Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. Psalm 71: 3
From my birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb. I will ever praise you. Psalm 71:6
But as for me, I shall always have hope; I will praise you more and more. Psalm 71:14
The Hebrew word tamiyd is used three times in Psalm 71. In the above verses, the word translated “always” and “ever” is tamiyd. It means continually or continuously, constantly, perpetually, evermore. I can continually go to God, praise God, and have hope in God. Yes! And you know why? Because of the other meaning of tamiyd.
According to the Encyclopaedia Judaic, “Tamid is an abbreviated form for olat tamid (daily burnt-offering), and refers to the daily (morning and evening) sacrifices as set out in Exodus 29:38-42 and Numbers 28:1-8.” i
Tamiyd (or tamid) is the regular, daily sacrifice, the fire of which was never to go out (Leviticus 6:12-13) until the Lamb of God, Jesus, the final sacrifice for sin would come (Hebrews 9:15-27).
But he [Jesus] has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Hebrews 9:26b
The word also refers to the Bread of the Presence, the shewbread or showbread, which was placed weekly on the golden table in the Tabernacle.
“The word [tamiyd] is used alone to designate the daily burnt offering in Dan 8:11-13; Dan 11:31; Dan 12:11. Num 4:7 refers to the ‘bread of continuity’ meaning the bread that was always there.” — Dr. Walter C. Kaiser, Jr.ii (emphasis added)
The Bread that is always there. Jesus, always right there with us. As close as our breath and the beating of our hearts. Hallelujah!
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” John 6:35
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:20
Continually, continual, daily, regularly, constantly, always, at all times, all day and all night, constant, perpetual, endless, forever, ever, evermore.iii
Because of the Lamb of God who was the final sacrifice for sin, the Lamb slain before the beginning of the world, whose passionate, fiery love for us never goes out, I can always go into the Presence of God.
In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. Ephesians 3:12
Because of the Bread of Life who is always there with us, I can ever praise him.
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name. Hebrews 13:15
Because of Jesus who daily bears our burdens and ever lives to make intercession for us, I can always have hope.
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23
My Rock of refuge to whom I can always go, may your fire never go out in me.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually (tamiyd). 1 Chronicles 16:11
i Encyclopaedia Judaic, Jerusalem, 1971 Keter Publ. House Ltd.
ii Hebrew word studies in the Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, Vols. 1- 2, edited by Laird Harris, Gleason Archer and Bruce Waltke, Chicago: Moody Press, 1981.
iii Some of the ways that tamiyd is translated in NetBible.