Last week we pondered the “gleaming” of the angels at the tomb of our risen Messiah. We sometimes wonder if the gleam today is as it was back then, especially during the days of Yeshua. This morning HaShem made the answer clear. . .
Sid and I safely arrived early last week, traveling mercies abounding through the prayers of so many loved ones. We were able to go to Shabbat services for awhile and then, leaving when we did, missed the first big storm even though it was traveling partly from the south where we were headed on our way to Florida. Baruch HaShem! It’s been a process to unpack an entire household for our stay here but little by little we’ve finally settled in.
This morning I caught up on my Daily Dvar and prepared to take my second jog since we’ve been down here. As some of you know, my jog time is my time with God, my one-on-one time of listening, praying, meditating, while listening to Messianic Jewish music. For many years I would play the same playlist and somehow though the same tunes, often certain lyrics would pop out on those jogs, inspiring me to share encouraging thoughts.
In March 2020, when COVID hit, on my jog one day I felt inspired to turn on Spotify searching for Messianic Jewish music. Without going into detail, as each song played “randomly” I would go “WOW” and tag it, thus creating the playlist I have today which has also been very inspiring.
Lately, however, I just go to Spotify searching “Messianic Jewish Music” (which, by the way, there are many groups to choose from, a new awesome development of the Word spreading to so many more) and just see what plays. I’ve had some great experiences so far, but today was, well, “gleaming”.
As I started out, filled with Scripture and prayer, the breeze/Ruach in my face, the sun “gleaming”, it didn’t feel just like another jog. Although I was already anticipating time with Him, it felt even more special.
The first song that “randomly” played was Joshua Aaron’s “Salvation is Your Name”. Okay, I’ve known Yeshua was Jesus’s name, and I know that word means salvation. What was new was how I heard the words . . .
Salvation is Your Name.
Salvation is Your Name.
Salvation is Your Name . . .
in the beauty of that music, over and over again hearing this truth, I heard with spiritual ears. Close your eyes and listen to this song yourself when in a place to receive more deeply.
The second song that played was Miqedem’s “Halleluhu” from Psalm 150. Next “Yeshua Melech”, the next Jonathan Settel’s “Ose Shalom”, song after song feeding my soul.
My first jog this week had been hard to do. I had been winded and slow. Those mall walks just don’t cut it for me for cardio. Teaching my first Dance Kickboxing class was not easy either. Yet this morning, filled with the Word, I was inspired by song after song, music from heaven. It felt as if my feet weren’t even touching the ground. It felt as if I was gleaming, not as an angel, but as one filled with the Holy Spirit, as we all are when we strive to feel His Presence. When we seek Him so deeply He does not disappoint.
As I jogged silently singing along to the music, and smiling with enthusiasm to each passerby, their smiles in return were also uplifting. The day couldn’t have been more Ruach filled. It was gleaming too.
It’s not that I don’t have tsuris (worry). The situation in the Middle East is actually terrifying. Our neighbors who are watching our house in Maine sent frightening pictures of the waves coming dangerously close to our property with an even bigger storm predicted. My adult daughter is still missing after three years. I’m swamped with work. Yet I know God through Yeshua is ministering to me daily, helping me to see beyond my struggles and never lose sight of Him.
The last song to play is one I want to share with you here, for you may not otherwise be familiar with it. I’ve noticed recently that when I search “Messianic Jewish” on Spotify, some Israeli Orthodox songs also “randomly” play. Not only do these further fortify my desire to continue learning Hebrew (thank you my Hebrew teacher Connie for your patience), but it also reminds me that others in our Jewish community are also fervently awaiting our Messiah. For our Messianic Jewish community, we await His return, for others, His arrival. We are on common ground, an encouraging reality.
Here then, is the next song that played. I’ve actually heard it before and love it, for through it we come together with this universal plea, for us, for our Jewish community, for the world:
Creator of new things
Lord of wars
Sower of righteousness
Raiser up of salvation
psalms shall be said
and praises be heard
to the King
to the King
to the King the living and ever existing God