113 I despise those with divided loyalties, the two-faced who can’t keep commitments. God, I adore Your clear-cut revelation and treasure Your laws. 114 Lord, You’re my place of quiet retreat, I love how Your presence becomes my wrap-around shield of safety. Your Word is my source of hope therefore I wait for Your Word to renew me.115 Go away and leave me alone, you evil minded people! I desperately desire to fulfil my commitment to obeying the commandments of God, how I long to honor each one. 116 Lord, strengthen me to the very depths of my being; sustain me according to Your Word of faithful promise so that I might truly live! Do not let my great hope in You be crushed by disappointing my grand desires. 117 Lift me up, sustain me, rescue me and I will be safe. Empower me to continually meditate upon Your decrees. 118 Lord, You reject those who reject Your laws. Expose those who drift away from Your decrees because casual idolatry is lethal. Deceitfulness is utterly useless and we only fool ourselves when we think we will get away with it. 119 The wicked are discarded and valueless like rubbish. Reveal to me where I have hidden idols and wickedness so that I can deeply and completely love and obey Your laws! 120 I tremble with holy fear for I have great respect for Your righteous judgements. Lord God, I am in awe of You and Your wonderful regulations.
My paraphrased version is from the New Living Translation; the Amplified; the Message; and The Passion Translation.
Praying Psalm 119: 113-120 my place of quiet retreat: Oh Lord, how my heart despises those with divided loyalties, the two-faced who can’t keep commitments. Help me to stand steadfast in Your truth, for I absolutely adore Your clear-cut revelations and treasure Your laws. Precious Savior, You’re my place of quiet retreat; when I fix my eyes upon You the problems of this world fade away. I am led to Your still waters of life where I can rest and be refreshed. Thank You that Your presence becomes my wrap-around shield of safety. Forevermore be my tower of strength! Almighty God, thank You that Your precious Word is my source of hope! I wait, with eager expectation, for Your Word to renew me. Lord, deliver me from the evil minded people who are determined to destroy me, please send them from my life. Far from their distraction I can fulfil my commitment to obeying every commandment. I endeavor to obey and honor each and every revelation of Your Word. Holy Spirit, please breathe Your breath of life into the very depths of my being; sustain me according to Your Word of faithful promises so that I can truly live! Lord, please come through or me otherwise my great hope in You will be crushed. Don’t let my grand desires to further Your Kingdom be snatched away. Help me to dance upon every disappointment whilst wearing the garment of praise. Once again give me Your dreams and desires for I know those things cannot fail. Lord, come and lift me up, please sustain me, come rescue me once again then I will be safe! Empower me to continually meditate and completely absorb Your decrees. Lord, I know that You reject those who reject Your laws, help me to never turn my back upon Your ways. You expose those who drift away from Your laws because casual idolatry is lethal. I thank You for revealing to me my idols and for steering me back on course! Deceitfulness is utterly useless and we only fool ourselves when we think we will get away with it. Help me to live my life with integrity and complete openness to You Lord. The wicked are discarded and valueless like rubbish, help them to hear Your words of truth and life so that they can be saved! Holy Spirit, please come and reveal where I have hidden idols and wickedness so that I am refined and able to keep loving and fully observing Your laws! Almighty God, the author of life, my entire being trembles with holy fear. I have such great respect for Your righteous judgements. Abba Father, I am in awe of You and Your wonderful regulations. Help me to serve You each and every moment of my day.
May you be refreshed today. Many blessings, Keona