvation that is the end of it.

This world is not my home, so keep my feet on the right path; keep your law ever before me lest I be taken up with this world’s fleeting distractions and lose my bearings. As beasts are drawn to water, my soul thirsts with longing for your judgments; I focus my life steadfastly on your commands, for I long to stay true your word.

I take heed that your judgments against the prideful are destruction, because they vaunt themselves above your law (Deut. 27:26; Isaiah 26:9). They treat your servant with contempt and make me a thing of reproach for my devotion to your law and as a sign (Isaiah 8:18; Psalm 71:7; Hebrews 10:33); but you are our judge, therefore, remove their oppression. Even the powerful in this world have set against me in their courts, but I will set my mind on your truths, for your truth is ever my delight and my true counsel.

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