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 | August 24, 2012 at 12:27 PM EDT | 2 comments
King David wrote this Psalm when he fled from his son Absolam who attempted an almost successful coup against his father. Imagine a child you loved, nurtured, educated, supported, and forgave, suddenly took counsel with men, whose clear aim was to destroy you? It is difficult to imagine that a child could turn against his father or mother, but it does happen. And if it happens to you, you will feel as though your heart has been ripped out. Even more so when The Eternal righteously judges the offender.
The king was shaken. He went up to the room over the gateway and wept. As he went, he said: “O my son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom! If only I had died instead of you—O Absalom, my son, my son! 2 Samuel 18:33.
Absolam had broken the commandment to honor his father and his mother, murdered his brother, and attempted to overthrow not just his father but The Eternal's anointed king. However David still loved his son and feared for the righteousness judgment that would surely come - "Is the young man Absolam safe?"2 Samuel 18:29.
Absolam did not repent of his sin, but instead joined together with men David had once called friends, and whose aim was to annilhilate him. They they had thought "Elohim will not deliver him.". Tehillim 3:2b
David knew that The Eternal would be his Shield and Deliverer against any who would seek his kingdom or his life. He is our salvation, no matter the hopelessness of the situation - even when the betrayal comes from our own child.
Pray for your children daily, that they do not turn away from following the narrow way, and that The Eternal will keep them safe from the influences of evil men and women.
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.