Ashrei XIV

The next verse we will study  is, “ כבוד מלכותך יאמרו, וגבורתך ידברו – Of the honor of Your kingdom they will speak, and of Your strength they will tell.”

An approach to the verse is advanced by the Etz Yosef.  The first phrase כבוד מלכותך יאמרו refers to our inclusion of מלכות , G-d’s sovereignty, in this world when we recite blessings. The Talmud teaches that any blessing that does not contain mention of G-d’s sovereignty is not considered a blessing. And the second phrase וגבורתך ידברו refers to everyday speech that people share  with one another. In essence, King David states that acknowledgement and appreciation of G-d, His kindness and power will be expressed in prayer as well as in our interactions with others.

The Vilna Gaon זצ”ל and Rav Miller זצ”ל both remark that the two parts of the Pasuk reflect  G-dliness in nature as well as G-d’s performance of miracles. “כבוד מלכותך יאמרו –  they will speak of Your wonders, glory, and richness of the Creation” i.e. the consistency, the depth, the beauty, and the complexity of the natural world that we live in. Rav Miller explains that as opposed to miracles, nature needs to be explained and examined in order for one to understand its greatness. “וגבורתך ידברו – and of Your strength they will tell.” The word ידברו means to tell strongly. The implication is that the wonders and open miracles of G-d’s world speak strongly on their own and do not need explanation.

Both nature and miracles are tools to instill and strengthen Emunah- Faith in the Creator of the world, Hashem. The Talmud is replete with examples, lessons, and directives regarding the appreciation of nature.

Now that Fall has arrived with its full array of colors,  walks in the park, drives in the country, and even looking out the window enable us to express gratitude and love for the Creator who has benevolently provided the world around us -“ כבוד מלכותך יאמרו, וגבורתך ידברו”.

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