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 08, 2014 at 04:31 PM EDT | No Comments
Adonai, oppose those who oppose me;
fight against those who fight against me.
Grasp your shield and protective gear,
and rise to my defense.
Brandish spear and battle-axe
against my pursuers;
let me hear you say,
“I am your salvation.” 35:1-3
Why are so many of David’s tehillim about the Eternal’s rescue, His salvation? Because David spent a good portion of his life fighting battles. The Philistines, Saul and his supporters, and his own child. Not only the physical battles but also the gossips and those who used words to harm him. Most of us today don’t have to endure the physical battles that David did, however have we been hurt by a friend or gossiped about? Perhaps we have enemies that want to see us brought low. Has your child openly rebelled and is seeking to hurt you? Times and methods change, but in reality the same things are going on in this time. If you experienced even one of the above then you have something in common with King David. Even when at his lowest moment he relied on The Eternal’s salvation.
David’s depiction of our Father is one that is ready defend us and to go into battle to preserve us. David knew in his heart that his deliverance comes from above. Not from men, and certainly not from our own devices. No matter what your battle is, no matter who is pursuing you, remember that YAH, our God is our salvation. It doesn’t matter what devices the enemy uses. They will fall into the pit they have dug for you! (vs 8)
This is the God that we worship, this is the One who we acknowledge and recognize and submit to. Let us not seek our deliverance from battles and troubles, but rest in His everlasting arms as he takes up spear and battle axe in our defense!
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!
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.