1Happy are they whose way is blameless, *
who walk in the law of the Lord!
2Happy are they who observe his decrees *
and seek him with all their hearts!
3Who never do any wrong, *
but always walk in his ways.
4You laid down your commandments, *
that we should fully keep them .
5Oh, that my ways were made so direct *
that I might keep your statutes!
6the n I should not be put to shame, *
when I regard all your commandments.
7I will thank you with an unfeigned heart, *
when I have learned your righteous judgments.
8I will keep your statutes; *
do not utterly forsake me.
9How shall a young man cleanse his way? *
By keeping to your words.
10with my whole heart I seek you; *
let me not stray from your commandments.
11I treasure your promise in my heart, *
that I may not sin against you.
12 Blessed are you, O Lord; *
instruct me in your statutes.
13with my lips will I recite *
all the judgments of your mouth.
14I have taken greater delight in the way of your decrees *
than in all manner of riches.
15I will meditate on your commandments *
and give attention to your ways.
16My delight is in your statutes; *
I will not forget your word.
17Deal bountifully with your servant, *
that I may live and keep your word.
18Open my eyes, that I may see *
the wonders of your law.
19I am a stranger here on earth; *
do not hide your commandments from me.
20My soul is consumed at all times *
with longing for your judgments.
21You have rebuked the insolent; *
cursed are they who stray from your commandments!
22Turn from me shame and rebuke, *
for I have kept your decrees.
23Even though rulers sit and plot against me, *
I will meditate on your statutes.
24For your decrees are my delight, *
and they are my counselors.
A Prayer of Self-Dedication
Almighty and eternal God,
so draw our hearts to you,
so guide our minds,
so fill our imaginations,
so control our wills,
that we may be wholly yours,
utterly dedicated unto you;
and then use us, we pray you, as you will,
and always to your glory and the welfare of your people;
through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.