Every Preparation Day (Friday before Shabbat) we busy ourselves rushing to ready our homes and meal for Shabbat. We're often so busy that we can lose sight of the purpose and blessings of Shabbat. A couple of years ago I got into the habit of prayerfully reading the Tehillim each day. It has truly blessed my life. Within those songs are strength, comfort, peace, and rejoicing. They are a reminder to us that no matter what is going on in our lives that The Eternal watches over us. I hope that sometime during your busy Preparation Day that you will take some time with the Tehillim. It is with this in mind that I have started this blog, which are insights into each song, posted every Friday morning. Shabbat Shalom!
By In the Shade of the Tent | September 27, 2013 at 06:08 PM EDT | No Comments
Though I walk in a valley overshadowed by death, I will fear no evil for You are with me. v4
Reading this Tehillim as a child I thought this valley appeared when one was close to death, and that valley was a mysterious crossing we had to make before we could get to the other side.
My understanding as an adult is now a little different.We don't have to to be making the journey the bosom of Abraham to be in the valley overshadowed by death. That valley exists every day for those of us who are in exile, living in a Torah-less society, grieving because of the evil being done, and for those living in ignorance.
We are in a valley overshadowed by death when we are attacked by those we love, and when for no reason, strangers try to harm us; when we are ridiculed for our faith and because we love the Eternal and walk
in His ways.
Joseph was in that valley, as was David, Elijah, Hezekiah, and countless others. We have all been there and will continue to find ourselves crossing that valley.But remember that no matter how wide, deep or dark, we are never alone. The Eternal is always there with us.Do not fear
man or circumstances!I have seen first hand in my own life and the lives of others that even in the bleakest of circumstances.
H e is always there. He never leaves us.
The Eternal is with me; I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me? Psalm 118:6
I have also witnessed those who desired evil for me fall into the pit they dug for me.
Remember your Shepherd, the one watches over you, lovingly cares for you, and protects you from all dangers and snares.
Listen to me, you who follow after righteousness, you who seek Yahweh: look to the rock whence you were hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence you were dug. Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah who bore you; for when he was but one I called him, and I blessed him, and made him many.