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 28, 2014 at 08:02 PM EST | No Comments
I said, “I will watch how I behave,
so that I won’t sin with my tongue;
I will put a muzzle on my mouth
whenever the wicked confront me.
I was silent, said nothing, not even good;
but my pain kept being stirred up.
My heart grew hot within me;
whenever I thought of it, the fire burned.
Then, [at last,] I let my tongue speak
One of the reasons why I love the Tehillim so much and encourage daily reading, is because they deal with issues that we deal with today. Tehillim 39 is a very good example. We want to do the right thing by not allowing people to get to us when they attack us; to not sin by attacking back. It takes a lot of self control not to respond and let The Eternal fight our battles, especially when it seems that the enemy is winning. I cannot say that my self-control has been stellar, and apparently the writer of Tehillim 39 has experienced the same thing.
What does Scripture say about these circumstances? Psalm 35 says that The Eternal will come to our defense. Tehillim 15 says we are not to slander others, harm, or discredit them. This is part of living uprightly before God. We honor Him when we refuse to “get even”. We should not worry about what others may think or say, because He is the only one who matters. If we take things into our own hands we will be the ones disciplined. (vs 12) If we trust in Him to fight our battles for us He will vindicate us and justice will shine forth like the noon day sun!
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.