9:1) For the Chief Musician. Set to “The Death of the Son.” A Psalm by David. I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart. I will tell of all your marvelous works.
9:2) I will be glad and rejoice in you. I will sing praise to your name, O Elyon.
9:3) When my enemies turn back, They stumble and perish in your presence.
9:4) For you have maintained my right and my cause. You sit on the throne judging righteously.
9:5) You have rebuked the nations. You have destroyed the wicked. You have blotted out their name forever and ever.
9:6) The enemy is overtaken by endless ruin. The very memory of the cities which you have overthrown has perished.
9:7) But the LORD reigns forever. He has prepared his throne for judgment.
9:8) He will judge the world in righteousness. He will administer judgment to the peoples in uprightness.
9:9) The LORD will also be a high tower for the oppressed; A high tower in times of trouble.
9:10) Those who know your name will put their trust in you, For you, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.
9:11) Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in Tziyon, And declare among the people what he has done.
9:12) For he who avenges blood remembers them. He doesn’t forget the cry of the afflicted.
9:13) Have mercy on me, LORD. See my affliction by those who hate me, And lift me up from the gates of death;
9:14) That I may show forth all your praise. In the gates of the daughter of Tziyon, I will rejoice in your salvation.
9:15) The nations have sunk down in the pit that they made; In the net which they hid, their own foot is taken.
9:16) The LORD has made himself known. He has executed judgment. The wicked is snared by the work of his own hands. Meditation. Selah.
9:17) The wicked shall be turned back to She’ol, Even all the nations that forget God.
9:18) For the needy shall not always be forgotten, Nor the hope of the poor perish forever.
9:19) Arise, LORD! Don’t let man prevail. Let the nations be judged in your sight.
9:20) Put them in fear, LORD. Let the nations know that they are only men. Selah.
No Yahshua, No Peace: Know Yahshua, Know Peace
At the top of ATCai??i??s Home Page there is the greeting of ai???Grace, shalom and joyai???. These are greetings that start most of the Letters in the Renewed Covenant (New Testament). Although they only seem to be three short words, the meaning behind each one is immense. Such words are known as concept words as they convey a much wider, deeper meaning.
The Hebrew word ai???shalomai??i?? is usually translated as ai???peaceai??i?? in the English versions of the Bible.Ai?? However, this does the Hebrew a great injustice. The concept behind ai???shalomai??i?? is the idea of wholeness, completeness, nothing lacking and nothing taken away. It is the state Father made Adam and it is His intention for all to return to that state.
I served my time as a Marine Engineer. I was good at my work and was promoted quickly through the ranks until I sailed as Chief Engineer, first on small ships (aged twenty four) then on large ships (aged twenty seven). I was quite focused on my career and was driven by the desire to reach my next promotion. So, at twenty seven, I had ai???made itai??i?? to the top; or so I thought.
After a serious incident on board a ship that I was Chief Engineer on, and that I was ultimately responsible for, I left the sea to look for something else to do. My wife and I started our own shop up but this was not successful and after three years I had to go back to sea to pay off bills and debtors. During this time, we started to go to church to get our daughters into a good school. On a Sunday, we would all go to our local Methodist Church and became active in many of the social events. Yet we never realised that there was more to ai???churchai??i?? than merely attending meetings.
The time I spent at sea now took on a different meaning. No longer was I driven by the thoughts of promotion (been there, got the tee-shirt etc.) but as a means of supporting my family. However, I was away from them for most of the year and I was stuck in a Catch 22 situation. During one leave, a colleague from a previous ship contacted me and through this my family and I emigrated to Canada.
It was while we were in Canada that my wife and I came to know and accept Messiah Yahshua as Master and Saviour. It was this Salvation that turned my drive from serving myself to serving my Saviour. I eventually ended up as a Marine Surveyor with the Canadian Government, a position that was unthinkable when I was at sea. Although this was a fantastic job, Father called me back to the UK. So I gave it all up and we moved back to England. I had no job to go to and no home to live in, but we were faithful to His calling.
Looking back, I can clearly see how Father used events to put me in a position of needing to rely totally upon Him. What I thought was my own skill and knowledge were gifts from Father. What was my drive and ambition were seen to be symptoms of a lack of contentment. I am not saying that these things are wrong; far from it. What I am saying is that there are some things that we search for and not really know for what it is that we are looking.
ai???Be free from the love of money, content with such things as you have, for he has said, ai???I will in no way leave you, neither will I in any way forsake you.ai??i??ai??? (Heb. 13:5). Rav Shaai??i??ul grew up in a prosperous household, being able to afford to travel to Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) to study under the leading Rabbis of the time. Yet, after his encounter with the Messiah, his whole outlook on life changed. Not that he was adverse to wealth as he well knew its importance and the necessity to earn a living. However, it was not the aim of his life, but merely a means to an end: the propagation of the Good News of salvation through Messiah Yahshua.
ai???Are they servants of Messiah? (I speak as one beside himself) I am more so; in labours more abundantly, in prisons more abundantly, in stripes above measure, in deaths often. Five times from Yehudim (Jews) I received forty stripes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I suffered shipwreck. I have been a night and a day in the deep. I have been in travels often, perils of rivers, perils of robbers, perils from my countrymen, perils from the Goyim, perils in the city, perils in the wilderness, perils at sea, perils among false brothers; in labour and travail, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, and in cold and nakedness.ai??? (ai???2 Cor. 11:23-27). This is a brief summary of Shaai??i??ulai??i??s life since his salvation. How come he says that he is content in whatever state he is in (Phil. 4:11)? It is to do with him completely trusting in all that the Scriptures have to say about his sin, his need of a Saviour and Messiah Yahshua is that Saviour, sent by a loving Father for His wayward children.
What is the state of your life? Can you honestly say that in all circumstances you are content? I can. My salvation was nothing as dramatic as Shaai??i??ulai??i??s but the outcome was identical. I no longer strive to reach an ever receding goal but am content in that Father has given me work to do and has equipped me with everything that is necessary to accomplish His will in my life. ai???I have told you these things, that in me you may have shalom. In the world you have oppression; but cheer up! I have overcome the world.ai??? (John 16:33). Some times this means having to pass through trials to strengthen me. My goal is now to obey and please Father and it is His will that I come to know my Saviour, Messiah Yahshua, more intimately and through Him, my Father.
What is your goal in life; to get richer? Have more bigger and better ai???stuffai??i???
Or would you prefer to be content with what you have knowing that you can trust Messiah Yahshua with everything that is really dear to you; your eternal life and that of your family?
ai???Shalom I leave with you. My shalom I give to you; not as the world gives, give I to you. Donai??i??t let your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful.ai??? (John 14:27). Here is an invitation from Messiah Himself.
Try it; you will not be disappointed.
If you want to accept Fatherai??i??s offer of salvation through Messiah Yahshua, 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.
ai???Father, I am a sinner who needs forgiveness through your Son, Messiah Yahshua. Please forgive me of all my past sins as I accept that, Messiah Yahshua 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.ai???Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??
Father, we thank you for the power of your Word and that Word was made flesh in Messiah Yahshua so that in believing in His Life, Death and Resurrection we may have eternal life with you.
Pesach/Passover and Chag Matzah (Feast of Unleavened Bread) begin at sunset on Friday 22nd. April.
Father willing, we will gather again next Shabbat.