Wednesday, October 5, 2016

A Great Awakening - Signs of Revival

Most of the Body of Messiah has been praying for revival.  I know that I personally have for more years than and I count.  I began by praying for a personal revival, because I believe that Scripture points to that.

One of the most frequently used Scriptures quoted for revival is 
2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV):

 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

This verse gives us a formula, if you will, of what needs to happen in order for a people, even a land, to experience revival: 

  1. Humble yourself
  2. Pray
  3. Seek Yehovah's face
  4. Turn from your wicked ways  
I have seen steps 1-3 take place frequently, however, step 4 is more challenging.  Why is that?  I think it is more challenging because we don't all understand what the Father has defined as "wicked".  Our definition of "sin", is typically very vague and subjective.  I was always taught that "sin" means to "miss the mark", but no one really ever explained what the mark was! I know that I was doing things that in my opinion were acceptable, even pleasing to the Father, yet in His mercy, He eventually helped me to see that those things were not acceptable nor pleasing to Him!  But because of my doing steps 1-3 so frequently, step 4 became more accessible for me to take. The Holy Spirit helped me to see that the true definition of sin is "lawlessness": 

 Everyone doing sin also does lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness
I john 3:4 (ISR)

Well, whose law?  Yehovah's, of course! Thankfully, He helped me to connect the dots. I don't kid myself into thinking that I have fully obtained anything - I am still a work in progress! 

In the last couple of years, I have started noticing more signs of revival - others who are connecting the dots.  It is so encouraging to hear about believers waking up and taking notice that something just isn't right within the churches.  That is exactly what prompted me to cry out and weep for more

So, I want to share links to a few accounts of this revival taking place. For the most part, I think that the Body of Messiah will be surprised to see how the Great Awakening we are all praying for is unfolding.  Yehovah's ways are higher than ours, and His thoughts are above our thoughts, so He always works outside the box we keep trying to put Him in! (see Isaiah 55)

I hope that you will take the time to watch, read, and/or listen to the following testimonies of what I believe is the Great Awakening.

This awakening is so great, that our brother, Judah (the Jewish people), is starting to take notice!  This is fulfilling prophecy!!

And finally, a new documentary was recently released.  Now, to view this, you will need to purchase a copy for yourself.  You can buy it either in a download version or DVD.  It is well worth the price!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

What Should We Remember on 9/11?

As I was praying this morning, I asked the Father that as we remember the attack that happened against the two towers (as well as the others), to please help US, the Church, to remember the attack against HIS Two Tablets.

Church, until we recognize that WE are guilty of breaking Yehovah's Law, His Torah, and that WE need to repent, our prayers are futile. Proverbs 28:9 "He that turns away his ear from hearing the Torah, even his prayer shall be abomination." 

It's time to stop pretending that there are only NINE commandments. It's time to stop pretending that because Yeshua paid our PENALTY for breaking Yehovah's commandments that we no longer need to worry about keeping them - think about that for a minute!

Remember what Yeshua Himself said in Matthew 5:17-19:
"Do not think that I came to destroy the Torah or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to complete. For truly, I say to you, till the heaven and the earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall by no means pass from the Torah till all be done. Whoever, then, breaks one of the least of these commands, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the reign of the heavens; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the reign of the heavens."

I don't pretend to have it all figured out as far as how to live out all of Torah, but I am willing to learn and do what I understand. The Father says all throughout the Word - TURN BACK TO ME! Trust Me! Do what I've said to do and you will receive blessings! Don't do what I've said to do and you will receive curses! Was 9/11 a blessing or a curse?!

Yeshua says over and over that if we love Him, we WILL keep His commandments!

Believing in Yeshua isn't enough. Even the demons believe! (James 2:19) We must TRUST in Yeshua's having died & rose again for us, repent of breaking His Torah, submit to Him as our Lord, and THEN we must live as He lived - by keeping the Father's commandments!

Revelation 12:17 

"So the dragon was furious with the woman and left to wage war against the rest of her offspring--those who keep Yehovah's commands AND have the testimony of Yeshua."

Revelation 22:14 

"Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city."

Revelation 2:5 

"Remember then how far you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. Otherwise, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place--unless you repent."

Revelation 2:16-17 

"Therefore repent! Otherwise I will come to you shortly and wage war against them with the sword of My mouth. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."

Acts 17:30 

"The times of ignorance Yehovah overlooked, but now He commands all people everywhere to repent."

Friday, September 9, 2016

How the Torah Has Changed Me

I am going on my second year of living more according to the Torah (I share my journey to Torah here). I look back and see that I have changed a great deal in a short amount of time.  

When I was a little girl I knew that when I grew up I wanted to marry and have children, and be a stay-at-home mom.  Of course I also had pipe dreams, but deep down, I really just wanted to be a wife and mother.  Thankfully, my Heavenly Father apparently wanted that for me as well!

I'm not going to make my life sound like a "Leave It to Beaver" episode, because like everybody, I have experienced challenges along the way.  I have had to learn to get over myself and to put other people's needs before my own. I'm not going to lie, I still struggle with this! I have never, and I mean NEVER enjoyed cooking, laundry is a never ending chore, and cleaning the house can also be mundane.  However, now those things (with the exception of cooking) have become much more bearable for me.  I will even go so far as to say that for the most part I now find joy in those every day tasks (again, with the exception of cooking). 


Well, the reason I think I've had such a change of heart is because my family and I started keeping the Sabbath set-apart.  Now I find myself looking forward to Friday - prep day - because it means the Sabbath is near!  I know that come sundown on Friday the Sabbath begins (see Genesis 1), and I will have that time set apart to worship the Father, and come Saturday, I will have that day to rest - just as the Father commanded! Yes! He commanded that we rest (see Exodus 20)! (why did I ever have a problem with that?)

Prep day is not a chore for me.  In a way I feel like I did when I would get ready for a date.  I wanted everything to perfect! Now, when I change the bed sheets I think about how nice it will be to climb into bed with those clean, fresh smelling sheets knowing that the following morning I can freely stay in them for a little longer than I normally would the other days of the week!  And when I am cleaning the house, I think of how nice it will be all the next day to not worry about any of those "trivial" things.  I will have the whole day to rest and to spend more time with the Father, as well as with my family and friends during our Torah study.

Speaking of spending time with friends - that is another way that the Torah has changed me.

I am an introvert, so being around a lot of people is not typically my thing.  However, since my family and I started following the Torah more closely, we see where the Father has instructed us to assemble together with other believers quite frequently.  We meet with others to bring in the Sabbath on Friday evenings.  We do this by having a meal together and afterward we worship the Father together, and we usually end the evening with more fellowship and dessert! I already mentioned that we get together with friends on Saturday for Torah study.  After the study we usually eat a meal together and continue our fellowship.

The other times that we assemble with others is during the Feast times (see Leviticus 23).

Feast of Unleavened Bread
First Fruits
Shavuot (aka Pentecost)

Feast of Trumpets
Day of Atonement
Feast of Tabernacles (this is an eight day celebration!)

Don't get me wrong, it's not like I was a complete hermit before, but now being around others doesn't bother me like it used to.  I actually look forward to these times because I know it is what the Father wants me to do.  I know that it pleases the Father when His children follow His Instructions, and I know that it pleases Him to see His children dwelling together in unity (Psalm 133).

I also want to add that I am a much better student of the Word than I was before.  I am more diligent in looking deeper into the Word for myself instead of just taking someone else's word for it (see Acts 17:11).  The Holy Spirit is giving me more insight and a better understanding to some passages that I once found difficult to understand.  The parables of Yeshua (Jesus) and the letters of Apostle Sha'ul (Paul) especially are more clear to me now!  I don't claim to have complete understanding about everything, but many things make much more sense than before.  Hallelujah!

Another way it has changed me (and you might have picked up on it), is that it has given me a strong desire to know the Hebrew language.  I really want to know how to read and understand the language in which the Torah was written.  So I try to use what I know (such as Yeshua, Yehovah [YHVH], Sha'ul, Shavuot, etc) so that it becomes more familiar to me.
So far the Torah has helped me to view my calling as a wife, mother, and homemaker more of a joy than before, and it has helped me to enjoy the fellowship of the Father and His children even more as well!  And in addition, I have a better understanding of His Word! Those are pretty big things - at least to me.

If you are interested in learning more about the Torah, I encourage you to search it out.  Just remember to begin anything and everything with prayer!! Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you into all truth.  There are many false teachings and false teachers out there, so always use discernment!!

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Shavuot - A Gift

Hebrew letters read Shavuot

Tomorrow, June 12, 2016, will mark my second year of observing Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks, that is written about in the Torah.

And from the morrow after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, you shall count for yourselves: seven completed Sabbaths.
‘Until the morrow after the seventh Sabbath you count fifty days, then you shall bring a new grain offering to יהוה.
‘Bring from your dwellings for a wave offering two loaves of bread, of two-tenths of an ĕphah of fine flour they are, baked with leaven, first-fruits to יהוה.
‘And besides the bread, you shall bring seven lambs a year old, perfect ones, and one young bull and two rams. They are a burnt offering to יהוה, with their grain offering and their drink offerings, an offering made by fire for a sweet fragrance to יהוה.
‘And you shall offer one male goat as a sin offering, and two male lambs a year old, as a peace offering.
‘And the priest shall wave them, besides the bread of the first-fruits, as a wave offering before יהוה, besides the two lambs. They are set-apart to יהוה for the priest.
‘And on this same day you shall proclaim a set-apart gathering for yourselves, you do no servile work on it – a law forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations.
‘And when you reap the harvest of your land do not completely reap the corners of your field when you reap, and do not gather any gleaning from your harvest. Leave them for the poor and for the stranger. I am יהוה your Elohim.’ ”

  Count seven weeks for yourself. Begin to count seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the grain.
“And you shall perform the Festival of Weeks to יהוה your Elohim, according to the voluntary offering from your hand, which you give as יהוה your Elohim blesses you.

“And you shall rejoice before יהוה your Elohim, you and your son and your daughter, and your male servant and your female servant, and the Lĕwite who is within your gates, and the stranger and the fatherless and the widow who are in your midst, at the place where יהוה your Elohim chooses to make His Name dwell.

“And you shall remember that you were a slave in Mitsrayim [Egypt], and you shall guard and do these laws.

Shavuot, better known as Pentecost by mainstream Christianity, is the anniversary of when Yeshua sent the Promise of the Father - the Holy Spirit- to His Followers.  It is apparent that Yeshua desired His Followers to continue keeping Shavuot even after His death, burial, resurrection and ascension, and we can read about that in the New Testament writings: 

 But the Helper, the Set-apart Spirit, whom the Father shall send in My Name, He shall teach you all, and remind you of all that I said to you.

 And He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all have to be filled that were written in the Torah of Mosheh and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.”
Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,

and said to them, “Thus it has been written, and so it was necessary for the Messiah to suffer and to rise again from the dead the third day,

and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His Name to all nations, beginning at Yerushalayim.

“And you are witnesses of these matters.

And see, I am sending the Promise of My Father upon you, but you are to remain in the city of Yerushalayim until you are clothed with power from on high.”

And He led them out as far as Bĕyth Anyah, and lifting up His hands He blessed them.

And it came to be, while He was blessing them, that He was parted from them and was taken up into the heaven.

And they, having bowed down to Him, returned to Yerushalayim with great joy,

and were continually in the Set-apart Place praising and blessing Elohim. Amĕn.
[bold mine] 

 And meeting with them, He commanded them not to leave Yerushalayim, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which you have heard from Me –because Yoḥanan truly immersed in water, but you shall be immersed in the Set-apart Spirit not many days from now.”So when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Master, would You at this time restore the reign to Yisra’ĕl?”And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Set-apart Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Yerushalayim, and in all Yehuḏah and Shomeron, and to the end of the earth.”
 Acts 1:4-8 (ISR)
[bold mine]

 And when the Day of the Festival of Weeks had come, they were all with one mind in one place.
And suddenly there came a sound from the heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
And there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and settled on each one of them.
And they were all filled with the Set-apart Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them to speak.
Now in Yerushalayim there were dwelling Yehuḏim, dedicated men from every nation under the heaven.
And when this sound came to be, the crowd came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language.
 [bold mine]

On my 1st Shavuot, I awoke to a great wind blowing through the trees of the camp!

 We see that the Followers of Messiah received the Promised One, the Holy Spirit, because they were obedient to the command of Yeshua.  Yeshua made it clear that He only said and did what the Father commanded: 

 And if anyone hears My Words but does not watch over them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.
“He who rejects Me, and does not receive My Words, has one who judges him: the Word that I have spoken shall judge him in the last day.
Because I spoke not from Myself, but the Father who sent Me has given Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.
“And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, as the Father has said to Me, so I speak.”
[bold mine]

Of Myself I am unable to do any matter. As I hear, I judge, and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own desire, but the desire of the Father who sent Me.

 יהושע [Yeshua] said these words, and lifted up His eyes to the heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come. Esteem Your Son, so that Your Son also might esteem You,
as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give everlasting life to all whom You have given Him.And this is everlasting life, that they should know You, the only true Elohim, and יהושע Messiah whom You have sent. I have esteemed You on the earth, having accomplished the work You have given Me that I should do. And now, esteem Me with Yourself, Father, with the esteem which I had with You before the world was. I have revealed Your Name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world. They were Yours, and You gave them to Me, and they have guarded Your Word. Now they have come to know that all You gave to Me, is from You. Because the Words which You gave to Me, I have given to them. And they have received them, and have truly known that I came forth from You, and they believed that You sent Me."
John 17:1-8 (ISR)
[bold mine]
This was prophesied by YHVH in Deuteronomy: 

 I shall raise up for them a Prophet like you out of the midst of their brothers. And I shall put My Words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him.
And it shall be, the man who does not listen to My Words which He speaks in My Name, I require it of him.
[bold mine]

 So, when Yeshua commanded His Followers to wait in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit, He was essentially reminding them to keep Shavuot!  

Another fascinating aspect of Shavuot is that it is traditionally thought to also be the anniversary of when YHVH gave the Torah to Moses and all the Israelites!  So when we observe Shavuot today, we are celebrating the giving of the Word (Torah) of YHVH, which in Psalm 119:142 is defined as TRUTH: "Your righteousness is righteousness forever, And Your Torah is truth." AND we are celebrating the giving of the Holy Spirit (see Acts 1-2 again)! 

Yeshua said this about true worshipers: 

But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father also does seek such to worship Him. Elohim is Spirit, and those who worship Him need to worship in spirit and truth.

There are so many fascinating aspects of Shavuot, but I don't feel that I can adequately communicate them myself just yet.  I highly encourage you to examine the Scriptures for yourself to see what is written about Shavuot and the other Feasts of YHVH.  All I can say is that since I have started trying to live my life more Biblically,  

I have had more joy, more peace, more contentment, and have been more certain of my relationship with the Father than ever before! 

Do I have everything figured out? No. But the joy of learning and implementing what I do understand has been more exhilarating than anything else I've ever experienced.  The only thing that comes close in comparison is when I gave birth to my children.  I had no clue how to be a parent, but I knew that what I held in my arms was more precious than my own life!  I knew that I wanted to guard them with everything in my being.  And that is how I feel about the Gift of Life YHVH has given to me through Yeshua - His Living Torah!  

I love Him and I want to guard His Torah! 

   Teach me, O יהוה, the way of Your laws, And I observe it to the end.Make me understand, that I might observe Your Torah, And guard it with all my heart.
Psalm 119:33-34 (ISR)

For some great teachings on Shavuot I recommend the following: 

and these: 

I just wanted to add a little disclaimer of sorts.  I use as a spring board for learning the above teachings on Shavuot, and with any other posts/subjects that I share here.  I don't necessarily agree with everything that any one teacher has to say.  

Be a Berean! Shalom!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

A Lesson Learned from a Pagan Queen

Queen Vashti from movie One Night with the King

I wanted to share with you something that came to my mind recently.  It includes a small, yet very important passage of Scripture that can be found in the Book of Esther. 

On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha and Abagtha, Zethar and Carkas, the seven eunuchs who served in the presence of King Ahasuerus, to bring Queen Vashti before the king with her royal crown, in order to show the peoples and the princes her beauty, for she was lovely to look at. But Queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s command delivered by the eunuchs. At this the king became enraged, and his anger burned within him. 

It has been speculated, and I do stress speculated (because no one knows for certain) that the queen refused to appear because the king had commanded that she appear wearing ONLY her crown!  The reason for this speculation is because the context of this account makes note that a very lengthy party had been taking place, so the king and his guests were very drunk!  It is assumed that Queen Vashti was aware of this, and did not want to be gawked at by a bunch of inebriated men!  Let’s assume that these speculations are true, and that she chose to refuse the king’s request to maintain her dignity.

The reason I bring this up is because now that summer is upon us, most people will be dressing, shall I say – less.  

It is very tempting to go around with shorter sleeves, shorter pants, and of course for many – no sleeves and no pants! By that I mean that many girls and women will choose to wear bikinis to the pool and/or beach.  Most guys will choose to go around shirtless, and while it’s not typically considered as big a deal for men as it is for women, this message is meant for men as well. 

I know this is not a pleasant topic, and some people will tune this message out.  But let me use the words of the Apostle Paul: “I beseech you!” Please hear me out. 

If you are a Follower of Messiah Yeshua, you are royalty!  You are a Son or Daughter of God Most High (El Shaddai)!  You are His representative on this earth, and you have been entrusted with the Divine Message of His Kingdom.  Therefore, you must dress the part! You must maintain your dignity and not give others the opportunity to gawk at your body. This deflects from that Divine Message.  

Your body is the Temple of YHVH, and if you were to study how the Temple was to be approached, you would realize just how seriously the King takes the treatment of His Temple!  Our King is set-apart from the world.  He has commanded that His children be set-apart from the world.  This is not merely a suggestion!  

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.”  

As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them, ‘You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.’ 

I’m not going to harp on this subject of holiness and modesty, but I do want to challenge you to search your heart.  Better yet – ask YHVH to search your heart: 

Put me on trial, LORD, and cross-examine me. Test my motives and my heart. 

Dressing modestly maintains your dignity as child of Royalty.  It reflects self-worth, self-confidence, and a love and respect for yourself, and more importantly - for your King.  

Queen Vashti, a pagan queen with no relationship to the One True King (as far as we know), seemingly had the desire to maintain her dignity. I think that is a great lesson for us today! 

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Yeshua's Robe

I see Yeshua ahead of me.  He is encompassed with light. He IS the Light.  If I look to the left I see nothing but darkness.  If I look to the right- again - darkness.  I remember the Father’s warning, “Only be strong and very courageous, to guard to do according to all the Torah which Moses My servant commanded you. Do not turn from it right or left, so that you act wisely wherever you go.”  So I again look ahead and I see Yeshua. His robe is bright and it lights up the path before me. Up ahead I see green pastures and still waters.  Peace and comfort wash over me.  

Then I notice that Yeshua has stretched out His hand toward me, beckoning me to take it and to walk with Him.  I know that I am going to go.  Where else would I go?  If I stay where I am while He moves forward, eventually I will be left alone in the pervading darkness.  I want to be with Him, so I take His hand. As we walk, I begin to more closely observe His Robe.  Before, all I could see was the brightness.  Up close, however, I see the details of the fabric.  The entirety of the robe is inscribed with beautiful Hebraic words. Some words I recognize, others, not so much.  On the back and at the top of the robe I do recognize the Hebrew letters:


"I am the Aleph and the Tav, the First and the Last. I am the Beginning and the End.” Yes, I am following the Right Person! The other inscriptions I recognize as Hebrew as well, I just don’t yet know their meaning.  But wait. With each step Yeshua takes, His robe moves along with His rhythm. And as it sways I can see the letters and words transforming from Hebrew to English, then back to Hebrew.  Knowing that I noticed this, He smiles.  I see the words, “righteousness”, “light”, “life”, “way”, “path”, “commandments”, “truth”, “liberty”, “delight”, “understanding”, “trustworthy”, “wondrous”, “straight”, “peace”.  Then I notice the tassels adorning the corners of His garment.  They glisten in the most beautiful shade of blue I’ve ever seen!  I look more closely and delicately inscribed on each thread I read:

I am YHVH your Elohim

Have no other mighty ones beside Me

Do not bring the Name of YHVH your Elohim to naught

Remember the Sabbath day, to set it apart

Respect your father and your mother

Do not murder

Do not commit adultery

Do not steal

Do not bear false witness against your neighbor

Do not covet your neighbor’s possessions

Love YHVH with all your heart, all your soul, and all your might

Love your neighbor as yourself

Yeshua’s beautiful robe is fashioned from His Torah!  He is walking in the Torah!  His Torah is lighting the path as He leads the way – to the Father!  Again, He smiles and then He nods His head.  His eyes twinkle with delight because I finally understand what He has been saying all along: 

My Word is a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path.

For the commandment is a lamp, and the Torah a light.

I am your Light and your Deliverance, whom should you fear?

I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  You will get to the Father by Me!

Great peace have those loving My Torah, and for them there is no stumbling-block.

I am the Light of the world. Follow Me and you will not walk in darkness, but you will possess the light of life. 

Yes, I am so glad that I took His hand.  I am His and He is mine!  Apart from Him I can do nothing, but with Him, and I can do all things!  Now that I’ve trusted Him enough to follow Him, I am clothed in His Righteousness – His Torah. His Torah is the Way.  His Torah is the Truth.  His Torah is the Life.  Yeshua is the Torah! 

“I greatly rejoice in YHVH; my being exults in my Elohim. For He has put garments of deliverance on me, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” (Isaiah 61:10)

“My eyes have pined away for Your deliverance, and for the word of Your righteousness.  Do with Your servant according to Your loving-commitment, and teach me Your laws. I am Your servant – make me understand, that I might know Your witnesses. It is time for YHVH to act! For they have broken Your Torah. Therefore I have loved Your commands more than gold, even fine gold! Therefore all Your orders I count as right; I have hated every false way.  Your witnesses are wonders; so my being observes them.  The opening up of Your words gives light, giving understanding to the simple.  I have opened my mouth and panted, for I have longed for Your commands.  Turn to me and show me favour, according to Your right-ruling, toward those who love Your Name.  Establish my footsteps by Your word, and let no wickedness have rule over me. Redeem me from the oppression of man, that I might guard Your orders.  Make Your face shine upon Your servant, and teach me Your laws.”  (Psalm 119:123-135)