Lenten Reading and Reflection 19th March

Psalm 119:9-16 New Living Translation (NLT)


How can a young person stay pure?
By obeying your word.
10 I have tried hard to find you—
don’t let me wander from your commands.
11 I have hidden your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
12 I praise you, O Lord;
teach me your decrees.
13 I have recited aloud
all the regulations you have given us.
14 I have rejoiced in your laws
as much as in riches.
15 I will study your commandments
and reflect on your ways.
16 I will delight in your decrees
and not forget your word.


Psalm 119 is the longest psalm by far in the psalter. Nearly every verse in this psalm, in one way or another, makes reference to God’s word. The psalmist never tires of seeking God through his word. The more he studies God’s word, seeks to obey the Lord’s decrees, the more he delights in and praises the Lord, the more he wants to know the Lord, the closer he wants to get, and the more he grows in holiness. Help us, Lord, to be always willing to hear you speak to us, to delight in your transforming word, and to grow in holiness and become like your Son.

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