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Psalm 119:12-13 expresses the psalmists commitment — to learn the law and to rehearse the rules. Thus:”Praise be to you, O LORD; teach me your decrees. With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth.”
Here the young psalmist blesses God (baruk) and petitions God to be the teacher; then the psalmist states that he will “rehearse/recount” all the laws (mishpat).
What I hear is this: the heart set on God learns the Torah — by reading it regularly, listening to it longingly, and loving it with life.
Do you regularly read the Bible so that you listen to it? Or is it just something to analyze, study, break apart?
The Torah students begin sessions with this prayer: “Blessed are you, O YHWH; teach me your laws.

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