The changing of months on the Hebrew calendar is a very significant. It is not like moving from January to February where we turn the page of the calendar, but don’t give it much, if any thought. Each month of the Hebrew calendar holds significance for our lives.
We move from the month of AV – a month where baseless hatred, idolatry and immorality caused both Solomon’s and Herod’s temples to be destroyed. We see the consequences of sin. And now the month of Elul arrives!!
During this month, the King is in the field, and daily He desires His people to come to Him and repent. Every day during Elul, the shofar is blown. Amos 3:6 If a ram’s horn sounds in a city, do the people not tremble? If calamity comes to a city, has not the LORD caused it? Just imagine, the temples were destroyed in AV. Calamity had come to the city of Jerusalem, and now in Elul, the King says, Come, Repent!
It is customary to recite Psalm 27 in the morning, during this month.
1 The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall.
3 Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.
4 One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.
5 For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.
6 Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD.
7 Hear my voice when I call, LORD; be merciful to me and answer me.
8 My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, LORD, I will seek.
9 Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, God my Savior.
10 Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me.
11 Teach me your way, LORD; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors.
12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations.
13 I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
Elul’s letters represent an acronym for words coming from the Song of Songs.
These words are: Ani l’dodi, l’dodi li – I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.
This acronym is אלול —–
Elul – the name of this amazing month!