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 | April 12, 2013 at 10:41 AM EDT | No Comments
This Tehillim was written by David before he was king. He had many enemies, including Saul who was the current king. They all had one thing in common, they wanted to destroy David. We like David, have enemies. Some call themselves our friends. (My daughter calls these frenemies.) The pain from this betrayal is worse than from the one who we know hates us. David loved Saul. He fought for him, he and Saul's son, Jonathan were like brothers, and he married Saul's daughter, Michal. The pain of having someone close to you trying harm you (whether bodily or otherwise) is very often difficult to describe. David said it this way:
The cords of death surrounded me.
The floods of ungodliness made me afraid.
The cords of Sheol were around me.
The snares of death came on me. (v. 4-5)
The thing we must to remember, is that no matter how bad the circumstances, the Eternal will rescue you from every trap set by those who desire to harm you.
I call on Yahweh, who is worthy to be praised; and I am saved by my enemies. v.3
Why was David and so many others confident that He would rescue them? People who owned slaves in this country use the Scriptures to justify what they were doing, however they made the mistake of applying their circumstances to a culture that they had very little understanding of. Western slavery benefitted the rich, but Israelite slavery benefited the poor. The word servant in Hebrew is eved. It means bondservant. In Scripture it was usually the bondservant who requested the servitude mainly for reasons of poverty. There was a contract between the owner and the servant. They would agree to do x-y-z, and the owner would provide food, shelter, and protection. The instructions for bondservants were the first ones given to the children of Israel after the Ten Commandments. In other words, this is something we should be paying attention to. Simeon (at Yeshua's circumcision), Paul, Timothy, James, Peter, and Jude referred to themselves as bondservants. The prophets before Yeshua definitely were. If you have said you will follow The Eternal, and live according to His Torah and have pledged to serve Him, then you are His bondservant. He provides for all your needs and is your protection.
Yeshua, our Messiah, and greatest Torah teacher expounded on the Torah. He taught us how to serve. We are not free, we are bondservants to our God! Our protection, retribution, and vindication belongs to the One that we serve. So serve Him with boldness and do not fear.
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.