“With my whole heart
I will keep your statutes.
I cry to you.
Thus I may observe your decrees.
I rise before dawn.
I cry for help.
I put my hope in your words.
My eyes are awake before each watch of the night.
Thus I may meditate on your promise.
In your steadfast love,
Hear my voice!
In your justice,
Preserve my life!
Those who persecute me with evil purpose,
They are far from your law.
You are near.
All your commandments are true.
I learned from your decrees.
You have established them forever.”
This psalmist cried for help to Yahweh from his heart. He wanted to be saved because he kept the statutes of Yahweh. He rose before dawn with his crying prayer to Yahweh. In the middle of the night, he would get up and meditate on the promises of Yahweh. He wanted the steadfast love of Yahweh in his justice to preserve his life. He was being persecuted with an evil purpose by those who were far from Yahweh’s law. He wanted Yahweh near him because his commandments were true. He had long ago learned from Yahweh’s decrees that had been established forever. So ends this section on the nineteenth consonant letter of the Hebrew alphabet, Qoph.