The Psalmists’ Extreme Passion for Elohim and YOU

David dancing before Elohim.

David, the author of the majority of the psalms in the Bible, along with several other psalmists, were men who followed hard after Elohim. No less than Elohim himself called David a man after his own heart (1 Sam 13:14–16). The spiritual cup of David’s heart as well as the hearts of other psalmists were full and overflowing with passion for Elohim, which expressed itself in quantifiable, extreme and radical ways by today’s Western standards. What can we learn from such individuals, and how can we come to this same place of passionate and enthusiastic (meaning “inspired or possessed by God”) devotion to YHVH Elohim?

David’s wife despising him dancing.

David did not merely express his passion for Elohim intellectually in the psalms through music and poetry, for Scripture records that in one case he actually removed his kingly robes that hindered the movement of his arms and legs, and danced leaping and whirling, almost naked, with all of his might in the streets of Jerusalem praising and worshipping YHVH to the disdaining scorn of his less than passionate wife. Needless to say, after that incident, David refused to have intimate relations with his wife ever again to the day of her death (2 Sam 6:23). This was likely because her heart was in a very different place than that of her husband, and he could never get close to her again. This incident demonstrates the seriousness with which David took his passion for YHVH and how he viewed those close to him who were of a dissimilar or antithetical passionate disposition.

To be sure, David was not the only Hebrew given to outward displays of passion. The Hebrews, in general, like many inhabitants of the Near East to this day, were a dynamic and emotionally passionate people, whose lives were a river that customarily overflowed its banks with a emotionally enthusiasm for their Creator. David was a quintessential stereotype of this cultural norm. But many of the Hebrew prophets demonstrated a similar emotional exuberance when urging the Israelites to return to YHVH and to worship and obey him only. This passion worked itself out in many seeming bizarre stunts in their attempts to capture the attention of a people who had lost their passion for Elohim. For example, on one occasion, Isaiah prophesied virtually naked through the streets of his city for three years warning Israel of its impending doom (Isa 20:3). One prophet even adorned himself with iron horns and then prophesied to the kings of Israel and Judah (1 Kgs 22:11). Once Jeremiah prophesied with a wooden yoke wrapped around his neck (Jer 22:11). Another time, YHVH instructed Ezekiel to build a model city of Jerusalem and to construct siege walls and battering rams to symbolize the fall of Jerusalem at the hands of the Babylonians (Ezek 4:1–4). After that, YHVH commanded Ezekiel to lay on his left side for 390 days and then on his  right side for another 40 days to symbolize YHVH’s judgment against Israel (Ezek 4:4–6). If that was not enough, during this time, YHVH instructed Ezekiel to eat only beans, lentils, millet and spelt baked on a fire fueled by human excrement (Ezek 4:9–12). These are just several example of the extreme passion with which the biblical people of Elohim were willing to serve and obey their Creator.

Admittedly, in our day, YHVH is seldom asking his people to engage in such extreme practices as the ancient biblical prophets did in service to him. But sadly, most people are not even passionate enough to do the minimum that YHVH expects. For example, how many people are willing to put aside their electronic devices to which they are addicted along with their other secular activities long enough to pray for an hour a day as Yeshua instructed (Matt 26:40–41)? 

Make no mistake, we are capable of becoming passionate about many things that are of interest to us—things that we really want to do, and we definitely make time in our busy schedules for these things. We can spend hours glued to our television and computers screens watching movies, engaged in social media on our electronc devices, listening to podcasts, watching sports events, playing video games and the like. In fact, today how many people hoot and holler acting crazy cheering their favorite sports team, but when it comes to being fanatical for YHVH, well, “that’s emotionalism” and “I’m not that kind of person,” we tell ourselves. “What will people think of me?”

There is no lack of distractions out there whose octopus-like arms laden with suction cups will grab us and suck us in to its jaws, while drawing us away from seeking YHVH. Why is this? Its is because too many of us have let our hearts become hard and cold for Elohim and as a result of this we have fallen into a state of lukewarmness, lost our first love for Yeshua along with the joy of our salvation.

So what is the aim and goal of this brief written homily? It is to hold up in front of each of us a mirror in which to see ourselves, and then to compare what we see with what pleases YHVH Elohim as recorded in Scripture, and thus hopefully to challenge each us to repent of our lassitude and incite us to “break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek YHVH, till he come and rain righteousness upon you,” (Hos 10:12). Our as Jeremiah chides us to do, “For thus saith YHVH…Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns. Circumcise yourselves to YHVH, and take away the foreskins of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem: lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings,” (Jer 4:3–4). Or as Yeshua warns us, “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent,” (Rev 2:4–5). These are sober and challenging warning words from our Messiah!

Do you long to see and experience spiritual revival in these days of overwhelming darkness and evil? Well, revival starts in the heart of each individual as each of makes the conscious and determinate decision to seek YHVH and to allow him to revive us. Revival starts with YOU! Selah and amein.

How intense is YOUR worship of YHVH Elohim?

Shout joyfully to YHVH, all the earth; break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises.…Shout joyfully before YHVH, the King. (Ps 98:4, 6)

Seven times a day I praise You, because of Your righteous judgments. (Ps 119:164)

Oh come, let us sing to YHVH! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.… Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.…Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before YHVH our Maker. (Ps 95:1–2, 6)

And her saints shall shout aloud for joy. (Ps 132:16)

Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless YHVH. (Ps 134:2)

I will praise You with my whole heart; before the gods [or mighty ones] I will sing praises to You. (Ps 138:1)

Let them praise His name with the dance. (Ps 149:3)

Let the high praises of Elohim be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand… (Ps 149:6)

Praise Him with the timbrel and dance… (Ps 150:4)

How intensely passionate are YOU in seeking YHVH Elohim?

My heart pants, my strength fails me; as for the light of my eyes, it also has gone from me. (Ps 38:10)

Ps 42:1 As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O Elohim.

O Elohim, You are my Elohim; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.…When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches. (Ps 63:1, 6)

My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of YHVH; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living Elohim. (Ps 84:2)

My knees are weak through fasting, and my flesh is feeble from lack of fatness. (Ps 109:24)

I spread out my hands to You; my soul longs for You like a thirsty land. (Ps 143:6)

How much do YOU love Elohim’s Torah-Word?

I opened my mouth and panted, for I longed for Your commandments. (Ps 119:131)

My soul breaks [or is crushed] with longing for Your judgments at all times. (Ps 119:20)

I hate the double-minded, but I love Your law. (Ps 119:113)

Therefore I love Your commandments more than gold, yes, than fine gold! (Ps 119:127)

My eyes are awake through the night watches, that I may meditate on Your word. (Ps 119:148)

How passionate are YOU about being in the presence of YHVH?

For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my Elohim than dwell in the tents of wickedness. (Ps 84:10)

O YHVH, Elohim of my salvation, I have cried out day and night before You. (Ps 88:1)

When I awake, I am still with You. (Ps 139:18)

How long do YOU spend in the Word of Elohim each day?

Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. (Ps 119:97)

I rise before the dawning of the morning, and cry for help; I hope in Your word. (Ps 119:147)

How passionate are YOU in seeking YHVH through prayer?

Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice. (Ps 55:17)

In the day of my trouble I sought YHVH; my hand was stretched out in the night without ceasing; my soul refused to be comforted. (Ps 77:2)

I rise before the dawning of the morning, and cry for help; I hope in Your word. (Ps 119:147)

How much do YOU long for Elohim’s salvation (i.e., for Yeshua)?

My soul faints for Your salvation [i.e. Yeshua], but I hope in Your word. (Ps 119:81)

My eyes fail [cease working] from seeking Your salvation [Heb. Yeshua] and Your righteous word. (Ps 119:123)

I will also clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints shall shout aloud for joy. (Ps 132:16)

How much does the thought of sin distress YOU?

My soul melts from heaviness; strengthen me according to Your word. (Ps 119:28)

How much are YOU troubled by YOUR enemies?

I am weary with my groaning; all night I make my bed swim; I drench my couch with my tears. My eye wastes away because of grief; it grows old because of all my enemies. (Ps 6:6–7)

My tears have been my food day and night, while they continually say to me, “Where is your Elohim?” (Ps 42:3)

Let the high praises of Elohim be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute on them the written judgment—this honor have all His saints. Praise YHVH! (Ps 149:6–9)

How much to do YOU loath evil and evil-doers who are the enemies of YHVH?

Early I will destroy all the wicked of the land, that I may cut off all the evildoers from the city of YHVH. (Ps 101:8)

I hate the double-minded, but I love Your law. (Ps 119:113)

Do I not hate them, O YHVH, who hate You? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You? I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them my enemies. (Ps 139:21–22)

Let the high praises of Elohim be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute on them the written judgment—this honor have all His saints. Praise YHVH! (Ps 149:6–9)

How consumed with passion are YOU for the lost who do not know the Truth of YHVH’s Word?

Rivers of water run down from my eyes, because men do not keep Your law. (Ps 119:136)

My zeal has consumed me, because my enemies have forgotten Your words. (Ps 119:139)

How obedient and passionate are YOU about sharing YHVH’s with others?

Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. (Ps 96:3)

How much do YOU fear YHVH Elohim?

Oh, worship YHVH in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth. (Ps 96:9)

How much do YOU tremble before Elohim?

My flesh trembles for fear of You, and I am afraid of Your judgments. (Ps 119:120)


8 thoughts on “The Psalmists’ Extreme Passion for Elohim and YOU

  1. Long before I was “saved,” when I was a school child and wanted to go to the ballgame on Friday nights, my mother would say, “You haven’t had time to practice your piano lesson this week, you don’t have time to go to the ballgame.” Shut down any (rebellious) argument on my part. That principle was applied to so many of my requests for permission. Once “saved,” that principle/training rose up from within my spirit.

    In the mid-’70s I had an encounter (“born again”) with The Spirit within me and was on fire. For years, I applied “the law of my mother” to myself. It worked beautifully. No early morn time w/The Lord, no time later for television, newspaper, whatever, etc. Now, time, space, circumstances — I lost my first love along the way. I’ve been crying out, “Oh, Yah, I want to return to my first love! Help me!” He heard me. I am now returning to the “God of my childhood.” With this confirming message, I know the fire is being rekindled!!! I suspect it’s a very timely message for a lot of lukewarm Believers. It’s beginning to rain!! Thank you, Yahshua-Jesus!! Thank you, my mother (deceased). Thank you, Brother Natan. I love you all!!

  2. The greatest title that Elohim can bestow on a man is that of Sheppard.

    As for my life and salvation Tehillim (Psalm) 91.

    Blessings, John

    • How about “friend” [of Yeshua]?

      Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. (John 15:15)

  3. BEAUTIFUL! A challenge to the Body of Messiah to “return” to YHVH and love Him with ALL our hearts, soul, mind and strength; and love our neighbors as ourselves. Sounds like revival bells ringing to me. Thank you Natan. Great collection of questions to ask ourselves!

  4. Acts 13:22. David had such a special relationship with YHVH, he must have felt alone spirituality at times.That’s one of the benefits to this blog. It allows a spiritual master class and exchange of ideas it is not easy to get in this world!

    • Thank you. It’s a class, not sure about the master part though. Nonetheless, all of you folks contributing to and supporting this blog definitely make my life less lonely. Again, thank you!

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