Monday, August 13, 2007

Psalm 119:17

"Be good to your servant, that I may live and obey your Word."

Verse 17 begins the third stanza of Psalm 119. The first stanza tells us that living according to God's word is a good idea. The second stanza tells us that we should start living with that wisdom when we are young. The third stanza begins to introduce us to some of the trials and hardships that come along with living in such a way.

The stanza begins with a plea for goodness. The NASB says, "Deal bountifully with your servant." This is a cry for not just existence, but for full life. The kind of life that Jesus promised when he said, "I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full" (NIV). This verse demonstrates a joy in finding one's purpose in serving God.

"Be good to your servant." That's a simple prayer that I should pray often.


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