Monday, September 15, 2014

Prayer Psalm of the Week (79)


Baruch Ata, YHVH, Elohey Yisrael, Avi.

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

O YHVH - Elohey Tzva’ot (God of the Armies), the nations have come into Your inheritance and defiled Mikdash Kodshe’cha (Your holy/set-apart temple); they have laid Yerusha’la’yim (Jerusalem) in heaps.  The dead bodies of Your servants they have given as food for the birds of the heavens, the flesh of Your saints to the beasts of the earth.  Their blood they have shed like water all around Yerusha’la’yim, and there was no one to bury them.

O Abba, even today we have become a reproach to our neighbors, a scorn and derision to those who are around us.  How long, YHVH?  Will You be angry forever? When will Your jealousy burn like fire against them?  Pour out Your wrath on the nations that do not know You and on the kingdoms that do not call on Your name.  For they have devoured us, Ya’acov, and laid waste our dwelling place.  Why should these nations say, "Where is their Elohim?"  Let there be known among the nations in our sight the avenging of the blood of Your servants which has been shed.  Return into our neighbors’ bosom sevenfold their reproach with which they have reproached You, Shofet Tzedek (Judge of Righteousness)

O Elohey Chesed (God of Mercy), do not remember our former iniquities!  Let Your tender mercies come speedily to meet us, for we have been brought very low.  Let the groaning of the prisoner come before You and according to the greatness of Your power, preserve those who are appointed to die.  Help us, O Elohey Yeshua’teynu (our Salvation), for the glory of Your name deliver us and provide atonement for our sins, for Your name's sake!  So we, Your people, Yisrael, the sheep of Your pasture, will give You, Go’aleynu (our Redeemer), thanks forever.  We shall show forth Your praise, YHVH, to all generations. 

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

Friday, April 25, 2014

Prayer Psalm of the Week (78)


Baruch Ata, YHVH, Elohey Yisrael, Avi.
O Abba Ba’sha’ma’yim (Father in Heaven), may I not be like my fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that did not set its heart aright; and whose spirit was not faithful to You, Elohey Tzva’ot (God of the Armies).  It is especially true of the children of Ephraim, who though armed and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle.  They did not keep Your covenant; they refused to walk in Your Torah; and forgot Your works and Your wonders that You had shown them.
Therfore I have no excuse, for these examples have all been recorded in Your written Torah; the marvelous things which You, Elohey Avraham, Yitzchak and Ya’acov (God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob), did in the sight of Avotey’nu (our Fathers), in the land of Mitzrayim (Egypt), in the field of Tzo’an.  You, M’gee’nee (my Protector/Shield), divided the sea and caused us to pass through it.  You made the waters stand up like a heap.  In the daytime, You led us with the cloud and all the night with a light of fire.  You split the rocks in the wilderness and gave us drink in abundance like the depths.  You also brought streams out of the rock and caused waters to run down like rivers.  But we sinned even more against You, El Elyon (God Most High), by rebelling against You in the wilderness.
O, YHVH - Moshi’ee (my Savior/Deliverer), how often we provoked You in the wilderness and grieved You in the desert!  Yes, again and again we tempted You and limited what You, the Kadosh (Holy/Set-apart) One of Yisrael, wanted to do for us.  We did not remember Your power from the day when You redeemed us from the enemy, when You worked Your signs in Egypt and Your wonders in the field of Tzo’an.  You turned our slave masters’ rivers and streams into blood so that they could not drink.  You, Elohey Yisrael (God of Israel), made a path for Your anger and sent swarms of flies among them, which devoured them, and frogs, which destroyed them. You also gave their crops to the caterpillar and their labor to the locust.  You destroyed their vines with hail and their sycamore trees with frost.  You also gave up their cattle to the hail and their flocks to fiery lightning.  You cast on them the fierceness of Your anger, wrath, indignation and trouble, by sending angels of destruction among them.  You did not spare their souls from death but gave their life over to the plague and destroyed all the firstborn in Egypt, the first of their strength in the tents of Ham.
(Bless You, YHVH - Elohim of Israel, my Father)

We tested You, Ro’eh Yisrael (Shepherd of Israel), in our hearts by asking for food according to our own desires.  But we went beyond that by murmuring and speaking against You, saying, "Can YHVH prepare a table in the wilderness?  Behold, He struck the rock, so that the waters gushed out and the streams overflowed; but can He give bread also? Can He provide meat for us, His people?"

Therefore, when You, El Shaddai (Almighty), heard this You became annoyed and kindled a fire against Your people, Ya’acov.  Your judgments also came up against Yisrael, because we did not believe in You, Yeshua’teynu (our Salvation), nor did we put our trust in Your salvation.  Yet You, El Ra’chum (Compassionate God), commanded the clouds above; and You opened the doors of heaven and rained down manna on us.  You gave us to eat of the bread of heaven.  We, mere men, ate angels’ food that You sent in abundance to satisfy us.  If that were not enough, You caused an east wind to blow in the heavens, and by Your power You brought in the south wind.  As a result it rained meat on us like the dust; feathered fowl like the sand of the seas fell in the midst of our camp, all around our dwellings.  Our forefathers ate and were well filled, for You, El Ro’eh (God Who Sees and Provides), gave us of our own desire.  We were not deprived of our craving, but while our food was still in our mouths Your wrath, Shofet Tzedek (Judge of Righteousness), came against us; and You slew the stoutest among us and struck down the choicest men of Yisrael.  In spite of this, we still sinned and did not believe in Your wondrous works.

Therefore our days You consumed in futility and our years in fear.  After You slew some of us, then we returned and sought You earnestly.  We remembered You, Tzur Ma’oz (Rock of Strength), for You are our rock and El Elyon (God Most High), Go’aleynu (our Redeemer).

Nevertheless, we tried to flatter You, Abba, with our mouths; and then on top of that we lied to You with our tongues; our hearts were not steadfast with You, El Ne’eman (Faithful God), nor were we faithful to Your covenant.  But to our amazement, You, El Ra’chum (Compassionate God), were full of compassion and forgave our iniquity.  Yes, many a time You turned Your anger away and did not stir up all of Your wrath to destroy us. You, Elohey Chesed (God of Mercy), remembered that we were but flesh, a breath that passes away and does not come again.

But You, YHVH - Ro’eh Yisrael (Shepherd of Israel), made us, Your people, go forth like sheep and guided us in the wilderness like a flock and led us on safely, so that we did not fear.  But as far as our enemies were concerned, the sea overwhelmed them.  Ultimately You brought us to Your kadosh (holy/set-apart) border, this mountain, which Your right hand had acquired.  You also drove out the nations before us, allotted us an inheritance by a line and made all of the tribes of Yisrael dwell in their tents.

Yet we tested and provoked You, El Elyon (God Most High), and did not keep Your testimonies but turned back and acted unfaithfully just like our fathers.  We, just like them, turned aside like a deceitful bow and provoked You, Elohey Tziyon (God of Zion), to anger with our high places and moved You to jealousy with our carved images.  When You heard this, Elohey Tzedek (God of Righteousness), You were furious and greatly abhorred Yisrael; so much so, that You forsook the tabernacle of Shee’lo (Shiloh), the tent You had placed among men and delivered Your strength into captivity and Your glory into the enemy's hand.  You also gave us, Your people, over to the sword and were furious with Your inheritance.  The fire consumed our young men, and our maidens were not given in marriage.  Our priests fell by the sword, and their widows made no lamentation.

Then suddenly, You, Elohey Tzva’ot (God of the Armies), awoke as from sleep, like a mighty man who shouts because of wine.  You beat back Your enemies and put them to a perpetual reproach.  Moreover, You rejected the tent of Yoseph and did not choose the tribe of Ephraim, but chose the tribe of Yehuda, Mount Tziyon which You loved.  You built his sanctuary like the heights, like the earth, which You, Boreh Olam (Creator of the Universe), have established forever.  You also chose David, Your servant and took him from the sheepfolds, from following the ewes that had young; and You brought him to shepherd Ya’acov Your people, and Yisrael Your inheritance.  So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.

O Elohey Yisrael (God of Israel), You have established this testimony in Ya’acov and appointed Your Torah in Yisrael, which You commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children; that the generation to come might know them, the children who would be born; that they may arise and declare them to their children; that they may set their hope in You, El Tikvatey’nu (our Hope), and not forget the works that You have done, but keep Your commandments.

For thus says YHVH – Elohey Yisrael (God of Israel): “Give ear, O My people to My Torah and incline your ears to the words of My mouth.  I shall open My mouth in a parable; I shall utter dark sayings of old, which you have heard and known and your fathers have told you.  Do not hide them from your children, but tell to the generation to come the praises of your Elohim, and talk of My strength and the wonderful works that I have done.”

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

Friday, April 04, 2014

Prayer Psalm of the Week (77)


Baruch Ata, YHVH, Elohey Yisrael, Avi.

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

I cried out to You with my voice, YHVH - El Ra’chum (Compassionate God), and You gave ear to me.  Yes, in the day of my troubles I sought You, Mephal’tee (my Rescuer).  My hand was stretched out in the night without ceasing; my soul refused to be comforted.  I remembered You, Abba, and was troubled.  When I complained my spirit was overwhelmed, so much so that I could not speak; and You had to hold my eyelids open.

I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times.  I called to remembrance my song in the night; and I meditated within my heart, as my spirit made diligent search.  Will You, O El M'na’cha’mee (my Comforter), cast off forever? Will You be favorable no more?  Has Your mercy ceased forever?  Has Your promise failed forevermore?  Have You forgotten to be gracious?  Have You in anger shut up Your tender mercies?  If this be true I say, "This is my distress!” But I shall remember the years of Y’min’cha (Your Right Hand), El Elyon (God Most High).  I shall remember Your works, Bor’ee (my Creator); surely I shall remember Your wonders of old.  I shall also meditate on all Your work and talk of Your deeds.  Your way, O Elohim (God), is set apart.  For who is an elohim (god) as great as You?

The waters saw You, O Elohey Emet (God of Truth); the waters saw You and were afraid; the depths also trembled.  The clouds poured out water; the skies sent out a sound; Your arrows Elohey Tzva’ot (God of the Armies) also flashed about.  The voice of Your thunder was in the whirlwind; the lightning lit up the world; the earth trembled and shook.  For Your way, El Gadol (Great God), was in the sea; Your path in the great waters, but yet Your footsteps were not known as You led Your people like a flock by the hand of Moshe and A’haron.

Who is so great an Elohim as Avinu Ba’sha’ma’yim (our Father in Heaven)? You are El Elyon (God Most High) Who do wonders. You have declared Your strength among the peoples.  You are Yeshua’teynu (our Salvation); You, with Your arm have redeemed us, Your people, the sons of Ya’acov and Yoseph.

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

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Introduction to the Prayer Psalms


The Davidic Psalms are the expression of a priest, prophet and king who knew the Elohim whom he served. His inspired hymns of praise, petition and worship represent the thoughts, yearnings and faith of the entire nation.

The Psalms reflect a full range of discernment and revelation of Elohim’s character and identity, and His responses to a wide range of human emotions and conditions, in this life and beyond.

The Hebrew language, through which Elohim chose to express this divine relationship between His people and Himself, is rich in depth and meaning. The Hebrew script states aspects of His identity more explicitly than anything we have been able to glean from available English translations, beautiful as they may be. Consequently, we have endeavored to provide a rendering of the Psalms, which emphasizes their personal prayerful aspects, as examples of how to relate to Him with language that correctly depicts His nature and our relationship to Him. This was done, chiefly by inserting various Hebrew titles and names of G-d employed elsewhere in the Hebrew Scriptures.

We pray that these revised Psalms will reinforce the identity of our Elohim and grant understanding, encouragement and comfort to the life of the one who puts his faith, hope and trust in Him. Some of you may wonder why the name “Jesus” is not mentioned in the text. It is because we have chosen to use the Messiah’s Hebrew name, which is Yeshua, Y’shua or Yahoshua and means “salvation”.

This name shows up many times in these Prayer Psalms, as Elohey Yeshua’tee (G-d of my Salvation), and was recognized by the apostle Paul as the name that is above all other names of YHVH: “Wherefore YHVH also hath highly exalted him and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Yeshua every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Messiah Yeshua is Lord, to the glory of G-d the Father” (Phil. 2:9-11).

This is made possible because “YHVH was in Messiah reconciling the world to Himself” (2 Cor. 5:19); “For it pleased the Father that in Him [Messiah] all the fullness should dwell” (Col. 1:19). And, “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the divine nature bodily” (Col. 2:9). So no matter what name is employed, it will always point to our Heavenly Father and to His Messiah.

These Prayer Psalms do not endeavor to be yet another translation of scripture, but rather have been altered and rearranged to emphasize, as stated above, the importance of the identity of our God and our personal relationship to Him. For the English term LORD (Jehovah) we chose to retain the transliteration of the Hebrew consonants YHVH (Yod, Hey, Vav, Hey). Frankly, the pronunciation of the "ineffable name" or sacred name, the Tetragrammaton, is still a subject of much discussion. We choose to pronounce it Yah-Hoveh, but among the many suggestions, the most common are Yehweh or Yehovah.


Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Prayer Psalm 1


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

I am blessed by You, Abba, when I do not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of the scornful, but my delight is in Your Torah, YHVH - Elohey Yisrael (God of Israel), and in Your Torah I will meditate day and night. For then I will be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season; my leaf also shall not wither and whatever I do I will prosper.

However, the lawless
(or ungodly) are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in Your judgment nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

For You, YHVH - Elohey Tzid’kee
(my Righteousness),
know the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

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

These Prayer Psalms do not endeavor to be yet another translation of scripture, but rather have been altered and rearranged to emphasize the importance of the identity of the God of Israel and our personal relationship to Him. They are intended mainly for personal use. (SEE PRAYER PSALM BOOKLETS)

Friday, February 24, 2006

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