Psalms – Chapter 116

Hallel Continues

By Rabbi Jack Abramowitz

David says that he loves G-d because G-d always hears his prayers. No matter how bad things got, even when death seemed imminent, David would call out to G-d for help. G-d is gracious, He is righteous and He is merciful. He protects simple people, who do not have the ability to make plans to save themselves. David was brought low, but G-d saved him from his troubles.

David tells his own soul to relax, now that G-d has treated him with kindness. He saved David from death, from tears, and from falling into traps set for him by his enemies. David walks before G-d in the land of the living. (Rashi says this means Israel, where the “living G-d” is worshiped, as opposed to the “dead” idols of foreign lands.) David never lost his faith in G-d, no matter how much he suffered. He did, however, let himself be discouraged into thinking that all people are deceitful, a position he later reconsidered. (This may refer to the incident in which David was tricked into thinking that his faithful friend Mephiboshes had betrayed him, which he later found out was not the case. See events at the end of II Samuel.)

David asks how he can possibly repay G-d fo

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