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.
105 Your word is a lamp for my foot and light on my path.
106 I have sworn an oath and confirmed it, that I will observe your righteous rulings.
107 I am very much distressed; Adonai, give me life, in keeping with your word.
108 Please accept my mouth’s voluntary offerings, Adonai; and teach me your rulings.
109 I am continually taking my life in my hands, yet I haven’t forgotten your Torah.
110 The wicked have set a trap for me, yet I haven’t strayed from your precepts.
111 I take your instruction as a permanent heritage, because it is the joy of my heart.
112 I have resolved to obey your laws forever, at every step.
Meditation Day 36
It is deductive reasoning that if one fails to choose which kingdom will regulate your life, meaning the Kingdom of YHWH our God or the kingdom of this world; deductively a decision is ultimately made. When you fail to choose to commit thy self to the ways of God then you are choosing to allow the world to dictate your outcome. King David has made a choice commitment to follow and honor the Torah principles in his life as shared in these eight verses. In verse 106 King David confesses his commitment to the rulings of God, and he like many of us begin with our confession and fail to identify any immediate changes in our behavior.
In verse 107 it seems that this is the case with David, the most important point is he is honest with himself and with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. When he pleads for his mouth offering to be sufficient as his demise is the purpose of many pursuers. He asks God to give him life in keeping with the word of God. It is clear that to request the life of God as promised through his words, one must see themselves at the point of an end of life, hope or stamina to sustain them in their current situation. David humbled himself and understood that he still needed to be taught about YHWH’s rulings and teachings.
When we review the scriptures we see David seems to be struggling with juggling his behaviors, while under pressure, and still continuing to align with the teachings of YHWH. He sums it up with a strong decision clearly by him and to himself, uttered to and from his spirit. He declares to his flesh that he will be submissive to the rulings of his Lord as a permanent heritage, despite those who attempt to entrap and entangle him in snares. He also claims it from his spirit that it is resolved from this point forward to only turn to the Torah, God’s teaching and instructions for all my decisions in life.
David is our example that it is normal to have a ‘wobbling point’ in our walk, where the fiery darts are constantly coming our way without ceasing, and we our of habit retreat to the non-commandment response. This is the temptation we all experience. David speaks to his spirit and proclaims to his spirit, placing his fleshly emotions on notice, that no matter what may come his way, “He has committed to always look to the Torah, God’s commandments.
We can only be inspired by what David has accomplished, as we travel the road to being heirs after God’s own heart honoring the Torah!
Loving you enough to share the truth,