Supplication, Praise and Strength-Psalm 119:169-176

Psalm 119:169-176169 May my cry come before you, O Lord; give me understanding according to your word. 170 May my supplication come before you; deliver me according to your promise. 171 May my lips overflow with praise, for you teach me your decrees. 172 May my tongue sing of your word, for all your commands are righteous. 173 May your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts. 174 I long for your salvation, O Lord, and your law is my delight. 175 Let me live that I may praise you, and may your laws sustain me. 176 I have strayed like a lost sheep. Seek your servant, for I have not forgotten your commands.

Salmo 119:169-176169 Giunga il mio grido fino a te, Signore; dammi intelligenza secondo la tua parola. 170 Giunga la mia supplica in tua presenza; liberami secondo la tua parola. 171 Le mie labbra esprimeranno la tua lode, perché tu m’insegni i tuoi statuti. 172 La mia lingua celebrerà la tua parola, perché tutti i tuoi comandamenti sono giustizia. 173 La tua mano mi aiuti, perché ho scelto i tuoi precetti. 174 Io bramo la tua salvezza, Signore, e la tua legge è la mia gioia. 175 L’anima mia viva, ed essa ti loderà; e mi soccorrano i tuoi giudizi. 176 Io vado errando come pecora smarrita; cerca il tuo servo, perché io non dimentico i tuoi comandamenti.

     These are the ending verses of Psalm 119 (the longest Psalm). This Psalm is divided up according to each of the 24 letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The closing portion deals with 3 issues: a prayer of supplication, praise and strength. In the prayer section, the Psalmist mentions a cry and a supplication. The cry is for inward understanding; the supplication is for outward deliverance. The strength of the petition is according to God’s Word and His promise. 

     The second portion deals with praise that comes from our lips, tongue and God’s hand. Our lips overflow (it literally implies like a fountain). The tongue sings (also translated as speaks) and means that we speak the Word in song. The hand is how God helps us to serve Him.  

     The third portion deals with a desire for strength when he has failed God. Though he may have wandered from God for a time like a lost sheep, he did not forget God or His commandments. The great mercy of God is always available to those who look for restoration when we stumble.

Pray with me: Lord, I am so grateful that when I come to You in prayer and supplication; You always receive me. Help me to praise You and never forget Your hand on my life and Your restoration when I falter.

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