What are the words and the source of the Shlomo Carlebach song, "Lulei Sorascha (Without Your Torah)"?

I feel that I must have encountered this verse in Tehillim (which I believe is where it comes from), but I was either not thinking about the song whenever I have said this, or else it just didn't stick with me. In any case, I just can't remember or figure out for sure where it is from or what the words are. Surely someone here can help me out. Please?

Edit: I tried Google and came up with bupkes!

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    Google is your friend!
    – Dave
    Aug 8, 2012 at 22:29
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    @Dave I think his problem was that he didn't know how to spell it. (For example, לולי could have been לולא; and שעשועי could have been written in a number of malei/chaser forms; and עניי could have been עני (as in ותרא את עני אבותינו)
    – b a
    Aug 8, 2012 at 22:34
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    @ba - using his exact English spelling, the fourth result pointed to Psalms 119. (It would have been the third result, but the second one was this page!)
    – Dave
    Aug 8, 2012 at 22:42
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    @Dave I only see one result: this page.
    – msh210
    Aug 8, 2012 at 22:44

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The source is Psalms 119:92 -

לוּלֵי תוֹרָתְךָ שַׁעֲשֻׁעָי אָז אָבַדְתִּי בְעָנְיִי

Or, in the JPS translation -

Unless Thy law had been my delight, I should then have perished in mine affliction.


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