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 | November 08, 2014 at 12:25 AM EST | No Comments
This Tehillim speaks of our iniquity, and that iniquity causes a rebuke from The Eternal. Our sins our a heavy load that we carry. They are like putrid sores. We are crushed and bent down. (vs 4-7) He does see us when we stray and fall into sin. Rebuke isn't always immediate, and some times in our hearts we translate that as excuse to go even further. We may even begin to justify our sin. Our hearts deceive us and we become deaf dumb and blind to what we are doing.
As with David when he was confronted with his sin, it is when The Eternal suddenly brings us face to face with our iniquity that we are crushed and we bear His rebuke. If we sincerely repent as David did, even though we must live with the consequences of that sin, He does forgive us and has mercy on us. Although we are rebuked we are not forsaken.
The true repentant person admits their iniquity and worries because of their sin.They weep before the throne of grace for the wrongs they have done. Of course when we turn back to Him, there are those who resent it. They hate us without cause and return evil for good.They harass us because we pursue Him with all of heart, soul, and might.(vs 20-21) However He will deliver us from those who harass us because we desire a right relationship with The Eternal.
Hasten to our assistance, Lord of our Salvation!
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.