137 Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright are thy judgments. 138The testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteousness and very faithful. 139My zeal hath consumed me, because my enemies have forgotten your words. 140Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it. 141I am small and despised, yet do I not forget thy precepts. 142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth. 143Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me, yet thy commandments are my delights. 144 The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting; give me understanding, and I shall live.
You, alone, are righteous, O LORD, and it follows that the wisdom of your laws are also righteous. Yes, the laws you have given are not only righteous, they are faithful and true. Even when I am hunted and ensnared like an animal, suffering man’s injustice, I remember your word and wait for it to be fulfilled.
More than my own suffering, I am jealous for your Name. Grief and indignation overwhelms me at my enemies’ violation (and neglect) of your law. I am horrified at their treason, grieving your heart. Their end is death. Yet amid corruption on every side of me, your word stands pure and incorruptible. Your word is more valuable to me than fine gold. Therefore I bow before Your faultless counsel with great reverence.
I have no honor before men and do not seek it. I am ridiculed, misunderstood, and sidelined, yet I cling all the closer to You, whatever the circumstances (John 6:26). I do not forget your law! In fact, in my afflictions I find great comfort with this testified truth: your righteousness is forever. The entirety of your law is the only stronghold in the midst of turbulence. No other alternatives hold.
I am truly in anguish, in trouble, and weighted in grief. I carry my troubles to you alone and speak them in your presence. Yet though I am brought low, your promises and commands still give sweetness to my soul; they comfort me.
Your testimonies never fail, yet I must carry them out. Teach me to understand, LORD, so that I may obey and live!
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