Miqedem is a Messianic Israeli team of musicians who sing The Word set to very compelling, interesting ‘Hebrew’/Middle Eastern sounding music.
They have a song called “Ad Ana”, which is Tehillah [Ps] 13 set to a moving, melodic, tune that, in my view, gets very close to expressing the ‘tone’ of the heart of Melekh David, the writer.
I have been ‘contemplating’ Melekh David of late, and have been re-reading his history, and as such, have decided to teach His life in our next Torah study. I think one of the reasons he has been on my mind of late is because of the near three-month ‘trial’ that I endured, when I turned to David’s words of ‘prayer/praise’ daily [more than the one or two I usually do], echoing them back to my Savior, Messiah Yeshua, because David ‘gets me’, and expresses ‘right thinking’ in times of trouble.
This ‘Tehillah’, which is ‘praise’, is one of MANY that he wrote, that expresses deep, deep emotion.
Personally, people who say they know Messiah and have not experienced His ‘compassion’ [deep affectionate love] for Him and for His people are missing ‘something’. Moreover, if they ‘say’ they do not suffer ‘trials’, then their ‘tzedaka’ is suspect. “MANY are the tribulations of the tzadikim”; “Tzadikim” is “Justified Ones,” those who are set right before G-d by their trust in the blood of Messiah. They are not perfect, as was not David HaMelekh, who had his own bouts with sin AND affliction; but he understood the compassion of Elohim, and boiled over with it at times. And, he ‘suffered’ at the hands of PEOPLE, and GRIEVED over it… weeping, crying out, mourning, full of sorrow for things not being ‘right’ between him and people he loved. I venture to say he emoted more even than me! He lamented wrongdoing, his own, AND that of others, especially when they wronged him simply because he was anointed, or wronged him simply because they were disobedient to truth and bereft of the compassion of יהוה . “My tears SOAK my bed,” he lamented. “My heart writhes within me,” “I moan ALL the day,” and on and on.
There are those who misread [past tense] my “Chimera” post. Which is why I took it down. There are those who misread [present perfect tense] me, when I ‘sorrow’ over affliction. First of all, they see only one facet of what I might be enduring. [Right now, I am enduring NOTHING but His joy! Do not weep for me!] And, they do not understand the very spiritual truth of the enemy wanting to destroy the Tzadikim, body and soul, if he can. If WE let him. “Kol Yisra’el aravim zeh lazeh,” “All of Yisra’el is responsible one for another”. Or, the way the Brit Khadashah puts it, “BEAR ONE ANOTHER’S BURDENS”, “BEAR WITH ONE ANOTHER.” Like Iyov, most people do not ‘see’ when a Tzadik is ‘suffering’ spiritually, because of and for the WILL OF GOD; they only see in human terms, and try to diagnose the Tzadik, instead of simply giving him ‘compassion.’ They judge. Just as Iyov’s [Job] ‘friends’ did. Just as those closest to David did. They blurt their perverted version of what is happening, many times in hatred and extreme anger, and condemnation. They have NO COMPASSION for their ‘friend.’ Especially if they are the one who errs with and/or against their ‘friend’. Sha’ul even accused his own son of having a perverted relationship with David, when Yehonatan was petitioning the king for David’s life! He twisted their deep love into perversion! That is the way of the accuser. David was afflicted by BELIEVERS and PROPHETS! Not by the wicked, but by fellows, brothers, beloved friends, even his own son. People who had genuinely ‘experienced’ G-d! Sha’ul was not only king, but a Navi, given the very Ru’akh of Elohim! David was NOT troubled by the Kena’ani; NOT the P’lishtim. In fact, he once was ‘taken in’ by the P’lishtim, running from those who professed trust in יהוה ! I once told my wife that I could probably go to a bar and get more compassion than I can among the ‘brethren’. Sometimes it really does seem that way. As such, I am abundantly grateful for the brothers who did ‘take me in’, and who did show me compassion during my recent trial, without judging me or reading things into my life that were not there, because of their own perverted views, and worldly counsel.
Looking into David’s life and seeing his experiences, and his EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL RESPONSE to those experiences has been a great comfort to me, especially with the echo of judgement, suspicion, and accusation lingering behind the words of wise and compassionate counsel at times. Singing this song this past Shabbat [practice] was cathartic, to a degree, punctuating all the ‘counsel’ given to me of late, by King David, and good friends. Singing it by myself [with Miqedem] this morning moved me in a new way, and ‘opened my eyes’ again to the purpose of these ‘prayers’ written for the Congregation by King David, the ‘shadow and type’ of King Messiah, Yeshua HaNatzri, who is ‘familiar with suffering’. Even when it ‘seems’ like Abba is ‘absent’ and not attending to us, yet do we TRUST in HIS COMPASSION, REJOICE in His YESHUA, and SING to HIM, because of His bountiful compassion toward us, ‘ad olam’…
It is NOT wrong, at times, to have ‘sorrow’. It is wrong to have sorrow and NOT PRAISE HIM ANYWAY! It is wrong to listen to the counsel of those without compassion, and wrong to trust ‘judgement’ rather than HIS COMPASSION. His compassion is what sustains us in the sorrow that HE has allowed into our lives, for the purpose of drawing us closer to Him, and showing us where His compassion truly lies.
Sha’ul understood the depth of His Compassion, writing:
“If He did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, why will He not freely give us all things with Him? Who is to complain against the chosen ones of Elohim? It is Elohim who justifies. Who is He who condemns? It is Mashi’akh who died and rose again, and He is at the right hand of Elohim, making intercession for us. What shall separate me from the love of Mashi’akh? Tribulation, or imprisonment, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we die every day, and we are accounted as lambs for the slaughter.” But in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor HaMalakhim, nor empires, nor armies, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else created, shall be able to separate me from the love of Elohim which is in Yeshua HaMashi’akh Adoneinu.”
For the Leader. A Mizmor of David.
Until when, O יהוה , will You forget me forever? עַד אָנָה יהוה תִּשְׁכָּחֵנִי נֶצַח
Ad ana, יהוה , tishkakheini netzakh?
Until when will You hide Your face from me? עַד אָנָה תַּסְתִּיר אֶת פָּנֶיךָ מִמֶּנִּי
Ad ana tastir et paneikha mimeini
Until when shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart by day? עַד אָנָה אָשִׁית עֵצוֹת בְּנַפְשִׁי יָגוֹן בִּלְבָבִי יוֹמָם
Ad ana ashit etzot b’nafshi yagon bilvavi yomam
Until when shall my enemy be exalted over me? עַד אָנָה יָרוּם אֹיְבִי עָלָי
Ad ana yarum oiyevi alai?
Behold, and answer me, O יהוה my Elohim; הַבִּיטָה עֲנֵנִי יהוה אֱלֹהָי
Habit, aneini, יהוה Elohai
Lighten my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of Mavet [eternal death]; הָאִירָה עֵינַי פֶּן אִישַׁן הַמָּוֶת
Ha’irah einai pen ishan haMavet
Lest my enemy says, “I have prevailed against him”; lest my adversaries rejoice when I am moved.
פֶּן יאֹמַר אֹיְבִי יְכָלְתִּיו; צָרַי יָגִילוּ כִּי אֶמּוֹט
Pen yomar oiyevi “Yakholtiv!” Tzarai yagilu, ki emot
But as for me, in Your compassion do I trust; my heart shall rejoice in Your Salvation. [Yeshua’s Name is in this word]
וַאֲנִי בְּחַסְדְּךָ בָטַחְתִּי יָגֵל לִבִּי בִּישׁוּעָתֶךָ
Va’Ani b’khasdeikha batakhti, yagel libi bishuateikha
I will sing unto יהוה , because He has dealt bountifully with me. אָשִׁירָה לַיהוה כִּי גָמַל עָלָי
Ashirah la יהוה ki gamal alai