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 01, 2014 at 03:56 PM EDT | No Comments
Come, my children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
Whoever of you loves life
and desires to see many good days,
keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from telling lies.
Turn from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it. Tehillim 34:11-14
This Psalm was written when David was fleeing from Saul, and lived among the Philistines. However, the Philistines also saw him as a threat, and so David faked mental illness and the king of the Philistines, Abimelech, sent him away. It was then that David wrote this tehillim.
The above verses, 11-14, tell not only how to achieve life in the world to come, but also how we should conduct ourselves in this life so that we may be blessed. Be truthful with one another, and keep ourselves from slander and gossip. Repent from evil and strive to be closer to The Eternal. Remember his eyes are on the righteous and his ears ear their cry!
The righteous person suffers many evils,
but Adonai rescues him out of them all. vs. 20
We are never told that our life will be trouble free, but we are promised that he will deliver us from every trial, every tribulation, and persecution. We will be vindicated. We will be rescued. There is no evil plot or circumstance that our God cannot deliver us from. Do not be impatient in waiting. I am sure David, a king chosen by God and anointed by Samuel must have wondered how long it would be before his change would come. How long would he have to endure being hunted like a animal and having to live among Israel's enemies? And when the opportunity came to kill Saul, David did not take matters into his own hands. (Some thing Saul did frequently.) Look at the time Abraham waited for the promised son, at Joseph's time in captivity, and the prophets. Their lives are not just nice stories that we read to our children, they are examples to live by. Look at how they endured and triumphed with The Eternal's help, while their enemies were destroyed! Even as we wait for the promised Son's return, let us not grow weary and fall into despair and sin. He will return, and those who seek our destruction will be no more.
Live and hope in Him always!
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.