(Samekh is the fifteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet)
I hate double-minded men – men with two sets of rules – one for religious purposes and one for secular.
But I love Your word.
God is my refuge (place of shelter) and my shield (protector).
I have put my hope on Your word.
Away from me, you evil-doers,
That I may keep the word of my God!
Sustain me according to Your word (give me the courage, strength and discipline to follow Your word) and I will live;
Do not let my hopes be dashed.
Uphold me with Your word and I will be delivered from the double-minded evil-doers.
I will always have regard for Your word.
You reject all who stray from Your word,
For their deceitfulness (double-mindedness) is in vain.
All the wicked of the earth You discard like dross (burnt up unusable gold),
Therefore I love Your word.
My flesh trembles in fear of You.
I stand in awe of Your word, humbly, respectfully.
As if I have double-vision, balance my eyes. Balance my mind. Balance my faith.
(Nun is the fourteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet)
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path – Your word shows me where to walk in this world.
I have made a promise and re-affirmed it, that I will follow the way Your word lights up.
I have suffered much; preserve my life O Lord according to Your word.
Accept O Lord the willing praise of my mouth and teach me Your word.
Though I constantly take my life in my hands, I will not forget Your word.
The wicked have set a snare for me, but I have not strayed from Your word.
Your word is my heritage forever, Your word is the joy of my heart.
My heart is set on keeping Your word to the very end.
(Mem is the thirteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet)
Oh how I love Your word!
I meditate on it all day long.
Your word makes me wiser than my enemies,
For they are ever with me.
I have more insight than all my teachers,
For I meditate on Your word.
I have more understanding than the elders,
For I obey Your word.
I have kept my feet from every evil path
So that I might obey Your word.
I have not departed from Your word,
For You Yourself have taught me.
How sweet are Your words to my taste,
Sweeter than honey to my mouth.
I gain understanding from Your word;
Therefore I hate every wrong path.
“God has never said that the land will simply be handed over to the Israelites without a struggle. On the contrary, God has told the Israelites that they will have to fight for the land.” The Daily Bible, p 158
Just as the Israelites had to fight for the Promised Land, so the believer has to fight for the blessings and fruit of the Christian life. The Israelites had to fight Canaanites. We have to fight Satan and his minions, and our own selfish, lazy natures. Peter warned of our enemy who prowls about like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (I Peter 5:8). Paul gave us the armor of God (Ephesians 6: 10-17).
Want to be closer to God? Fight for it.
Want to have a better prayer life? Fight for it.
Want to memorize more Scripture? Fight for it.
Want to be more like Jesus? Fight for it.
Want to be led by the Spirit? Fight for it.
Want to have more love? Fight for it.
Joy? Fight for it.
Peace? Fight for it.
Patience? Fight for it.
Kindness? Fight for it.
Goodness? Fight for it.
Generosity? Fight for it.
Faithfulness? Fight for it.
Meekness? Fight for it.
Gentleness? Fight for it.
Humility? Fight for it.
Discipline? Fight for it.
Self-control? Fight for it.
Want the world to be a better place? Fight for it!
As Max Lucado tells us in Glory Days, we don’t fight for victory, we fight from it, and God fights for us. So let’s get out there and fight! And remember, we are more than conquerors! (Romans 8:37)
(Lamedh is the twelfth letter of the Hebrew alphabet)
Your word, O Lord, is eternal – it lasts forever.
It stands firm in the heavens, which have nothing firm about them at all.
Your faithfulness continues through all generations – for every age of people, You are consistently there for them.
You established the earth, and it endures.
Your word endures to this day,
For all things serve You. Everything has a part in Your plan and will.
If Your word had not been my delight,
I would have perished in my affliction.
I will never forget Your word,
For by Your word, You have preserved and saved my life.
Save me, for I am Yours,
I have sought out Your word.
The wicked are waiting to destroy me,
But I will ponder Your word.
To all perfection, I see a limit,
But Your word is boundless.
Kaph is the eleventh letter of the Hebrew alphabet)
My soul faints with longing for Your salvation, I can’t wait to fellowship with You,
But I have put my hope in Your word – I trust Your word to come true.
My eyes fail, looking for Your word to me,
When will You comfort me?
Though I am a wineskin in the smoke (dried up and useless according to the Moody Commentary),
I do not forget Your word.
How long must Your servant wait?
When will You punish my persecutors?
The arrogant dig pitfalls for me,
Contrary to Your word.
Your word – each and every word – is trustworthy and can be depended upon;
Help me, for men persecute me without cause.
They almost wiped me from the earth,
But I have not forsaken Your word.
Preserve my life according to Your love,
And I will obey Your word.
Your hands made me and formed me;
Give me understanding to learn Your word.
May those who fear and respect You rejoice when they see me,
For I have put my hope in Your word.
I know, O Lord, that Your word is righteous,
And in faithfulness to Yourself, Your word, and me, You have afflicted and disciplined me.
My Your unfailing love be my comfort,
According to Your word to Your servant.
Let Your compassion come to me that I might live,
For Your word is my delight.
May the arrogant be put to shame for wronging me without cause;
But I will meditate in Your word.
May those who fear and respect You turn to me,
Those who understand Your word.
May my heart be blameless toward Your word – may my love and motivation be faithful and true,
That I may not be put to shame.