Tehillim / Psalms 70, Part 1, Those who seek instruction from the Lord will be glad and exult in His word


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In this week’s study from Tehillim / Psalms 70:1-6, the psalm opens saying, א לַמְנַצֵּחַ לְדָוִד לְהַזְכִּיר: For the choir director. A Psalm of David; for a memorial. (NASB) a psalm, a song for remembrance. In Parashat Yitro, Shemot / Exodus 20:24, the Lord said “… in every place where I cause My name to be remembered, I will come to you and bless you.” (NASB) Notice how the Scriptures say the altar is to be built in a particular way (without tools) and not to be built in places that are chosen arbitrarily, but at places which the Lord has chosen. David continues by seeking the Lord for help saying, ב אֱלֹהִים לְהַצִּילֵנִי יְהֹוָה לְעֶזְרָתִי חוּשָׁה: 70:1 O God, hasten to deliver me; O Lord, hasten to my help! (NASB) similar to Tehillim / Psalms 38:22. He defines the kind of help that he is seeking saying, ג יֵבשׁוּ וְיַחְפְּרוּ מְבַקְשֵׁי נַפְשִׁי יִסֹּגוּ אָחוֹר וְיִכָּלְמוּ חֲפֵצֵי רָעָתִי: ד יָשׁוּבוּ עַל-עֵקֶב בָּשְׁתָּם הָאֹמְרִים הֶאָח | הֶאָח: 70:2 Let those be ashamed and humiliated Who seek my life; Let those be turned back and dishonored Who delight in my hurt. 70:3 Let those be turned back because of their shame Who say, ‘Aha, aha!’ (NASB) David speaks of shame and humiliation for those who seek his life. The idea is for those who are in the covenant relationship with the Lord, they will also be in fellowship with David and seeking the Lord God in heaven at His Tabernacle. Read more here: Tehillim 70-Part1