Sunday, September 16, 2012

Might God cast us off when we grow old?

Welcome to a new year which just began tonight, Erev Rosh Hashana.
It is 5773 AM (anno mundi) on the Hebrew calendar.
It is also Sunday, the day on which blogger Psalm illustrators come together at Robert's PsalmChallenge in Athens.
Today's psalm has the well-known and heartfelt verse 9 which, changed into plural, is part of the Yom Kippur liturgy.

Here is Psalm 71:

1. I take refuge in you, O LORD, may I never be disgraced.
2. In Your righteousness, save me and rescue me; incline Your ear to me and deliver me.
3. Be for me a sheltering boulder to which I may always come; You ordained my deliverance, for You are my rock and my fortress.
4. My God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked, from the grip of the unjust and the violent.

5. For You are my hope, O Lord; O LORD, my reliance from my youth.
6. In utero, I was dependent on You; it is You who brought me out from my mother’s womb; I sing Your praises always.
7. I have become, as it were, an exemplar for many, for You are my mighty refuge.
8. My mouth is full of Your praise; all the day, Your glorification.

9. Do not cast me off in time of old age; when my strength ends, do not forsake me!

10. For my enemies speak against me; those who lie in wait for my life take counsel together,
11. speaking: “God has forsaken him; pursue and catch him, for there is no one who saves!’’

12. O God, do not be far from me; my God, hasten to my aid!
13. Let those who despise my life end in disgrace; let them be clothed in reproach and shame, those who seek my harm!

14. As for me, I shall always hope and add to all Your praises.
15. My mouth recounts Your righteousness, Your deliverance all the day, though I know not how to count it.
16. I come with praise of Your mighty acts, O Lord; LORD, I make mention of Your righteousness, Yours alone.
17. You have taught me, God, from my youth, and until now I have proclaimed Your wondrous deeds,
18. and even until hoary old age, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim Your strength to the next generation, Your might, to all who are to come,
19. Your righteousness, O God, is as high as the heavens, You who have done great things; O God, who is like You!

20. Having shown me much harm and trouble, You will again revive me; from the depths of the earth, again raise me up.
21. You will grant me much greatness, You will turn to comfort me.
22. Then I will acclaim You―Your faithfulness―with the lyre, O my God; I will sing a hymn to You with a harp, O Holy One of Israel.
23. My lips shall be jubilant, as I sing a hymn to You, [with] my life, that You have redeemed.
24. My tongue as well shall recite Your righteousness all the day; how disgracefully abashed are those who seek my harm!
Translation by Rabbi Benjamin J. Segal. See also the Hebrew original there and his analysis of the psalm.
4: A soulful friend sings to God.

1-3: Lad LaKashish / Lifeline for the Old center: workshops and giftshop.
"Yad LaKashish is a non-profit organization which provides hundreds of Jerusalem's needy elderly with creative work opportunities & crucial support services, helping them to feel part of Israeli society & boosting their sense of purpose & self worth."

See their inspiring videos at the website .
You can order lovely things made by the artisans online.
Check out Yad LaKashish also on Facebook.


Anonymous said...

Surely a corner stone of society. Wonderful where alike is possible, and happening.

Thank you very much for your effort and kind support upon this long journey through the Psalms. Nearly half and soon entering the third book of them, thank you once again.

Please have a good new week ahead.

luluberoo said...

L'Shanah Tovah!

Your friend is "into" the music for sure.

Spiderdama said...

Looks like she is living in that music..
I will check out that things to buy, of course I support everything from Israel:-)

Hope you have a blessd week Dina

Patsy said...

Thank you for your blog.

Sara said...

Shanah Tovah, Dina! 5773 years, that is mind boggling. A long and continuous history...

I will go look at those inspiring videos now...

spacedlaw said...

Happy New year!

crystal said...

Happy new year, Dina :)

VP said...

I will probably be late for this, but... Happy New Year, Dina!

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