“Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to count the Omer: Tonight will be the 9th night of the Omer, which is One week, and 2 nights.”
(Tet) (the ninth letter in the Hebrew alphabet)
65 You have treated your servant well, Adonai, in keeping with your word.
66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge, because I trust in your mitzvot. (commandments)
67 Before I was humbled, I used to go astray; but now I observe your word.
68 You are good, and you do good; teach me your laws.
69 The arrogant are slandering me, but I will wholeheartedly keep your precepts.
70 Their hearts are as thick as fat, but I take delight in your Torah.
71 It is for my good that I have been humbled; it was so that I would learn your laws.
72 The Torah you have spoken means more to me than a fortune in gold and silver.
The journey is best appreciated if captured daily. When we expect God to bless us by keeping His promises and teaching us daily, it is at that moment when an authentic relationship with Him in this season of counting the omer is underway. An unshakable, unmovable, and unfathomable faith are the seeds planted when we are counting the omer and expecting God’s best each day. The psalm today expounds upon humility and how it prepares the ground to receive the seeds that will produce an unshakable, unmovable, and unfathomable tree of faith. This ‘deep-well’ teaching endures throughout the 49 days (now 40).
The joy of allowing Yahweh to touch the areas of our hearts specific to what He desires to bless us with ultimately, is priceless. The words of the commandments (Torah) are where we turn and learn to humble ourselves to receive the correction, instruction, and revelation of what obstacles block our hearts presently. When we think of the agricultural aspect surrounding the original references of counting the omer (sheaf) in scripture; we find it a valid depiction of our daily offering of meditation on the verses. The horticultural action of tilling the ground is an equivalent description of the type of wrestling that takes place in our hearts.
It prepares us for the arduous process of wrestling with the old habits, thought processes and religious ideologies embedded with deep roots in our hearts. It is only by gallantly wrestling and breaking up the hardness of the ground in our hearts, according to Isaiah 66:2 to present a contrite spirit, creating a place where the seed (Torah) is able to be planted. The wrestling picture we have of Jacob and the messenger is where Jacob’s heart determines and locks in on not letting go until he receives a blessing. We know it to read in Genesis 32:25 (KJV) that the messenger was “unable to prevail against him.”
Are you holding on to the message of God despite the difficulty, pain, pressure and adversity faced in each day? Are you preparing to walk with a limp, if need be, humbled and prepared to be blessed? Do you dare to say to Yahweh as Jacob did to the contender with bold tenacity, “I will not let go until you bless me?” When we read Psalm 119: 67 it confesses the hard ground where humility was not found, as the cause of the stumbling and straying away from God’s presence. Yet now, we observe to do and apply His Torah in our lives, and hearts prepared to receive the only seed that produces the bountifully blessed fruit of greatness on Shavout/Pentecost.
Psalm 119: 67 Before I was humbled, I used to go astray; but now I observe your word.
Loving you enough to share the truth,