(Taw and Thaw are the twenty-third and fourth letters of the Hebrew alphabet)
May my cry come before You O Lord – hear and pay attention; give me understanding according to Your word.
May my supplication come before You; deliver me according to Your word.
May my lips overflow with praise, for You teach me Your word.
May my tongue sing of Your word, for Your word is righteous.
May Your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen Your word.
I long for Your salvation O Lord, and Your word is my delight.
Let me live that I may praise You and may Your word sustain me.
I have strayed like a lost sheep. Seek Your servant, for I have not forgotten Your word.
(Sin and Shin are the twenty-first and second letters of the Hebrew alphabet)
Rulers persecute me without cause, but I don’t tremble at that; I tremble when I read Your word.
I rejoice in Your word like one who finds a treasure.
I hate and abhor falsehood, but I love Your word.
Seven time a day I praise You for Your righteous word.
Great peace have they who love Your word, and nothing can make them stumble – Your word keeps them from stumbling.
I wait for Your salvation O Lord and I follow Your word.
I obey Your word, for I love Your word greatly.
I obey Your word – all my ways are known to You – those ways that follow Your word and those that stray away.
(Resh is the nineteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet)
Look upon my suffering and deliver me for I have not forgotten Your word.
Defend my case and redeem me – preserve my life according to Your word.
Salvation is far from the wicked for they do not seek out Your word.
Your compassion is great O Lord – preserve my life according to Your word.
Many are the foes who persecute me – without and within – but I have not turned from Your word.
I look on the faithless with loathing, for they do not obey Your word.
See how I love Your word, preserve my life O Lord according to Your love.
All Your words are true, all Your righteous words are eternal.
(Qoph is the nineteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet)
I call with all my heart – all I want is for You to hear and answer me – and I will obey Your word.
I call out to You – save me – I will keep Your word.
I rise before dawn and cry for help – I have put my hope in Your word.
My eyes stay open through the watches of the night that I may meditate in the promises in Your word.
Hear my voice because You love me. Preserve my life because of Your word.
Those who devise wicked schemes are near, but they are far from Your word.
Yet You are near O Lord and Your word is true.
Long ago I learned from Your word that You established it to last forever.
(Tsadhe is the eighteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet)
God is righteous – perfect. God’s word is right.
God’s word is perfect and fully trustworthy – constant, changeless, perfectly fair.
My zeal wears me out for my enemies ignore Your word.
Your word has been thoroughly tested – tried out in every situation – and Your servant loves them.
Though I’m not much, I don’t forget Your word.
Your righteousness is everlasting and Your word is true.
Trouble and distress have come upon me, but Your word is my delight. I can have pleasure and happiness even in trouble and distress if I am centered in Your word.
Your word is forever right – give me understanding that I may live. If I understand Your word, I understand You, and that is the key to life.
From Judges 1:21-36 (also Joshua 13:13; 16:10; 17:11-13; 15:63)
Twelve tribes. Ten of them are on the failure list. Only Simeon and Gad aren’t mentioned. The Israelites were to either completely destroy or completely drive out the long list of Canaanites and then occupy the Promised Land enemy-free. They failed and the “-ites” became thorns in their sides.
As believers in Christ, we are called to drive out the “-ites” from our lives in order to live in our Promised Land of abundant life. We must drive out every sin, every attitude, every thought, every feeling, every word, every action that displeases God and hinders our fellowship with Him.
Complaining, coveting, selfishness and dwelling in the past must go. So must focusing on hurts, habits, and hang-ups. We must deliberately drive them out of our minds, hearts, spirits and lives or they will become thorns in our sides and lead us into self-focus and self-worship.