Friday, February 1, 2019

Sabbath Music - Elohim Lanu Machaseh Va'oz

Shabbat shalom to you, dear Gail-Friends.  I hope you have a worship-full, peace-full, and rest-full day.  Here's a song for your Sabbath enjoyment:

Elohim Lanu Machaseh Va'oz

Did you get dancing feet while you listened?  I did!  Oh, how I love this song and the psalm on which it is based (below).  Oh what a wonder-full meditation for Shabbat.  What a blessing is our G-d and the Word He has preserved over thousands of years.  Listen to the song, read the  psalm, and praise Him for all of His benefits to His children. 

Psalm 46

For the music director, of the sons of Korah, according to Alamoth, a song.
God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
though the earth change,
though the mountains topple into the heart of the seas,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains quake at their swelling. Selah
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God—
the holy dwelling place of Elyon.
God is in the midst of her, she will not be shaken.
God will help her when morning dawns.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms totter,
He utters His voice, the earth melts!
Adonai-Tzva’ot is with us.
The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah
Come, see the works of Adonai,
who brings devastations on the earth.
10 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear.
He burns chariots with fire.
11 “Be still, and know that I am God.
I am exalted among the nations.
I am exalted in the earth.”
12 Adonai-Tzva’ot is with us.
The God of Jacob is our strong tower. Selah

Do you know what the word "selah" means?  According to Jewish tradition it means to pause and prayerfully consider.  These are power-full words and beauty-full words to think about as you rest, refresh and renew during Shabbat. A good exercise is to read this psalm and in every place you read "selah" to stop, meditate and journal about how Adonai has made himself real in that way in your life. Then give Him praise for that! 

Shalom, shalom, shalom . . .

** Graphic used by permission from A Little Perspective website.

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