9. I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O Lord; I will keep thy statutes. Great peace have they which love thy law; and nothing shall offend them. I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies for all my ways are before thee. I have gone astray like a lost sheep: seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments. Psalm 119: 145, 165, 168, 176.
The word of God should be ever connected with prayer; for why is it that many hear and read without being the better? They do not pray in faith for a blessing. We must, like David, pray with the utmost fervor, that we may understand and retain the word of God, and bring forth fruit; for a Christian has nothing so much at heart as that he may always act up to the word and will of God: his prayer is, Lord, let my footsteps be sure, according to thy word; and let nothing contrary to thy law have dominion over me, either in my doctrine or practice. If this prayer be granted, great will be our peace; Jesus himself will be our peace, and then nothing shall offend us; we shall take heed unto all our ways before God, and so walk before him as to continue humble, like David, who considered himself as a straying and lost sheep. Lord, we are by nature straying and lost sheep; seek and fetch us back from the error of our ways, and preserve us in thy pasture.
My soul has gone too far astray,
My feet too often slip;
Yet since I’ve not forgot thy way,
Restore thy wandering sheep.
My Shepherd Will Supply My Need
Isaac Watts 1719