“Today is three days of the Omer.”
· Theme of the week: Chesed – Loving kindness
· Theme of the day: Tefreit - Beauty
· Overall Theme: “The beauty of His loving-kindness.”
I Chron. 16:29 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
II Chron. 20:21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.
Psa. 29:2 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
Psa. 96:9 O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.
Psa. 110:3 Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.
Psa. 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.
Have you ever seen a majestic lion at rest? Calm and serenity are in his eyes. He blinks slowly as the rising sun bathes him in a soft glow as he greets the morning. Maybe yesterday he was seen in all his severity and strength as he took down and antelope. But now as he lays on the prairie in the sun we see beauty in such raw power.
Yeshua is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah who is seen in severity beat out money changers from the Holy Temple, but a week later we see the beauty of the Father in Him through the act of sacrificial love of that cruel Roman cross.
Luke 23:34a Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.
Like a comrade who jumps on a grenade in order to save his buddies, there is a strange beauty in such an act.
John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Thus we see the robust beauty of YHWH’s Loving-kindness.
The Traditional text to read is Psalm 119:17-24:
17 ¶ GIMEL. Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word.
He is saying in a way that if he had much bounty there would be many more ways that he could keep G-d’s Torah.
18 ¶ Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.
Here David is saying that the Torah is so deep, he is asking that G-d opens his eyes to understand it and to see it in all it’s depth and glory, for the soul reason of keeping them and thus praising G-d by doing so.
19 ¶ I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me.
The Torah is David’s road map, He can’t survive without them, they are his life and security.
20 ¶ My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times.
The Torah is like a love affair, he can’t get her (Torah) off his mind, it’s all he can think about, it’s wonderful, and it’s perfect. In short he is lovesick for the Torah.
21 ¶ Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from thy commandments.
He is implying that he is humble, because he knows that the prideful are self reliant and does not allow G-d to lead and guide them. He knows that it is inevitable that they will one day crash and burn without rescue. He saying he can’t make it without G-d and His Instructions, His Torah.
22 ¶ Remove from me reproach and contempt; for I have kept thy testimonies.
David has been faithful, and has been encouraged and believed the miracles recorded in the Torah and therefore has seen miracles in his own life because he has trusted Him fully through thick and thin. We see the Torah is David’s constant companion and guide and comforter.
23 ¶ Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.
David knows that his vindication lies in the Torah, the Words of the Living G-d. The Torah is what David turns to; to ease his mind and to get his mind off things when political life gets cumbersome.
24 ¶ Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors.
David learns from the mistakes and the triumphs of the past Patriarchs. He trusts Moshe, Aharon, and Yehoshuah more than his royal advisers!
“Abba YHWH Elohim, today I worship You in the beauty of Your Holiness as I thankfully remember the beauty of love displayed for me in the sacrifice of Your Son. In Yeshua’s Name I pray, Ameyn.”