Tehillim 131/Psalm 131

Psalm 131

A Song of Ascents. Of David.

Adonai, my heart is not haughty,
Nor my eyes lofty.
Neither do I concern myself with great matters,
Nor with things too profound for me.
Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul,
Like a weaned child with his mother;
Like a weaned child is my soul within me.
O Israel, hope in Adonai
From this time forth and forevermore.

שִׁ֥יר הַֽמַּֽעֲל֗וֹת לְדָ֫וִ֥ד יְהוָ֤ה
לֹא־גָבַ֣הּ לִ֭בִּי וְלֹא־רָמ֣וּ עֵינַ֑י וְלֹֽא־הִלַּ֓כְתִּי
בִּגְדֹל֖וֹת וּבְנִפְלָא֣וֹת מִמֶּֽנִּי׃
אִם־לֹ֤א שִׁוִּ֨יתִי
וְדוֹמַ֗מְתִּי נַ֫פְשִׁ֥י כְּ֭גָמֻל עֲלֵ֣י אִמּ֑וֹ כַּגָּמֻ֖ל עָלַ֣י נַפְשִֽׁי׃
יַחֵ֣ל יִ֭שְׂרָאֵל אֶל־יְהוָ֑ה מֵֽ֝עַתָּ֗ה וְעַד־עוֹלָֽם׃

For Zion’s Sake

The years and the tears
The hoping and the waiting
Surely you, O Israel,
Who wait upon the Lord
Will not be ashamed

Surely Zion will not die
While watchmen cry

Your zeal, your heart
Your burden so real
The heart of Abba
Trembling with heartache for His son

Zion, can you hear
Israel, he is near
Calling, crying out
Like a woman in labor
Panting, gasping
Laying low everything keeping you
From loving him

Jerusalem, he will not forsake you
He will not forget you
Your walls before him
His peace not withholding
Death will not prosper,
Wickedness will not have its way with you

Your walls always on his mind
Your bulwarks etched in time
Made of stone
A defense
Keeping him afar
But wanting him near

Coming for you
He is
One day soon

Mocking will end
Lying will die
Hatred crushed beneath him
As He draws near
New life will take hold again

Am Yisrael Chai (The People of Israel Live)

I am joining with katemotaung.com for Five Minute Friday. The goal is to write for five minutes about a word. No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

The prompt is:

Alive

Barracks and Watchtower at Former Concentration Camp Auschwitz ll-Birkenau
Barracks and Watchtower at Former Concentration Camp Auschwitz ll-Birkenau

Let me tell you a little story.

Today is Purim, or the feast of Esther. The Jewish people were preserved from destruction in Esther’s day. Who could have imagined there would be a company of people in modern times that were far worse than Haman of Esther’s day? Who could have imagined that so few would lift their voices against such a hellish plan of annihilation in “Christian” nations?

I’ve been on a couple of journeys in the last year related to these things.

First, I went to Auschwitz (and Birkenau) – the former Nazi concentration camp that symbolizes the desired annihilation of the Jewish people. This place represents the Shoah (Holocaust). This place witnessed more murder of and cruelty towards the Jewish people than they ever could have imagined. The betrayal by those who had been their neighbors for centuries nearly crushed their corporate soul. Auschwitz and Birkenau tell a story of death, darkness and brutality. But the story doesn’t end there.

The story begins again in Israel.

After going to Auschwitz, I went to Israel again. You have to go to Israel after Auschwitz. This is where the life is. The people of Israel were reborn in a way. G-d regathered his people to the place he promised. The people he called himself after – the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – were remembered. G-d preserved his people in Esther’s day and G-d preserved his people in our day. Because Israel lives, we know G-d lives.

Happy Purim! ✨

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Hear, O Israel

Shema - Hear, O Israel
Shema – Hear, O Israel

Writing Every Day for Thirty-One Days
to Speak Life over Israel

While much of the earth is speaking death and accusation over the Jewish nation, let’s take 31 days to do the opposite. Let’s speak life over the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.

Day 28: Hope

There is hope in the midst of the storm
Israel, remember your G-d, your maker
Remember the one who formed and fashioned you,
Who made and called you forth

Israel, you are not forgotten nor forsaken
The G-d of the whole earth is your G-d
He watches over you
He keeps you
He calls you his own

Israel, your hope is in your G-d
He is jealous over you
He is zealous for you
He is calling you near

In the midst of trial
Run into the embrace of your maker
In the midst of tribulation
Turn to him

He will deliver you, O Israel
The only true and living G-d
will deliver and bring you life
He is breathing life into you
He is restoring your soul
He is redeeming you
Your G-d never sleeps nor slumbers

Hear, O Israel,
Trust in the Lord
from this time forth and forevermore
He is yours
You are his
Your hope is in your G-d

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ChaiIsrael

Chai is the Hebrew word for Life

Joining the 31 Day online writing challenge
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Israel, Remember Your Destiny

Hear-O-Israel

Writing Every Day for Thirty-One Days
to Speak Life over Israel

While much of the earth is speaking death and accusation over the Jewish nation, let’s take 31 days to do the opposite. Let’s speak life over the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.

Day 25: Crash

As the difficulties come and stay
and do not quickly fade away
May you help Israel to find their safety in you
O G-d of Israel

Today as the tumult ebbs and flows
in the land you called your own
Would you help your people
to know you, to see you,
to love you with all their heart, soul and strength

Shema Yisrael
Adonai Eloheinu
Adonai Echad
Baruch Shem Kavod
Malkhuto Le’olam va’ed

This day Abba calls you home
O Israel
to love him with all your heart, all your soul
and with all your strength

He hasn’t left you alone
He hasn’t forsaken you
He will keep all his promises
to you and your descendants forever

Hear, O Israel
The Lord is G-d
He is one

Remember this daily
Do not forget who you are
O Israel, Sons of Jacob
Do not forget your destiny
Your G-d has written for you

Isa 49

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ChaiIsrael

Chai is the Hebrew word for Life

Joining the 31 Day online writing challenge
with

http://write31days.com/
and

http://katemotaung.com/31-days-2/31-days-of-five-minute-free-writes-2015-edition-link-up-here/