My suffering was good for me, for it taught me to pay attention to your decrees.
If your instructions hadn’t sustained me with joy, I would have died in my misery.
My life constantly hangs in the balance,
but I will not stop obeying your instructions.
As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands.
(Psalm 119:71, 92, 109, 143 NLT)