Welcome to the first post of my new blog.
Since this evening is the first day of the Jewish New Year, it seemed like a good time to post my first entry.
Worshp of the Lord has been on my heart lately… and what better way to learn worship than to stand with God’s people some 200 years before the time of Jesus and join them in reciting the Amidah (also known as the Eighteen Benedictions). Jewish people were expected to recite this prayer in full every day.
As I am not Jewish, I choose to go a bit slower and let the significance of the truths in this prayer soak in, and give them back to God in worship, holy awe, and wonder.
Today’s entry is the first section, as we remember our God is the God of History:
Blessed are you, O Lord our God and God of our fathers,
the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob,
the great, mighty and revered God, the Most High God
who bestows lovingkindnesses, the creator of all things,
who remembers the good deeds of the patriarchs
and in love will bring a redeemer
to their children’s children for his name’s sake.
O king, helper, savior and shield.
Blessed are you, O Lord, the shield of Abraham.
May Psalm 19:14 be true today and every day.
PS – if you wish to read the entire prayer at once, follow the link here.