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 | January 11, 2013 at 02:37 PM EST | No Comments
Happy Preparation Day! So sorry that I have been absent the past few weeks. The enemy is busy, but the battle has already been fought and won. The victory is ours!
Today's preparation day Tehillim is Psalm 11. There are two parts of this Tehillim that stood out to me. The first is verse 1.
For the Conductor; by David. In YHWH I have taken refuge. How dare you say to me: "Flee from your mountain like a bird!"
David is confronting those who tell him not to put his trust in the Eternal. No matter how dire the circumstances He does rescue and save us from our enemies. In 2 Kings 19, during the reign of King Hezekiah, the Assyrians invaded Judah and surrounded Jerusalem with 185,000 men. King Sennacherib of the Assyrians demanding their surrender stating that the gods of Assyria were stronger than the God of Judah. Hezekiah prayed, and Isaiah told him that the Eternal would deliver them. The next morning everyone of those 185,000 Assyrian soldiers were dead.
There are many that would like to harm us, to humiliate us and the God we believe in. They want us to live in fear, and they say "Your God is not real! We are our god!" As David said, how dare they?!
The second part of the Tehillim I want to mention is the very end. Verse 7 says:
For YHWH is righteous, He loves men of righteous deeds - those whose faces behold uprightness.
What are righteous deeds? The Hebrew word for righteous is tsadaq which means walking a straight line. How do we walk a straight line? Torah. When we obey Torah we walk the straight line.
The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. James 5:16b
May you be blessed as you prepare to enter into His Sabbath rest.
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.