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 | March 07, 2014 at 02:41 AM EST | No Comments
Teach me your way, Adonai;
lead me on a level path
because of my enemies —
don’t give me up to the whims of my foes;
for false witnesses have risen against me,
also those who are breathing violence. Vs. 11-12
The level path or plain path is the Hebrew word miyshowr. It is a word that means equity (fairness), even place, righteously, and uprightness. He is the one who teaches us what righteousness is, and what it means to walk in His ways. In the book of Judges the children of Israel had gone into the land but the Eternal did not remove all of their enemies, to see if they would keep his commandments. They would invariably fall away and He would allow their enemies to torment them. They would then cry out to Him, and He would raise up a judge who would rescue them from their enemies and lead them in a level path. The judges of Israel were Othniel, Ehud, Deborah, Gideon, Abimelech, Tola, Jair, Jephthah, Ibzan, Elon, Abdon, and Samson. The period of time the judges covered was about 250 years. Later after the kingdoms were divided, Israel and Judah sinned so badly that The Eternal allowed them to be carried off into exile.
At this time we have a decision to make. Will we follow in the steps of our ancestors, or will we allow The Eternal to lead us on a level path? Our enemies are all around us waiting to devour us. He is the one who keeps us from false witnesses and those who wish to harm us, if for no other reason then we are seeking to walk uprightly. Let’s not do what is right in our own eyes, (Judges 17:6; 21:25) but walk according to His Way.
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.