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‘ In what place soever ye hear the sound of the horn, resort ye thither unto us; our God will fight for us.’
‘ But the spirit of the LORD clothed Gideon; and he blew a horn; and Abiezer was gathered together after him. ‘
For the Leader. A Psalm of David.
The LORD answer thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob set thee up on high;
Send forth thy help from the sanctuary, and support thee out of Zion;
Receive the memorial of all thy meal-offerings, and accept the fat of thy burnt-sacrifice; Selah
Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel.
We will shout for joy in thy victory, and in the name of our God we will set up our standards;
the LORD fulfil all thy petitions.
Now know I that the LORD saveth His anointed;
He will answer him from His holy heaven with the mighty acts of His saving right hand.
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses;
but we will make mention of the name of the LORD our God.
They are bowed down and fallen; but we are risen, and stand upright.
Save, LORD; let the King answer us in the day that we call.
In light of one of the most honored and revered of Jewish Biblical heroes who was the great-grandson of Ruth the righteous convert , King David I have come to realize led by example that we all need to strive to do what is right before God. Even when his actions did not coincide with the will of those around him or was even deemed unpopular, King David was the quintisential example of Love of God , above all else.
Being easier said than done, as long as we are honest and can tell oursleves, ” I tried to do what was right before You, God.”
That is what God sees and He is our only True Judge. In my own life, I have found myself making hard choices some of them that I could hardly be considered proud in making . Drawing a parallel in my own life, I look at a very much human King David and admire that he always* endured forward by picking himself up and just loving, living life in gratitude* and praise to God .
” And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the horn. ”
2nd Book of Samuel Chapter 6 verses 14 and 15
What I have come to admire and wish more people would emulate today that was found in King David was his unflinching, unwavering dedication* to God . Above everything, his legendary and eternal righteousness* despite his life adversity, struggle and real pain* David chose* to continue to serve God faithfully, with zeal , out of love. King David truly did value to the heart* his undying relationship with His King , His Father, The God of Israel. Thru his example, we all can become truly beloved* by God if we just put Him first above all else , one deed of loving-kindness, righteousness at a time..
Edward F. Villa
Jewish Miracles Blog
“And he said: The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; 3 The God who is my rock, in Him I take refuge; my shield, and my horn of salvation, my high tower, and my refuge; my saviour, Thou savest me from violence. 4Praised, I cry, is the LORD, and I am saved from mine enemies. 5 For the waves of Death compassed me. The floods of Belial assailed me. 6 The cords of Sheol surrounded me; the snares of Death confronted me. 7 In my distress I called upon the LORD, yea, I called unto my God; and out of His temple He heard my voice, and my cry did enter into His ears .”
2 Samuel 22: Verses 2-7
More about Ruth, King David’s Great Grandmother
The following text below is taken from a Wikipedia article on The Book of Ruth. You can read the article by clicking here.
The Israelites’ understanding of redemption is woven into their understanding of and appreciation of the nature of the “Almighty One”. God stands by the oppressed and needy. Through his servants, he extends his love and mercy, liberating through hope. God has a deep concern for the welfare of his people, materially, emotionally and spiritually. The redemption theme extends beyond this biblical book through the genealogy. First, in Ruth 4:13 God made her conceive. Second, through the genealogy it is shown that the son born to Naomi is more than just a gift from God to continue her lineage. The history of God’s rule through the David line connects the book’s theme in to the Bible’s main theme of redemptive history.
Hesed, sometimes translated as “loving kindness”, also implies loyalty. The theme of hesed is woven throughout Ruth, beginning at 1:8 with Naomi blessing her two daughters-in-law as she urges them to return to their Moabite families. She says, “May the Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me.” Both Ruth and Boaz demonstrate hesed to their family members throughout the story. These are not acts of kindness with an expectation of measure for measure. Rather, they are acts of hesed that go beyond measure and demonstrate that a person can go beyond the minimum expectations of the law and choose the unexpected. However, the importance of the law is evident within the Book of Ruth, and the story reflects a need to stay within legal boundaries. Boaz, in going beyond measure in acquiring the property (demonstrating hesed), redeems not only the land but both Naomi and Ruth as well. The two widows now have a secure and protected future.