|105Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. 106I have sworn an oath and confirmed it, to keep your righteous rules. 107I am severely afflicted; give me life, O LORD, according to your word! 108Accept my freewill offerings of praise, O LORD, and teach me your rules. 109I hold my life in my hand continually, but I do not forget your law. 110The wicked have laid a snare for me, but I do not stray from your precepts. 111Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart. 112Incline my heart to perform your statutes forever, to the end.|
Your Word, Lord, is my only light. It is like a lamp I can hold in front of me so the darkness of wickedness, deceit, suffering, and ignorance in and around me do not totally engulf and eclipse all hope. For there is no other counsel in this dark world that will light my path forward and make my way bright but yours. Your word does not fail me (1 Peter 1:19).
See, I have solemnly committed myself to you knowing that I cannot keep my own vow, but you will help me (2 Cor 3:5; Malachi 3:17). You see my affliction is severe, Lord, for you have allowed it. But your word assures that I will receive life instead of death; therefore, I plead for the spirit-life you have promised.
Accept this gift I give of the sacrifice of praise in faith. Teach me through all that you allow in my life, whether suffering or rest. My life is but a fragile thing before me, yet I remember and place all my assurance in the hope of your sovereign rule.
Yes, the wicked have laid out their temptations and false hopes to trap me, but I don’t divert from your counsel. If all were taken from me, the gift and blessing of your word is all I could ever desire or need. Your word to me is pure joy! Lord, keep drawing my heart to faithfully follow your law, without falter, even to the very end.
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