“Today is two days of the Omer.”
· Theme of the week: Chesed – Loving kindness
· Theme of the day: Gevurah – Strength and Severity
· Overall Theme: “The strength and severity of His Loving-kindness.”YHWH the Father loves us madly and with a fierce passion, so much so that our hairs on our head are numbered, our tears are collected and precious as if black gold, and our names are engraved on his hands ( Matt. 10:30, Psa. 56:8, Isa. 49:16). In fact, he couldn’t bear eternity without is and sent His Son to die in our place (John 3:16) for our crimes against the Torah (I John 3:4). Our G-d has done everything in His power, He did what He didn’t have to do, all in order to save us and have intimate fellowship with us (Num. 11:23, Isa. 50:2, 59:1).
The Traditional text to read is Psalm 119:9-16:
9 ¶ BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
In other words, what can the Torah do? It has the power to give one a “squeaky clean” reputation. It’s simple, it’s all in black and white in His Torah, all we got to do is read and heed. It can’t be mechanical either; it’s got to be from the heart as you will see.
10 ¶ With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.
David knew that to know the Commandments was to know G-d. David also knew that the Commandments are life (Deut. 32:47), so to wander from the Torah is to wander from the path of Life.
11 ¶ Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
I have heard this verse in what is known as the “Pledge to the Bible”. There is a pledge to the American flag, and the Christian flag and to the Bible. David knew that it was important to memorize His Torah if he was to combat and conquer temptation and sin.
12 ¶ Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes.
David is saying that even though he as a finite human may not understand why an infinite G-d might have commanded certain things, he nonetheless wants to know them. He wants G-d Himself to teach them to him because he is so zealous to love and please G-d.
13 ¶ With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth.
As king, he is saying he will rule fairly by the Torah as his guide.
14 I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.
David knows the Torah is the true treasure, not money and possessions. He is probably alluding to his personal hand scribed Torah is his greatest possession.
15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.
Even though we may not understand why G-d commands certain things, David said he would try to wrap his brain around it anyway. And even when he concludes that he still doesn’t get it, he will nonetheless keep these “Chukim”.
16 I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.
He’s saying that he will keep the commandments that rule and guide our daily lives with joy, that he will make the Torah apart of him so he won’t forget His Torah.
“Abba YHWH Elohim, Thank you that because of Your sever love for us that you exerted Your Power and Strength through Your Son in order to save us. In Yeshua’s Name I pray, Ameyn.”