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a slow journey through lent: day 30

Today, read through the passage for the week again Psalm 119:9-16 in the Message version. Then read through Nan Merrill's interpretation of the same passage below. Choose one and pray from it today OR write your own poem/prayer inspired by this passage.

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.

I’ll transfer to my lips

all the counsel that comes from your mouth;

I delight far more in what you tell me about living

than in gathering a pile of riches.

I ponder every morsel of wisdom from you,

I attentively watch how you’ve done it.

I relish everything you’ve told me of life,

I won’t forget a word of it. (MSG version)


"How can the young keep to the

straight path? Only

by learning to listen to the

still Voice within.

With all my heart I seek You;

let me not wander from

your teachings!

You Word is imprinted upon my heart,

that I may walk in your Light.

Blessed are You, O Counselor;

guide me in all that I do,

That with my lips I may bear

witness to the truth of your Way.

With you Word in my heart,

I delight more than with the

world's riches.

I listen in the Silence,

awaiting the clarity of your


May I become a living fountain of joy

and give thanks for your

bountiful blessings!

Nan Merrrill - Psalms for Praying

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melanie myatt
melanie myatt
Mar 19, 2021

Psalm 119 is not my favorite, but meditating on it this way has helped me to see it in a different light. I do delight in God’s teachings—and they are the pathway of Life.

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