Friday, December 14, 2018

PRAYER PSALM 149


Baruch Ata,

YHVH - Elohey Yisrael, Avi

(Bless You, YHVH - Elohim of Israel, my Father).

O YHVH - Elohey Avraham, Yitzchak and Ya’acov (God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob), I praise You!  I will sing a new song of Your praise, in the assembly of the called-out ones.  We of Yisrael, who have been redeemed, rejoice in You, Bor’ey’nu (our Creator); we the children of Tziyon are joyful in You, Mal’keynu (our King).   We praise Your name, YHVH, with the dance; we sing praises to You with the timbrel and harp.  We will sing aloud on our beds and be joyful in glory.  For You, Elohey Yeshua’teynu (God of our Salvation), take pleasure in us, Your people; and You will beautify the humble among us with salvation.

O YHVH- Elohey Tzva’ot (God of the Armies), may we go out with Your high praises in our mouths and with two-edged swords in our hands; so that we may execute vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples; to bind their kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute on them the written judgment; this honor have all of us who are holy unto You, YHVH.  We praise You, YHVH - Elohey Avotey’nu (God of our Fathers)!

Hallelu-Yah!!!  For You, YHVH, are Elohim.  You are Elohey Yisrael, Elohey Avraham, Yitzchak and Ya’acov.  Avi the Almighty reigns!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

PRAYER PSALM 44



Baruch Ata YHVH, Elohey Yisrael, Avi.
(Bless You, YHVH - Elohim of Israel, my Father)

I have heard with my ears and I have read in Your Word, Elohey Yisrael, the deeds that You did in the days of my/our forefathers, in the days of old.  How You, Elohey Tzva’ot (God of the Armies), with Your own hand drove out the nations that were living in our land. You afflicted those peoples and cast them out.  But because You favored my/our forefathers, You planted them and even though they had to use the sword to drive out their enemy, it was You that went out before them as a consuming fire.  It was by Y’min’cha (Your Right Hand), Abba, that they gained possession.  You even said that it was not because of their righteousness that they were going in to possess the land of promise, but for Your name sake.

Please help me/us today, El Ro’ee/Ro’enu (the One Who Sees and Provides for me/us).  I/We understand that it will not be by my/our sword, nor will my/our own arm save meus, but it will be by Y’min’cha (Your Right Hand), and by the light of Your countenance.  You favor meus because of the love that You have for my/our forefathers, and it is because of Your faithfulness to the covenant that You, Elohey Avraham, Yitzchak and Ya’acov, made with them.

But what about this generation of Your people, Elohey Yisrael? You have cast us off and put us to shame, and You do not go out with our armies.  You make us turn back from the enemy, and those who hate us have taken spoil for themselves.  They are dividing up the land and saying “Aha! The everlasting heights (Yehudah and Shomron - Judea and Samaria) have become our possession!”  You make us a reproach to our neighbors, a scorn and a derision to those all around us.  You make us a byword among the nations, a shaking of the head among the peoples.

You have severely broken us in the place of jackals, and covered us with the shadow of death.  We are like sheep intended for food.  You, El Shofet (Judge), have scattered us among the nations. For Your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  You sell Your people for next to nothing, and get nothing in return for selling us.

Awake! Why do You sleep, Ezre’nu (our Help), Go’ale’nu  (our Redeemer)?  Arise, help us, and redeem us for Your mercies' sake! Do not cast us off.  Why do You hide Your face, and forget our affliction and our oppression?  For our soul is bowed down to the dust and our body clings to the ground.  Because of the voice of our enemies, and the reproaches and reviles of the avenger, our dishonor is continually before us, and the shame of our face has covered us.  All this has come upon us, because of sin and iniquity.  We have forgotten Your name YHVH, and have stretched out our hands to a foreign god.  You, Elohey Tzid’ke’nu (our Righteousness), have searched this out, You already know the secrets of the heart, nothing is hidden from You.

Help us, El Yeshu’atenu (God of our Salvation), not to forget Your name, nor to deal falsely with Your covenant.  Protect our heart so that it will not turn back, and our steps so that they will not depart from Your ways.

You are Mal’kee/Mel’kenu (my/our King). O Elee/Ele’nu (my/our Elohim), command victories for Ya’acov.  Through You, we will push down our enemies.  Through Your name YHVH – Yeshua’tee/Yeshua’tenu (my/our Salvation), we, the progeny of Yisrael, will trample those who rise up against us.  We will not trust in our bow, nor shall our sword save us.  But You, M’gee’nee/M’gee’nenu (my/our Protector/Shield), will save us from our enemies.   Put them to shame, Abba, those who hate us.  Thus we will boast all day long, and praise Your name, YHVH - El Elyon (God Most High), forever.

Hallelu-Yah!!!  For You YHVH are Elohim.  You are Elohey Yisrael, Elohey Avraham, Yitzchak and Ya’acov.  Avi the Almighty reigns!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Prayer Psalm 101


Baruch Ata,

 YHVH, Elohey Yisrael, Avi

(Bless You, YHVH - Elohim of Israel, my Father).

Help me, YHVH Tzid’kee (my Righteousness), to set nothing wicked before my eyes, for I do not want it to cling to me.  Deliver me from a perverse heart and make it depart from me, so that I will not know wickedness.  I hate the work of those who fall away, whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, also those who have a haughty look and a proud heart.  I know that You will not endure them forever but will destroy them.  For those who work deceit shall not dwell within Your house, and those who tell lies shall not continue in Your presence.  Early You will destroy all the wicked of the land, and cut off all the evildoers from Your holy city.  But You have said that Your eyes will be on the faithful of the land, that they will dwell with You; and those who walk in a perfect way shall serve You, Melech HaKavod (King of Glory).

I will sing of Your mercy and justice.  To You, YHVH, Shofet Tzedek (Righteous Judge), I shall sing praises.  Help me, Abba, to behave wisely in a perfect way and to walk within my house with a perfect heart.  Oh, when will You, Moshi’ee (my Savior/Deliverer), come to me?

Hallelu-Yah!!!  For You, YHVH, are Elohim.  You are Elohey Yisrael, Elohey Avraham, Yitzchak and Ya’acov.  Avi the Almighty reigns!


Friday, November 23, 2018

PRAYER PSALM 55




Baruch Ata YHVH, Elohey Yisrael, Avi.

(Bless You, YHVH - Elohim of Israel, my Father)

Give ear to my prayer, O YHVH - El Shaddai (Almighty), and do not hide Yourself from my supplication, because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked; They bring down trouble upon me, and in wrath they hate me.  Destroy and divide their tongues, for I have seen violence and strife in their cities! Day and night they go around on the walls; while iniquity, oppression, deceit, trouble and destruction are in their midst and do not depart from their streets.  Let death seize them; let them go down alive into hell, for wickedness is in their dwellings and among them.  Bring them down to the pit of destruction; for bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days.   Afflict them, for even those who have been from of old have not changed; they do not fear You, YHVH - Elohey Yisrael (God of Israel).

 Attend to me, Abba, and hear me.  As You can see, I am restless in my complaint, and moan noisily.  My heart is severely pained within me.  Fearfulness, trembling and the terrors of death have fallen upon me.  Horror has overwhelmed me; never the less, I will trust in You, El Ne’eman (Faithful God).

O YHVH – Miphla’tee (my Refuge), if only I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.  Indeed, I would wander far off, and remain in the wilderness.  I would hasten my escape from this windy storm and tempest.

For it is not an enemy who reproaches me, for it were then I could bear it.  Nor is it one who hates me, who has exalted himself against me; if that were the case, I could hide from him.  But it was a close friend, a man my equal, my companion and my acquaintance.  We took sweet counsel together, and walked in Your house, Mal’kee (my King), in the midst of all those who gathered there.  The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords.  He put forth his hands against those who were at peace with him, and has broken his covenant.
 
As for me, I will call upon You, Elohey Yeshua’tee (God of my Salvation), for it is only You that shall save me.  I will cast my burden upon You, Tzu’ree (my Rock), and You shall sustain me; You shall never permit the righteous to be moved.  Therefore, evening and morning, and at noon, I will pray and cry aloud to You, El Ro’ee (God Who Sees and Provides for me); for You Go’alee  (my Redeemer) hear my voice, and will redeem my soul in peace from the battle that is against me, for there are many against me.

Hallelu-Yah!!!  For You YHVH are Elohim.  You are Elohey Yisrael, Elohey Avraham, Yitzchak and Ya’acov.  Avi the Almighty reigns!

Friday, November 16, 2018

PRAYER PSALM 14


Baruch Ata YHVH, Elohey Yisrael, Avi.
(Bless You, YHVH - Elohim of Israel, my Father)

O YHVH - Yeshua’tee (my Salvation), the fool has said in his heart: "There is no Elohim."  They have all turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is none who does good; no, not one. They are fraudulent and rebellious; they have done abominable works.  These workers of iniquity have no knowledge, they eat up Your people as they eat bread, and do not call on You, their Creator.  They will be left in great fear, because You, El Elyon (God Most High), are with the generation of the righteous.

The wicked and foolish may shame the counsel of the poor, but You, El M’tzu’datee (my Fortress), are a refuge for the poor and humble in heart.

O YHVH - El Elyon (God Most High), look down from heaven upon the children of men, and see if there are any who understand, who seek You, El HaKavod (God of Glory).

Bring back, Abba, Yeshua’tee (my Salvation), the captivity of Your people, so that the salvation of Yisrael can come out of Tziyon.  Then Ya’acov will rejoice and Yisrael will be glad.

Hallelu-Yah!!!  For You YHVH are Elohim.  You are Elohey Yisrael, Elohey Avraham, Yitzchak and Ya’acov.  Avi the Almighty reigns!


Friday, October 26, 2018

PRAYER PSALM 107




Baruch Ata

YHVH - Elohey Yisrael, Avi

(Bless You, YHVH - Elohim of Israel, my Father).

YHVH - Avinu Ba’sha’ma’yim (our Father in Heaven), we Your redeemed ones give You thanks, for You are good; and Your mercy, El Ra’chum (Compassionate God), endures forever.  For You, Go’aleynu (our Redeemer), have redeemed us from the hand of the enemy and are gathering us out of the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.

We wandered in the wilderness, in a desolate way and found no city to dwell in.  Hungry and thirsty, our souls fainted from within.  But when we cried out to You, YHVH - Mephaltey’nu (our Rescuer), in our trouble, You delivered us out of our distresses.  You led us forth by the right way, that we might go to a city for a dwelling place.

Oh, that other men would give thanks to You - YHVH - Elohey Yisrael (God of Israel), for Your goodness, and for Your wonderful works that You do amongst the children of men!  For You, El Ro’eh (God Who Sees and Provides), satisfy the longing soul and fill the hungry soul with goodness.  But because they rebelled against Your words Elohey Emet (God of Truth), and despised Your counsel, El Elyon (God Most High), You brought down their heart with labor; they fell down and there was none to help.  They sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, bound in affliction and irons.  But if they will cry out to You, YHVH - Elohey Yeshua’teynu (God of our Salvation), in their trouble, You will save them out of their distresses; You will brake their chains in pieces, and bring them out of darkness and the shadow of death. 

Oh, that men would give thanks to You, YHVH - El Ra’chum (Compassionate God), for Your goodness, and for Your wonderful works to the children of men!  But because of their transgressions and iniquities, they became fools, and their souls abhorred all manner of food and drew near to the gates of death.

Therefore You, Shofet Tzedek (Judge of Righteousness), turn their rivers into a wilderness, and the water springs into dry ground, a fruitful land into barrenness, all because of the wickedness of those who dwell in it.  They were diminished and brought low through oppression, affliction and sorrow, You pour contempt on their princes and caused them to wander in the wilderness where there is no way.

But if they will cry out to You, YHVH - Elohey Chesed (God of Mercy), in their trouble, You will save them out of their distresses.
You will send Your word and heal them, and deliver them from their destructions.  You will break the gates of bronze, and cut the bars of iron in two.  You will turn their wilderness into pools of water and dry land into water springs.  They will sow fields and plant vineyards and yield a fruitful harvest.  You will bless them and they will multiply greatly, their cattle will not decrease and there will be no one that hungers.  They will establish a city for a dwelling place.

Oh, that man would give thanks to You, YHVH for Your goodness and for Your wonderful works to the children of men!  Even those who go down to the sea in ships, who do business on great waters, have seen Your works and Your wonders in the deep.  For You command and raise the stormy wind, which lifts up the waves of the sea.  They mount up to the heavens; they go down again to the depths.   The souls of the sailors melt because of their trouble.  They reel to and fro and stagger like a drunken man and are at their wits' end.  But when they cry out to You, YHVH - El Shaddai (God Almighty), in their trouble, You will bring them out of their distresses and calm the storm, so that its waves are still.  Then they will be glad because they are quiet and You will guide them to their desired haven. Then they will sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving and declare Your works with rejoicing.

Oh, that men would give thanks to You, YHVH - Elohey Yisrael (God of Israel), for Your goodness and for Your wonderful works to the children of men!  Let them exalt You also in the assembly of the people and praise You in the company of the elders.  For You have set the poor on high, far from affliction and make their families like a flock.  The righteous sees it and rejoices, but all the iniquitous stop their mouths.  Whoever is wise will observe these things, and they will understand Your lovingkindness.

Hallelu-Yah!!!  For You, YHVH, are Elohim.  You are Elohey Yisrael, Elohey Avraham, Yitzchak and Ya’acov.  Avi the Almighty reigns!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Isaiah 12's Prayer


The short chapter of Isaiah 12 in its entirety is a prayer of confession and comfort, but also a declaration of a promise and thanksgiving. The reason for this exclamatory prayer in Isaiah 12, which begins “In that day”, is found in the verses leading up to it; Thus we read in Isaiah 11:10-16: "And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, Who shall stand as a banner to the people; For the nations shall seek Him, and His resting place shall be glorious. It shall come to pass in that day that YHVH shall set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people who are left…  He will set up a banner for the nations, and will assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.  Also the envy of Ephraim shall depar t, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off; Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not harass Ephraim.  But they shall fly down upon the shoulder of the Philistines toward the west; together they shall plunder the people of the East; they shall lay their hand on Edom and Moab; and the people of Ammon shall obey them…   There will be a highway for the remnant of His people who will be left from Assyria, as it was for Israel in the day that he came up from the land of Egypt.”  Now back (and forward) to Isaiah 12:1: And in that day [being the day mentioned in 11:11] you will say: ‘O YHVH, I/we will praise You; though You were angry with me/us [Israel], Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me/us [Israel].  Behold, Elohim is my/our salvation, I/we will trust and not be afraid; 'For YAH, YHVH is my/our strength and song; He also has become my/our salvation [through Yeshua].’ Therefore with joy you/we will draw water from the wells of salvation [from the root of Jesse].  And in that day you/we will say: ‘Praise YHVH, call upon His name; declare His deeds [that is: keeping covenant and restoring the remnant of His people the whole house of Israel] among the peoples, make mention that His name is exalted.  Sing to YHVH, for He has done excellent things; this is known in all the earth [the testimony of YHVH’s faithfulness to His covenant] Cry out and shout, O inhabitant of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel in your midst!"  (emphases added).
What are the excellent things that YHVH has done, and is doing, other than bringing to fulfillment what He covenanted with the forefathers of Israel and Judah and what He promised through the prophets of old?  Together we can all exclaim that He is just and faithful!