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 | May 09, 2014 at 04:46 PM EDT | No Comments
Hear the sound of my prayers
when I cry to you,
when I lift my hands
toward your holy sanctuary. vs 2
The Eternal is the one who we pray to, the One who is our strength when adversity strikes, and when evil doers try to destroy us. In His mercy He grants us His salvation. He is our Shepherd and we are the sheep of his pasture. Our hearts are filled with joy because He has saved us.
Verse two mentions lifting our hands “toward His holy sanctuary”. Should we pray toward that place ? Yes, we should. It is the place on earth where His presence dwelled. Although some would say because His Ruach dwells within us this is not necessary, consider the words of King Solomon at the dedication of the first Temple.
If they sin against you — for there is no one who doesn’t sin — and you are angry with them and hand them over to the enemy, so that they carry them off captive to the land of their enemy, whether far away or nearby; then, if they come to their senses in the land where they have been carried away captive, turn back and make their plea to you in the land of those who carried them off captive, saying, ‘We sinned, we acted wrongly, we behaved wickedly if, in the land of their enemies who carried them off captive, they return to you with all their heart and being and pray to you toward their own land, which you gave to their ancestors, toward the city you chose and toward the house I have built for your name; then, in heaven where you live, hear their prayer and plea, uphold their cause, and forgive your people who have sinned against you — forgive their transgressions which they have committed against you, and give them compassion in the sight of their captors, so that they will show compassion toward them; for they are your people, your inheritance, whom you brought out of Egypt, out of the flames of the iron furnace. 1 Kings 8:22-61
We know the word of King Solomon have come to pass through the life of the prophet Daniel who was carried off to Babylon, and who prayed three times a day towards Jerusalem , even at great peril to His life, and the Eternal delivered him from the lion’s den.
When you pray, look towards His city, His place. He will dwell there once again, and the our Messiah Yeshua will return to rule over us.
Then Adonai will go out
and fight against those nations,
fighting as on a day of battle.
On that day his feet will stand
on the Mount of Olives,
which lies to the east of Yerushalayim;
and the Mount of Olives will be split in half
from east to west, to make a huge valley.
Half of the mountain will move toward the north,
and half of it toward the south.
You will flee to the valley in the mountains,
for the valley in the mountains will reach to Atzel.
You will flee, just as you fled before the earthquake
in the days of ‘Uziyah king of Y’hudah.
Then Adonai my God will come
to you with all the holy ones. Zechariah 14:4-5
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.