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 | January 03, 2014 at 01:38 PM EST | No Comments
This week, I saw an article online that at first made me excited, and then as I read on I became saddened and then horrified. The article was "Surprising number of Americans Don't Believe in Evolution." Of course you can understand why that would make me excited. Unfortunately as I read the article, I learned that only 1 out of 3 Americans don't believe in evolution. According to the Pew Research Center only 1/4 of all adults believed in a supreme being who guided our creation. For me that amount is surprisingly low, and yes it saddened me. The horror came in when I read some of the people's comments to the article. Not only did they condemn and ridicule those of us who do believe, but mocked the One True God, Creator of heaven and earth, a God they don't even believe exists. Even though this is the way of the world we live in today, I was still surprised at the vehemence coming from unbelievers. I could literally feel the hatred and contempt.
In Tehillim 26, David spoke of his devotion to The Eternal, His kindness, wondrous deeds, and the shelter where His glory resides. He also spoke of evil doers, and those who consort with them.
We are not long for the tribulation to come, but the glory of the Eternal shall be revealed! He will arise to save all the humble of the earth. At that time may you be able to recite the words of Tehillim 26 with confidence -
I did not sit with dishonest people,
nor hypocrites did I associate.
I hated the gathering of evildoers
and with the wicked I did not sit.
Gather not my soul with sinners,
nor my life with men of bloodshed
Redeem me and show me favor
My foot is set on the straight path
in assemblies I will bless the Eternal.
verses 4-5; 9, 11-12
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.