Continue to Pray for Israel

October 12, 2023

The crisis in Israel is far from over. As the IDF gears up for a potential ground operation in Gaza following the tragic loss of numerous lives—including men, women, children, and the elderly—there’s an added threat with Hezbollah indicating possible involvement from the North.

Please continue to keep us in your thoughts and in your prayers.

Here are today’s Psalm to recite for the safety and security of Israel’s soldiers, civilians, hostages and wounded citizens.

Psalm 43

Psalm 43 opens with a plea for God to avenge the injustices and mistreatment that the psalmist has faced at the hand of his oppressors, whom he labels a “faithless people” (verse 1). This term can also be translated to mean “a nation devoid of kindness.” It is hard to find a more appropriate description of the ruthless enemy that Israel is now facing. This enemy has shown a stark absence of faith and a clear lack of kindness and compassion.

The psalmist grapples with a profound question: If God has stood by us in the past, why does it seem that He stands apart now? Though at times God’s protective embrace is evident, now it feels as though we are walking alone. Yet, there is hope: “Please, God, shine Your guiding light upon us!” According to the medieval commentator known as Rashi, the light of God is a reference to the Messiah. This divine light, coupled with His unwavering truth, will to lead us back to His presence and the sanctity of the Temple. Upon reaching this sacred ground, the author pledges to vocally celebrate God’s glory, complemented by harmonious harp melodies.

The psalmist introspectively questions the despair within, emphasizing the unwavering hope and faith we ought to have in God. The Psalm culminates in an uplifting sentiment: God, our steadfast protector, will come to our rescue, guiding us and manifesting His might before those who oppose us.

Vindicate me, O God, champion my cause against faithless people; rescue me from the treacherous, dishonest man.
For You are my God, my stronghold; why have You rejected me? Why must I walk in gloom, oppressed by the enemy?
Send forth Your light and Your truth; they will lead me; they will bring me to Your holy mountain, to Your dwelling-place,
that I may come to the altar of God, God, my delight, my joy; that I may praise You with the lyre, O God, my God.
Why so downcast, my soul, why disquieted within me? Have hope in God; I will yet praise Him, my ever-present help, my God.
Shira Schechter

Shira Schechter is the content editor for TheIsraelBible.com and Israel365 Publications. She earned master’s degrees in both Jewish Education and Bible from Yeshiva University. She taught the Hebrew Bible at a high school in New Jersey for eight years before making Aliyah with her family in 2013. Shira joined the Israel365 staff shortly after moving to Israel and contributed significantly to the development and publication of The Israel Bible.

Shira Schechter

Shira Schechter is the content editor for TheIsraelBible.com and Israel365 Publications. She earned master’s degrees in both Jewish Education and Bible from Yeshiva University. She taught the Hebrew Bible at a high school in New Jersey for eight years before making Aliyah with her family in 2013. Shira joined the Israel365 staff shortly after moving to Israel and contributed significantly to the development and publication of The Israel Bible.

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