After the Exodus from Egypt the Jews were so eager to receive the Torah that they counted the days remaining to that great event. This great anticipation was a prelude to the precept of “Counting the Omer” which they received later at Mount Sinai.
The counting of the Omer has always remained a preparation to receiving the Torah; when the forty-nine days of the Omer come to an end, the festival of Shavuot, celebrating the giving of the Torah, follows immediately. The connection of Counting the Omer with the Giving of the Torah finds expression in the idea that both stress the importance of the individual’s relationship with YHWH. Each person, individually, must count the days of the Omer period.
“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 48th night of the Omer, which is Six Weeks, and six days.
Day 48 Psalm 119: 25-32
25 I lie prostrate in the dust; revive me, in keeping with your word.
26 I told you of my ways, and you answered me; teach me your laws.
27 Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wonders.
28 I am melting away from anxiety and grief; renew my strength, in keeping with your word.
29 Keep deceitful ways far from me, and favor me with your Torah.
30 I choose the way of trust; I set your rulings [before me].
31 I cling to your instruction; Adonai, don’t let me be put to shame!
32 I will run the way of your mitzvot, for you have broadened my understanding.
Loving you enough to share the truth,
Prophetess C. C.