One thing I ask of the LORD,
only that do I seek:
to live in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD,
to frequent His temple.
This month is Elul, the sixth month on the Hebrew calendar. It is the last month of the Biblical Year 5777. The first day of the next month will be the `Head` of the year, Rosh Hashanah, also known as the Feast of Trumpets. Rosh Hashanah is the start of the Fall Feasts and days of repentance leading up to Yom Kippur. The month of Elul is a time of preparation for the Fall Feasts and a time to seek forgiveness as we reflect on the past year and seek to better ourselves and draw nearer to God in the year to come.
There is a Jewish custom to blow the shofar and read Psalm 27 every day in the month of Elul (excluding the last day, the day before Rosh Hashanah). I have been incorporating these and love reading the Psalm in the morning and evening. I have a small shofar, and don`t get a big sound, but the morning glories reaching out over the balcony seem to amplify the sound... It feels as though they are echoing the call of the shofar to wake up to God`s glory!
With blessings and Shalom to you in this month of Elul!
Your face, Lord I seek!
|It is good to give Praise to our Maker and rejoice and give thanks to Him as we seek repentance and to draw closer to Him in this month of Elul!|