Psalm 119:41-48 ESV –
41 [Waw] Let your steadfast love come to me, O LORD, your salvation according to your promise;
42 then shall I have an answer for him who taunts me, for I trust in your word.
43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for my hope is in your rules.
44 I will keep your law continually, forever and ever,
45 and I shall walk in a wide place, for I have sought your precepts.
46 I will also speak of your testimonies before kings and shall not be put to shame,
47 for I find my delight in your commandments, which I love.
48 I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes.
Sovereign God, my Heavenly Father,
You are God. There is none beside You. You have established rules from of old in Your wisdom and sovereignty. You are the Creator, and You know what is best for Your creation.
But, O, God, the world You have made is in such rebellion! We continually disregard Your law. We go our own way, make our own gods. And then, in the resulting pain and conflict and destruction we have the audacity to turn our eyes back to You and demand to know why everything is such a mess . . .
Lord, I run to Your mercy. I cannot obey You without Your steadfast love, Your salvation. My heart will seek my own way, chart my own course, and destroy me. I need Your wisdom, Your strength, to see the truth and obey Your Word.
Father, give me strength and boldness to proclaim Your truth. Your law is not popular, but Your rules are the only hope for this world. May others see that I truly do find my delight in Your ways, and see that Your Word is not “just rules” to me — Your Word, Your ways, Your rules, Your law, they are my life.
Thank You for choosing me to be Your child. Thank You for giving me Your rules. Thank You for giving me life.
This week, please remember to pray for our brothers and sisters in Malaysia where every Malay is considered Muslim and it is against the constitution to convert to another religion.