The Counting of the Omer Day 13: The Road to Transformation
“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. 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.
“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 13th night of the Omer, which is One week, and 6 nights.”
Day 13 Psalm 119:97-104
(Mem) (The thirteenth letter of the Hebrew Alphabet)
97 How I love your Torah! I meditate on it all day.
98 I am wiser than my foes, because your mitzvot (commandments)are mine forever.
99 I have more understanding than all my teachers, because I meditate on your instruction.
100 I understand more than my elders, because I keep your precepts.
101 I keep my feet from every evil way, in order to observe your word.
102 I don’t turn away from your rulings, because you have instructed me.
103 How sweet to my tongue is your promise, truly sweeter than honey in my mouth!
104 From your precepts I gain understanding; this is why I hate every false way.
Meditating on the Omer: Day 13 Humility in your walk, talk and thought.
1 Peter 5:5-7 Likewise, you who are less experienced, submit to leaders. Further, all of you should clothe yourselves in humility toward one another, because God opposes the arrogant, but to the humble he gives grace. Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, so that at the right time he may lift you up. Throw all your anxieties upon him, because he cares about you.
The Psalm today is filled with confidences in Yahweh because of the understanding, direction and promises communicated through his Torah! The scripture encourages the complete dependency upon God’s commandments as the answer to any situation. The wisdom that is gained by meditating on God’s teaching and instructions, known as the Torah, superior to those around you. The first reference to superiority gained by meditating on the Torah is over one’s foe. The appropriate disposition to have toward an enemy is the first point of reference following the proclamation of the love of the Torah in these eight verses. We are to never cower to the report or the tricks of attention grabbing threats, disaster or trouble highlighted by the enemy (HaSatan).
In Psalm 119:98 it reads, “ I am wiser than my foes, because your mitzvot (commandments) are mine forever.” When we chew this verse slower to draw out additional nourishment, if you will, we pull out the confidence we gain from the knowledge of the Torah, understanding your association to the God of the Torah as our Abba Father. This develops a form of identification that is irreplaceable. When we are able to identify with God’s love, protection, knowledge, understanding and wisdom as His purpose in our lives, we become able to defeat all opposition. We recognize opposition clearer now because we know that what comes against God, His commandments or Torah is an evil way, enemy and false way. The Psalm reveals this in verse 101 & 104 it reads, “ I keep my feet from every evil way, in order to observe your word”, and “From your precepts I gain understanding; this is why I hate every false way.”
The protection from evil and false ways is an embedded benefit gained by keeping the Torah. There is a particular discernment that develops from the attentive studying of God’s commandments (Torah). The confidence can only increase as we continue to trust in Yahweh’s word. There is a warning that we must heed as we get closer to Shavout/Pentecost. to gain the fullness of the daily nourishment received from meditating on Yahweh’s word for 49 days. At the start of today’s meditation there was a reference made to the Brit Hadasha (New Testament) book of 1 Peter 5:5-7 these verses are the disclaimer, if you will, to the confidence gained by trusting in the Torah, which is God’s teaching and instructions. We are to be clothed with the garments of humility no matter if we are the teacher or the student (talmidim).
The error or trick to be careful of is that you gain so much confidence, boldness and courage that you slip into the manners of intimidating others, becoming arrogant and prideful. The wisdom you have is given to you to fulfill the purposes of God, beloved don’t be fooled into crossing over from being the protected (humble) by the Torah to the one resisted (prideful) or opposed by God. The proud is resisted by God, as we read in the verses of 1 Peter 5. I bring this to your attention in the Psalm where the process of you gaining your blessing is where the enemy desires to place a stumbling block.
The Psalm verses 98,99, 100, 101, and 102 I am wiser, I have more understanding, I understand more than my elders, I keep my feet from evil, I don’t turn away from your rulings, begin with the personal pronoun “I”. Here is where the stumbling potential lies, beloved, watch it do not trip up over the ‘I’, that is listed and read. While these are attributes that you have and it is true that they belong to you according to your birthright. Please remember you only have them because of your willingness to submit and humble yourselves before a Living and Mighty God. Therefore, as you receive confidence, blessings and reawakened identity daily during the season of counting the omer, you are pointed to the strength to walk, talk and think humbly. The Holy Spirit guides, authors and finishes all of your actions when you walk humbly in respect, honor and government of the Kingdom.
Loving you enough the share the truth,