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 | March 15, 2013 at 04:10 PM EDT | No Comments
1 YHWH who may dwell in your sacred tent?
Who may live on your holy mountain?
2 The one whose walk is blameless,
who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from their heart;
3 whose tongue utters no slander,
who does no wrong to a neighbor,
and casts no slur on others;
4 who despises a vile person
but honors those who fear the Lord;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
and does not change their mind;
5 who lends money to the poor without interest;
who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.
Whoever does these things
will never be shaken.
For those seeking a closer relationship with YHWH, this Tehillim tells how it can be achieved. To dwell in His sacred tent, His mountain - not literally, but we can spiritually be there. I have met people during my life that were in that place. We all should seek constantly everyday to dwell with Him.
"Those whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous." In a word - Torah. But those of us who are Natsari, need to not only obey Torah, but to learn the principles of Torah taught by our Rav, the Mashiach Yeshua, for He is the greatest Torah teacher!
"Whose tongue utters no slander who does no wrong to a neighbor, and cast no slur on others." Even if they have wronged you, or spoken falsely against you, do not repay with like behavior. We serve the One True God, Creator of the universe. He fights our battles, and indeed has given us victory through Yeshua.
"Who despises a vile person, but honors those who fear YHWH" The word ma'ac is translated here as vile. One of it's meanings is one who rejects. Do not admire, praise, or compliment those who reject YHWH. Rather admire those who serve and fear Him.
"Who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind"
Wow! No need to say anything about that. Sometimes it's just good to let the words speak for themselves.
"Who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent." When you lend or give money to help the poor do not expect to receive anything extra back for it, and do not lie about those who are innocent or accept money or goods to give false testimony.
"Whoever does these things will never be shaken." If you follow the above then nothing coming against you will succeed. The Eternal will carry you on eagle's wings, and you will dwell with Him.
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.