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ELUL, THE 18TH DAY OF PRAYER

Choosing to Dwell in the Mountain of GOD…

September 6th: READING & PRAYING PSALMS 15-21

Ref: ELUL, OUR 29 DAY BANQUET OF PRAYER… TO HONOR THE KING OF GLORY!

PSALM 15

Lord, who shall abide (ya-gur, temporary sojourn) in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell (yish-kon, take up permanent residence) in thy holy hill?

We do not have to look far for GOD’s Holy Mountain, or Holy Hill. It’s the place where you stand right now. It’s the territory that you occupy for the LORD, right now. All those who have taken up permanent residence in His Presence, in His Spirit. All those that dwell in His Tents.

He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.

He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour (ray-ah, those with whom you have constant contact).

Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles. Prov 21:23

There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up. Prov 21:20

In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the Lord. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.

He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth (o’say, does, makes) these things (eh’leh, these things) shall never be moved.

The person that acts this way as a matter of principle, their character requires it. Should the person falter or temporarily miss the mark, they shall get back up again.

AMEN
  • PSALMS 22-28 MONDAY SEPTEMBER 7
  • PSALMS 29-35 TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 8
  • PSALMS 36-42 WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 9
  • PSALMS 43-49 THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 10
  • PSALMS 50-56 FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 11
  • PSALMS 57-63 SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 12
  • PSALMS 64-70 SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 13
  • PSALMS 70-76 MONDAY SEPTEMBER 14
  • PSALMS 77-83 TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 15
  • PSALMS 84-90 WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 16
  • PSALMS 91-98 THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 17

ELUL, THE 17TH DAY OF PRAYER

How Excellent is Thy Name in All The Earth…

September 5th: READING & PRAYING PSALMS 8-14

Ref: ELUL, OUR 29 DAY BANQUET OF PRAYER… TO HONOR THE KING OF GLORY!

PSALM 8

O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;

The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

AMEN
  • PSALMS 15-21 SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 6
  • PSALMS 22-28 MONDAY SEPTEMBER 7
  • PSALMS 29-35 TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 8
  • PSALMS 36-42 WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 9
  • PSALMS 43-49 THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 10
  • PSALMS 50-56 FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 11
  • PSALMS 57-63 SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 12
  • PSALMS 64-70 SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 13
  • PSALMS 70-76 MONDAY SEPTEMBER 14
  • PSALMS 77-83 TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 15
  • PSALMS 84-90 WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 16
  • PSALMS 91-98 THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 17

ELUL, THE 16TH DAY OF PRAYER

In Your Torah, We Will Meditate Day and Night…

September 4th: READING & PRAYING PSALMS 1-7. – Continuing in the Cycle of Prayer

Ref: ELUL, OUR 29 DAY BANQUET OF PRAYER… TO HONOR THE KING OF GLORY!

PSALM 1

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

AMEN.

Despite the mischief and mayhem that may surround us, the LORD will always find us moving forward. We shall occupy until You come. Though wickedness attempts to prevail, it shall not occupy our territory. The way of the ungodly shall perish. The LORD has vowed… and it is written. Shall it not come to pass?

Amen

  • PSALMS 8-14. SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 5
  • PSALMS 15-21 SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 6
  • PSALMS 22-28 MONDAY SEPTEMBER 7
  • PSALMS 29-35 TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 8
  • PSALMS 36-42 WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 9
  • PSALMS 43-49 THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 10
  • PSALMS 50-56 FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 11
  • PSALMS 57-63 SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 12
  • PSALMS 64-70 SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 13
  • PSALMS 70-76 MONDAY SEPTEMBER 14
  • PSALMS 77-83 TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 15
  • PSALMS 84-90 WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 16
  • PSALMS 91-98 THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 17

ELUL, THE 15TH DAY OF PRAYER

In Faithfullness… GOD Will Answer Me

September 3rd: READING & PRAYING PSALMS 143-150

Ref: ELUL, OUR 29 DAY BANQUET OF PRAYER… TO HONOR THE KING OF GLORY!

PSALM 143

Hear my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.

And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.

For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead.

Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.

I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.

I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah.

Hear me speedily, O Lord: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.

Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.

Deliver me, O Lord, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me.

10 Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.

11 Quicken me, O Lord, for thy name’s sake: for thy righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble.

12 And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that afflict my soul: for I am thy servant.

AMEN

ELUL, ON THE 11TH DAY

WHO SHALL BECOME THE GENERATION OF THE UPRIGHT?

August 30th: TODAY WE ARE READING & PRAYING PSALMS 112-118

Ref: ELUL, OUR 29 DAY BANQUET OF PRAYER… TO HONOR THE KING OF GLORY!

The Hebrew word that means “generation” is dor (dore).

We understand the word, generation in English to represent, “a body of living beings constituting a single step in the line of descent from an ancestor, or the average span of time between the birth of parents and that of their offspring.” (Webster’s Dictionary)

In Hebrew thought, ‘dor’ means something more than a biological line of ancestry, or a linear span of time. It is more than the continuity of a bloodline or DNA ancestry.

In Psalm 112:2, the scripture reads, “the generation of the upright shall be blessed”, the scripture is referring to continuity that is not limited to successive generations; grandparent, parent, child. This is about spiritual continuity, that might have to skip a few generations until another arises with the same spirit.

OUR WESTERN MINDSET TENDS TO TAKE OVER… and we can’t hear the scripture from the Hebrew at all. The meaning of ‘generation’ in English, is completely different than the meaning of ‘generation (dor)’ in Hebrew.

In a recent blog I wrote called, Connecting the Dots, we reviewed the genealogy of Shem (Genesis 11). In following the line of descent from Shem to Abraham, what we saw is the anointing transfer from Shem to Eber to Abram. The anointing did not pass “in single steps from ancestors to ancestor.”

The anointing may have to skip a few generations. The anointing has to be caught. If the next generation doesn’t want it, they don’t have to have it.

Not everybody wants it and it’s not for everybody.

Some prefer a life of idolatry, sin, etc., like Ham, Canaan, Terah… and some of their sons.

The dor (generation) of the upright shall be blessed, that’s singular not plural. The blessing might not pass from dor to dor, the way we are accustomed to process the meaning in our minds. However, it will pass to the one in the generation who chooses to carry on the continuity of the blessing. Who will seek the anointing of GOD?

GOD will wait for a ‘dor’ to open, and the King of Glory shall come in!

Psalm 112

Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in His commandments.

Your seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.

Wealth and riches shall be in your house: and your righteousness endureth for ever.

Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: because you are gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.

A good person sheweth favour, and lendeth: they will guide their affairs with discretion.

Surely you shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.

You shall not be afraid of evil tidings: your heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.

Your heart is established, You shall not be afraid, until you see your desire upon your enemies.

You have dispersed, You have given to the poor; your righteousness endureth for ever; your horn shall be exalted with honour.

The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; they shall gnash with their teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.

AMEN

Additional Insights into the Dor…

I’m sure I have not said it enough yet, but words in Hebrew have far more depth than in any other language. Hebrew words have spiritual meaning, numerical meaning, symbolic meaning (pictographically), even the shape of each letter is significant. This means that we basically cheat ourselves out of the richness and depth of meaning, by viewing the Hebrew letters and words in such a common way as we do in English. It’s too linear, too narrow.

For instance, ‘dor’ is spelled with 3 letters, dalet (d) vav (o) reish (r) in Hebrew.

Spelled backward we have the opposite of dor, reishvavdalet (rey’d)

rey’d in Hebrew means to Decline.

Dor means to move forward in continuity vs rey’d which means to go backward and decline. If the generation is not moving forward spiritually, all that remains open to them is spiritual decline. Grow or stay stuck and decline.

Your seed shall be mighty upon earth: is a promise made to those that choose to follow GOD, it’s not a promise to the world at large. They have to choose Him.

Not everyone in Shem’s line chose GOD.

The generation of the upright shall be blessed.

The generation of the upright, nurtures and grows spiritually, accepts the WORD, pursues it, and honors GOD. They continue the bloodline of the righteous.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Cor 15:58

Amen.

TalkTorahToMe.CAFE. – Who Shall Retain the Finest Flour?

In Pirkei Avos (Ethics of Our Fathers), we are provided a timeless collection of wisdom teachings and sayings from the Rabbi’s and Sages. Teachings that are rooted in the torah and elevated for the refinement of our spiritual being.

In Chapter 5 of Pirkei Avos there is a brief anecdote that I would like to share, which places students in one of four categories.

Ch 5.18 describes four types of students who sit before the sages: A sponge, a funnel, a strainer and a sieve: a sponge, which absorbs [remembers] everything; a funnel, which lets all the information in and just as soon as it enters, they instantly allow all the information to run out [retaining nothing]; a strainer, which lets the wine flow through retaining the sediment (the minor points) and misses all the major, weightier points of the message or teaching; and a sieve, which allows the flour dust to pass through and retains the fine flour.

The sieve has the ability to filter out the sedimentary parts and bits, retaining only the finest flour.

The sponge soaks up everything and remembers, but is unable to process the finer points and put them into action. The funnel will say, “That was a powerful teaching, get the CD”. While they heard the teaching and were fully engaged, they are unable to transmit what they learned.

The strainer collects what they believe are the weightier parts of the teaching, but in the end, they missed the wine and captured the sediment.

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law; judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Matthew 23:23

I am believing that you will be like the sieve, in every facet of your lives. Possessing the ability to recognize the weightier matters in torah, in business, in personal relationships, in every place you need to excel and take dominion (the good kind). I pray that you retain the finer points and replicate and transmit what you have learned to others, for the benefit of man and the Kingdom of Heaven.

In Genesis 2:7, “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

Man (Adam) was created from the finest dust particles in the earth… Not the common dust of the ground, but stardust, the stuff of the cosmos–all the elements of creation that exist in the earth and our universe.

May you be always the student, who hails from the lineage of Adam, made of the finest particles of the universe, increase in discernment, spiritual reasoning, insight, knowing what to keep and what to cast off, recognizing and retaining the finest flour of which you yourself were created!

Pirkei Avos by Artscroll is available online via: https://www.sefaria.org/Pirkei_Avot?lang=bi

But Who Can Resist an Old Fashioned Book in the Hand!

This priceless collection of teachings on honesty, morality, ethical teachings, is quick and easy to read and re-read and refer to as a good companion to Torah Study. There are many treasures to be found, such as it’s focus on character improvement and self-refinement.

TalkTorahToMe.CAFE. —DWELLING IN THE TENTS OF SHEM

MAY GOD ALWAYS FIND YOU DWELLING IN YOUR TENT!

Ever wonder how Adam spent his day in the Garden of Eden?

After the sin of Adam, he had to work the ground and prepare his own food. The garden, as they are still able to do, supplied his food. Imagine eating from the purest and most luscious of fruits. It had to be pretty awesome indeed!

We know his assignment in the garden was to “dress it and keep it” Genesis 2:15. We’ve talked about this before, but a question came up that I wanted to take time to review.

I mentioned that Adam was not required to prune or rake, etc. The trees grew on their own, pretty much like they do today. The Midrash teaches, something we might have missed, reminding us that a river went forth from Eden to water it (Gen 2:10), so no need to irrigate the garden.

What was the work that Adam had to do then?

Adam had to occupy himself with something that we don’t readily consider, but something that the scriptures often reminds us to do. “Meditate, day and night, in the study of Torah”

Adam had complete access to the Tree of Life in the midst of the garden. The Tree of life is the symbol of Torah.

Proverbs 3:18. She is a tree of life to those who grasp her, and whoever holds on to her is happy.

Adams work, was Labor in Torah.

Do you recall the scriptures teaching that, “ Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents.” Genesis 25: 27

Dwelling in tents, is a Hebrew Idiom for studying the Torah.

Genesis 9:27 tells us, “GOD shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant”.

During this season, there are some Like you, who choose to dwell in their tents… which continues to this day to be an act of faith.

Jacob dwelled in his tent, studying Torah, like Abraham and Isaac before him. He chose to stay focused on the promises of GOD.

The Feast of Tabernacles is around the corner. A celebration of dwelling in the tents as a nation, and a commandment of GOD. LEV 23:42-43. “You shall dwell in booths for 7 Days”.

Remember when GOD dwelled among all of Israel, in the center of the camp when they we in the wilderness?

Jesus is the Master Rabbi, the Son of the Living GOD. He dwells in the Torah and that’s where we still find Him and GOD The Father.

Adam knew he did not have to plant fields and reap crops. The Torah fed his soul and nurtured him spiritually.

It’s the spiritual food we need more than anything today with water that will cause us to never thirst again.

May GOD Always find us Dwelling in the Tent!

Like we are doing now!


Additional Ref: Hebrews 11:9, 1 Kings 9:3, Zech 14:16,

ELUL, DAY 5

YOUR YOM HA ZIKARON IS ON THE HORIZON!

ELUL, The Month of The Search… Praying The Lord’s Prayer IN HEBREW & ENGLISH

Today’s Reading: Psalms 70-76

READING SCHEDULE:

PLACING THE SPOTLIGHT ON —PSALM 70

Over the past 4 Days, we have been reciting and praying the the Psalms as they are written in the KJV. Let’s take a look at this Psalm from the viewpoint of a little more torah to gain insight into a few key items that shed more light on David’s Prayer.

There is a prelude to this Psalm that we don’t always find a consistency in the transition. It begins: “To the Chief Muscician, A Psalm of David, To bring to remembrance:”

Remembrance in Hebrew is a VERY BIG WORD: (We only have a moment to take a brief snapshot of the meaning of zaw-kar. But I assure you, GOD’s message of YOU being remembered is ever present).

Embedded in the phrase le’haz’kir, is the word zaw-kar, meaning to remember.

zaw-kar always connects you back to a Promise, to be remembered. Whenever we receive even the smallest glimpse of this word in scripture- our ears should perk up!

In Exodus 12:14 we read: “And this day shall be unto you for a memorial (zaw-kar); and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.

A ‘Yom Hazikaron

Numbers 10:9 says: “And if ye go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresseth you, then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered (zaw-kar) before the Lord your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies.”

The sounding the alarm and the Day of Remembrance go hand in hand. The Day of Remembrance and the blasts of the trumpet are both associated with war. David is in a strong battle and begins his song by affirming that the LORD will keep His Promise, to remember him in times of war, in times of difficulty. David is sounding the shofar with his song of faith and praise.

Isaiah 43:26 “Put me in remembrance: let us plead [judge] together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.”

In turn GOD asks that we put Him in remembrance of His Word regarding us! Let’s sort it out, let’s judge the matter. David takes all of his issues, concerns, problems, difficulties, battles, enemies, etc. etc. David takes it all to GOD in Prayer. He does not lash out himself (he learned from that). He does not gossip, murmur or complain to others. He does not get mixed up in Loshon Hara (evil speech).

David had to learn to bring all his cares before the LORD and let GOD deal with His People!

Hasten, O God, to save me;
    come quickly, Lord, to help me.

May those who want to take my life
    be put to shame and confusion;
may all who desire my ruin
    be turned back in disgrace.
May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!”
    turn back because of their shame.

Those who happily celebrate my distress.


But may all who seek you
    rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who long for your saving help always say,
    “The Lord is great!”

But as for me, I am poor and needy;
    come quickly to me, O God.

“I have no strength without you. I cannot move this army of enemies without your help.”


You are my help and my deliverer;
    Lord, do not delay.

GOD Remembers All of Your Battles… He Will Remember You and He Will Fight For the Righteous!

David never had to snip anyone’s garments again. He learned how to yield his biggest weapon in the spirit — By giving GOD’s children back to Him in prayer and supplication. Because of this, he was able to keep his hands clean and his heart pure. He only fought the wars of GOD – against GOD’s enemies. He did not lay his hands (or the hands of his tongue) on GOD’s Anointed. Even when fighting the Philistines, the same torah principles applied- Wait on GOD.

David had to keep All of his hands off of Saul. David was serving and Saul was sinning, but Saul was still GOD’s anointed. Our fights/battles with each other are not common, (they are not even allowed) which means we can’t handle them by secular means. We can’t handle anything with secular methodologies.

David Chose Prayer

Prayer was his weapon of choice. David’s results were not always swift. He prayed many a prayer. Yet, he found he won far more battles in prayer than he could have with his bare hands and a wicked tongue.

I’m laboring the first week over these concepts, to really drive them home, because if we truly learn these principles as His Disciples, we can help so many people and change so many things with our prayers. Principalities, Thrones, Powers, Dominions… will be swift work for you to pull down!

WE CAN NOT HAVE ONE FOOT IN AND ONE FOOT OUT!

Don’t get me wrong…some have muddled through speaking GOD’s Word with one side of their mouths and wickedness and/or cursings with the other side of their mouths. (Grace abounds) But, the people I know who desire a real walk with GOD… want to be able to do better, to do more! They know they can do better.

…and they know they are not operating at full strength. They know they They know much more is required of them. They want to speak a Word and see it occur! They really do. But we can not have it both ways. GOD is not double minded or unstable in all His Ways, and we can not be either!

His rules work. We just need the self-discipline to follow through!

Believe me when I say, the Psalms are an invaluable tool to help you to train your spirit to get to where you want to be spiritually.

Your Yom Hazikaron is Here!

Amen.