“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 23th night of the Omer, which is Three weeks, and 2 nights.”
Day 23- Psalm 119:1-8
Aleph (The first letter of the Hebrew alphabet)
How happy are those whose way of life is blameless,
who live by the Torah of ADONAI!
2 How happy are those who observe his instruction,
who seek him wholeheartedly!
3 They do nothing wrong
but live by his ways.
4 You laid down your precepts
for us to observe with care.
5 May my ways be steady
in observing your laws.
6 Then I will not be put to shame,
since I will have fixed my sight on all your mitzvot (commandment).
7 I thank you with a sincere heart
as I learn your righteous rulings.
8 I will observe your laws;
don’t completely abandon me!
Meditation Day 23
This Psalm is a collection of twenty two poems each made up of eight verses starting with the same Hebrew letter it represents. There are 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet. We are on day 23, therefore, we begin again to concentrate on the group of verses of Psalm 119. On a personal note, I am excited to meditate again on these scriptures to go through the Hebrew alphabet and to hear what else YHWH our God has to say to me through these passages. Hebrew tradition says King David used the Psalm to teach his children the Hebrew 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 YHWH and His TORAH through it all..
As we start on our second time in this season of reading this prayer filled Psalm we look at every occurrence that speaks of the commands or the law as instructions from G-d, intended to correct our aim toward maintaining a functional lifestyle. According to Jeremiah 31:33 G-d will write His laws upon the heart of man.
It is the heart and consciousness, where the proverbial ‘hardened outer core’ encases the heart altering spiritual growth. When we give our life to the LORD and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit to live within us our spirit is to commune with His. Communing with YHWH creates a ‘moldable’ heart, meaning our hearts desires learn to align with YHWH’s desires. We then are on track to obtain the identical status as David gained in YHWH’s eyes, as a man after YHWH’s own heart.
Loving you enough to share the truth,