Daily Reading and Prayer – Thursday June 11

Psalm 119 is an acrostic poem, the stanzas of which begin with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet; moreover, the verses of each stanza begin with the same letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Not surprisingly, this makes it by far the longest of the Psalms! Here’s just the first letter, “Aleph” (the first two letters in the Hebrew alphabet are “Aleph” and “Beth” – put them together, and you’ve got…)

Psalm 119
א Aleph
1 Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,
who walk according to the law of the Lord.
2 Blessed are those who keep his statutes
and seek him with all their heart—
3 they do no wrong
but follow his ways.
4 You have laid down precepts
that are to be fully obeyed.
5 Oh, that my ways were steadfast
in obeying your decrees!
6 Then I would not be put to shame
when I consider all your commands.
7 I will praise you with an upright heart
as I learn your righteous laws.
8 I will obey your decrees;
do not utterly forsake me.

Prayer
I praise You, Lord, and heavenly Father, for Your Word, and the valuable lessons it contains. Thank You for the protection it affords and the treasures that are hidden within. May Your Word become to me my daily sustenance, and my life-support, knowing that it alone can keep me from evil and enable me to live a life that is pleasing to You. I pray that day by day You will teach me and train me through Your Word, so that I do not go astray, and I further ask that You use me to guide others into You paths of peace, in Jesus’ name, AMEN.