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 21, 2014 at 04:50 PM EST | No Comments
Listen, Adonai, to my voice when I cry;
show favor to me; and answer me.
“My heart said of you, ‘Seek my face.’”
Your face, Adonai, I will seek. Psalm 27:7-8
Seeking the Face of the Eternal is to seek His Presence. How do we do this?
Therefore, submit to God. Moreover, take a stand against the Adversary, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and he will come close to you. Clean your hands, sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded people! Wail, mourn, sob! Let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy into gloom! Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:7-10
Submitting to Him is to be satisfied with His will for your life. As I had written previously, we are to do His will, not He ours. In the ancient world a king had life or death of His subjects in his hands, and they knew it. We are alive in this moment because of His grace. Be obedient to Him and His will. Do not be double-minded. Do you profess Torah in public, but in your home it is another matter? We seek His Face by desiring that closeness with Him in our hearts and acting on it. Obeying His instructions in ALL aspects of our lives, not just the ones others can see. When we desire that closeness and walk in His ways He does reveal Himself, His Face.
There is a difference between His Face and His Hands. His Hands represent His actions, and we have no problem seeking this - “Father I need…”, however how many of us truly seek His Face? Yeshua taught, Therefore, do not be anxious or say, What shall we eat? Or what shall we drink? Or what will we wear? For all these things the people of the world require and your Father in heaven also knows that you require all these things. But first seek the Kingdom of Elohim and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:31-33 Aramaic English New Testament)
Put aside worrying about day to day issues and concentrate on Him. Obey Him, study the Word, and be diligent in your daily praise and prayers surrender yourself to His will and He will lift you up.
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.