This is one of 22 psalm prayers meant to be prayed along with Psalm 119, the longest Psalm in the Bible. It comes from the prayer book I use. Psalm 119 is an acrostic — that is, it’s organized according to the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Psalm 119 often intimidates people, but there’s no need for that to be the case. It’s a wonderful meditation on the Word of God, and it doesn’t take as long to read as you’d think. I highly encourage you to take a look at it. All at once is the best way to experience it. Comparatively few do, which is a shame. Most people only know v.105 — “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” The rest of it is great too.
This particular prayer is thought-provoking in several ways. The petition of it contrasts the way we prefer nothing to God’s Word with being troubled in our thoughts, which is an intriguing pairing. A lack of God’s Word often leads to unclarity, confusion, cloudiness in mind and heart. (The opposite is also true.) Likewise, the ideas of nothing making us stumble and yet we have troubled thoughts are also a contrast. Perhaps the thing I like most about this prayer, and the thing that initially caught my attention, was the rather abrupt manner in which it stops. It seems as if we’ll continue on and ask for one or two more things, but it doesn’t. The first time I prayed it, this abrupt ending drew me up short; but as I looked at it more and thought about it, it made sense. So much of our days is wrapped up in disquiet of mind — grumbling, worrying, fretting, petty resentment and irritation. If we could be free of that, we’d have a lot more peace, tranquility, and hope, not to say energy and cheerfulness. What’s the secret to untroubled thoughts? Fill your thoughts with God’s Word! You are what you eat, and the more of God’s Word you take in, the more of it you have to draw on for yourself.
May God bless your meditation on His eternal Word, as we enter the solemn Holy Week celebrations of our Savior’s suffering, death, and glorious resurrection.
Great peace have they which love Thy law, O Lord, and nothing shall make them stumble. Grant that we, who do not prefer anything in this world to Thy love, may never be troubled in our thoughts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen. (Brotherhood Prayer Book, p.317)