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 29, 2013 at 06:50 PM EDT | No Comments
This is the perfect Tehillim for going into this Shabbat and as we prepare to celebrate the resurrection of our Messiah. It was written by David, and in it he talks about death, eternal life, and resurrection. Some people who believe in Yeshua but do not keep Torah, have no idea that these concepts were even established before "Jesus".
The fact that David was discussing these subjects tells us that these matters were very much understood at that time. There is no mystery here. It is really quite simple. Job said,
But I know that my Redeemer lives,
that in the end he will rise on the dust;
so that after my skin has been thus destroyed,
then even without my flesh, I will see God.
I will see him for myself,
my eyes, not someone else’s, will behold him.
rescue my soul from the wicked one, who is your sword. ( v.13b)
Some time when we are attacked we are being chastened. The wicked may think they are acting on their own, but actually they are executing The Eternal's judgements. This is a theme dominate throughout the Tanak.
O to be among those who die by your hand YHWH. who die of old age - whose portion is eternal life. (v. 14)
To die of old age is a blessing from The Eternal. He blesses us so that we can pass the blessings down upon our children. (v. 14b)
And I because of righteousness I shall behold your face, upon wakening I will be sated by your image. (v.15)
Shabbat Shalom to you all. May you be blessed as you commemorate the resurrection of our Messiah Yeshua. We agree with Job, that we know our redeemer lives, and though our bodies be destroyed, in our flesh we shall see our God!
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.