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 | August 30, 2013 at 04:00 PM EDT | No Comments
Be not aloof from me for distress is near, for there is none to help.
Many bulls surround me,
Bashan's mighty ones encircle me.
They open their mouths against me like a tearing roaring lion
I am poured out like water,and all my bones are disjointed;
my heart is like wax, melted within my innards.
My strengths dried up like baked clay, and my tongue cleaves to my palate;
in the dust of death You have set me down. - Tehillim 22:12-16
This Psalm is known as one of the "Messianic prophecy psalms, but on this preparation day, I would like to focus on another part of this Tehillim. In the movie The Ten Commandments there is a scene where vs. 15 is quoted. The children of Israel are leaving Egypt, and a very old man who was so weak he could not even walk without help, quotes part of this verse to demonstrate how weak in body he is. Tehillim 105:37 tells us that when they left Egypt there was not one feeble person among them. My point is not to argue with the Hollywood version, (although I could write a small book on that) but to give you another side to the verses above, what they really mean, and to take some time to share praise of The Eternal with you.
Tehillim 22 was written by David, and we know he experienced great trials, and we understand why he wrote of being surrounded, and that his heart was like wax. However, until you are in a situation like this you can't really understand what it feels like. The hopelessness, the fear, and the despair can not even be imagined until you actually experience it yourself. A couple of months ago, I went through just that.
One of the reasons the trials and tribulations of men and women were put in the Bible is so that when we go through trials and tribulations we can have hope that The Eternal will deliver us. Sometimes we forget, or we think "that was a different time" or "He doesn't manifest Himself like that anymore." If He is not manifesting himself for you like He did for David, Yochabed, Elijah, Samson, Hannah, Hezekiah, Esther, and countless others then you ned to evaluate your relationship with Him and seek after Him. The Elohim of the men and women of the Bible is the same One that we worship and serve and He changes not! (Malachi 3:6)
The exact situations may differ because of the times we live in, but the outcome our enemies desire is the same: our defeat, our humiliation, our destruction. Over a year ago a situation began brewing in my life. I was devastated. As time went on it snowballed. "Many bulls surrounded me." Vicious lies were told and sins were committed in an effort to destroy me and my family. "They open their mouths against me like a tearing roaring lion." Some times the pain and hurt is made worse because the one inflicting it was someone you loved. Someone you cared for. The last person on earth you would ever suspect would cause you harm. David experienced this too.
For it is not my foe who reviles me, that I can endure; it is not my enemy who has magnified himself against me that I could hide from him. But it is you, a man of my measure, my guide, my intimate friend; together we would take sweet counsel, in the house of Elohim we would walk in company. Tehillim 55:13-15.
David was speaking here of Ahithophel. His friend and counselor who betrayed him and sided against him with Absolam. And while we are speaking of Absloam, the only worse pain from betrayal of friend is betrayal from your own child. Children sometimes choose to listen to the enemy's representative whispering in their ear (Ahithophel) rather than to listen to the one who truly loves and cares for them.
We finally reached a point in our circumstance where everything was going to be decided over a course of a three day period. All the pain, anguish, and fear that I went through over the past year had suddenly culminated within me. It was at that point that "my bones were poured out like water" and "my heart was like wax, melting within my innards" I called one of my sisters and we prayed together, and then I went on, because at that point no matter what happened, it was in His hands. When the time came, the enemy was confused and bewildered - just as the Midianites were before Gideon's army. I sat and watched The Eternal work a great victory on our behalf!
Yes, I was in despair just as David wrote, but the same God who rescued him and many others, saw me in despair and I rejoice because He promised us He would deliver us and He keeps His Word!
God is not a human who lies or a mortal who changes his mind. When he says something, he will do it; when he makes a promise, he will fulfill it. Numbers 23:19.
I proclaim Him to you (vs. 23) - Go with confidence because He does see you. He does care. He is still delivering. He is mighty and worthy to be praised! Halleluyah!
Our Father and King look upon your children and see those who are suffering, who are in despair, and who have been cast off. Raise them up and deliver them from every circumstance and from every enemy. No matter how dire the situation the battle is not ours, but Yours. For it is you who forgives our sins, heals our diseases and redeems our lives from the pit. Give us rest and refuge beneath the shadow of Your wings. We praise you and give thanks for your mercy. In Yeshua's name - Amein
Shabbat Shalom !
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.