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 | December 12, 2014 at 12:38 PM EST | No Comments
Doing your will, my God, is my joy;
your Torah is in my inmost being.
I have proclaimed what is right in the great assembly;
I did not restrain my lips, Adonai, as you know.
I did not hide your righteousness in my heart
but declared your faithfulness and salvation;
I did not conceal your grace and truth
from the great assembly.” vs 9-11
Is doing His will a joy for you? Is the Torah in your inmost being? From day to day the demands of life, home, family, and work cause us to approach our responsibilities to The Eternal with the same mechanicalness that we approach other duties in our life. Doing His will, keeping His Torah should be a flame within our hearts, not something that we drudge through without thinking. This is preparation day for Shabbat. We should be going about everything we do today with joy that at sunset we enter in to His blessed rest. Sabbath should not be a day of restriction, but a delight to look forward to each week.
How do we restore that joy within us? By recounting the wondrous things that he has done, not only for our ancestors, but for us and those around us. David said,
I did not hide your righteousness in my heart but declared your faithfulness and salvation. vs. 11
We are instructed: Only be careful, and watch yourselves diligently as long as you live, so that you won’t forget what you saw with your own eyes, so that these things won’t vanish from your hearts. Rather, make them known to your children and grandchildren - Deuteronomy 4:9
Do not forget what you have seen with your own eyes! We have the Scripture that tells us what He did for our ancestors BUT we are here in the now. Hasn’t The Eternal done wondrous things in our lives? Hasn’t he performed great miracles for us? Hasn’t He answered our prayers and delivered us from our enemies? We restore the joy in our hearts and perform His will with joy when we do not forget the mighty things He has done, not only for our ancestors, but for us as well. We make them known to our children and our children’s children and declare them in assembly. By doing so you declare His faithfulness and His 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.