David declared and asked

Today for my devotions I read part of Psalm 119. Bible scholars generally agree that this Psalm was written by David.

Some think it was a way of David teaching Solomon the alphabet. Not in the reading sense, but the spiritual alphabet with using the words before each section to show him how to be faithful to God.

The section I read is below…

Psalm 119:105-112 NLT – Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. [106] I’ve promised it once, and I’ll promise it again: I will obey your righteous regulations. [107] I have suffered much, O LORD; restore my life again as you promised. [108] LORD, accept my offering of praise, and teach me your regulations. [109] My life constantly hangs in the balance, but I will not stop obeying your instructions. [110] The wicked have set their traps for me, but I will not turn from your commandments. [111] Your laws are my treasure; they are my heart’s delight. [112] I am determined to keep your decrees to the very end.

In this passage David declared a number of things. He also asked God for help.

  1. Declared God’s Word is a lamp to guide his way
  2. Declared he would obey God’s righteous regulations
  3. Asked God to restore his life from his sufferings
  4. Asked God to accept his offering of praise
  5. Asked God to teach him His regulations
  6. Declared he would obey God’s instructions even in the face of death
  7. Declared he would not turn from God’s instructions
  8. Declared he was determined to keep God’s decrees to the end

As I read this passage I was really encouraged and inspired. I want to be a man of God’s Word. I want to follow His instructions and keep His decrees until the end. I also want God to restore me from my sufferings, accept my praise and teach me His ways.

For me this Psalm is not only a determined goal, but a prayer for my life going forward. I want the things David prayed for and declared.


Dear God, help me to be a person who loves Your Word. Help me to be a person who studies and follows Your decrees until the end. I pray that You will restore me, accept my praise and teach me Your ways. I ask in Jesus’ name, Amen.