May my cry come before you, O Lord;
give me understanding according to your word.
This cry is the voice of the human spirit, now rising up to God whether things are good or bad – now I can remain in heartfelt communication with my Lord. And my cry is – continue to teach me, so I can learn and grow in your Word – with Jesus, by the Spirit, with your word on my lips, speaking and living in your paths, righteous and sanctified and glad to act!
May my supplication come before you;
deliver me according to your promise.
My cry – my appeal – should repeatedly reach the throne of God, say simply ‘Sanctify me, save me, according to your promise, your word, your Son, the promised one, the living Lord Jesus! Save me in him and in his spirit!’
May my lips overflow with praise,
for you teach me your decrees.
I want my mouth to be overfull and for words to pour out constantly, praising God for this, my prayer, is being answered now [sic.8.6.14, but also 7.11.16]. As I write this, as I read it again in the future, whether times are hard or easy, he is teaching me this pattern of life, his way of doing business.
May my tongue sing of your Word,
for all your commands are righteous.
I want to sing! To be noisy in your word – for and through the Spirit of Jesus – because your way of ruling is proper, good, upright, effective and able to redeem your people.
May your hand be ready to help me,
for I have chosen your precepts.
I am going to need your help, Lord – but now I understand that to ask in the Spirit is to prophesy – to ‘speak into being’ – to ask with faith is to begin to receive. We can’t have faith in the wrong things, because faith comes from the Spirit, so what we have been given holy faith to believe, we should pray wholeheartedly for and act upon. This is to choose God’s precepts rather than our own way of living.
I long for your salvation, O lord,
and your law is my delight.
Being saved is so exciting! I want to run on in it – because your words and ways fill me with gladness and excitement.
Let me live that I may praise you
and may your laws sustain me.
Yes – this is life to the full – to worship in Spirit and Truth – in understanding of the real state of affairs – and sustained by God’s living law, by the Spirit of Jesus living in us as his word, showing, explaining, drawing our attention.
I have strayed like a lost sheep. Seek your servant
for I have not forgotten your commands.
And this is the power of God’s law – I strayed – I spent all this time trying to do it – but I have not forgotten your commands because they have continually acted upon me. As long as God seeks me, holding me on the path through his law, through his Word, his command is to follow. His command is impossible to resist – his command is the person of Jesus – his person is the greatest command, commanding us to know him by his very presence in the world he created.