Tag Archives: Psalm 119

Prayer and Defining Success

How do you define success? In different parts of my life, I have measured success by attainment of goals or by consistency of effort. At this time in my life, I still run, but I measure success in frequency of … Continue reading

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A Prayer that Helps Us Know What to Pray

The tenth prayer in Psalm 119 is a template for praying. Although these verses repeat themes from earlier in the psalm and foreshadow later passages, the psalmist prays in a way in verses 73-80 that suggests content for our prayers. … Continue reading

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Prayer and What We Value after Affliction

The psalmist who prayed Psalm 119:65-72 offered a prayer of thanks for affliction he had suffered. Most of us pray that we may avoid difficulty. Why would someone thank God for allowing them to suffer? Part of the answer emerges … Continue reading

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Prayer that We Will Learn from Experience

As a teenager, I discovered in classes like algebra and Latin that I could do well on tests without doing the homework. In college, I tested out of enough classes that I graduated a year early. As I review my … Continue reading

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Prayer when Lying in the Dust

You, like I, may have experienced times when your world fell apart. How did you pray? At times, I found it hard to pray at all. I have learned that such times require prayer, that we talk to God when … Continue reading

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Prayer of a Stranger

Travelers and immigrants seek accurate direction. In Psalm 119:17-24, the Psalmist confesses that he, a stranger, desires that God will reveal the wonders of his law. He contemplates the statutes of God’s word as carefully as a modern traveler might … Continue reading

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How Shall the Young Secure Their Hearts?

How shall the young secure their hearts? Throughout my life I have sung lyrics by Isaac Watts that ask that question. Watts drew his inspiration from Psalm 119:9-16, the second division of that psalm’s 176 verse anthology of prayer. Concern … Continue reading

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A Prayer, a Song, and a Memory in the Night

When life is darkest, what do we pray? When hope dims, what songs do we sing? When opponents taunt, on what memories do we rely? In his prayer to the Lord, the writer of Psalm 119 provides his answers to … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Focus

The prayer of the first stanza or strophe of Psalm 119 begins with beatitudes that echo Psalm 1: “Blessed are those who way is blameless, who walk in the way of the LORD!” These blessings introduce us to the intense … Continue reading

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Prayer for Spiritual Survival

    Years ago, I lived in a steel-mill town.  On the south side of the town was a large metal hill that we called Slag Mountain.  It was the dumping site for impurities that had been discarded in the making … Continue reading

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