In His Tabernacle I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy.
I will sing, yes, sing praises to ADONAI.
The 6th month and last month of the calendar "year" as next month will be Rosh Hashanah, the head of the year, and the beginning of the Fall Feasts and end of one Torah cycle and beginning of the next!
It is a Jewish tradition to blow the shofar every day of this month except the last day, in preparation for Rosh Hashanah. Another tradition is to read Psalm 27 morning and night. I love both these customs and when I found out about Elul just last year for the first time, I found doing them to be a wonderful way to deepen our experience of this special month. In the Psalm, there are so many verses that bring us close to the LORD at this time of year and any time of course, but as in it there are references to the trumpet (offering shouts of joy), to the Succa (which comes after Yom Kippur, to dwell in the Succa), and maybe just overwhelmingly the theme of seeking His face, it is a wonderful Psalm to read and prepare for this time of repentance and renewal.
It is also said that "The King is in the fields" so this is another special aspect of this month as we can really seek the LORD very close by, as He is said to be in the fields, and there is a sense of His presence being very near. So enjoy the month and a time to take stock of the past year and to seek Him for where we need to repent and also a time to clear and re-new, from things buried in our hearts, to things we put off, to seeking clarity and vision for the upcoming year, always with thanks in each day. And much more, but that is my brief introduction to Elul in this post!!
This is a little verse I wrote about Elul, and now that you read these paragraphs above, it might just make a little sense! Happy Elul!!
Blow the shofar!
This just might be my favorite month,
It is said, The King is in the Fields!
So sound the trumpet and proclaim His glory
morning, noon and night
Prepare our hearts for the Head of the Year
The LORD is our light,
Him shall we fear!
Fear in the sense of revere Him with awe
Read Psalm 27 and confess our sins,
Coming to the end of the scrolls
prepare to usher a New Year
In!! As we approach the season of coronation,
and to welcome the Messiah, the eternal King!!
The Beloved is mine and I am His.
For my first post about Elul please see HERE!! It is a post I wrote last year this time when I first became aware of this month on the Hebrew calendar!!
For a moving picture with sound (video) of me blowing my shofar, you can click HERE!! I still need practice in sounding the shofar, as you will hear!!
One thing have I asked of ADONAI,
that will I seek:
to dwell in the House of ADONAI
all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of ADONAI,
and to meditate in His Temple.
--Psalm 27: 4