"My soul is consumed with longing for Your rules at all times. You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones, who wander from Your commandments. Take away from me scorn and contempt, for I have kept Your testimonies. Even though princes sit plotting against me, Your servant will meditate on Your statutes. Your testimonies are my delight; they are my counselors.
Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes; and I will keep it to the end. Give me understanding, that I may keep Your law and observe it with my whole heart. Lead me in the path of Your commandments, for I delight in it. Incline my heart to Your testimonies, and not to selfish gain! Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in Your ways. Confirm to Your servant Your promise, that You may be feared. Turn away the reproach that I dread, for Your rules are good. Behold, I long for Your precepts; in Your righteousness give me life!
The Lord is my portion; I promise to keep Your Words.I entreat Your favor with all my heart; be gracious to me according to Your promise. When I think on my ways, I turn my feet to Your testimonies; I hasten and do not delay to keep Your commandments. Though the cords of the wicked ensnare me, I do not forget Your law. At midnight I rise to praise You, because of Your righteous rules. I am a companion of all who fear You, of those who keep Your precepts. The earth, O Lord, is full of Your steadfast love; teach me Your statutes!
26 Things the Psalmist Asks of the Lord From Psalm 119:17-68:
These certainly constitute a powerful prayer!
Five times the psalmist writes "teach me." And then he says something very interesting in verse 71.
"It is GOOD for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn Your statutes." Psalm 119:71
We don't really like the word "affliction" or "afflicted." Those words conjure up visions of hardship and brokenness. But the psalmist tells us that this is GOOD, that THIS is the place we learn about God!
What have you learned about God in times of affliction?
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