Psalm 119:25-32 (Dalet)

Psalm 119 is about loving God’s Torah, His statutes, commands and precepts.  It is broken up into sections with strange looking words or letters which are the Hebrew alphabet.  In the Hebrew Scriptures, each line of each section starts with a word beginning with this letter.  This is called an acrostic poem.    Each Hebrew letter also has a  word picture associated with it giving greater meaning and symbolism to each line of the specific letter-ed section.

Word Picture - Door

ד Dalet – Door

Path, path of life, doorway, moving in or out of

“I lie prostrate in the dust; revive me, in keeping with your word. I told you of my ways, and you answered me; teach me your laws. Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wonders. I am melting away from anxiety and grief; renew my strength, in keeping with your word. Keep deceitful ways far from me, and favor me with your Torah. I choose the way of trust; I set your rulings [before me]. I cling to your instruction; Adonai, don’t let me be put to shame! I will run the way of your mitzvot (commands), for you have broadened my understanding.”

Dalet means ‘door’ in Hebrew.  There are many references to doors in Scripture, but two stand out in my mind.  The first is in Revelation 3:20 “Here, I’m standing at the door, knocking. If someone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he will eat with me.”  Yeshua, stands at ‘the door and knocks.’   He desires that someone open the door so he can eat with them.  The Greek word for ‘eat’ in this passage is deipnon and means ‘supper, evening meal or banquet.’ Often times this verse is used as part of the salvation message, however, Yeshua used ‘banquet’ parables to describe the Kingdom of God.  These ‘banquets’ revolved around a wedding feast or ‘appointed time of God’.  Passover has an interesting ‘door’ tradition where a child goes to the door to see if Elijah is there waiting.  Interestingly enough, it is Yeshua who says he is standing at the door knocking and wants someone to open the door so he can table fellowship with whoever is in the house.

When counting out the Ten Commandments using the Hebrew alphabet, the Fourth Commandment of Exodus 20:8 is the fourth letter dalet or ‘the door’: “Remember the Sabbath day to set it apart for God.”  As Sabbath day is the first ‘feast day’ given in Leviticus 23, could Yeshua be asking those who hear his knocking to open the door’ of Sabbath (seventh-day)  and invite him in for table fellowship and food: “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every Word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” (Deut. 8:3).

When I read these verses from Psalm 119, I see someone who needs to be revived, who has melted away from anxiety and grief and needs renewed strength.  The ‘door of the Sabbath’ is that place of rest and renewal with meditation on the wonders and Word of God.   The pathway to have a broadened understanding of Sabbath is to ‘choose the path of life’, move out of deceitful ways, and open ‘the door’ to wonderful fellowship with the One who stands there knocking desiring fellowship.

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