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 | October 05, 2012 at 05:33 PM EDT | No Comments
This is Psalm is prayed by one who is in a complete state of desolation. You are in distress, misery, fearful and hopelessness abounds with no way of escape. Have you been there? I have and will be again. Because we will live for Him and obey His commandments the enemy seems to be around every corner. Saul obsessed, hunted David constantly and it seemed there was no help for him. This Tehillim reveals how David felt. feeble, (v6) and in utter terror (v4).
Why did the Eternal allow David to suffer in this way? Why does He allow us to go through our trials and tribulations. I believe just as He was preparing David, strengthening him for the time when he would actually reign over Israel, the Eternal is also doing that same work in us. We don't know what the future is going to hold, but we are going through battles and trails to strengthen us for that time. We have to learn now that it is YHWH alone who hears prayers, rescues and sustains His people. Our enemies will be shamed and utterly confounded. (v11) How will we know this is everything is always smooth sailing? How will we know He will defeat our enemies if everyone loves us and shows us kindness? He does hear us, and accepts our pleas. We are His children. If you are going through difficulties do not worry. Just trust him. We don't need to know how the victory will be won. As my husband said only today, "It has already been decided in heaven."
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.