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 | May 03, 2013 at 04:55 PM EDT | No Comments
May YHWH answer you on the day of distress. May the name of the God of Jacob make you impregnable. vs 4
The Eternal has many names. These names describe His attributes. For instance YHWH-rohi Is Yahweh is my shepherd, YHWH yireh is Yahweh is my provider. It is very acceptable to call on Him using this names. In Scripture He is also referred to as The God of Israel and the God of Jacob. In Tehillim 20:4 David says May the name of the God of Jacob make you impregnable.
Why does he call him specifically the God of Jacob, and not Abraham or Isaac? Of all the fathers, Jacob endured the most hardship. He was forced to flee from Esau into exile. Years of servitude under Laban, being wed to the wrong woman, and then serving again for the one he did want, death of his beloved Rachel, Dinah's rape, the bad behavior of his eldest sons, (Reuben, Simeon, and Levi), loss of his son Joseph, and finally another exile in Egypt. Jacob had a very hard life, and disappointment after disappoint. Jacob himself said when addressing Pharaoh, “The days of the years of my pilgrimage are one hundred and thirty years; few and evil have been the days of the years of my life, and they have not attained to the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.” Genesis 47:9. David also had his troubles. Their lives tells us that our lives will not always be peachy. Obedience to Torah doesn't mean we will not have problems, but we know that The Eternal will not abandon us. He will see us through and gives us His protection.
He is our master, the one who looks out for our well being, vindicates, and rescues us from all danger. I praise Him for all that He is doing in all our lives. Recently a man tried to cause much damage to our family. He was a wolf in sheep's clothing. As with all wolves it is difficult to pretend to be a sheep for long. It is simply not in their nature. As time when on, I know something was not right, but The Eternal knew the whole story and as I look back now, I see His powerful Hand and how He guided us to the truth. This man was a danger to my family and to my granddaughter. He is sitting in a prison cell today, because although he caused many problems and trials for us, our Salvation and Protection covered us!
I love you, YHWH, my strength!
YHWH is my Rock, my fortress and deliverer,
my God, my Rock, in whom I find shelter,
my shield, the power that saves me,
my stronghold. I call on YHWH, who is worthy of praise;
and I am saved from my enemies. Tehillim 18:1-3
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.