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 22, 2013 at 06:17 PM EDT | No Comments
Preserve me, God, for in you do I take refuge.
My soul, you have said to Yahweh, “You are my Lord.
Apart from you I have no good thing.”
As for the saints who are in the earth,
they are the excellent ones in whom is all my delight.
Their sorrows shall be multiplied who give gifts to another god.
Their drink offerings of blood I will not offer,
nor take their names on my lips.
Yahweh assigned my portion and my cup.
You made my lot secure.
The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places.
Yes, I have a good inheritance.
I will bless Yahweh, who has given me counsel.
Yes, my heart instructs me in the night seasons.
I have set Yahweh always before me.
Because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my tongue rejoices.
My body shall also dwell in safety.
For you will not leave my soul in Sheol,
neither will you allow your holy one to see corruption.
You will show me the path of life.
In your presence is fullness of joy.
In your right hand there are pleasures forever more.
As we prepare for Sabbath and also to get as much done of Passover prep as possible, it was nice to stop and reflect on the words of this Tehillim.
He is the one in whom we seek shelter. Is there anyone who can protect us as He can?
As we prepare our homes, and our hearts to partake of Passover, we remember those who still walk in error. Those who give gifts to another god will experience sorrow. We pray that The Eternal will open the eyes of the blind and cause them to see the truth and walk in it.
He is the one who gives good counsel and instructs us in righteousness. We will put His ways always before us. Not only our souls, but our bodies will dwell safely.
My heart is full of joy. Joy for all of you preparing to meet Him on His day of rest, joy as we prepare to commemorate the feast of freedom from Egypt, but also our freedom from sin and death. How blessed we all are!
Chag Pesach Sameach!
(Have a joyful Passover!)
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.