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 | July 04, 2014 at 03:38 PM EDT | No Comments
If we are seeking a right relationship with The Eternal; if we are in a state where you do not know how to get back to Him, Psalm 32 shows us the way.
How blessed are those whose offense is forgiven, those who sin is covered! How blessed those to whom Adonai imputes no guilt, in whose spirit is no deceit! (vs 1-2)
Right away David tells us there is no happiness like that of one whose sins are forgiven. Those of us who have fallen on our faces like the tax collector in Luke 18, who beat his breast, and cried out to The Eternal, “Have mercy on me, sinner that I am!”, know the joy that it is to be washed and cleansed from all iniquity. Not only does our Father take away the sin, but the guilt of the sin as well!
When I kept silent, my bones wasted away because of my groaning all day long;
day and night your hand was heavy on me;the sap in me dried up as in a summer drought. (vs 3-4)
Being in sin is like being in a drought. We will not bear fruit. We will dry up and wither away.This is what the guilt feels like. It can effect us mentally AND physically. But -
When I acknowledged my sin to you, when I stopped concealing my guilt,
and said, “I will confess my offenses to Adonai”; then you, you forgave the guilt of my sin. (vs 5-6)
He will lift that burden from you and the weight of your sin will be removed. Before we are slaves to our sin and it is like a heavy yoke weighing us down, but when we repent His forgiveness sets us free.
This is what everyone faithful should pray at a time when you can be found.
Then, when the floodwaters are raging, they will not reach to him. (vs 7)
Yeshua said, “Stay alert, always praying that you will have the strength to escape all the things that will happen and to stand in the presence of the Son of Man.” The word translated as “always” actually means at the appointed or fixed time. Yes, there are appointed times when we are to come before Him in prayer. ( See the article “On His Mind” http://www.sarahstent.info/summer2006.html ).
We need to repent! Don’t stay complacent! Don’t wait until the judgement comes! Seek Adonai while he may be found, call on Him while He is near. Isaiah 55:6
You are a hiding-place for me, you will keep me from distress;
you will surround me with songs of deliverance. (Selah)“I will instruct and teach you
in this way that you are to go; I will give you counsel;
my eyes will be watching you.” (vs 7-8)
When He is leading us we cannot take a misstep. He is our teacher, and our counselor. But you have to let Him lead you. Don’t try to go your own way. “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:29
Don’t be like a horse or mule that has no understanding,that has to be curbed with bit and bridle, or else it won’t come near you. Many are the torments of the wicked, but grace surrounds those who trust in Adonai. Be glad in Adonai; rejoice, you righteous! Shout for joy, all you upright in heart! (vs 9-11)
While we are preparing for Shabbat, let us all prepare our hearts and minds to come before Him. Take some time to seek His face, confess and repent, so that we can to His Presence on His day, upright in heart and rejoicing!
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.