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 18, 2013 at 04:41 PM EST | No Comments
You YHWH will guard them, you will preserve each one forever from such a generation, in which the wicked walk on very side, when baseness is exalted among the sons of men.12:8-9
Tehillim 12 deals with the abuse of the righteous, the poor, the needy. At such a time YHWH will arise and preserve them. This at a time "when baseness is exalted among men". The Hebrew word translated as "baseness" is zalal. It means to be morally loose, worthless, a glutton, riotous, vile. Has there ever been a time than the days we are living in right now that this is more true? Where people act in a despicable ways contrary to morality and the Torah? There was a time when certain behaviors were considered wrong, and those who participated in them were ostracized. But now we are living in a time when actions against others and behaviors are acceptable.
However, there a coming a time when the cries of the needy, the oppressed, those who mourn for lack of righteousness will be rescued by The Eternal. He will say, "Now I will arise!" (vs. 6). If you are oppressed, in need, despised, mourning of the lack of love and righteousness in the world, cry out to Him. He will hear you, and He will save and preserve you.
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.