Friday, June 29, 2012

Safety & Sanctuary ....

A Song of David.

 I took refuge in You, O Ha'Shem let me not be shamed forever,  rescue me with Your righteousness.
 Incline Your ear to me, quickly rescue me,  be a rock of strength to me, a stronghold to save me.
 For You are my Rock and my Stronghold, and for Your name's sake, You shall lead me and guide me.
 You shall free me from this net which they have hidden for me, for You are my stronghold.
 In Your hand I entrust my spirit.  You have redeemed me,  Ha'Shem,  G*d of truth.

 I hated those who await worthless Idolatries,  but I hoped for Ha'Shem .....

  I will exult and rejoice in Your kindness,   for You have seen my affliction,   
You have known the troubles of my soul. 
And you did not deliver me into the hands of an enemy,  
You have placed my feet in a broad place. 
Be gracious to me,  Ha'Shem,  for I am in distress,  
My eye is dimmed from anger,  my soul and my body.
 For my life is spent in grief and my years in sighing,  

My strength has failed because of my iniquity,  and my bones have decayed.

  From all my tormentors I have become a reproach ~ and very much so to my neighbours ~ and fright to my acquaintances, those who see me outside avoid me.
 I was forgotten like a dead person, out of mind, I was like a lost utensil.
 For I heard the gossip of many,  terror from all sides when they take counsel together against me,  

They plotted to take my soul.

 But I trusted in You, Ha'shem; I said, "You are my G*d."
 My times are in Your hands,

Rescue me from the hands of my enemies and from my pursuers.
 Cause Your countenance to shine upon Your servant, save me with Your kindness.

  O Ha'Shem, let me not be shamed because I called out to You, 
Let the wicked be shamed,  let them be silenced to the grave.
 Let lying lips become mute, those that speak against a righteous man falsely, with haughtiness and disdain.
 How great is Your goodness that You have laid away for those who fear You, 

That You have worked for those who take refuge in You,  in the presence of the sons of men!

You shall hide me in the secrecy of Your countenance,   from bands of men,

Protect me in a shelter from the strife of tongues.
Blessed is Ha'shem for He has been wondrously kind to me in a besieged city.
But I said in my haste, "I have been cut off from before Your eyes," 

But You heard the voice of my supplications when I cried out to You.
Love Ha'Shem, all His Holy ones. 

Ha'Shem guards those who believe in Him and plentifully repayeth him that acteth with haughtiness.
Strengthen yourselves, and He will give your heart courage, all who hope to Ha'Shem.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Hope in Ha'Shem ....

A Song of Ascents.

Out of  the depths I have called You, Ha'Shem.
Ha'Shem, hearken to my voice .... may Your ears be attentive to the cries of my techinnah.
O Ha'Shem, if You keep a record of iniquities,  Ha'Shem, who will stand?
For forgiveness is with You, in order that You be feared.

I hoped, Ha'Shem,  yea, my neshama hopes, and I wait for His word.
My neshama is to Ha'Shem among those who await the morning, those who await the morning.
Israel, hope to Ha'Shem, for kindness is with Him and much redemption is with Him.
And Ha'Shem will redeem Israel from all her iniquities.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Sorrow, Self, Sea .....

"Save me Hashem, for the waters have reached the point of taking my soul." 
~ Tehilla 69.2 ~   Parshah Naso.

For the Conductor, on Yonath Elem Rehokim, 
Of David,  A Michtam .....when the Philistines seized him in Gath.

Be gracious to me, O Ha'Shem, because men yearn to swallow me, all day long the warrior oppresseth me
Those who eye me have yearned to swallow me all day long, for many fight against me, 
Ha'Shem Most High
In the day I fear, I will hope to You.
With Ha'Shem, I will praise His word .... in Ha'Shem I trusted, I will not fear. 
What can flesh do to me?

All the day they trouble mine affairs; all their thoughts are against me for evil.
They lodge, they hide, they watch my steps, when they hope for my life,

Because of iniquity cast them out, in anger bring down the peoples, O Ha'Shem, my G*d
Thou has counted my wanderings; put Thou my tears into Thy bottle; are they not in Thy accounting?
Then my enemies will retreat on the day that I call. Thereby I will know that I have a G*d.

With Ha'Shems justice I will praise a word, with Ha'Shem's kindness I will praise a word.
In Ha'Shem do I trust, I will not be afraid, what can man do unto me?
Thy vows are upon me, Ha'Shem, I will render thank-offerings unto Thee.
For Thou hast delivered my soul from death ~ hast Thou not delivered my feet from stumbling?
that I may walk before Ha'Shem in the light of the living.