happy monday

You’re blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by God.
You’re blessed when you follow his directions,
doing your best to find him.
That’s right—you don’t go off on your own;
you walk straight along the road he set.
You, God, prescribed the right way to live;
now you expect us to live it.
Oh, that my steps might be steady,
keeping to the course you set;

How can a young person live a clean life? 
By carefully reading the map of your Word.
I’m single-minded in pursuit of you;
don’t let me miss the road signs you’ve posted.
I’ve banked your promises in the vault of my heart
so I won’t sin myself bankrupt.
Be blessed, God;
 train me in your ways of wise living.

Be generous with me and I’ll live a full life; 
not for a minute will I take my eyes off your road.
Open my eyes so I can see
what you show me of your miracle-wonders.
I’m a stranger in these parts;
give me clear directions.
 My soul is starved and hungry, ravenous!
insatiable for your nourishing commands.

God, teach me lessons for living
so I can stay the course.
Give me insight so I can do what you tell me—
my whole life one long, obedient response.
Guide me down the road of your commandments;
I love traveling this freeway!
Give me a bent for your words of wisdom,
and not for piling up loot.
 Divert my eyes from toys and trinkets,
invigorate me on the pilgrim way.
Affirm your promises to me— 
promises made to all who fear you.
Deflect the harsh words of my critics—
but what you say is always so good.
See how hungry I am for your counsel;
preserve my life through your righteous ways!

I can see now, God, that your decisions are right;
your testing has taught me what’s true and right.
 Oh, love me—and right now!—hold me tight! 
      just the way you promised.
Now comfort me so I can live, really live;
your revelation is the tune I dance to.
And let me live whole and holy, soul and body,
so I can always walk with my head held high.

Psalm 119

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