108:1) A Song. A Psalm by David.
108:2) My heart is steadfast, `Elohiym.
I will sing and I will make music with my soul.
108:3) Wake up, harp and lyre! I will wake up the dawn.
108:4) I will give thanks to you, Yahweh, among the nations.
I will sing praises to you among the peoples.
108:5) For your lovingkindness is great above the heavens.
Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
108:6) Be exalted, `Elohiym, above the heavens,
Let your glory be over all the earth.
108:7) That your beloved may be delivered,
Save with your right hand, and answer us.
108:8) `Elohiym has spoken from His sanctuary:
“In triumph, I will divide Shekhem, and measure out the valley of Sukkot.
108:9) Gil`ad is mine.
Menashsheh is mine.
Efrayim also is my helmet.
Yehudah is my scepter.
108:10) Mo’av is my wash pot.
I will toss my sandal on Edom.
I will shout over Peleshet.”
108:11) Who will bring me into the fortified city?
Who has led me to Edom?
108:12) Have you not rejected us, `Elohiym?
You do not go forth, `Elohiym, with our armies.
108:13) Give us help against the enemy,
For the help of man is vain.
108:14) Through `Elohiym, we will do valiantly.
For it is He who will tread down our enemies.
To run is the couch of the coward, to stand fast, of the brave man.
Throughout history, there are numerous occasions were one relative small army has had to defend against overwhelming odds. One such famous stand was at the Battle of Thermoplyae in 480 BCE where a small army of Greek-city states stood against a massive Persian hoard. History makes a lot of these brave men but cowards are rarely remembered.
“Finally, be strong in the Master, and in the strength of His might. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the world’s rulers of the darkness of this age, and against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on the whole armour of Yahweh, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, having done all, to stand fast.” (Eph. 6:11-13). The letter from Rav Sha`ul to the Assembly at Ephesus was written in Rome when Sha`ul was in prison awaiting trial. Sha`ul dictated the letter and his scribe wrote it down. It is necessary to view this passage in light of the Roman soldier chained to Sh`aul. Rome’s expansion was due to the effectiveness of the army. This came about by the constant discipline, training and superior armour and tactics. In a battle the Roman soldiers marched forward but braced themselves when confronted by a mass attack. This preparation would be foremost in the legionnaire’s mind when order to stand. This command was to stand firm and resist all attackers. When all chaos reigned around the soldier, he would fall back upon all this discipline and experience to withstand the assault. He would not falter as this would be to let down his comrades, his centurion and ultimately his emperor.
Beloved, when it is our turn to face the onslaught of the enemy, are you fully prepared? What have you to fall back upon?
This is one of the main reasons that studying Scripture is so important. All those hours of reading, listening and discussing page after page will pay good dividends. If you could ask the soldier, were all those days on the training fields worthwhile, he would assuredly say yes.
However, there is still a more sure foundation. “Yahweh lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let the `Elohiym of my salvation be exalted.” (Psa. 18:46). Knowing Messiah Yehshuah as Master and Saviour; that as the Son of Yahweh, He took upon Himself our punishment for our sins is unassailable. This is a foundation that all the hordes of hell cannot prevail against. Like the man who built his house upon a rock, all the storms of life could not shake it (Luke 6:48).
If you have not yet accepted Yahweh’s offer of salvation through His Son, what is your foundations like? Are you able to stand fast when life’s battles are threatening to overwhelm you? It takes a brave person to honestly look at him or herself and know that their house is built on sand; no depth or security of foundation. When (not if) you face life’s battles, who would you most like to be? The professional Roman soldier who stands firm for his or her King (Yahweh) or the conscript who turns and runs at the first sign of trouble?
Father, we thank you for the power of your Word and that Word was made flesh in Messiah Yehshuah so that in believing in His Life, Death and Resurrection we may have eternal life with you.
If you want to accept Father’s offer of salvation through Messiah Yehshuah, you need to ask Him in prayer along these lines. Use your own words but they must be genuine as Father knows our very hearts and nothing is hidden from Him.
“Father, I am a sinner who needs forgiveness through your Son, Messiah Yehshuah. Please forgive me of all my past sins as I accept that, Messiah Yehshuah my Saviour, has taken upon Himself my punishment. By your Spirit, help me to live a life worthy of His sacrifice. Thank you, Father, for making this way back to you.”
If you have honestly said such a prayer as these, and truely renounced the sin in your life and accepted Father’s salvation through Messiah Yehshuah, then please drop us an e-mail at ATC to let us know. This not only builds up our faith, it offers an opportunity to prayfully support you. Even if you have Believing friends or family, we at ATC would be privileged to pray for you. Please contact us at email@example.com.
“The way of Yahweh is a stronghold to the upright,
But it is a destruction to the workers of iniquity.” (Prov. 10:29)
Our Saviour welcomes all His Family to join in this memorial. If you have accepted Messiah Yehshuah as your Master and Saviour please take the next few moments to seek Father and to ensure that all is right between Him and you and between you and your Brothers and Sisters. If not, please put this right before continuing.
If you have not yet accepted Him into your life, then we encourage you to seek Him while it is still possible, as time is running out. When He returns or if you pass away then it will be too late. Please do not partake of the matzah and wine as in doing so, it gives thanks for the broken body (matzah) and shed blood (wine) for and a witness of salvation.
On the night of the Master’s betrayal, He took the matzah, blessed it and broke it saying ‘This is my Body broken for you; take and eat it as a memorial to Me.’
Bless the matzah saying: Blessed are you, O Yahweh our `Elohiym, King of the universe, who brings forth matzah from the earth.
Break and eat the matzah (sharing it if within a group setting):
After the meal He took the Cup of Blessing, blessed it saying ‘This is my Blood poured out for you for the remission of sins; take and drink it as a memorial to me.’
Bless the wine saying: Blessed are you, O Yahweh our `Elohiym, King of the universe, who creates the fruit of the vine.
Drink the wine (sharing it if within a group setting):
Thanksgiving prayer: Blessed are you, O Yahweh our `Elohiym, King of the universe, who gives us, in Yehshuah, all that we will ever need. In your lovingkindness and mercy, you rebuild broken lives. You bless us, in Yehshuah, with a perfect blessing. Ameyn.
6th. New Moon – 12/08/2018
Father willing, we will gather again next Shabbat.