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 | February 14, 2014 at 03:51 PM EST | No Comments
Just one thing have I asked of Adonai;
only this will I seek:
to live in the house of Adonai
all the days of my life,
to see the beauty of Adonai
and visit in his temple.
For he will conceal me in his shelter
on the day of trouble,
he will hide me in the folds of his tent,
he will set me high on a rock.
Then my head will be lifted up
above my surrounding foes,
and I will offer in his tent
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing, sing praises to Adonai. 27:4-6 (CJB)
Why does David say that the only thing he will seek is to live in the house of The Eternal? What does it mean to behold His beauty and to visit his temple? David tells us it is what he desired more than anything.That his heart longed for that beauty and that shelter. It is because His Presence is there - His Shekhinah. Shekinah means "dwelling or settling of the Divine Presence of God". Yeshua is the Shekhinah that came to dwell on earth.
The Word became a human being and lived with us,
and we saw his Sh’khinah, the Sh’khinah of the Father’s only Son,
full of grace and truth. John 1:14 (CJB)
Let's not forget or diminish Messiah the Shekhinah - that dwells within us. He is our Advocate, our Rock, our Shekhinah. As we prepare to enter into Shabbat let us seek to dwell in the beauty of The Eternal, His Shekhinah Yeshua HaMashiach.
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.