Your decrees are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them.
The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.
With open mouth I pant, because I long for your commandments.
Turn to me and be gracious to me, as is your custom toward those who love your name.
Keep my steps steady according to your promise, and never let iniquity have dominion over me.
Redeem me from human oppression, that I may keep your precepts.
Make your face shine upon your servant, and teach me your statutes.
My eyes shed streams of tears because your law is not kept.
Food for Thought:
The line that stands out to me in this passage is, “Make your face shine upon your servant, and teach me your statutes.” When I hear this phrase, I think of God smiling at us when we are faithful servants, making God proud by the way in which we live our lives. What thing could you do today that would make God’s face shine?
May the LORD bless you and keep you;
May the LORD make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
May the LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace. Amen.