Psalm 119:89-176 The Message Bible

89  What you say goes, God, and stays, as permanent as the heavens. 90  Your truth never goes out of fashion; it's as up-to-date as the earth when the sun comes up. 91  Your Word and truth are dependable as ever; that's what you ordered - you set the earth going.

92  If your revelation hadn't delighted me so, I would have given up when the hard times came.

93  But I'll never forget the advice you gave me; you saved my life with those wise words.

94  Save me! I'm all yours. I look high and low for your words of wisdom.

95  The wicked lie in ambush to destroy me, but I'm only concerned with your plans for me.

96  I see the limits to everything human, but the horizons can't contain your commands!

97  Oh, how I love all you've revealed; I reverently ponder it all the day long.

98  Your commands give me an edge on my enemies; they never become obsolete. 99  I've even become smarter than my teachers since I've pondered and absorbed your counsel. 100  I've become wiser than the wise old sages simply by doing what you tell me.

101  I watch my step, avoiding the ditches and ruts of evil so I can spend all my time keeping your Word.

102  I never make detours from the route you laid out; you gave me such good directions.

103  Your words are so choice, so tasty; I prefer them to the best home cooking. 104  With your instruction, I understand life; that's why I hate false propaganda.

105  By your words I can see where I'm going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path.

106  I've committed myself and I'll never turn back from living by your righteous order.

107  Everything's falling apart on me, God; put me together again with your Word.

108  Festoon me with your finest sayings, God; teach me your holy rules.

109  My life is as close as my own hands, but I don't forget what you have revealed. 110  The wicked do their best to throw me off track, but I don't swerve an inch from your course.

111  I inherited your book on living; it's mine forever - what a gift! And how happy it makes me! 112  I concentrate on doing exactly what you say - I always have and always will.

113  I hate the two-faced, but I love your clear-cut revelation.

114  You're my place of quiet retreat; I wait for your Word to renew me.

115  Get out of my life, evildoers, so I can keep my God's commands.

116  Take my side as you promised; I'll live then for sure. Don't disappoint all my grand hopes. 117  Stick with me and I'll be all right; I'll give total allegiance to your definitions of life.

118  Expose all who drift away from your sayings; their casual idolatry is lethal. 119  You reject earth's wicked as so much rubbish; therefore I lovingly embrace everything you say. 120  I shiver in awe before you; your decisions leave me speechless with reverence.

121  I stood up for justice and the right; don't leave me to the mercy of my oppressors. 122  Take the side of your servant, good God; don't let the godless take advantage of me.

123  I can't keep my eyes open any longer, waiting for you to keep your promise to set everything right.

124  Let your love dictate how you deal with me; teach me from your textbook on life. 125  I'm your servant - help me understand what that means, the inner meaning of your instructions.

126  It's time to act, God; they've made a shambles of your revelation!

127  Yea-Saying God, I love what you command, I love it better than gold and gemstones; 128  Yea-Saying God, I honor everything you tell me, I despise every deceitful detour.

129  Every word you give me is a miracle word - how could I help but obey?

130  Break open your words, let the light shine out, let ordinary people see the meaning.

131  Mouth open and panting, I wanted your commands more than anything.

132  Turn my way, look kindly on me, as you always do to those who personally love you.

133  Steady my steps with your Word of promise so nothing malign gets the better of me.

134  Rescue me from the grip of bad men and women so I can live life your way.

135  Smile on me, your servant; teach me the right way to live.

136  I cry rivers of tears because nobody's living by your book!

137  You are right and you do right, God; your decisions are right on target. 138  You rightly instruct us in how to live ever faithful to you.

139  My rivals nearly did me in, they persistently ignored your commandments.

140  Your promise has been tested through and through, and I, your servant, love it dearly.

141  I'm too young to be important, but I don't forget what you tell me.

142  Your righteousness is eternally right, your revelation is the only truth.

143  Even though troubles came down on me hard, your commands always gave me delight. 144  The way you tell me to live is always right; help me understand it so I can live to the fullest.

145  I call out at the top of my lungs, "God! Answer! I'll do whatever you say." 146  I called to you, "Save me so I can carry out all your instructions."

147  I was up before sunrise, crying for help, hoping for a word from you. 148  I stayed awake all night, prayerfully pondering your promise.

149  In your love, listen to me; in your justice, God, keep me alive.

150  As those out to get me come closer and closer, they go farther and farther from the truth you reveal; 151  But you're the closest of all to me, God, and all your judgments true.

152  I've known all along from the evidence of your words that you meant them to last forever.

153  Take a good look at my trouble, and help me - I haven't forgotten your revelation. 154  Take my side and get me out of this; give me back my life, just as you promised.

155  "Salvation" is only gibberish to the wicked because they've never looked it up in your dictionary.

156  Your mercies, God, run into the billions; following your guidelines, revive me.

157  My antagonists are too many to count, but I don't swerve from the directions you gave.

158  I took one look at the quitters and was filled with loathing; they walked away from your promises so casually!

159  Take note of how I love what you tell me; out of your life of love, prolong my life.

160  Your words all add up to the sum total: Truth. Your righteous decisions are eternal.

161  I've been slandered unmercifully by the politicians, but my awe at your words keeps me stable.

162  I'm ecstatic over what you say, like one who strikes it rich.

163  I hate lies - can't stand them! - but I love what you have revealed.

164  Seven times each day I stop and shout praises for the way you keep everything running right.

165  For those who love what you reveal, everything fits - no stumbling around in the dark for them.

166  I wait expectantly for your salvation; God, I do what you tell me.

167  My soul guards and keeps all your instructions - oh, how much I love them! 168  I follow your directions, abide by your counsel; my life's an open book before you.

169  Let my cry come right into your presence, God; provide me with the insight that comes only from your Word. 170  Give my request your personal attention, rescue me on the terms of your promise.

171  Let praise cascade off my lips; after all, you've taught me the truth about life!

172  And let your promises ring from my tongue; every order you've given is right.

173  Put your hand out and steady me since I've chosen to live by your counsel. 174  I'm homesick, God, for your salvation; I love it when you show yourself!

175  Invigorate my soul so I can praise you well, use your decrees to put iron in my soul.

176  And should I wander off like a lost sheep - seek me! I'll recognize the sound of your voice.

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