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 28, 2014 at 03:52 PM EDT | No Comments
If I hadn’t believed that I would see
Adonai’s goodness in the land of the living,
Put your hope in Adonai, be strong,
and let your heart take courage!
Yes, put your hope in Adonai!
Psalm 27 ends with encouragement not to be afraid, but to put our hope in The Eternal. He will sustain you. Never in my life have I had so many terrible experiences in such a short period of time, (the last 6 years) where I have been continually bombarded. When life and all it’s trials hit us how do we respond - do we put our faith in people or their abilities, or do we trust in the One who is the Creator of all things and the Judge of all men? He will not allow you to stumble if you trust Him and obey His Word. He wants us to come to him - and as David says, with courage. Courage that we know He is there with us, sustaining us. Yes, trials will come, hardships, hurt feelings, and all manner of things will happen. Just remember He will never abandon you. Seven years ago, I could say that, but I didn’t “know” it. Now as I write to you, I not only know, but have confidence. He is our hope, He is our deliverer. Through Him we will be victorious!
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.