Samech

SAMECH (Sin/Shin)ס

113-120

113I hate vain thoughts; but thy law do I love. 114Thou art my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word. 115 Depart from me, you evildoers, for I will keep the commandments of my God. 116Uphold me according unto your word, that I may live, and let me not be ashamed of my hope. 117 Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe; and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually. 118Thou hast trodden down all them that err from thy statutes; for their deceit is falsehood. 119Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross, therefore I love your testimonies. 120My flesh trembleth for fear of thee, and I am afraid of thy judgments.

I reject the self-grown, wild and unfaithful thoughts of my own race which grow like uncultivated vines, contrary to the will of the gardener; but I love and choose your instruction, Lord. You alone are my hiding place and my shield when I am overwhelmed. I have set my hope in your word, which prunes and guides me for effective service, and I wait for it. Go away from me, then, you who run wild in your own imaginations, who do evil by rejecting the Lord’s discipline! I will not join with you, for you distract me, infect me, and tear at my resolve (2 Cor. 6;14), but I will keep the commands of my God.

I turn to you, O my God, and plead with you to sustain me in this resolve, for only you can.  Keep me according to the promise in your word and then I will live (Hab. 2:4). Do not let me fail and thus bring dishonor to the hope of your word; do not leave me.  Hold me up by your Spirit, for by your sustaining power I will live safely in you.

You reject all who abuse, forget, or reject your commands, for all their own planning proves deceptive delusions and come to nothing.  I see that you put away the wicked like dross from pure gold; they will not endure though it does not seem that way now.   You are righteous and trustworthy, therefore I love your law!  Your holiness brings me to my knees in awe and wonder; my heart trembles at your justice motivated by purest love.  Bend my mind to obedience, Lord, and I will receive it.

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