O Precious Father in Heaven, I know that You have dealt very well with me, as You
have said in Your holy word. Not one of Your promises to me has failed. This is only
because of Your grace and mercy for I have not had good judgment and knowledge,
but by Your grace I have believed Your commandments.
It is of Your mercy that You teach me, for I am as a child before You, without
understanding or knowledge.
Your afflictions have been good and do good to me, because they teach me Your
statutes. Before I had afflictions, I went astray, but now I have learned to walk better
and to be more obedient. How good You have been to me! Truly as a Father You have
instructed and taught me in the way! My heart is filled with Your praises.
The wicked are proud and hate Your precepts. They make up lies about Your children,
as weapons of iron are forged in the furnace. They are very proud and their hearts are
fat and satisfied. They do not know meekness and are not poor in spirit. They do not
know you and are not your children, for they are not taught of You.
They mock the godly and take merriment in the failures of Your children. Little do
they know that the day of wrath will sweep them away.
It is good that I have known afflictions, for You have designed them for me as a kind
and loving Father. There was a time, I confess, when I would almost feel sorry for
myself, but now I know they came from Your Fatherly and gracious hand so that I may
learn obedience from the heart, for You cannot be served with men’s hands.
The pure in heart see You, O father, and this purity is forged only in the
fires of affliction.
Far more precious than thousands of gold and silver are the words of Your mouth, My
Father. Your Word became flesh and dwelt among us, even Jesus of Nazareth, Your
Only Begotten Son.
He was set aside of the builders and cruelly crucified for our sins, but You raised Him
from the dead and set Him at Your own right hand on the throne of David, and made
Him both Lord and Christ.
This I know and confess, O heavenly Father. You have dealt very well with Your
servants, Precious Father, for You are good, and do good. This I confess and believe.
Amen and Amen.
65 Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O LORD, according unto thy word.
66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.
67 Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.
68 Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes.
69 The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart.
70 Their heart is as fat as grease; but I delight in thy law.
71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.
72 The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.
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