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 | January 09, 2015 at 02:01 PM EST | No Comments
This psalm, beautiful and well known, expresses the desire of our souls to draw closer to The Eternal. It was written by the sons of Korah. Korah, as you may recall, was of the tribe of Levi, and he rebelled against The Eternal and tried to take Moses’ position. These events are told to us through the Parashah Korach (Numbers 16 -18). The end result of the rebellion was that the ground opened up and swallowed Korah and those who sided with him, and also their households and everything they owned. Korah had contempt for The Eternal, and so He destroyed him. However, Numbers 26:11 tells us that the sons of Korah did not die. So even though Korah had rebelled against The Eternal, he did not wipe his name off from the face of the earth. The sons of Korah are responsible for some of the most beautiful psalms written such as this one. And in fact, the great prophet, last judge of Israel, and anointer of two kings - Samuel, was descended from Korah and a son of Levi. (1 Chronicles 6) He is merciful!
As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So pants my soul for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God? 42:1-2
Thirst is the craving for fluids, resulting in the basic instinct to drink. It arises from a lack of fluids or an increase in the concentration of certain osmolites, such as salt. If the water volume of the body falls below a certain threshold or the osmolite concentration becomes too high, the brain signals thirst.
We all know what it is like to be thirsty. Just as there is a physical desire for thirst, our souls thirst for the living God - the One who created it. Even those who don’t know Him are searching and thirsting for something, but they don’t know what it is. So, they seek to satisfy that craving with things that lead to enslavement to sin, such as alcoholism, drugs, sex, pornography, and now in our high technological society, addiction to television and electronics.
Do not put your hope in things of the world. Do not take the path that will lead to your soul’s destruction. Hope in God. Quench your soul’s thirst with the things of The Eternal which are found in His Word, and follow Him as His servant in keeping with the teachings of our Messiah Yeshua.
Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God;
For I shall yet praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God. 42:11
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.