Last night I received my second tattoo from the same artist. It is my owl image for this blog that I have owned since 2007. Underneath the image is “Psalm 119.” I have it tattooed on the inside of my left forearm so that when I look down I am reminded of who I serve. Psalm 119 is considered one of the wisdom psalms and it is reminder that I am to seek true wisdom in God’s Word and not my own in all my thoughts, words, and actions. I have been wanting this tattoo for a long time, and particularly as I have been re-examining my role personally, professionally, spiritually, and here at The Blogging Owl.
From the book, “Reading the Psalms with Luther,” © 2007 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO. I have changed the prayers into the first-person voice for praying the Scripture.
“The 119th psalm is a long psalm, containing prayers, comforts, instructions, and thanks in great number. It is chiefly written to make us excited about God’s Word. It praises God’s Word throughout and warns us against both the false teachers and against boredom and contempt for the Word. Therefore, it is primarily to be counted among the psalms as comfort. Its primary concern is that we have God’s Word in its purity and hear it gladly. From this concern, then, come powerful prayers, instructions, thanks, prophecies, worship of God, suffering, and all that pleases God and grieves the devil. But where one despises the Word and is satiated by it, there all these ceases. For where the Word is not purely taught, there is truly an abundance of prayers, instructions, comforts, worship, suffering, and prophecies – but totally false and condemned! For it is then only service to the devil, who is impure with all his heretics.”
Luther offers the following prayers after the indicated verses of Psalm 119:
“Beloved Father in heaven, you are blessed for granting me the Word of Your grace, in which You have revealed to me Your will concerning my salvation. Teach me in love Your Word, diligently to hear and willingly to learn it, that guided by this lamp my feet may walk in the way everlasting. Amen”
“Lord, my God, teach me to know and remember how frail I am, that I do not lean on my own understanding, nor depend on my own wisdom and skill, but seek my true wisdom in Your Word. Let Your statues enlighten my eyes, that I behold Your wondrous counsel for the salvation of my soul in Jesus Christ. Amen”
“Lord, my God, who alone is able to cleanse from sin, preserve me from appealing for righteousness to the testimony of my conscience or the innocence of my heart, and teach me to build my hope alone on the blood and death of Your Son, Jesus Christ. For His sake blot out my sins and remember my transgressions no more. Amen”
“O Lord, You who are the same yesterday, today, and forever, remember me your pilgrim in this nether world; for frail is my frame, and few are our days. Let the Word of Your salvation be a lamp to my feet and a light to my path, that my soul must not walk in darkness, by may be find the way to that city whose light is the Lamb. Amen”
“Thanks be to You, Lord Jesus, Captain of my salvation, for the goodly weapon of Your word, with which I drive the enemy before me, and can rout thrones and sovereign rulers. Create in me a zeal for Your Word, willingly to bear and learn it, that I may always have my weapon polished and ready. Amen”
“Spirit of the living God, teach me to know and to consider the vanity of all earthly things, that I may be made truly wise to lay up for myself treasures in heaven, that my soul may not be left empty. Cause Your Word to grow in me, and to bring fruit which will remain unto eternal life. Amen”
“Thanks be to You, God of all wisdom, that You have given me Your Word, in which You teach me the true wisdom. Guard me from the seductions of science falsely so called, and keep me in the faith of Your Word, which enlightens the soul unto eternal life. So, draw me to Your Son, that I hear His voice and follow Him. Amen”
“As I pray, dear Jesus, hear me.
Let Your words in me take root.
May Your Spirit e’er be near me
That I bear abundant fruit.
May I daily sing Your praise,
From my heart glad anthems raise,
Till my highest praise is given
In the endless joy of heaven. Amen”
“Praise and honor belong to You, my God, because You have given me Your Word, by which You clothe my poor and naked soul in the garments of salvation, and bring to me heavenly and abiding treasures. Fashion my heart by Your Holy Spirit, that I crave not things of this earth, but desire things above. Amen”
“Lord, our God, who has commanded me to pray, grant me that Spirit of prayer, who alone can teach me how to bring my petitions before You in acceptable manner. Cause Your Spirit to guide me, that I seek not self-chosen works after my own thoughts but continue in Your Word that I may be found Your child indeed. Amen”
“Lord, you are good and gracious, and most heartily do I thank You that You have granted me to read and to hear this song in which You commend to me Your heavenly Word. And now prepare a place for it in my heart, that it may shine in me a light, dispelling the night of unbelief and sin, and filling my soul with the love of Jesus, my Savior. Amen”
The world needs reminders
I have been posting #YourLifeMattersToMe on social media because your life does matter to me however you identify, whatever skin tone, and whether you believe in the same God I do or not. We are living in a highly charged time politically, environmentally, and spiritually. The world needs positive commentary right now and hopefully, I can provide it going forward. As I wrote in my journal the other day, I am not to seek righteousness in others, but I am never to stop being righteous myself. In other words, never look for justice, but never cease to give it. #Ally4All
Stay safe. Stay well.
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