John 15.1-8 1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
From this passage I understand that I am grafted into the perfect vine of Jesus. With that life force flowing through me (the Holy Spirit working through me), I am to produce fruit. The fruit of Jesus is bountiful and nutritious and refreshing, and useful for many things.
Mark 12.1-9 1 And he began to speak unto them by parables. A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country. 2 And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard. 3 And they caught him, and beat him, and sent him away empty. 4 And again he sent unto them another servant; and at him they cast stones, and wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully handled. 5 And again he sent another; and him they killed, and many others; beating some, and killing some. 6 Having yet therefore one son, his wellbeloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son. 7 But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours. 8 And they took him, and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard. 9 What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others
From this passage, I understand that God gives me choice. I can decide how to manage my vineyard. He planted wonderful seed in me (His Holy Spirit), and I have the ability to access that life force for growing wonderful fruit. But I can also decide to keep that fruit to myself and / or to grow that fruit in a different way. My way of growing fruit is not good, as God’s is; therefore, I will produce poison or malnourishing fruit.
From this same passage, I understand that God sends people to me to collect His fruit. Again enters choice: How do I treat those whom God sends?
What kind of fruit am I producing, and what am I doing with it???
Good fruit from the vine of Jesus vs worldly fruit is like eating real food vs junk food. Worldly works “taste” good to the world, but there’s no nutrition, and leaves you wanting more of the junk. Jesus’ fruit is real, and it is satisfying.
As new or immature Christians, coming from the world, we may still like the worldly fruit better. Often, this bad fruit gets pruned away and it hurts.
John 15. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away and
v6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered
Isaiah 64.6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses areas filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
As Christians we yearn more and more for the nutritious fruit of the vine.
How do we get fed the nutritious “fertilizer” and nutrients to produce good fruit? Connect to the Source:
Jesus is the Living Water
Jesus is the True Vine
God’s Holy Spirit abides in us
God’s Word is Truth: read it
Romans 5.8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us – and – Ephesians 3.20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us — Did you get that? The power that worketh IN US. That’s God’s power IN US!
This is the mystery and miracle of God working through us: We are to be channels of God unto others – we commend God’s love to others while they (we) are sinners. To do this, we must die to ourselves. We allow God to take away all those branches and leaves that are our flesh; and we step aside to let Him live through us. Then we will bear His fruit, and it will be so abundant and good that there will be plenty for ourselves and to share with all those whom God puts in our paths. And we will give God the glory!
Galatians 5.22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Philippians 1.11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
Matthew 27.25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.
As we approach Easter, let us consider the crowds that demanded that Jesus be crucified. Barely a week prior, this crowd had hailed Jesus as He rode on a donkey, as their Messiah and King. They were right about that. But they had not eyes to see from God’s perspective. They had only human, earthly perspective. They wanted a political king; they wanted to be saved from their current predicament.
Before Pilate, the crowd asked for Barabbas to be released, and for Jesus to be crucified (under the chief priests’ and elders’ persuasion). Pilate washed his hands and declared himself “innocent of the blood of this just person.” The crowd replied, “His blood be on us, and on our children.”
They were right about that, too.
In the book of Acts, Peter set them straight about what, exactly, happened. Acts 5.27-30 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them, 28Saying, you… intend to bring this man’s blood upon us. 29Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said… 30The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree
All humanity were a part of that crowd – we were a part of that crowd. In our flesh, we want nothing to do with the Holy and Righteous Son of God. Just as Eve decided in the Garden, we prefer to be our own gods and decide for ourselves how we want to live.
But God had a different plan, and a different love.
Jesus’ blood, that blood that we spilled, the blood on our hands: That blood is the same blood that God planned all along to save us. He used that blood to cleanse us from the sin of desiring that blood.
Ephesians 1.7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace. John 3.17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden. Some might think it was only a little sin – why cast them out for one sin?
Well, the sin was deciding they wanted to be like God, knowing good and evil, for wanting to decide for themselves where the plumbline should be.
Where does God draw the line on sin? Certainly not where we would decide to draw the line.
And, if God did not cast them out for “one little sin,” how could there ever be a perfect place to live for eternity? Do we really want Heaven to be a place where we can decide for ourselves what is good and evil?
I say NO; we already are living in that place, and it certainly is not Heaven.
With this “wisdom” we have, we make ourselves the judge and jury of all we see. That’s one concern with the media. Every wrong is displayed for everyone to see, and everyone has their own opinion on how the issue should be addressed. Everyone decides for themselves what is good and evil. We can easily see how this causes division.
“One little sin” leads to another – it’s a slippery slope. Look how quickly that sin in the garden turned into murder with Cain and Abel.
We absolutely must recognize that only God has the true plumbline, and that He has the power, the love, and the right to rule over His creation and decide the rules for holiness and righteousness.
May we bow before God’s wisdom, authority, majesty, power, glory, honor, and love.
Revelation 4.11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
Mary was a virgin when the Holy Ghost came upon her and she conceived. She knew beforehand that she would bear a son, and that His name would be called Jesus. This was her firstborn.
As I read this in Luke Chapter 2, I thought of the firstborn of the human race. Adam and Eve were created, but not born of a woman.
Genesis 4.1, 2 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
Cain was Eve’s firstborn, the firstborn of the entire human race. His younger brother, Abel was born next (we don’t know if they were twins, since the verse doesn’t indicate that Eve conceived again after Cain).
But the firstborn of the human race killed his younger brother. This is a manifestation of Jeremiah 17.9, The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Every human ever born of man and woman has a desperately wicked heart. We are a race steering ourselves to death.
And then there’s Mary. We don’t know much about Mary prior to the conception and delivery, and again not much afterward. Did God pick her because she was so good? Mary had the same deceitful and desperately wicked heart that everyone else has. But she was a virgin, we know that (Luke 1.27); she humbly accepted all that her Almighty God told her through the angel Gabriel (Luke 1.28 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her); and sang a praise to God her Savior (Luke 1.46 – 56).
Luke 2.7a And she brought forth her firstborn son
Jesus was God’s firstborn (and only!) Son, too: John 3.16 (my emphasis) For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
God offered salvation for the human race by offering His only and beloved Son, Jesus, as a sacrifice. God loves us just as much as He loves His Son. God cannot love anyone less, because He is perfect, and He has only perfect love.
Jesus remains the only perfect example of human flesh submitting to the complete authority of God, every moment of every second of every day that He lived on Earth. He had no sin (1 John 3.5 And ye know that he (Christ) was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.)
There’s quite a difference between the firstborn of the human race and the firstborn of God through the human race. Jesus had a human heart, but that heart was in perfect submission to His Heavenly Father. Because of that, He had perfect peace always; He was in perfect communion with God always
We can strive to have the same peace of Jesus: God gives us a new heart when we acknowledge Him as rightful Lord and Savior, when we bow humbly before Him and confess our sin. God made us a new creature (2 Corinthians 5.17), with the mind of Christ (2 Corinthians 2.16).
We can humbly acknowledge that the throne of the universe (and my heart) belongs to God, and that He is right and just. How often do we give God His place, vs how often do we imagine ourselves on that throne?
Even though we are born of the human race with deceitful and desperately wicked hearts, God, in His love, has made a way, through His firstborn, for us to not only be with Him forever in Heaven, but to live here on Earth with Him in perfect peace (Isaiah 26.3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee).
In Exodus 19 – 32, Moses went up to Mount Sinai to commune with God. He was gone so long that the Israelites became restless. They were without their shepherd and they strayed. Aaron commanded them to give him their gold, and he made the golden calf. Moses was infuriated: He threw down the tablets from God, he burned the golden calf, forced the people to drink the ashes in water, and commanded the sons of Levi (who stood with the Lord) to slay every man his brother and every man his companion and every man his neighbor (about 3,000 men) (Exodus 32.27). The next day, Moses appealed to God, asking Him to forgive their sin, and if not, to blot him out of the Book. God assured Moses that whosoever has sinned against Him, him will He blot out of His book (Exodus 32.33).
The Israelites marched to Mount Horeb, where they witnessed God speaking directly to Moses, face to face, as a man speaks unto his friend (33.11).
God and Moses went back and forth about the Israelites several times: sometimes it was Moses railing against the people, wringing his hands and agonizing what to do about them; God called for mercy. Sometimes God was full of wrath against His people; Moses begged for mercy.
In Numbers 12.3, God states that the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth. (I can only imagine Moses wrestling with writing that down, and God making sure that Moses understood that it certainly would be written down.)
In Exodus 34, Moses hewed two more tablets of stone and again went up unto Mount Sinai. There, the LORD passed by before Moses and proclaimed, “The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin…”
Moses bowed himself to the ground and worshiped, and said, “If now I have found grace in Thy sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray thee, go among us; for it is a stiffnecked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for Thine inheritance.”
I tried to imagine what it might have been like for Moses to hear the Voice of God, to hear God proclaim His Holy Name in his very ears. Then I gave myself a dope slap: Moses had the Voice of The LORD God Almighty in his ears; I have The Spirit of the LORD God Almighty in my very being. I hear the Holy Spirit in the Words of His Scripture and in the counsel of Godly people and in prayers.
Christians, we have the Very Presence of God Almighty in us and around us. (Psalms 139.5 You hem me in behind and before; You have laid Your hand upon me. And Isaiah 30.21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.)
May we fall on our knees before the Living God:
Psalms 113.4 – 6
4 The LORD is exalted over all the nations,
His glory above the heavens.
5 Who is like the LORD our God,
the One enthroned on high?
6 He humbles Himself to behold
the heavens and the earth.
Confess we are sinners
Jeremiah 10.23, 24 O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps. 24 O LORD, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.
Beg for His mercy and forgiveness
Psalms 86, 1 – 7
Bow down thine ear, O LORD, hear me: for I am poor and needy.
2 Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee.
3 Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily.
4 Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
5 For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.
6 Give ear, O LORD, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications.
7 In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.
And humble ourselves and pray as Moses did:If now I have found grace in Thy sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray thee, go among us; for it is a stiffnecked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for Thine inheritance
My readings this month have taken me into Revelations. Yeah, wow. The Dragon. The Beast. The plagues. The whore. The golden vials full of the wrath of God.
The wrath of God! Hebrews 10.31 says, It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
The wrath of God can be no less than bone-knocking, paralyzing, gut-wrenching terror. Look at the folks in the Bible who saw Heavenly beings – they fell down in fear. Anything that holy instantly reveals the depths and awfulness of our sinfulness.
Psalms 4.8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.
How many times does God tell us to “fear not?” Isaiah 41.10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
How do I reconcile the awful terror of standing before Almighty God in my sin, with “fear not?”
By simple obedience. God says to fear not, so I will not fear. Hebrews 13.6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. Hebrews 4.16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Jesus Christ is my Savior. My name is written in the Book of Life. I may boldly approach the throne of Almighty God through the blood of Jesus Christ. Since the Lord is my helper, I will also not be afraid of what God shall do unto me. God loves me. Because He first loved me, I love Him. I am precious in His sight, a part of the body of His bride.
I welcome with open arms what God will do unto me.
Words: John H. Sammis, in Hymns Old and New (Chicago, Illinois: Fleming H. Revell, 1887).
Music: Daniel B. Towner
[In 1886] Mr. [Dwight] Moody was conducting a series of meetings in Brockton, Massachusetts, and I had the pleasure of singing for him there.
One night a young man rose in a testimony and said, I am not quite sure…but I am going to trust, and I am going to obey. I just jotted that sentence down, and sent it with the little story to the Rev. J. H. Sammis, a Presbyterian minister. He wrote the hymn, and the tune was born.
– Daniel Towner
When we walk with the Lord In the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey, For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, But to trust and obey.
Not a shadow can rise, Not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, Not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.
Not a burden we bear, Not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, Not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.
But we never can prove The delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, For the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.
Then in fellowship sweet We will sit at His feet.
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way.
What He says we will do, Where He sends we will go;
Read through the words of this hymn again. They offer much of the peace of God’s Truth. “To be happy in Jesus,” translates, to me, the peace that He offers when we give it all to Him and rest in Him. Truth trumps feelings, in my book. But sometimes God gives us both: when we abide in His Truth, He blesses us with the feelings, the satisfaction, of His peace.
In the last verse a picture is painted of sweet fellowship in Heaven. This is common among hymns of great faith: the last verses capture the certain hope we have of walking with Jesus in Heaven.
But I think that Jesus wants us to have Heaven on Earth with Him.
Luke 17.20, 21 Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; 21 nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” See also Matthew 12.28, Colossians 4.11, and Romans 14.17, among many others.
“What He says we will do, Where He sends we will go; Never fear, only trust and obey.”
This is something we can have right here on Earth, and it’s what Jesus always wanted for us. When we set our minds on things above (Colossians 3.2); when we take on the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2.16); when we put on the garment of praise (Isaiah 61.3); when we abide in Him (1 John 4.13, 1 John 2.27); when we lay it all on His altar (verse 4 of our hymn); then we can walk through any facet of our life here with the complete joy and peace of Jesus Himself.
I want the peace of Jesus. I imagine Jesus when He was walking here, day by day, in perfect peace with His Father. He offers us this peace: John 14.27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
So, whether we have sunshine and lemonade and roses, or whether we have cancer and fires and deteriorating relationships: “What He says we will do, Where He sends we will go; Never fear, only trust and obey.” We can walk in the light of His Word, and He will shed glory on our way.
Philippians 4.4-7 4Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. 5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Note the progression of events:
Rejoice in the Lord always.
Let your moderation (gentleness, mildness, fairness – all of which come through Jesus) be evident to all. The Lord is with you.
Be careful for nothing (like Matthew 6.25 Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on.).
Talk to God about your requests via prayer and supplication
And then what?
Peace which passes all understanding!
This peace shall keep your hearts and minds
Through Jesus Christ
~ sigh ~ Don’t we all want peace in our hearts and minds? Family, friends, the world may rage around us, but we can have peace in our hearts and minds. We can display that peace to all around us.
Have you noticed that peace calls to peace? Peace – as in “Jesus is our Peace” – is tangible and evident in our lives. When we encounter someone else who has that same Peace, we notice; it draws us. Others are drawn to us who have that Peace. We have kindred Spirits.
We can all achieve that peace in our hearts and minds through thanksgiving.
Talk to God. Bring Him your thoughts, your supplications, your fears and worries and dreams. And in all of it, give Him thanks. Give bountifully. We can thank God in all things and for all things because we know that He loves us infinitely and unconditionally. We know that He really is taking good care of us. Our perspective isn’t the same as His, so we don’t see it all. But He does. And He is wrapping His loving arms around us with everlasting tenderness.
Praying God’s Word back to Him carries the power of His Word. God teaches us how to pray in His Word, and we may use His Words to make our hearts’ cry to Him.
Psalm 119 is an intense passage of praise for God, His law, His Word, and the force of that Word in the lives of us all. If you are praying for salvation for a loved one (or for one who has gone astray, or who never did grasp the authority and jurisdiction of God in his life), here is one way to pray God’s Word over that loved one. This can be prayed often, over a long period of time. The words here are geared toward a male; however, God’s Word is personal, and you may use this as He leads you. After reading this, return to your Bible and pray your own prayers as you read and meditate on God’s Word.
Of course, another of the true powers of prayer is that prayer changes the pray-er.
Galatians 6.9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
1 May ___ be blessed and undefiled in his way, may he walk in the law of the LORD.
2 I pray Your blessing upon ___, that he keeps Your testimonies, and that he seeks You with his whole heart.
3 May he also do no iniquity: may he walk in Your ways.
4 Thou hast commanded us to keep Thy precepts diligently.
5 O that ___’s ways were directed to keep Thy statutes!
6 Then he shall not be ashamed, when he has respect unto all Thy commandments.
7 He will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when he shall have learned Thy righteous judgments.
8 I pray ___ will keep Thy statutes: O forsake him not utterly.
9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to Thy word.
10 May ___ seek Thee with his whole heart: O let him not wander from Thy commandments.
11 May he hide Thy Word in his heart, that he might not sin against Thee.
12 Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach ___ Thy statutes.
13 With his lips may he declare all the judgments of Thy mouth.
14 May he rejoice in the way of Thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.
15 May he meditate in Thy precepts, and have respect unto Thy ways.
16 May he delight himself in Thy statutes, and not forget Thy word.
17 Deal bountifully with Thy servant, ___ that he may live, and keep Thy Word.
18 Open thou his eyes, that he may behold wondrous things out of Thy law.
19 He is a stranger in the earth: hide not Thy commandments from him.
20 Break his soul for longing unto Thy judgments at all times.
21 Rebuke his pride that he may not be cursed, as he errs from Thy commandments.
22 Heap upon him reproach and contempt; for he has not kept Thy testimonies.
23 As princes sit and speak against him: let Thy servant meditate in Thy statutes.
24 Make Thy testimonies his delight and his counselors.
25 ___’s soul cleaves unto the dust: quicken thou him according to Thy word.
26 Cause him to declare his ways, and You will hear him: teach him Thy statutes.
27 Make him to understand the way of Thy precepts: so shall he talk of Thy wondrous works.
28 Melt his soul for heaviness: and strengthen thou him according unto Thy Word.
29 Remove from him the way of lying: and grant him Thy law graciously.
30 Cause ___ to choose the way of truth: lay Thy judgments before him.
31 He has not stuck unto Thy testimonies: O LORD, put him to shame.
32 Cause him to run the way of Thy commandments, then Thou shalt enlarge his heart.
33 Teach ___, O LORD, the way of Thy statutes; cause him to keep it unto the end.
34 Give him understanding, that he shall keep Thy law; yea, that he shall observe it with his whole heart.
35 Make him to go in the path of Thy commandments; show him the delight therein.
36 Incline his heart unto Thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.
37 Turn away his eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken Thou him in Thy way.
38 Stablish Thy Word unto Thy servant, cause him to be devoted to Thy fear.
39 Make him to dread Thy reproach, and to fear it: for Thy judgments are good.
40 Behold, cause him to long after Thy precepts: quicken him in Thy righteousness.
41 Let Thy mercies come also unto ___, O LORD, even Thy salvation, according to Thy word.
42 So shall he have wherewith to answer him that reproaches him: may he trust in Thy word.
43 And take not the word of Truth utterly out of his mouth; may he hope in Thy judgments.
44 So shall he keep Thy law continually for ever and ever.
45 And he will walk at liberty as he seeks Thy precepts.
46 May he ever speak of Thy testimonies also before kings, and not be ashamed.
47 May he delight himself in Thy commandments, and love them.
48 May he lift up also his hands unto Thy commandments, may he love them, and meditate in Thy statutes.
49 Remember the word unto Thy servant, cause ___ to have hope in Thy Word.
50 This is my comfort in my affliction, for Thy word hath quickened me – Thy Word can also quicken him.
51 His pride has had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from Thy law.
52 May he learn Thy judgments of old, O LORD; and take comfort in them.
53 Horror hath taken hold upon me because of his wickedness – he forsakes Thy law!
54 Make Thy statutes to be his songs in the house of his pilgrimage.
55 May he remember Thy name, O LORD, in the night, and keep Thy law.
56 This I have, because I keep Thy precepts; I pray that peace for him, as well.
57 Make Thyself ___’s portion, O LORD: I pray he would keep Thy words.
58 May he intreat Thy favour with his whole heart: be merciful unto him according to Thy Word.
59 Cause him to think upon his ways, and turn his feet unto Thy testimonies.
60 May he make haste, and delay not to keep Thy commandments.
61 Though the bands of the wicked have robbed him: may he not forget Thy law.
62 At midnight may he rise to give thanks unto Thee because of Thy righteous judgments.
63 Make him a companion of all them that fear Thee, and of them that keep Thy precepts.
64 The earth, O LORD, is full of Thy mercy: teach him Thy statutes.
65 Deal well with Thy servant, O LORD, according unto Thy Word.
66 Teach ___ good judgment and knowledge: cause him to believe Thy commandments.
67 Afflict him as he goes astray: direct him to keep Thy word.
68 Thou art good, and doest good; teach him Thy statutes.
69 He is proud, and has forged a lie against me: keep me strong in Thy precepts with my whole heart.
70 His heart is as fat as grease; turn him to delight in Thy law.
71 It is good for him that he is afflicted; that he might learn Thy statutes.
72 Make the law of Thy mouth better unto him than thousands of gold and silver.
73 Thy hands have made ___ and fashioned him: give him understanding, that he may learn Thy commandments.
74 I pray it will come to pass that they that fear Thee will be glad when they see him; because he has hoped in Thy word.
75 Cause him to know, O LORD, that Thy judgments are right, and that Thou in faithfulness hast afflicted him.
76 Let, I pray thee, Thy merciful kindness be for his comfort, according to Thy word unto Thy servant.
77 Let Thy tender mercies come unto him, that he may live: make Thy law his delight.
78 Let him be ashamed of his pride; for he dealt perversely with me without a cause: cause him to meditate in Thy precepts.
79 Let those that fear Thee turn unto him, and those that have known Thy testimonies (that he may have those about him to lead him unto You).
80 Let his heart become sound in Thy statutes; that he be not ashamed.
81 Make ___’s soul faint for Thy salvation: bring him hope in Thy word.
82 Cause his eyes to fail for Thy word, saying, When wilt Thou comfort me?
83 Make him become like a bottle in the smoke; do not let him forget Thy statutes.
84 How many are the days of Thy servant? when wilt Thou execute judgment on them that persecute me?
85 His pride has digged pits for himself, which are not after Thy law.
86 All Thy commandments are faithful: he persecutes me wrongfully; help Thou me.
87 He had almost consumed me upon earth; but I forsook not Thy precepts.
88 Quicken us after Thy lovingkindness; that we may keep the testimony of Thy mouth.
89 For ever, O LORD, Thy word is settled in heaven.
90 Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: Thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.
91 They continue this day according to Thine ordinances: for all are Thy servants.
92 Unless Thy law become ___’s delights, he should then perish in his affliction.
93 Do not let him forget Thy precepts: for with them Thou quicken.
94 I pray he is Thine, save him; cause him to seek Thy precepts.
95 His wickedness has waited to destroy him: may he consider Thy testimonies.
96 I have seen an end of all perfection: but Thy commandment is exceeding broad.
97 O cause ___ to love Thy law! May it be his meditation all the day.
98 Thou through Thy commandments will make him wiser than his enemies: for they are ever with him.
99 Give him more understanding than all his teachers: make Thy testimonies his meditation.
100 Cause him to understand more than the ancients, as he keeps Thy precepts.
101 I pray he refrains his feet from every evil way, that he might keep Thy word.
102 Let him not depart from Thy judgments: I pray You will teach him.
103 Make Your Words sweet unto his taste! yea, sweeter than honey to his mouth!
104 Through Thy precepts he gets understanding: therefore I pray he learns to hate every false way.
105 Make Thy word a lamp unto ___’s feet, and a light unto his path.
106 May he swear, and perform it, that he will keep Thy righteous judgments.
107 He is afflicted very much: quicken him, O LORD, according unto Thy word.
108 Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD, and teach him Thy judgments.
109 Cause him to put his soul into Your hand: do not let him forget Thy law.
110 The wicked have laid a snare for him: let him err not from Thy precepts.
111 Thy testimonies may he take as an heritage for ever: make them the rejoicing of his heart.
112 May he incline his heart to perform Thy statutes alway, even unto the end.
113 Cause ___ to hate vain thoughts: but love Thy law.
114 Become his hiding place and his shield: cause him to hope in Thy word.
115 Sweep away the evildoers from him: that he may keep the commandments of his God.
116 Uphold him according unto Thy word, that he may live: and let him not be ashamed of his hope.
117 Hold thou him up, and he shall be safe: and he will have respect unto Thy statutes continually.
118 Thou hast trodden down all them that err from Thy statutes: for their deceit is falsehood.
119 Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross: therefore make him to love Thy testimonies.
120 Cause his flesh to tremble for fear of thee; make him afraid of Thy judgments.
121 He has not done judgment and justice: leave him to his oppressors.
122 Be surety for Thy servant for good: let his pride oppress him.
123 Cause ___’s eyes to fail for Thy salvation, and for the Word of Thy righteousness.
124 Deal with Thy servant according unto Thy mercy, and teach him Thy statutes.
125 Make him Thy servant; give him understanding, that he may know Thy testimonies.
126 It is time for thee, LORD, to work: for he has made void Thy law.
127 I pray ___ would love Thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.
128 And that he would esteem all Thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and that he would hate every false way.
129 Thy testimonies are wonderful: may ___’s soul keep them.
130 The entrance of Thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
131 Open his mouth, and cause him to pant as he longs for Thy commandments.
132 Look thou upon him, and be merciful unto him, as thou usest to do unto those that love Thy name.
133 Order his steps in Thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over him.
134 Deliver him from the oppression of man, and cause him to keep Thy precepts.
135 Make Thy face to shine upon Thy servant; and teach him Thy statutes.
136 Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because he keeps not Thy law.
137 Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright are Thy judgments.
138 Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful.
139 May zeal consume ___, because as Thine enemy, he has forgotten Thy words.
140 Thy word is very pure: therefore Thy servant loveth it.
141 He is small and despised: do not let him forget Thy precepts.
142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Thy law is the truth.
143 Trouble and anguish have taken hold on both of us: make Thy commandments his delights.
144 The righteousness of Thy testimonies is everlasting: give him understanding, and he shall live.
145 I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O LORD: cause ___ to keep Thy statutes.
146 I cried unto thee; save him, that he shall keep Thy testimonies.
147 I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hope in Thy word.
148 Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that he might meditate in Thy word.
149 Hear my voice according unto Thy lovingkindness: O LORD, quicken him according to Thy judgment.
150 They draw nigh that follow after mischief: he is far from Thy law.
151 Thou art near, O LORD; and all Thy commandments are truth.
152 Concerning Thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.
153 Consider ___’s affliction, and deliver him: do not let him forget Thy law.
154 Plead my cause, and deliver him: quicken him according to Thy word.
155 Salvation is far from him because he is wicked: for he seeks not Thy statutes.
156 Great are Thy tender mercies, O LORD: quicken him according to Thy judgments.
157 Many are his persecutors and his enemies; do not let him decline from Thy testimonies.
158 I behold his transgressions, and am grieved, O LORD; because he keeps not thy word.
159 Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken him, O LORD, according to thy lovingkindness.
160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of Thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
161 Princes persecute him: may his heart stand in awe of Thy word.
162 May ___ rejoice at Thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.
163 He does not hate and abhor lying: cause him to love Thy law.
164 Seven times a day may he praise thee because of Thy righteous judgments.
165 Grant him great peace when he loves Thy law: may nothing offend him.
166 LORD, I have hoped for Thy salvation upon him, may he do Thy commandments.
167 May his soul keep Thy testimonies; and love them exceedingly.
168 May he keep Thy precepts and Thy testimonies: for all his ways are before thee.
169 Let my cry come near before thee, O LORD: give ___ understanding according to Thy word.
170 Let my supplication come before thee: deliver him according to Thy word.
171 My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught him Thy statutes.
172 My tongue shall speak of Thy word: for all Thy commandments are righteousness.
173 Let thine hand help him as he chooses Thy precepts.
174 May ___ long for Thy salvation, O LORD; make Thy law his delight.
175 Let his soul live, that it shall praise thee; and let Thy judgments help him.
176 He has gone astray like a lost sheep; seek Thy servant; do not let him forget Thy commandments.