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Let my cry come before You, O LORD Psalms 119:169-176

Let my cry come before You, O LORD; Give me understanding according to Your word. Let my supplication come before You; Deliver me according to Your word. My lips shall utter praise, For You teach me Your statutes.

My tongue shall speak of Your word, For all Your commandments are righteousness. Let Your hand become my help, For I have chosen Your precepts.

I long for Your salvation, O LORD, And Your law is my delight. Let my soul live, and it shall praise You; And let Your judgments help me. I have gone astray like a lost sheep; Seek Your servant, For I do not forget Your commandments.

There is a literary device in German, 'zange konstruction', or tongue construction in English that very aptly describes this stanza. The opening phrase and the final phrase box in the request and provide the necessary support. The elements of the request are sandwiched between these two phrases.

The Psalmist pleads for understanding, for deliverance, for the hand of the LORD, for His salvation. He acknowledges that his deliverance is within the law and judgments of the LORD, God, the Almighty.

May we join him in his pleas.

Reading

Morning Psalm 90 Noon Psalm 119:133-140, Evening Psalm 138

Alternate Reading Plan based on 7 chapters/day from 7 sections of the Scriptures. My groupings are: Genesis-Joshua, Judges to Esther, Job to Song of Solomon, Psalms breaking 119 into convenient sets, Isaiah to Malachi, Matthew to Acts, Romans to Revelation.

Set your own up in convenient groupings as fits your study habits.

I suggest either setting aside a period of the day to read all, or break the readings up into morning, mid-day, and evening series. Both approaches have their advantages, and both will build an awareness of the Bible as a whole over time.