This psalm is an acrostic poem. Each stanza begins with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The verses of each stanza begin with the same letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
169 May my cry come before you, Lord;
give me understanding according to your word.
170 May my supplication come before you;
deliver me according to your promise.
171 May my lips overflow with praise,
for you teach me your decrees.
172 May my tongue sing of your word,
for all your commands are righteous.
173 May your hand be ready to help me,
for I have chosen your precepts.
174 I long for your salvation, Lord,
and your law gives me delight.
175 Let me live that I may praise you,
and may your laws sustain me.
176 I have strayed like a lost sheep.
Seek your servant,
for I have not forgotten your commands.
One of the reasons we live is to give God glory. Whether it’s in our words or actions, we bring glory to God. It’s a simple concept actually. It’s a little more difficult to execute consistently, but certainly not impossible. I believe it’s the little steps that make the difference:
- the unexpected kind word to someone who may not deserve it
- the pause before you speak or write the ill word
- the awareness that people are watching and judging your actions because of who you say you are
- the simple thanks whispered to God for the things we normally take for granted
The psalmist echoed those words, “Let me live that I may praise you and may your laws sustain me.” He realized what his mission in life was.
May our lives continue to bring glory and honor to God.