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 25, 2013 at 05:17 PM EST | No Comments
For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by David. How long, Yahweh? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, Having sorrow in my heart every day? How long shall my enemy triumph over me? Behold, and answer me, Yahweh, my God. Give light to my eyes, lest I sleep in death; lest my enemy say, "I have prevailed against him;" Lest my adversaries rejoice when I fall. But I trust in your loving kindness. My heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to Yahweh, Because he has been good to me.
This is not the song of a person who suddenly got bombarded with a catastrophe, and needs deliverance right at that moment. This is the song that you pray when you have been going through adversity for a long time and seems like everywhere you turn the enemy is gaining ground, and there isn't a single thing you can do about it. You pray and pray, and cry and pray some more. It isn't that you have lost faith. You're just TIRED! Your tired because you have been enduring for a long, long time. I know exactly how this feels because I have been enduring one particular trial for over a year now. Those of us who are going through a seemingly never-ending hardship or ordeal, don't believe that The Eternal has forgotten us, but our weariness overcomes us, and so we cry out as did David. However, he will give us rest - rest from our ordeals and from our enemies. How many times did David feel despair? Did Elohim leave him in that pit, even though sometimes his own sin caused him to fall into it? No and he will not leave us. After crying out to Him in his anguish David ends with "I will sing unto Yahweh, because he has been good to me."
Our problems may seem like a dark and never ending night, but we are never defeated.Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning! Amein.
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.