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Psalms – Chapter 30
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David composed this Psalm to be recited at the dedication of the Temple, in the days of Solomon. He praises G-d for raising him out of the depths and not letting David’s enemies triumph over him. When he was ill, David cried out to G-d, Who healed him. (According to Rashi, by forgiving David’s sin, […]
Psalms – Chapter 29
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Remember how Psalm 24 was the Psalm we recite when we return the Torah to the Ark except on Shabbos morning? Well, this Psalm is the one we recite when returning the Torah on Shabbos mornings. David tells the prominent people to prepare themselves for G-d. Honor and might rightfully belong to Him, so prepare […]
Psalms – Chapter 28
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David calls to G-d and asks that He reply. He hopes that G-d will not ignore his prayers because, if He does, then David is as good as dead. David cries out and reaches his hands towards G-d’s Sanctuary. David asks that G-d not let him be sucked in by evil people. They can be […]
Psalms – Chapter 27
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David says that G-d is his light, so he has no one to fear. G-d is his source of strength, so no one can intimidate him. When evil people conspire to harm him, it is they who shall fall. David wouldn’t even fear an army because he trusts in G-d. He asks just one thing: […]
Psalms – Chapter 26
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David asks G-d to test him, as He did Abraham. This was an error in judgment, as we should not go looking for temptation. David was overconfident in his own righteousness and, sure enough, he stumbled in the matter of Bat-Sheva. Nevertheless, David invites G-d to test him, hopeful that the experience will elevate him […]
Psalms – Chapter 25
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David says that he lifts his soul up to G-d in prayer. He places his trust in G-d and prays that his enemies will not have the opportunity to rejoice in his downfall. David wishes that not only he, but all who rely upon G-d not be shamed. Rather, those who are faithless with G-d […]
Psalms – Chapter 24
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This Psalm begins, “Of David, a song,” rather than the more familiar “A song of David.” The difference between these two, according to the Talmud in Pesachim (117a) is that “A song of David” was said when David sang, causing G-d’s spirit to rest upon him. “Of David, a song” was said when G-d’s spirit […]
Psalms – Chapter 23
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(Seriously. Google Psalm 23 and you’ll get almost 2 and a half million returns. Psalms 22 and 24 each get one-third that result.) This Psalm was composed by David at one of the most perilous junctures of his life, while he was fleeing from Saul. This heartfelt Psalm really speaks to people, no doubt contributing […]
Psalms – Chapter 22
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The musical note for this Psalm says “on the ayeles hashachar,” or “morning star.” Presumably, this is the name of an instrument, although some commentators see it as a prophetic allusion to Esther and the Psalm a reference to Purim. (Many Psalms contain prophetic allusions or references to future events. For example, David speaks frequently […]
Psalms – Chapter 21
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In the future, the king will rejoice in G-d’s might. (“The king” may refer to Moshiach, the Messiah. The word “yismach” – “will rejoice” – is an anagram of Moshiach.) How much does he praise G-d for His salvation! G-d has granted his desires and requests. He has blessed him with goodness and placed a […]