145 I call with all my heart; answer me, Lord,
and I will obey your decrees.
146 I call out to you; save me
and I will keep your statutes.
147 I rise before dawn and cry for help;
I have put my hope in your word.
148 My eyes stay open through the watches of the night,
that I may meditate on your promises.
149 Hear my voice in accordance with your love;
preserve my life, Lord, according to your laws.
150 Those who devise wicked schemes are near,
but they are far from your law.
151 Yet you are near, Lord,
and all your commands are true.
152 Long ago I learned from your statutes
that you established them to last forever. NIV
Read through verses 145-148 of this ninteenth stanza of Psalm 119. When does the writer of this psalm pray to God? What does the writer pray about?
Read through verses 149-151. What does the writer believe about the possibility of a personal relationship with God? How do God's commands fit into that personal relationship?
Look at verse 152. What confidence might "a long-obedience in the same direction" build within someone who follows after God?
::::: Equipping Challenge :::::
Who do you know with a long track record of obedience to God? Think of something practical that you could do to both encourage and learn from them today.