turn to me and be gracious to me, as is your way with those who love your name. [psalm 119:132]
פְּנֵה־ (pə·nêh-) = to turn, to face, appear, look
אֵלַ֥י (’ê·lay) = to me, near, with, among, to
וְחָנֵּ֑נִי (wə·ḥān·nê·nî) = and show me mercy, to bend, to stoop in kindness to an inferior, to favor, bestow, to implore
כְּ֝מִשְׁפָּ֗ט (kə·miš·pāṭ) = as you do, a verdict, a sentence, formal decree, divine law, penalty, justice, privilege
לְאֹהֲבֵ֥י (lə·’ō·hă·ḇê) = to those who love, to have affection for
שְׁמֶֽךָ׃ (šə·me·ḵā) = your name
we ask God to turn and face, us, yet are we turning to him? not as a means to receive an answer or to check off the to-do list, but because we desire his merciful, affectionate presence. God is ever-willing to bestow his grace on us and all we have to do is turn to him.
how will you turn and face God in obedience today? how will stoop in kindness today?
~ angela younger