eMussar Lesson for 14th Tishrei, 5770 –
The Secret of Unsinkable Optimism
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THE FAITH OF KING DAVID/PSALMS 31:5-8
“Release me from this net which they have set for me, for You are my strength. I entrust my spirit into Your hand, You have freed me, HaShem – Almighty and Faithful G-d. I will greatly rejoice in Your kindness, for you have seen my distress, You know the trouble of my soul.”
When King David’s enemies surrounded him, they were certain that he would not escape their grasp. Despite the bleak situation, King David responded with a declaration of unwavering faith in HaShem, “Release me from this net which they have set for me, for You are my strength.”
What’s more, King David, when captured by his adversaries boldly declared, “You have freed me.” Since he placed his soul in the exclusive trust of HaShem, he was certain that HaShem, the Faithful, would rescue him! Even more, He was confident that HaShem, the Almighty, has the capability and power to deliver him.
In addition, King David said, “I will greatly rejoice in Your kindness.” That is, “After You save me from them in Your kindness, I will rejoice in Your kindness. And I will thank You for seeing my affliction – You turned to me to deliver me from mortal danger; You knew my soul was troubled – and in Your kindness You saved me.”
Amazingly, when King David’s life was at risk not only did he pray to HaShem and maintain steadfast faith that would HaShem deliver him – even more, he sang a victory song to HaShem! Anticipating his release his miraculous release, his heart filled with joyous thanks to HaShem for His care, kindness, and rescue.
May we hold our faith in HaShem, under all circumstances and trials. Undoubtedly, He will rescue us and we will sing to Him a joyous and triumphant song, “I will greatly rejoice in Your kindness, for you have seen my distress.”
[Based on the commentary of the Radak to Tehillim]
TODAY: Entrust your soul to HaShem’s care and know that He will surely rescue you.
By Rabbi Zvi Miller.
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