Answer my passionate prayer, O Lord,
and I’ll obey everything you say.
Save me, God, and I’ll follow your every instruction.
Before the day dawns, I’ll be crying out for help
and wrapping your words into my life.
I lie awake every night pondering your promises to me.
Lord, listen to my heart’s cry, for I know your love is real for me;
breathe life into me again by the revelation of your justice.
Here they come—these lawless rebels are coming near,
but they are all so far away from your laws.
God, you are near me always, so close to me;
every one of your commands reveals truth.
I’ve known all along how true and unchanging
is every word you speak, established forever!
Look upon all my misery and come be my hero to rescue me,
for I will never forget what you’ve revealed to me.
Take my side and defend me in these sufferings;
redeem me and revive me, just like you promised you would.
The wicked are so far from salvation,
for they could not care less about your message of truth.
Your tender mercies are what I need, O God;
give me back my life again
through the revelation of your judgments.
I have so many enemies who persecute me,
yet I won’t swerve from following your ways.
I grieve when I see how the faithless ones live,
for they just walk away from your promises.
Lord, see how much I truly love your instructions.
So in your tender kindness, breathe life into me again.
The sum total of all your words adds up to absolute truth,
and every one of your righteous decrees is everlasting.
The powerful elite have persecuted me without a cause,
but my heart trembles in awe because of your miracle-words.
Your promises are the source of my bubbling joy;
the revelation of your Word thrills me
like one who has discovered hidden treasure.
I despise every lie and hate every falsehood,
for I am passionate about keeping your precepts.
I stop to praise you seven times a day,
all because your ways are perfect!
There is such a great peace and well-being that comes
to the lovers of your Word, and they will never be offended.
Lord, I’m longing for more of your salvation,
for I want to do what pleases you.
My love for your ways is indescribable;
in my innermost being I want to follow them perfectly!
I will keep your instructions and follow your counsel;
all my ways are an open book before you.
Lord, listen to my prayer. It’s like a sacrifice I bring to you;
I must have more revelation of your Word!
Take my words to heart when I ask you, Lord;
rescue me, just like you promised!
I offer you my joyous praise for all that you’ve taught me.
Your wonderful words will become my song of worship,
for everything you’ve commanded is perfect and true.
Place your hands of strength and favor upon me,
for I’ve made my choice to follow your ways.
I wait for your deliverance, O Lord,
for your words thrill me like nothing else!
Invigorate my life so that I can praise you even more,
and may your truth be my strength!
I’ll never forget what you’ve taught me, Lord,
but when I wander off and lose my way,
come after me, for I am your beloved!