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 28, 2014 at 04:06 PM EST | No Comments
When my father and my mother forsake me,
Then the Lord will take me up.
In Hebrew the word for father means “strength of the house” and the word for mother is “the one who binds the family together.” Two important parts of the family whose jobs are different but both necessary. King David reminds us that even if these two foundations, and loving supports leave us, want nothing to do with us, or passes from this life to the next, we are not alone. The Eternal is with us. He is not only with us, but He will take us up. What exactly does that mean? The Hebrew word for what is translated as up is “asaf”, a verb. It means to gather in, to receive (as in hospitality and protect), and also very interestingly, to bring up the rear.
For you shall not go out with haste,
Nor go by flight;
For the Lord will go before you,
And the God of Israel will be your rear guard. Isaiah 52:12
Often times the enemy will strick at the rear because we are facing forward, and can be easily caught off guard. However, The Eternal is our rear guard. He protects us. Look to Him, and your enemies will fall into the pit they have dug for you. Proverbs 28:10
Even if our own parents, whose names mean protection and support, forsake us, He will still love us, care for us, and protect us. He will become our father and mother.
Yeshua said that he would always be with us - even until the end of the world. (Matthew 28:20).
Remember you are not alone. The one true God, the Creator of the universe, your God, your King and your Father is with you.
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.