(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.