119th Psalm – Lamed (12th letter – L)

Time for the next installment on my Psalm 119 project. To recap for any new readers, Psalm 119 was originally written as an acrostic poem with each part starting with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. I wanted to try to see how I could do writing each part starting with the english equivalents. I started with Aleph – A, then Bet/Beth – B and managed to start every line with the appropriate letter (see my previous posts for those parts). I’m posting the real portion of the Psalm first for comparison purposes. Not sure how far I’ll get, but I’ll post as I go along.

LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth. They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants. Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction. I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me. I am thine, save me; for I have sought thy precepts. The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies. I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad.

Psalms 119:89-96 KJV

lamed hashem  |  Learning Hebrew – The letter Lamed (עִבְרִית)

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Psalm 119 – Lamed (12th letter – L)

Lord, Thy Word is settled now
In heaven up above.
Lasting is Thy faithfulness,
The earth lives on Thy love.

Laws of Yours, I need to live.
Without them, I would die.
Life comes to me from You alone,
You keep me safe on high.

Long the wicked waited up
But they cannot destroy.
List’ning to Thy testament
Has always been my joy.

Lord, I know perfection ends;
As You have always planned.
Limits have all things on earth
But Thy great law will stand.

© 2013 Denise McKenney

Feel free to print, share or repost anything on this blog. I do ask that you let me know if you use one of my poems on your blog or at your church somehow. It might give me an idea of better ways to spread His words, which I am always looking to do. And of course, always keep the copyright symbol and my name with the poem so I continue to have the right to use them. You may not realize that if something is posted enough times without the copyright notice, I could lose the copyright and then someone else could conceivably file for a copyright and I would no longer be able to use my own poems! It has happened, so please make sure the (c) is always on the poem whenever you repost. Thanks!

God bless,
Denise McKenney

About dforchrist

I am a 50+-year-old Christian, live in Indiana with my husband and 3 cats, and love Jesus. God has been giving me the ability to write incredible poems lately as well as the urge to share them. I pray they touch you as He intends.
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2 Responses to 119th Psalm – Lamed (12th letter – L)

  1. Eliza says:

    I’m not sure that I left a reply. My comments have not been posting on any blog. It is frustrating.
    I do love Psalm 119, the Lord Jesus Christ has used it to encourage and strengthen me. God bless you.

    • dforchrist says:

      It is a very moving Psalm. This project has allowed me to delve much deeper into it. It’s so large that so much gets lost when taken as a whole, but serving it up in smaller portions makes its beauty shine through. I’m glad God is speaking to you through it and pray you continue to be touched by God’s words. God bless.

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