33Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it until the end. 34Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. 35Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight. 36Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness. 37Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way. 38Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear. 39Turn away my reproach which I fear; for thy judgments are good. 40Behold, I have longed after thy precepts; quicken me in thy righteousness.
Lord, I need you to breathe into me and open my heart to the way of your laws; if you will do this, I know I can persevere until I see you face to face and know even as I am known by you now. Only you can give me understanding and I ask you for it. Otherwise, how can I obey what I do not understand? How can I love you with my whole heart if you do not train me and give me the desire, focus, and endurance I need to keep your word? With your help, I will not fall away. Position my feet along the path of your Word that leads to you, so that I may worship you without distraction from this world (Phil 2:13), for in your way I find joy.
My heart is wicked; lean my heart toward your truth and keep me from selfish pride that dissuades me from the study and practice of your word. Lord, direct my eyes–keep my senses from indulging my pride, as I am otherwise inclined to do; preserve my life for I am surrendered to you completely. Your word alone shapes my prayer, O Lord; I am your servant asking you for the blessings you have promised in it. My sole desire is your reign in me. I do not fear man’s reproach, but only yours. Keep me lest I be disqualified, for your judgments alone are righteous and they work good in me.
I know that your ways are right; see, I believe! Your grace has done this for me. Now, make my life a testimony to your waysand preserve me, Lord, because you are the only One who can.
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