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Psalms – Chapter 110
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According to Rashi (who quotes earlier sources), David dedicated this Psalm to Abraham, who was the first to call G-d “my Master.” (Of course, we emulate this form of address every time we speak to or of G-d in prayer, as the Name by which we call Him means “my Master.”) G-d told Abraham to […]
Psalms – Chapter 109
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David asks that G-d, Whom he always praises, not be silent when enemies are trying to destroy him. Evil people open their mouths to David, trying to trap him with their lies. They have no reason to hate and attack him as they do; they only resent how he constantly tries to get close to […]
Psalms – Chapter 108
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Psalm 108 is unusual in that it basically mirrors ideas David has already expressed in other Psalms. The first half of this Psalm is essentially the end of Psalm 57, while the second half is like Psalm 60. Like Psalm 57: David’s heart is true, so he praises G-d with song, arising even before dawn […]
Psalms – Chapter 107
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As in the previous Psalm, David says to give thanks to G-d because His kindness is everlasting. (This is a sentiment we will hear a few more times before the Book is through.) Let the people whom G-d saved from their enemies in Egypt acknowledge that it was His doing. He gathered them together and […]
Psalms – Chapter 106
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Praise G-d and give thanks because He is good and His kindness lasts forever. Who could possibly relate all of G-d’s deeds or all the praise He deserves? On the other hand, a human’s praises are easy: a person is fortunate if he guards justice and constantly performs charity. David asks G-d to include him […]
Psalms – Chapter 105
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David says to thank G-d and to call out in His Name, publicizing His deeds among the nations of the world. Play instruments and sing of His wonders. Rejoice in G-d and always seek Him out. Recall His miracles, which He used to redeem the nation from Egyptian bondage. The Jews are descended from Abraham, […]
Psalms – Chapter 104
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As in the previous Psalm, David begins by telling his own soul to praise G-d, for He is very great, having clothed Himself in glory. To G-d, light is like a garment that conceals His nature and the Heavens are like curtains. The waters above are like G-d’s ceiling and the clouds that travel across […]
Psalms – Chapter 103
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Actually, that’s “Bless, my soul.” David tells his soul and all his internal organs to praise G-d for all His kindness. He forgives sin (good for the soul), He heals people from disease (good for the body), and He saves people from death. When people are afflicted, they should be inspired to change their ways. […]
Psalms – Chapter 102
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David calls this Psalm the prayer of an afflicted person who has been weakened by his troubles and calls out to G-d. He asks that G-d heed this prayer and not turn away from him on his day of trouble. Rather, he hopes that G-d will quickly answer his plea. (The person in this Psalm […]
Psalms – Chapter 101
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We now resume with Psalms composed by David. In this Psalm, the king sings to G-d of His kindness and justice. David says that he will dedicate himself to seeking G-d’s pure path. He asks G-d to accompany him on this journey, because then David says he will be able to act as purely within […]