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 | December 27, 2013 at 07:34 PM EST | No Comments
My eyes are always directed toward Adonai,
for he will free my feet from the net. v. 15
Some of us continually try to fix our own circumstances. We find ourselves in impossible situations, often times by our own hand, we pray and then we try to "help". The Eternal, Creator of heaven and earth does not need our help. The saying - God helps those who helps themselves is found nowhere in Scripture, and is not a principle by which we are to live our lives. In fact those who follow this principle in Scripture end up in destruction, unless they repent.
Often times it is pride, and not be willing to "let go and let God". King Saul, the first King of Israel had this problem. His pride got in the way. His refusal to be obedient and repent to The Eternal cost him his kingdom, his life, and the lives of his sons.
Are you in circumstances beyond your control? He alone knows our hearts and our fears. He is the one who frees our feet from the net that entraps us. Be humble and look to The One who sustains us.
Adonai is good, and he is fair;
this is why he teaches sinners the way to live,
leads the humble to do what is right
and teaches the humble [to live] his way. vs. 8-9
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.