The Counting of the Omer Day 16: The Road to Transformation
“And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath…Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the Lord.”(Leviticus 23: 15-16 NKJV)
The Counting of the Omer covers a fifty-day period of time from the Feast of First Fruits until Shavuot (Pentecost). Beginning with the day of First Fruits, each subsequent day is counted for seven complete weeks, plus one day – fifty days. During the Counting of the Omer, we “count up” to the Feast of Shavuot (the 50th Day) with each day of counting, adding to the growing expectation of what Pentecost will bring. During the Counting of the Omer, each day 8 verses from Psalm 119 is read and meditated upon, causing us to review the condition of our hearts before God.
“Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to count the omer: Tonight will be the 16th night of the Omer, which is Two weeks, and 2 nights.”
Day 16- Psalm 119:121-128
(‘Ayin) (16th Letter in the Hebrew Alphabet)
121 I have done what is just and right; don’t abandon me to my oppressors.
122 Guarantee your servant’s well-being; don’t let the arrogant oppress me.
123 My eyes fail from watching for your salvation and for [the fulfillment of] your righteous promise.
124 Deal with your servant in accordance with your grace, and teach me your laws.
125 I am your servant; give me understanding, so that I can know your instruction.
126 The time has come for Adonai to act, because they are breaking your Torah.
127 Therefore I love your mitzvot (commandments) more than gold, more than fine gold.
128 Thus I direct my steps by [your] precepts; every false way I hate
Meditation on Day 16
The greatest challenge in a life is maintaining hope. These eight verses reveal the difficulty of living in the midst of an evil world. Our eyes are easily like David’s in that they “fail from watching for our salvation and for [the fulfillment of] YHWH’s righteous promise.” The volume is so loud in this world, it takes everything in our power to take heed of the scriptures as a guide for our lives. David had no where near the distractions we have today and we see his difficulty in holding tightly to YHWH’s Torah, but He refused to let go.
Psalm 119 carves out the patterns of life and conditions we are challenged with, but David walks and beats down the ‘rocky-ness’ on the path of being, ‘ a man after God’s own heart.’ A man after God’s own heart experiences difficulty but loves God’s commandments and applies them in his life. A man after God’s own heart faces tremendous hardships and drags himself despite great pain toward honoring God’s commandments. A man after God’s own heart experiences loneliness and anguish and still finds himself consistently rejecting the false ways and valuing YHWH’s Torah.
I am a man after YHWH’s own heart.
Loving you enough to share the truth,
Prophetess C. C.