153 Consider mine affliction, and deliver me; for I do not forget thy law. 154 Plead my cause, and deliver me; quicken me according to thy word! 155 Salvation is far from the wicked, for they seek not thy statutes.  156 Great is thy tender mercies, O LORD; quicken me according to thy judgments. 157Many are my persecutors and mine enemies, yet I do not decline from thy testimonies. 158 I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy word.  159 Consider how I love thy precepts; quicken me, O LORD, according to thy lovingkindness. 160 Thy word is true from the beginning; and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

See my suffering, LORD; turn your gaze full upon me–do not look away as others do! Deliver me, for even now I do not give up on Your Word.  In your court of justice, plead my cause according to your promise; I am powerless and need you to redeem me from the grave. Give me the true life you hold out to me in your Word!

Though it looks otherwise, there is no salvation for the wicked who reject your word. I do not fear or revere them, for they will utterly fall.  But your tender mercies, O LORD, are great and everlasting; therefore I look to you alone for my very life according to your testimonies. My persecutors and those who fight against me abound and assail me, but still I do not turn to the right or the left from your law.  In fact, my soul is deeply grieved at their rejection of your commands. I tremble with the awesome consequences of your justice against the wicked; a holy zeal burns hot in my heart and I rebuke them with the truth of Your Word!

Think upon me then, Lord, and consider my heart you have tuned to love your commands (Deut 6:5; 10:12). I am desperate for the life that you give in your steadfast love and kindness.  From beginning to end, your word is faithful and true; I rest in every one of your righteous testimonies, for your word endures forever.

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