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Psalm 119:5

5 Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees!

Read Psalm 119:5 Using Other Translations

O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes!
Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees!

What does Psalm 119:5 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Psalms 119:5

O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
] The psalmist, sensible of his own inability, as every good man is, to keep the commands of God, prays for grace, direction, and assistance in it; that the ways of his mind, his thoughts, affections, and inclinations, might be directed to an observance of the divine precepts; knowing he could not command his thoughts, raise his affections, dispose his mind, and incline his heart thereunto; and finding a backwardness to religious exercises and spiritual duties, and that the ways and actions of his life might be guided to the same; being sensible he could not take one step aright without God and Christ; that the way of man is not in himself, and that it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps; that a good man's steps are ordered by the Lord, and he directs his paths: besides the direction of the word, there is need of the Spirit and grace of God, to cause a person to walk in his statutes, and to keep his judgments, and do them; see ( Jeremiah 10:23 ) ( Psalms 37:23 ) ( Proverbs 3:6 ) ( Ezekiel 36:27 ) .

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