Day 22 Psalm 169-176
(Tav) (22nd or final letter of the Hebrew alphabet) excluding the five final forms.*
169 Let my cry come before you, Adonai; in keeping with your word, give me understanding.
170 Let my prayer come before you; in keeping with your promise, rescue me.
171 Let my lips speak praise, because you teach me your laws.
172 Let my tongue sing of your promise, because all your mitzvot are righteous.
173 Let your hand be ready to help me, because I choose your precepts.
174 I long for your deliverance, Adonai; and your Torah is my delight.
175 Let me live, and I will praise you; let your rulings help me.
176 I strayed like a lost sheep; seek out your servant; for I do not forget your mitzvot. (commandment)
Meditation Day 22 “The 22nd letter of the Hebrew Alphabet Complete”
“Let me,” is how David begins the majority of the stances of this final Hebrew letter and closing set of 8 verses. David reveals his awareness that before one approaches a King of great authority permission must be obtained. This is a prayer David is reciting. His honor and humility in not thinking that his prayers necessary have to reach YHWH is a key factor in these verses. YHWH will always bring us to humility. Why? As I stated a few times before YHWH’s ultimate goal is to get us in His presence. If we are proud he must resist us, but with a position of humility He can dwell with you always. With that said, it is astonishing that when we utter our prayers we are so strong in our presumption that we honestly believe our prayers are reaching YHWH our God as easily as we reach a person on a cell phone, text or email. After reading the final verses of Psalms 119 it is apparent that we must gain the permission to approach an all knowing, all wise King, we must petition the King.
The final verse resonates deeply in my heart. The lost sheep is what Yeshua came to get. The definition of lost is right here in David’s description. In the final verse it reads, “I strayed like a lost sheep, seek out your servant, for I do not forget your mitzvoh (commandments).” The distance he is referring to or ‘the straying’ is directly related to his observance of the mitzvot (commandments). The verse also reads, “seek out your servant,” this sounds like an odd statement, but it is not. When we overlook the commands of God (we exit his presence in our decisions) it is necessary to request to return, because the offense of turning away from the commandments in guiding ones life is a walk in the realm of dysfunction and speaking death to your lifestyle.
The commandments or the Torah is life. When we make the decision to choose life, we are choosing to walk functionally, living in the realm of life according to YHWH’s instructions. When you disrespect someone it is customary to humbly return and ask for another opportunity to get it right. David is requesting YHWH to find his heart where he left off and restore him. David then hurriedly states that he has not forgotten what he has learned, to call attention to his desire and willingness to gain the security of YHWH’s wisdom again.
If this is your first time counting the Omer, which as you know is also known as the Feast of Weeks indicating the 7 weeks of counting. The seven weeks is 49 days total. We have come to the end of the Hebrew alphabet which is 22 letters recognized in the 119 Psalm, therefore the first 22 days of counting the Omer is complete. Now we start over again at the beginning of Psalm 119 to meditate and study the verses yet again. If you are doing the math in your head, you are correct in calculating we will go through this Psalm twice completely and five additional days to reach our 49 days, then we are on to Shavuot/Pentecost day 50.
Loving you enough to share the truth,
* the five final forms operate as consonants in the Hebrew language. Read more by clicking the link above.