Teshuva (Hebrew) is a 40 day time of reflection and repentance which begins in the Hebrew month of Elul/September leading up to Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, with Rosh Hashannah/Tishrei 1 in between. It is preparation for the joyous celebration of Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles. It is considered a time of awakening for the coming of the bridegroom, Yeshua. The feasts are our dress rehearsals.
Yet everything exposed by the light is being made visible, for everything made visible is light. This is why it says,
“Wake up, O sleeper!
Rise from the dead,
and Messiah will shine on you.”
So pay close attention to how you walk—
not as unwise people but as wise.
For the music director: a psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came to him, after he went to Bathsheba.
Be gracious to me, O God,
according to Your mercy.
According to Your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions
and my sin is ever before me.
Against You, You only, have I sinned,
and done what is evil in Your sight,
so that You are just when You speak,
and blameless when You judge.
Behold, I was born in iniquity and in sin
when my mother conceived me.
Surely You desire truth in the inner being.
Make me know wisdom inwardly.
Cleanse me with hyssop and I will be clean.
Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness,
so the bones You crushed may rejoice.
Hide Your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from Your presence—
take not Your Ruach ha-Kodesh from me.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation
and sustain me with a willing spirit.
Then will I teach transgressors Your ways
and sinners will return to You.
Deliver me from bloodguilt, O God—
God of my salvation.
Then my tongue will sing for joy of Your righteousness.
O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare Your praise.
For You would not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it,
nor be pleased by burnt offerings.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit.
A broken and a contrite heart, O God,
You will not despise.
In Your favor do good to Zion.
Build up the walls of Jerusalem.
Then You will delight in righteous sacrifices and whole burnt offerings.
Then bulls will be offered on Your altar.