Deal bountifully with Your servant,
That I may live and keep Your word.
Open my eyes, that I may see
Wondrous things from Your law.
I am a stranger in the earth;
Do not hide Your commandments from me.
My soul breaks with longing
For Your judgments at all times.
You rebuke the proud – the cursed,
Who stray from Your commandments.
Remove from me reproach and contempt,
For I have kept Your testimonies.
Princes also sit and speak against me,
But Your servant meditates on Your statutes.
Your testimonies also are my delight
And my counselors.
Where the last section rings out with words of joy, this section echoes with the pleas for revelation and relief. These are pleas that hit close to home for me when I think about the time when my anxieties sit the heaviest upon me. I know that God holds the deepest answers to my concerns and needs, but sometimes those answers can feel so far away. I feel blinded, alone, lost, and cast down. But even in those darkest of moments, I know that God’s word holds a light for me, a path to comfort through the darkness around me. So in those days, I must keep hold of my tether to God’s Truth ever tighter, knowing that doing so might not immediately still the storm but will rather keep me safe until the storm is through.