Counting the Omer April 21, 2012 - Day 14 Psalm 119:105-112

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Counting the Omer

April 21, 2012 - Day Fourteen  - Psalms 119:105-112

The Counting of the Omer - First Fruits to Shavuot

"And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath...Count
fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain
offering to the Lord."

(Leviticus 23: 15-16 NKJV)

The Counting of the Omer covers a fifty-day period of time from the
Feast of First Fruits until Shavuot (Pentecost). Beginning with the
day of First Fruits, each subsequent day is counted for
seven complete weeks, plus one day - fifty days.

During the Counting of the Omer, we "count up" to the
Feast of Shavuot (the
50th Day) with each day of counting,
 adding to the growing expectation of
what Pentecost will bring.

During the Counting of the Omer, each day
a verse from Psalms 119 is read and meditated upon,
causing us to review the condition of our hearts before God.


Psalms 119: 105-112

105 Your word is a lamp to my feet
         And a light to my path.
106 I have sworn and confirmed
         That I will keep Your righteous judgments.
107 I am afflicted very much;
         Revive me, O LORD, according to Your word.
108 Accept, I pray, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD,
         And teach me Your judgments.
109 My life is continually in my hand,
         Yet I do not forget Your law.
110 The wicked have laid a snare for me,
         Yet I have not strayed from Your precepts.
111 Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever,
         For they are the rejoicing of my heart.
112 I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes
         Forever, to the very end.       



With a word the Lord causes the blind to see and the lame to walk. At times your eyesight may seem a bit dim, or your walk appear to be a limp, yet if your feet are moving, you are being drawn closer to Him. The Lord tears down strongholds and makes the crooked path straight. In the darkest hour, His light shines brightest. 
"Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever,
         For they are the rejoicing of my heart."
      Throughout his life King David kept the Torah as his delight. Through all the success and failures of his personal walk with the LORD, in all the tests and trials of the Kingdom, the Word of God was David's refuge, his shelter from the storm, and his peaceful place of restoration.
      Where do you run when the challenges of life arise? What is your escape, your place of refuge? What brings you comfort and causes you to find rest? What encourages you and restores your hope? Where do you look for answers, guidance, and direction? How do you deal with the stresses of success, failure, tests, and trials?
      For King David, the answer was always the Torah. He delighted in God's presence, and rejoiced in His Word. He entered His gates with thanksgiving in his heart, and entered His courts with praise. David ran to the LORD in despair, refreshed in the LORD in weariness, and rejoiced in the LORD in His triumph. David's intimacy with God and his love for the Torah never dimmed or faltered despite the "ups" and "downs" of circumstance. King David perceived wonders in the Torah that were beyond his understanding, and he experienced situations in his life that were beyond his comprehension.
      The constant amidst the unpredictable in King David's life was the LORD and His Word - his place of comfort, his source of direction, his light in the darkness.
"Your word is a lamp to my feet
         And a light to my path."
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