The Counting of the Omer Day 18: Refined to Complete Purity
“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 17th night of the Omer, which is Two weeks, and 4 nights.”
Day 18- Psalm 119:137-144
(Tzadeh) (The eighteenth letter of the Hebrew Alphabet)
137 You are righteous, Adonai; and your rulings are upright.
138 You have commanded your instructions in righteousness and great faithfulness.
139 My zeal is destroying me, because my foes have forgotten your words.
140 Your word is refined to complete purity, and your servant loves it.
141 I may be small and despised, but I do not forget your precepts.
142 Your righteousness is eternal righteousness, and your Torah is truth.
143 Trouble and distress have overtaken me, but your mitzvot are my delight.
144 Your instruction is righteous forever; give me understanding, and I will live.
Meditation Day 18
The refining of the soul is a constant process. The biblical references are not shy in their description of growing in the wisdom of YHWH. The trouble and distress of the world is present in all eras, as the popular ways of the world constantly bombard society to scramble a clear choice toward wisdom. Novice bible readers categorize its content as outdated unassociated literature to a present day lifestyle. One of the first resolves a witness of YHWH’s faithfulness addresses is His sovereignty.
The sovereignty of God is equally present in His word. The attempt to discard His word because of a time frame, is an immature perspective due to a lack of development. Where there is no understanding excessive limits are spiritually and naturally placed on a sovereign God. The words that exceed mans capacity of understanding are those which man omits from his world. The choice words written and given to man in the Torah is YHWH’s sovereignty. When His principles are applied accurately it develops the purity necessary to stand in the presence of a holy God. David gains the revelation of his insignificance outside of the commands of YHWH our God throughout this psalm. His memory of YHWH’s rulings, precepts and their authority is what creates a well-spring of value in his soul and ours.
The refining of the soul of man is a constant process of seeking wisdom and understanding of the teachings, according to David’s interpretation, the “forever righteous instructions.” The zeal for God’s teachings and instructions continue to find unwelcoming audiences, amid groups in places where the words are familiar and spoken but far removed from governing the daily lifestyles of those present. The care, patience and time we are to extend toward ourselves to study and apply God’s word in our lives is downplayed tremendously.
The broken spirit and contrite heart is not completed in one swift blow. The chipping away over the years at the unnoticed pride in our hearts is only accomplished by the words of a loving God, our YHWH. The humbling process of ‘taming the tongue,’ over these twenty-one days is a painful reality of who we are not, and who we are yet to become. On a personal note, the grace of God is revealed as overly generous in my life. There are still nine more tongues to tame. Our God YHWH, King of the Universe is a holy, sovereign God full of grace and compassion and more love than we will ever be able to comprehend shown through His FAITHFULNESS.
Loving you enough to share the truth,
Prophetess C. C.