169 Let my cry come near before thee, O LORD; give me understanding according to thy word! 170Let my supplication come before thee; deliver me according to your word. 171My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes. 172 My tongue shall speak of thy word; for all thy commandments are righteousness. 173 Let thine hand help me; for I have chosen thy precepts. 174I long for thy salvation, O LORD; and thy law is my delight. 175 Let my soul live, and let thy judgments help me. 176I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.
Lord of my life, Father in heaven, open the heavens and bend close to hear my cry; give me understanding that I will pray in alignment with Your Word, for I need you. Let my prayer come before You; deliver me from all evil according to all you have promised or I am undone.
As water from a fountain springs up and spills over, I will praise you lavishly and continually before men, for you alone have been my Teacher and the Shepherd of my soul. My heart literally sings with joy as I then teach others your word, for all of your words are faithful and true.
Therefore, I pray that you will reach out your hand to help me in this, for you have made me to choose your admonition above all who attempt to obstruct my way. Your salvation alone, O LORD, is my heart’s sole desire, being emptied of all else; even as I wait for it, your law is sweet to me and fills my soul with delight. Your law is my supreme comfort!
Let my soul live and not grow cold and die; let me praise you with my mouth, for You alone are life and the source of all joy. Unfold your counsel, which I love, for I need Your help. Though I am a dumb, senseless sheep and have mindlessly gone astray or have become a wanderer by the hand of my adversaries, I continually seek you; come looking for me and bring me home, for my soul longs for the security of Your voice, as a sheep longs for its Shepherd.
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