Rabbi’s Reflections – Friday, March 22, 2024

(Early) Shabbat Shalom,

The Psalms

Psalm 3:4a – Part 2

Psalm 3:4 But You, Adonai, are a shield around me, my glory and the lifter of my head…. 8 Arise, Adonai! Deliver me, my God! For you strike all my enemies on the cheek. You shatter the teeth of the wicked.

Let’s pray… Thank You, Lord, for being that shield in support of me, in Yeshua’s name we pray.  Amen.  “In Yeshua’s name” is not just an imprimatur (look it up if you must).  In Hebrew, a name is not just a label (what people call you to get your attention), but a reputation.  Proverbs 22:1a A good name is to be chosen rather than great wealth.  Ecclesiastes 7:1a Better is a good reputation than precious oil.  The great “I AM” (Adonai) is with His being (giving His all, holding nothing back), a shield (Protector and Defender) lifting you up.  He is in support of you with Who He is, with all His power and might.  Does it get any better than that?

Back to prayer… You are my glory.  I have none of my own.  (In Hebrew we say, “Ki Ayn Banu Ma’asim,” meaning “For there is nothing within us to make anything.”)  We also pray, Lord, “Yotair Mimcha, Pachot Mimeni,” meaning “More from You, less from me.” I call upon You, Lord in Yeshua’s name, to be my glory.  Amen.

Rabbi Trail:  Here is a link to the Song in Hebrew, “Lord, You Are My Light.”  The lyrics include the words, “I want more from You Lord, less from me.”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKSfnqIa3r4 End RT.

The Hebrew word for “glory” is “Kavod.”  The abstract words of English are frequently made practical and real in Hebrew.  So it is with “Kavod,” which is based on the Hebrew word for “heavy.”  It connotes serious, weighty, gravity, established and immovable.  He is your “glory” if you make Him your glory.  We do that when we stop making our own glory.

Jacob(James) 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of Adonai, and He shall lift you up.

Isn’t it amazing that the narrative of Scripture is so consistent?  Let’s pick this up again on Sunday.  (David Harwood writes every Saturday.  Jerry Miller writes every other Sunday.  This is his Sunday off.) Shabbat shalom.

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)

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