Good morning. I started this day in prayer this morning. As I entered prayer and had the random thoughts invading my mind until I quieted it, I was thinking of what I would post here today. Honestly, I had a different direction I intended to take with today’s post, but I feel this is the direction I should go.
We are still looking at Trust in God in prayer and daily life. Several other blogs I follow seemed to also be on the path of Trust in God. As I read there post last evening, I just smiled and asked God if he was trying to get a message to us all to trust Him more. Why Psalm 27? I learned recently that usually during the time between Rosh Hashanah (considered the Jewish New Year) and the end of Sukkot (the fall Feast of God) Psalm 27 is read by many Jews. Some may say, “But you aren’t Jewish!” So, I am not, but I can learn from their practices and traditions. They have a lot to teach if we will only listen and learn. However, this post isn’t about placing one religion over another. If you are Christian, that’s great too! They church also has wonderful lessons to teach and also has a great work. Now, on to Psalm 27…
Right in between Rosh Hashanah and the end of Sukkot is Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement as described in Lev 16:30). This is a high holy day in which we can be very close to God. Yom Kippur this year starts at sunset on September 13 and goes until sunset on September 14. As we approach the Day of Atonement, I am looking around me. If we look at current events in the world, we have parents and children alike having hissy fits over Miley Cyrus and the VMA (I didn’t watch, so I guess I missed it), and we have the President encouraging congress to send us to war with Syria. As I am on social media, I see one extreme or the other concerning Syria…either people are expressing no opinion at all OR they are fiercely opposed to sending our troops there and frequently posting about it. One thing I haven’t seen encouraged is PRAYING about it.
We learned in the post Hannah’s Prayer that God’s mind can be changed when we pray from our heart. This President is simply a puppet, a man who may or may not be receiving the best advisement. Whether we “like” the job he is doing or the direction he is taking us, we need to lift him in prayer. Remember, Scripture reminds us to pray BLESSINGS on our enemies that we may be blessed. I am not saying the President is our enemy, although some may view him in that light. I am saying, pray for him as a leader, respect his office, and pray about the decisions he is making. Pray for Congress as they weigh and consider the things before them. Remember, Eli thought Hannah was drunk, so things aren’t always as they seem,.
Now, I want to share with you Psalm 27. As I read it I thought of the current events, and feel it is my prayer for our nation and world in these troubling times. I encourage all, when you pray on Yom Kippur, allow Psalm 27 to be one of your prayers, and do not forget to lift our nation and leaders up in prayer.
A Psalm of Fearless Trust in God.
[Psa 27:1-14 KJV] 1 [[[A Psalm] of David.]] The LORD [is] my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD [is] the strength (defense) of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 2 When the wicked, [even] mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. 3 Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this [will] I [be] confident. 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. 5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. 6 And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD. 7 Hear, O LORD, [when] I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. 8 [When thou saidst], Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek. 9 Hide not thy face [far] from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation. 10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up. 11 Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies. 12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty. 13 [I had fainted], unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. 14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
For more info on Yom Kippur visit this link: http://www.chabad.org/holidays/JewishNewYear/template_cdo/aid/4687/jewish/Yom-Kippur.htm
For more info on Sukkot visit here: http://www.chabad.org/holidays/JewishNewYear/template_cdo/aid/1646477/jewish/How-is-Sukkot-Observed.htm