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Real Christian Faith

 Real Christianity is about a life of faith, a life characterized 
 by love of God and the living of a godly, upright life out of 
 love for him.  I present the following selections as an example, 
 or model, of what I feel constitutes real Christian faith.  Note 
 that these selections are not from the New Testament.  They are 
 from the Old Testament --- from the book of Psalms.  What book of 
 the Bible best describes my personal faith, my personal 
 relationship with God?  The book of Psalms, I think.  Does that 
 mean that my personal faith is more Old Testament than New 
 Testament?  No.  My faith is very much New Testament.  But the 
 message of Jesus is very close in spirit to the book of Psalms.  
 Both emphasize the importance of the right kind of heart, purity 
 of heart, a right heart towards God.  Both emphasize the 
 importance of love of God and obedience to God.

 The following passages emphasize love of God and living by his 
 precepts.  What are God's precepts?  God's precepts are most 
 clearly found in the teachings of Jesus and in the letters of the 
 apostles.  Look to the New Testament for the clearest 
 presentation of God's precepts.  I like the book of Psalms 
 because it shows clearly that the foundation for the kind of life 
 that God wants from us is love of him and that the necessary 
 consequence of honest love of him is godly, upright living.  The 
 person who loves God and lives a godly, upright life in obedience 
 to him will go to heaven.  He who doesn't, won't.  The book of 
 Psalms gives us the model.  I say this because there are those 
 who teach that we can go to heaven just by "believing in Jesus".  
 Well, the devils believe --- and tremble.  It depends on just 
 what you mean by the phrase "believe in Jesus".  The phrase is 
 vague, nebulous, ambiguous, unexplicit.  If you consider it to 
 mean the life of faith as described in the book of Psalms, then I 
 agree.  Otherwise I don't. 

 One finds happiness, peace, and spiritual fulfillment in the life 
 of faith as found in Psalms.  He finds it in a life lived in tune 
 with God, in communion with God.  He gets it from a religion 
 characterized not by a preoccupation with complicated theology, 
 dogma and doctrine, not by a lot of talk and debate and parsing 
 of scripture, not by a lot of pious cant and oft repeated pious 
 phrases and slogans, not by a lot of show, but rather by an 
 emphasis on the teachings of Jesus (i.e. teachings on humility, 
 peacefulness, forgiveness,  etc.) and on quietly, humbly 
 following them.  He doesn't get it from cut and dried formulas 
 for salvation or from belief in dogmas and doctrines.  Rather he 
 gets it from a life founded on love of God, knowledge of his holy 
 word, and upright living; a life of belief and faith: a life of 
 quiet practice.  He gets it from a life of love of God and 
 upright, godly living.  Then he can say along with the psalmist, 
 "He is my God, I am his child.  He is my protector and my shield.  
 He is my rock, my foundation.  He is my light and my salvation: 
 Whom shall I fear?  He is the strength of my life; of whom shall 
 I be afraid?" 

 This life of faith and the model of the kind of personal 
 relationship with God that we find in Psalms stands in contrast 
 to a religion based in rote practices and religious rites.  Man 
 is saved by love of God and a life of faith, a life involving 
 upright living in accordance with his precepts, not by rote 
 practices and religious rites.  One must, of course, have God's 
 precepts down right.  Look to the teachings of Jesus for those: 
 peacefulness, humility, meekness, forgiveness, self-denial, 
 service, concern for your neighbor, honesty, kindness, 
 compassion, morality, chastity, goodness, etc.  Upright living is 
 about more than simple conduct.  It is about the heart.  God 
 wants a pure, upright heart.  A heart committed to goodness and 
 righteousness.  We can't go to heaven by any sham ways.  We must 
 love God and live godly, upright lives.  Note that in the book of 
 Psalms we don't find any such practices as praying to saints.  
 Our relationship is with God and him alone.  Psalms tells us that 
 God wants an upright heart and not such things as animal 
 sacrifices.  He wants our heart.  

   Psa 18:1-2   I will love thee, O LORD, my strength. {2} The 
   LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my 
   strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my 
   salvation, and my high tower.

   Psa 23  The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. {2} He 
   maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside 
   the still waters. {3} He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in 
   the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. {4} Yea, though 
   I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear 
   no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they 
   comfort me. {5} Thou preparest a table before me in the 
   presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my 
   cup runneth over. {6} Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me 
   all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the 
   LORD for ever. 

   Psa 24:3-5   Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who 
   shall stand in his holy place? {4} He that hath clean hands, 
   and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, 
   nor sworn deceitfully. {5} He shall receive the blessing from 
   the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

   Psa 25:4-10   Show me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. {5} 
   Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my 
   salvation; on thee do I wait all the day. {6} Remember, O LORD, 
   thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been 
   ever of old. {7} Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my 
   transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy 
   goodness' sake, O LORD. {8} Good and upright is the LORD: 
   therefore will he teach sinners in the way. {9} The meek will 
   he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way. {10} 
   All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep 
   his covenant and his testimonies. 

   Psa 26:1-5  Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in mine 
   integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD; therefore I shall 
   not slide. {2} Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins 
   and my heart. {3} For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: 
   and I have walked in thy truth. {4} I have not sat with vain 
   persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers. {5} I have 
   hated the congregation of evildoers; and will not sit with the 

   Psa 27:1  The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I 
   fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be 

   Psa 27:7-11   Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have 
   mercy also upon me, and answer me. {8} When thou saidst, Seek 
   ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I 
   seek. {9} Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant 
   away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither 
   forsake me, O God of my salvation. {10} When my father and my 
   mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up. {11} Teach me 
   thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine 

   Psa 28:7   The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart 
   trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly 
   rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. 

   Psa 32:10-11   Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that 
   trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about. {11} Be 
   glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, 
   all ye that are upright in heart.

   Psa 33:18-22   Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that 
   fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; {19} To deliver 
   their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. {20} 
   Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield. 
   {21} For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have 
   trusted in his holy name. {22} Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon 
   us, according as we hope in thee.

   Psa 34:1   I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall 
   continually be in my mouth. {3}  O magnify the LORD with me, 
   and let us exalt his name together. (7} The angel of the LORD 
   encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. 
   {8} O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man 
   that trusteth in him. {9} O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for 
   there is no want to them that fear him. {11} Come, ye children, 
   hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD. {12} 
   What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that 
   he may see good? {13} Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips 
   from speaking guile. {14} Depart from evil, and do good; seek 
   peace, and pursue it. {15} The eyes of the LORD are upon the 
   righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. {16} The face 
   of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the 
   remembrance of them from the earth. {17} The righteous cry, and 
   the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their 
   troubles. {18} The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken 
   heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. {19} Many 
   are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth 
   him out of them all. {20} He keepeth all his bones: not one of 
   them is broken. {21} Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that 
   hate the righteous shall be desolate. {22} The LORD redeemeth 
   the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him 
   shall be desolate.

   Psa 36:5-10 Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy 
   faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds. {6} Thy righteousness is 
   like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O 
   LORD, thou preservest man and beast. {7} How excellent is thy 
   lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their 
   trust under the shadow of thy wings. {8} They shall be 
   abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou 
   shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. {9} For 
   with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see 
   light. {10} O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know 
   thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart. 

   Psa 37  Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou 
   envious against the workers of iniquity. {2} For they shall 
   soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. 
   {3} Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the 
   land, and verily thou shalt be fed. {4} Delight thyself also in 
   the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 
   {5} Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he 
   shall bring it to pass. {6} And he shall bring forth thy 
   righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. 
   {7} Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not 
   thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of 
   the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. {8} Cease from 
   anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do 
   evil. {9} For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait 
   upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. {10} For yet a 
   little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt 
   diligently consider his place, and it shall not be. {11} But 
   the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves 
   in the abundance of peace. {12} The wicked plotteth against the 
   just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth. {13} The Lord shall 
   laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming. {14} The 
   wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to 
   cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright 
   conversation. {15} Their sword shall enter into their own 
   heart, and their bows shall be broken. {16} A little that a 
   righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked. 
   {17} For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD 
   upholdeth the righteous. {18} The LORD knoweth the days of the 
   upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.

   Psa 40:1-10  I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined 
   unto me, and heard my cry. {2} He brought me up also out of an 
   horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a 
   rock, and established my goings. {3} And he hath put a new song 
   in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and 
   fear, and shall trust in the LORD. {4} Blessed is that man that 
   maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor 
   such as turn aside to lies. {5} Many, O LORD my God, are thy 
   wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which 
   are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: 
   if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be 
   numbered. {6} Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; 
   mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering 
   hast thou not required. {7} Then said I, Lo, I come: in the 
   volume of the book it is written of me, {8} I delight to do thy 
   will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. {9} I have 
   preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have 
   not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest. {10} I have not 
   hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy 
   faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy 
   lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation. 

   Psa 51:1-17  Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy 
   lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender 
   mercies blot out my transgressions. {2} Wash me thoroughly from 
   mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. {3} For I 
   acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. 
   {4} Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil 
   in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou 
   speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. {5} Behold, I was 
   shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. {6} 
   Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the 
   hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. {7} Purge me 
   with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be 
   whiter than snow. {8} Make me to hear joy and gladness; that 
   the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. {9} Hide thy face 
   from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. {10} Create in 
   me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 
   {11} Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy 
   spirit from me. {12} Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; 
   and uphold me with thy free spirit. {13} Then will I teach 
   transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto 
   thee. {14} Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of 
   my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy 
   righteousness. {15} O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth 
   shall show forth thy praise. {16} For thou desirest not 
   sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt 
   offering. {17} The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a 
   broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. 

   Psa 63:1-8  O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my 
   soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and 
   thirsty land, where no water is; {2} To see thy power and thy 
   glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. {3} Because thy 
   lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. 
   {4} Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my 
   hands in thy name. {5} My soul shall be satisfied as with 
   marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful 
   lips: {6} When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on 
   thee in the night watches. {7} Because thou hast been my help, 
   therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice. {8} My 
   soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me. 

   Psa 71:4-8   Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the 
   wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man. {5} 
   For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my 
   youth. {6} By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou 
   art he that took me out of my mother's bowels: my praise shall 
   be continually of thee. {7} I am as a wonder unto many; but 
   thou art my strong refuge. {8} Let my mouth be filled with thy 
   praise and with thy honour all the day. {17} O God, thou hast 
   taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy 
   wondrous works. {18} Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O 
   God, forsake me not; until I have showed thy strength unto this 
   generation, and thy power to every one that is to come. {19} 
   Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done 
   great things: O God, who is like unto thee!

   Psa 86:5-8   For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; 
   and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee. {6} 
   Give ear, O LORD, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my 
   supplications. {7} In the day of my trouble I will call upon 
   thee: for thou wilt answer me. {8} Among the gods there is none 
   like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto 
   thy works. {11} Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy 
   truth: unite my heart to fear thy name. {12} I will praise 
   thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy 
   name for evermore. {15} Thou, O Lord, art a God full of 
   compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy 
   and truth. 

   Psa 91:1-16   He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most 
   High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. {2} I will 
   say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in 
   him will I trust. {3} Surely he shall deliver thee from the 
   snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. {4} He 
   shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt 
   thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. {5} Thou 
   shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow 
   that flieth by day; {6} Nor for the pestilence that walketh in 
   darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. {7} 
   A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy 
   right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. {8} Only with 
   thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. 
   {9} Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even 
   the most High, thy habitation; {10} There shall no evil befall 
   thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. {11} For 
   he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all 
   thy ways. {12} They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest 
   thou dash thy foot against a stone. {13} Thou shalt tread upon 
   the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou 
   trample under feet. {14} Because he hath set his love upon me, 
   therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because 
   he hath known my name. {15} He shall call upon me, and I will 
   answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, 
   and honour him. {16} With long life will I satisfy him, and 
   shew him my salvation.

   Psa 101  I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O LORD, 
   will I sing. {2} I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. 
   O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with 
   a perfect heart. {3} I will set no wicked thing before mine 
   eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not 
   cleave to me. {4} A froward heart shall depart from me: I will 
   not know a wicked person. {5} Whoso privily slandereth his 
   neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a 
   proud heart will not I suffer. {6} Mine eyes shall be upon the 
   faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that 
   walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me. {7} He that 
   worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth 
   lies shall not tarry in my sight. {8} I will early destroy all 
   the wicked of the land; that I may cut off all wicked doers 
   from the city of the LORD.

   Psa 103:8-18   The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to 
   anger, and plenteous in mercy. {9} He will not always chide: 
   neither will he keep his anger for ever. {10} He hath not dealt 
   with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our 
   iniquities. {11} For as the heaven is high above the earth, so 
   great is his mercy toward them that fear him. {12} As far as 
   the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our 
   transgressions from us. {13} Like as a father pitieth his 
   children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. {14} For he 
   knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. {15} As for 
   man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he 
   flourisheth. {16} For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; 
   and the place thereof shall know it no more. {17} But the mercy 
   of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that 
   fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children; {18} 
   To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his 
   commandments to do them.

   Psa 111:10   The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a 
   good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his 
   praise endureth for ever. 

   Psa 112   Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth 
   the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. {2} His 
   seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright 
   shall be blessed. {3} Wealth and riches shall be in his house: 
   and his righteousness endureth for ever. {4} Unto the upright 
   there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full 
   of compassion, and righteous. {5} A good man showeth favour, 
   and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion. {6} 
   Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be 
   in everlasting remembrance. {7} He shall not be afraid of evil 
   tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD. {8} His 
   heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his 
   desire upon his enemies. {9} He hath dispersed, he hath given 
   to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn 
   shall be exalted with honour. {10} The wicked shall see it, and 
   be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the 
   desire of the wicked shall perish. 

   Psa 118:6   The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can 
   man do unto me? 

   Psa 119:1-16  Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in 
   the law of the LORD. {2} Blessed are they that keep his 
   testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. {3} They 
   also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways. {4} Thou hast 
   commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. {5} O that my 
   ways were directed to keep thy statutes! {6} Then shall I not 
   be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments. {7} 
   I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have 
   learned thy righteous judgments. {8} I will keep thy statutes: 
   O forsake me not utterly. {9}  Wherewithal shall a young man 
   cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. 
   {10} With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not 
   wander from thy commandments. {11} Thy word have I hid in mine 
   heart, that I might not sin against thee. {12} Blessed art 
   thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes. {13} With my lips have I 
   declared all the judgments of thy mouth. {14} I have rejoiced 
   in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. {15} I 
   will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. 
   {16} I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget 
   thy word. 

   Psa 119:33-35   Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and 
   I shall keep it unto the end. {34} Give me understanding, and I 
   shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole 
   heart. {35} Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for 
   therein do I delight. 

   Psa 119:97-104  O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all 
   the day. {98} Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser 
   than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. {99} I have more 
   understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my 
   meditation. {100} I understand more than the ancients, because 
   I keep thy precepts. {101} I have refrained my feet from every 
   evil way, that I might keep thy word. {102} I have not departed 
   from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me. {103} How sweet 
   are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my 
   mouth! {104} Through thy precepts I get understanding: 
   therefore I hate every false way. 

   Psa 119:105-106  Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light 
   unto my path. {106} I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I 
   will keep thy righteous judgments.
   Psa 119:113-119   I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love. 
   {114} Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy 
   word. {115} Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the 
   commandments of my God. {116} Uphold me according unto thy 
   word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope. 
   {117} Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have 
   respect unto thy statutes continually. {118} Thou hast trodden 
   down all them that err from thy statutes: for their deceit is 
   falsehood. {119} Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth 
   like dross: therefore I love thy testimonies. 

   Psa 119:124-125   Deal with thy servant according unto thy 
   mercy, and teach me thy statutes. {125} I am thy servant; give 
   me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies. 

   Psa 119:127   Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; 
   yea, above fine gold. {130} The entrance of thy words giveth 
   light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. {133} Order my 
   steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over 
   me. {144} The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: 
   give me understanding, and I shall live. {162} I rejoice at thy 
   word, as one that findeth great spoil. {163} I hate and abhor 
   lying: but thy law do I love. {165} Great peace have they which 
   love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. {169} Let my cry 
   come near before thee, O LORD: give me understanding according 
   to thy word. 

   Psa 119:173-176   Let thine hand help me; for I have chosen thy 
   precepts. {174} I have longed for thy salvation, O LORD; and 
   thy law is my delight. {175} Let my soul live, and it shall 
   praise thee; and let thy judgments help me. {176} I have gone 
   astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget 
   thy commandments. 

   Psa 138:6   Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto 
   the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off. 

   Psa 139:1-8  O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. {2} 
   Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou 
   understandest my thought afar off. {3} Thou compassest my path 
   and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. {4} For 
   there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest 
   it altogether. {5} Thou hast beset me behind and before, and 
   laid thine hand upon me. {6} Such knowledge is too wonderful 
   for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. {7} Whither shall 
   I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy 
   presence? {8} If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I 
   make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. 

   Psa 141:3-4   Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the 
   door of my lips. {4} Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to 
   practice wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me 
   not eat of their dainties. 

   Psa 143:10   Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy 
   spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness. 

   Mar 2008

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