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 30, 2012 at 04:35 PM EST | No Comments
Yahweh, place your mastery over them, that the peoples may know they are but frail men. 9:21
This is the last verse of Tehillim 9. Often there are those who feel they are above Yah and His word. They want to put Him in a box, and only take Him out when they need Him, or when they feel it is time to confront someone else with their sin. They make their own successes and are in charge of their own destiny. This however, is the furthest thing from the truth. The next breath we take is only because He allows it. (Tehillim 104:29). For some it is a difficult concept, because they are caught up in their own importance. But He says, For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your way and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9.
Today I read an email from a teacher of the Word, and he wrote something that I thought was quote profound. It was, "Our life is not our own. We were born and no one gave us a choice of where we want to be born, who our parents will be, what color hair we are going to have, and if we want to keep our hair or be bald headed. The only real choice that we have is our fear of God. We are free to chose only this one most significant choice of our life, do we believe in God and trust Him, or do we deny Him."
Choosing to obey Him is to put Yah as master of our lives. When we do we realize how far above us He is and that we are but frail men.
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.