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 10, 2013 at 05:09 PM EDT | No Comments
The name David means beloved, and indeed David was beloved of Elohim. Saul, however was not. In Tehillim 21, David tells us how blessed he is that the Eternal is his salvation, that he has rescued him, conferred on him splendor and honor, and lengthened his days. What was the difference between David and Saul? They both sinned. David was forgiven, Saul condemned. David loved the Eternal. His heart sought Him, and He strove to obedience. When he fell into sin, he was forgiven because he truly repented. Of course there were consequences of his sin and David lived with that for the rest of his life, but his heart still sought the One True God.
Saul was disobedient and sinned also, but there was no real repentance and no real love for The Eternal . Yeshua said "Do not store up for yourselves wealth here on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and burglars break in and steal. Instead, store up for yourselves wealth in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and burglars do not break in or steal. For where your wealth is, there your heart will be also." Saul's heart was in the pride of his accomplishments.
I encourage you all to be like David and to strive for what is right, without care or pride of what you have or may accomplish, and knowing that all good things you receive come from Him. Set your eyes on Him, follow His Torah, and walk as talmidim of Yeshua. If you stumble do not wallow in your sin. Repent and seek forgiveness. Serve the Eternal, and place your wealth not in worldly things or accomplishments. For where your wealth is, so will your heart be.
For the king puts his trust in Adonai,
in the grace of Elyon; he will not be moved. Tehillim 21:7
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.