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 12, 2012 at 01:17 PM EDT | No Comments
Falling in their own pit. This is how Tehillim 7 describes the one who makes evil plans against you. The Hebrew word for pit in this passage relates to a cistern. In Biblical times cisterns were dug or carved out of rock, and were usually 15-20 feet deep, but the opening was only 2 -3 feet wide and covered with a rock to keep out debris. During the season of rainfall in Israel these cisterns would capture the water and would then be used as a reservoir. Cisterns were also used to imprison a person. Much planning would go into digging a cistern (pit). Location, depth, width, etc. were all important considerations. Imagine gong through all that trouble, and then somehow falling into the pit you had dug. Seems pretty impossible, but that is exactly what The Eternal says will happen to those set out to destroy you. They have made a plan, dug the pit, but in the end what they planned for you will come upon them.
My protection lies with Elohim who saves the upright of heart Tehillim 7:11
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.