The Counting of the Omer Day 11 : Holy Spirit Empowering to Function
“And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath…Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the Lord.”(Leviticus 23: 15-16 NKJV)
The Counting of the Omer covers a fifty-day period of time from the Feast of First Fruits until Shavuot (Pentecost). Beginning with the day of First Fruits, each subsequent day is counted for seven complete weeks, plus one day – fifty days. During the Counting of the Omer, we “count up” to the Feast of Shavuot (the 50th Day) with each day of counting adding to the growing expectation of what Pentecost will bring. The counting is beyond the scope of identifying the numbers of days completed or remaining. Meditation on Psalm 119 enthralls us in studying as a talmudim (disciple) turns us to the context of David’s journey during this season in his walk with Yahweh.
During the Counting of the Omer, each day 8 verses from Psalms 119 is read and meditated upon, causing us to review the condition of our hearts before God. During the Counting of the Omer, we “count up” to the Feast of Shavuot (the 50th Day) with each day of counting, adding to the growing expectation of what Pentecost will bring. During the Counting of the Omer, each day 8 verses from Psalm 119 is read and meditated upon, causing us to review the condition of our hearts before God. This Psalm is a collection of twenty two poems each made up of eight verses starting with the same letter. Hebrew tradition said King David used the Psalm to teach his children the alphabet. This Psalm is one of the ways we know the order of the letters in Ancient Hebrew to this day. The clear theme of the Psalm is David’s love and respect for TORAH.
As we read this prayer filled Psalm we must begin with looking at every occurrence that speaks of the commands or the law as instruction from G-d intended to correct our aim toward living a life filled with the blessing of serving and worshiping Him. Although according to Jeremiah 31:33 G-d has written His laws in the heart of man. It is there in our hearts and consciousness where we can find a proverbial hardened outer core which surrounds the heart. When we give our life to the LORD and He sends the Holy Spirit to live within us He desires for our spirit to commune with Him so that our hearts are softened, and our desires change to align with His. Yet, the battle continues with improper thoughts imposing upon our minds, leading to temptation that effects the choices, words and actions we execute. This is where the selfishness of the flesh is realized. Psalm 119 is one of many blessings Yahweh has sent us to help make that battle less difficult and more in line with His will.
Many of the verses show David’s desire to have YHWH assist him in understanding and practicing Torah. David was described as a man after Yahweh’s own heart which was seen in his actions and his desire to study and observe Torah to connect with Yahweh and seek His will. For David, then, Torah knowledge or wisdom was the most important asset he had on earth and was the motivation behind his great sacrifices, tremendous efforts and heartfelt and tearful love of Yahweh. David recognized the joy and comfort that comes from Yahweh and this Psalm represents that.
“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 the 11th night of the Omer, which is One week, and 4 nights.”
כ (Kaf) (The eleventh letter of the Hebrew alphabet)
81 I am dying to know your salvation; my hope is in your word.
82 My eyes fail from watching for your promise; I ask, “When will you comfort me?”
83 For I have shriveled like a wineskin in a smoky room; still, I don’t forget your laws.
84 How long can your servant stay alive? When will you bring judgment on my persecutors?
85 The arrogant have dug pits for me to fall in; this is not in keeping with your Torah!
86 All your mitzvot (commandments) [show your] faithfulness; they are hounding me with lies; help me!
87 They have nearly ended my life on earth, but I have not abandoned your precepts.
88 In keeping with your grace, revive me; and I will observe your spoken instructions.
Loving you enough to share the truth,