73Thy hands have made me and fashioned me; give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments. 74They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word. 75  I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.  76Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant. 77Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live; for thy law is my delight. 78 Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause; but I will meditate in thy precepts.  79 Let those that fear thee turn unto me, and those that have known thy testimonies. 80Let my heart be sound in thy statutes; that I be not ashamed.

O Lord, my Creator, as your hands have fashioned me and given me life, give me also understanding so that I may receive your commandments to my heart and be renewed by your grace. May my life be such an exhibit of grace in patience and hope, that those who fear you will rejoice in heart and be encouraged also.

You have shown me that your wisdom is righteous in dealing with me; in faithfulness you have afflicted/disciplined me and I know it. Yet, I would be comforted by tokens or knowledge of your reconciling, steadfast love. Let your mercy flow to me so I can live, because your word has promised this to all who serve you. There is no joy in life unless I receive your favor again, but I rejoice in your promise of it.

Shame those who rise up against you; make an example of the futility of their rebellion, for they have wronged me unjustly with their deceits. Let those who fear you, however, show friendship with me as they see my humbling create good, so that they may see your justice and mercy and believe and rejoice in your Word.

My heart is wicked, as well as my understanding; but I pray you fill my heart with your grace to keep your law of love, so that I will not be disqualified as a false, empty, or fruitless servant.

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