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 | September 19, 2014 at 12:54 AM EDT | No Comments
Crime speaks to the wicked.
I perceive this in my heart;
before his eyes there is no fear
of God. He devises trouble as he lies in bed;
so set is he on his own bad way
that he doesn’t hate evil.v 2, 5
The Creator of the universe gave us freewill. We can be obedient or we can choose to “do what is right in our own eyes”. The evil inclination advises us that He is unconcerned with what we do and what is happening in our lives and on earth. Therefore it is all right to do whatever may please us. This attitude is extremely prevalent during the times in which we live. The Eternal and those who believe in Him are despised. Of course our faith and the way we live our lives don't make sense to them. They delude themselves into thinking that we are backwards and ignorant for believing in the Creator of all things and follow His ways. Little do they realize that true happiness comes from seeking him wholeheartedly and following His instruction. (Psalm 119:2)
Don’t delude yourselves: no one makes a fool of God! A person reaps what he sows. Galatians 6:7 Those who devise and practice evil will fail (vs 13). However, His faithfulness reaches to the upper heavens! He is concerned with both man and beast. (vs 6, 7). He is the source of our life and He sates us with His never ending abundance.
Continue your grace to those who know you
and your righteousness to the upright in heart.
Don’t let the foot of the proud tread on me
or the hands of the wicked drive me away. (vs 11-12)
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.