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 19, 2013 at 03:20 PM EDT | No Comments
Natures reveals to us that The Eternal does exist and Torah show us how to relate to Him.
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament tells of His handiwork. vs. 2
I remember the first time I looked up at the sky through a telescope. We lived in the country then, far away from city lights and at night the summer the night sky was magnificent but through a telescope it was breathtaking. All I could think of as the tears formed in my eyes, was my Elohim and the wondrous splendor He had created. We all tend to take for granted His glorious creation. Rushing around from day to day, how often do we stop and look around us and glorify Him for all He has made? We are all familiar with the phrase, stop and smell the roses? It means we need to slow down every now and then and appreciate what is around us. I agree, but I would amend it to say, stop, smell the roses and thank the Creator of all things and judge of all men! One of the purposes of creation is that they point to The Eternal as our creator. And if He cares for the smallest of His creations, how more so then for us?
“And why be anxious about clothing? Think about the fields of wild irises, and how they grow. They neither work nor spin thread, yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed as beautifully as one of these. If this is how God clothes grass in the field — which is here today and gone tomorrow, thrown in an oven — won’t he much more clothe you? What little trust you have!“So don’t be anxious, asking, ‘What will we eat?,’ ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘How will we be clothed?’ For it is the pagans who set their hearts on all these things. Your heavenly Father knows you need them all. But seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Don’t worry about tomorrow — tomorrow will worry about itself! Today has enough tsuris already! (Matthew 6:28-34 CJB)
The Torah of YHWH is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of YHWH is trustworthy, making the simple wise. The orders of YHWH are upright, gladdening the heart; the command of YHWH is clear, enlightening the eyes. (vs 8-9)
One of the analogies that Scripture gives us to describe our relationship to The Eternal is that of parent and child. A parent cares for their child when they are an infant, and provides all their needs, but as the child grows and learns, the parent expects that child to be obedient to him. "Don't touch that." "Don't go there." "Don't put that in your mouth!" Stating that YHWH is love and we have no need of Torah in our lives, would be the same as telling a child, "I love you! Do whatever you want!" That is not the message I received as a child, nor did any other child I I knew who had responsible and loving parents. The message was, "These are the rules. I want you to learn the difference between right and wrong because I love you."
Also - when Your servant is scrupulous in them there is great reward. vs. 12
Scrupulous means to be diligent, meticulous. We are to be careful in keeping His instructions, and being obedient brings blessings.
As you prepare to follow His Torah and enter into His Sabbath rest, take some time to give thanks for the beauty of His creation that surrounds you, whether it be the budding trees of spring, the beauty of sunset, blanket of stars in the sky or majestic mountains.
Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, along with everything in them. On the seventh day God was finished with his work which he had made, so he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. Genesis 2:1-2
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.