Keeping and Jettisoning
Yodh Manus tuæ fecerunt me
73 Your hands have made me and fashioned me; *
give me understanding, that I may learn your commandments.
74 Those who admire you will be glad when they see me, *
because I trust in your word.
75 I know, O Lord, that your judgments are right *
and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
76 Let your loving-kindness be my comfort, *
as you have promised to your servant.
77 Let your compassion come to me, that I may live, *
for your law is my delight.
78 Let the arrogant be put to shame, for they wrong me with lies; *
but I will meditate on your commandments.
79 Let those who fear you turn to me, *
and also those who know your decrees.
80 Let my heart be sound in your statutes, *
that I may not be put to shame.
I have jettisoned verses 75 because, like so many verses in Psalm 119, it reflects a strand of theology that God afflicts us when we sin rather than loves us into redemption.
I have jettisoned verses 78 because no one is wronging me with lies, verse 79 because I would never think of interposing myself between anyone and the Lord, and verse 80 because I want my heart to be sound in the Lord's New Commandment for the pure delight of it and not to avoid shame.
Next: what would you keep and what would you jettison?
Kaph Defecit in salutare
81 My soul has longed for your salvation; *
I have put my hope in your word.
82 My eyes have failed from watching for your promise, *
and I say, "When will you comfort me?"
83 I have become like a leather flask in the smoke, *
but I have not forgotten your statutes.
84 How much longer must I wait? *
when will you give judgment against those who persecute me?
85 The proud have dug pits for me; *
they do not keep your law.
86 All your commandments are true; *
help me, for they persecute me with lies.
87 They had almost made an end of me on earth, *
but I have not forsaken your commandments.
88 In your loving-kindness, revive me, *
that I may keep the decrees of your mouth.