17 Be generous with me Lord so that I may walk an abundant life. May I live every minute of my life by Your Word, hiding it as a great treasure in my heart and being guided by Your truth. 18 Open my eyes to see the glorious miracle-wonders that are stored in Your Word! 19 My life on earth is brief because this is not my real home, I’m simply visiting. Please reveal Your wisdom, instruct me of Your commands, I cry out for clear direction. 20 My soul cries out for I am starved with an insatiable longing for Your nourishing commands. I crave to know You and Your Word in the very depths of my soul! 21 May I never become presumptuous and arrogant by walking away from Your commandments. May I never embarrass myself by thinking myself wise. For You rebuke the rebellious who disobey and refuse Your precious laws. 22 Lord, be my shield and strength when the mocking voices come to accuse me. Be my strong fortress when insults are flung my way. 23 When criticism surrounds me, find me still serving You Lord. I will always seek Your plans for my life, I am completely absorbed in pursuit of Your wise counsel. I will not listen to the words of slander, instead I will mediate upon Your statutes. 24 Your Word is a great source of light and delight. Your commands counsel and direct me. I holdfast to Your prophecies and testimonies.
My paraphrased version is from the New Living Translation; the Amplified; the Message; and The Passion Translation.
Praying Psalm 119: 17-24 Miracle-wonder Word
Lord God, I ask that You will be generous to me. I offer myself to You afresh as Your humble servant. Pour out You favour so that I may walk in the abundant life that You call me to. Lord, I set my heart upon Your Word, I desire to absorb it into every fibre of my being. May every minute of my day find me living out Your Word and instructions. I store up the treasures of Your Word so that I’m constantly guided by Your glorious truth. Oh how I long to have my eyes opened to see the glorious miracle-wonders that are stored in Your Word. Lord, my soul longs for You, I long to reside with You forever in Heaven. So many times I’ve cried out for You to take me home, but You’ve entrusted me with a task so I ask that You will fill me with wisdom and instruction so that I can live my life honouring You. A deep hunger burns in my heart for Your nourishment. Lord, I crave to know You and Your Word in the very depths of my soul! Lord, protect me from ever becoming presumptuous or arrogant, for they will lead me away from You. I ask that You would remove all traces of rebellion and stubbornness.
Lord, be my shield and strength when the mocking voices come to accuse me. Be my strong fortress when insults are flung my way. When criticism surrounds me with humiliation, may You find me still serving You. When the voices of slander are loud, may You find me completely absorbed in pursuit of Your wise counsel, find me with my ears tuned to Your voice and my heart set upon You. Oh my precious Savior, what a delight and joy it is to study Your ways. Abba Father, what a pleasure it is to read Your love letter to me. Oh Holy Spirit, flood me with light and glorious grace. May I always treasure and seek the outworking of Your prophecies. May I always remember what You’ve done in my life. May I be a faithful steward to the great testimonies You’ve entrusted me with. Abba Father, Your Word truly is a miracle-wonder book of life!