Wednesday, July 29, 2009

מי שרוצה לזכות לתשובה יהיה רגיל באמירת תהילים

(Picture by Mikhail Levit)

שָׁוְא לָכֶם מַשְׁכִּימֵי קוּם, מְאַחֲרֵי-שֶׁבֶת
(Tehillim 127:2)

If I believe that I can make great strides in my avodas Hashem by routinely waking up very early or staying up late into the night, I am mistaken since this power does not reside in my hands. Hashem controls absolutely everything; including whether or not He allows me to be successfull in my efforts to come closer to Him.

מַה-יַּעֲשֶׂה לִי אָדָם
(Tehillim 118:6)

Without Hashem's blessings, no man has the power to help me.

גּוֹל עַל-יְהוָה דַּרְכֶּךָ; וּבְטַח עָלָיו, וְהוּא יַעֲשֶׂה
(Tehillim 37:5)

When Hashem sees that I do not place any trust in others, or even my own actions, He will help me.

עֵינַי תָּמִיד, אֶל-יְהוָה: כִּי הוּא-יוֹצִיא מֵרֶשֶׁת רַגְלָי
(Tehillim 25:15)

Until then, I must maintain focus and not become disuaded by anything in the world. Eventually, Hashem will remove the snare from my foot and allow me to advance to the next level.

אַשְׂכִּילְךָ, וְאוֹרְךָ--בְּדֶרֶךְ-זוּ תֵלֵךְ; אִיעֲצָה עָלֶיךָ עֵינִי
(Tehillim 32:8)

He will reveal my path; an ancient path that reconnects to that of my ancestors.


At July 29, 2009 at 10:31:00 AM EDT, Blogger Neil Harris said...

Beautiful. Thanks for sharing these insights!!
(BTW, great R Israel Salanter quote.)

At July 29, 2009 at 10:41:00 AM EDT, Blogger AS said...

Very moving!

At July 29, 2009 at 10:46:00 AM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Thank you both. I had these insights on the occasions when I recited the whole Sefer Tehillim in one sitting (takes about 2 hours).

At July 29, 2009 at 11:15:00 AM EDT, Anonymous dimyon said...

Beautiful.....This shows how the introspection stimulated by saying tehillim and internalizing the words helps with tshuva on a deeper level than just saying the words by rote. Thank you!

At July 29, 2009 at 1:16:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you always an inspiration and reminder to trust Hashem always and to never get distracted

At July 31, 2009 at 10:53:00 AM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blessings. very inspiring and timely too. thanks.


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