Friday, 23 March 2018
Here is a reflection on Psalm 47 (which we sing in praise to God during our Shabbat worship). It begins by inviting all people in praise our God. By the end of the Psalm, it includes a diversity of nations (our God reigns).
We tend to miss much of the intended meaning because our modern world has changed our orientation. In ancient times, it was required that one be vigilant (always alert and on guard), because even a momentary lapse could bring uninvited destruction in a cruel and changing world.
In order to attend God's celebration, one had to let down his/her guard. In order to truly celebrate the Shabbat, one had to trust God. Today, we too must trust God to rest on the Sabbath. The last phrase, "He (God) is greatly exalted" means He is lifted up. When we lay down our agenda to rest in His presence, God is exalted. Sing praises to His name.
Shabbat shalom. Rabbi Michael.
Rabbi Michael Weiner,