Aleph (Psalm 119:1-8)
Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,
who walk according to the law of the Lord.
Blessed are those who keep his statutes
and seek him with all their heart—
they do no wrong
but follow his ways.
You have laid down precepts
that are to be fully obeyed.
Oh, that my ways were steadfast
in obeying your decrees!
Then I would not be put to shame
when I consider all your commands.
I will praise you with an upright heart
as I learn your righteous laws.
I will obey your decrees;
do not utterly forsake me.
I am blessed, because YOUR ways are blameless, and I have you to follow. I am blessed because I seek you with all my heart…….
I trust in your word, your direction. Because I trust in you. You are faithful and true, so why would I not listen to you?
If only I were perfect in my trust, in my obedience, in my faith! Then I would never feel the shame of failure, of hypocrisy, of my little faith….
Yet while I am not perfect – YOU ARE! I will praise you all my days, as I continue to draw near to you. And you never leave me, for you hold me by my right hand…..