My rivals nearly did me in, they persistently ignored your commandments.
Your promise has been tested through and through, and I, your servant, love it dearly.
I'm too young to be important, but I don't forget what you tell me.
Your righteousness is eternally right, your revelation is the only truth.
Even though troubles came down on me hard, your commands always gave me delight.
The way you tell me to live is always right; help me understand it so I can live to the fullest.
I call out at the top of my lungs, "God! Answer! I'll do whatever you say."
I called to you, "Save me so I can carry out all your instructions."
I was up before sunrise, crying for help, hoping for a word from you.
I stayed awake all night, prayerfully pondering your promise.
In your love, listen to me; in your justice, God, keep me alive.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)