integrity [tom] and uprightness [yosher]
preserve [natsar] me; for I wait [qavah] on thee. KJV-Interlinear
integrity and uprightness preserve me, For I wait for Thee. NASB
The word for integrity, ‘tom,’ means completeness, prosperity, in the moral sense it means innocence, fullness, perfection upright.
The word for uprightness, ‘yosher,’ means right, equity, in a figurative sense it means to make right, to be pleasant, to be prosperous.
The word for preserve, ‘natsar,’ means to guard, to protect, to maintain, to obey.
Since the Bible rejects all attributes of man, then these attributes of integrity and uprightness refer to attributes that belong to God.
God is perfection, man is not. Therefore, the psalmist is calling on attributes that belong to God to be the source of protection, the source of maintenance, and the source to which man must obey.
Humanity is not to look to his own efforts or abilities or characteristics. Remember man is nothing more than dust with human life inserted into that dust.
There is nothing in this world that can preserve or protect or even prosper in its truest sense, the life of the individual.
Those things must come from a higher source, and a higher source of course is God through Jesus Christ.
Remember, this psalm has described the environment of this world as totally and completely adversarial to the life of humanity.
Therefore, there is only one source of protection, and that is through Bible doctrine. Doctrine is our connection to God through Christ. Jesus Christ is the living word, as well as the written word.
And there is only one way to acquire this protection, and that is by means of learning Bible doctrine. And, of course the only way you can learn anything is by reading it, listening to it, studying it, using it, and repeating all of that process every day throughout your life.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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