A Formula for Faith and Serenity (Tehillim 33:18-20)

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“HaShem watches over those who revere Him, those who hope for His kindness. For in Him our heart will rejoice, for we have placed our trust in His holy Name.  May Your Kindness HaShem be upon us, as we have hoped for You.”

Reverence of HaShem begets awareness of HaShem. In turn, the awareness of HaShem leads us to recognize His great mercy and kindness. Once we recognize HaShem – His love, compassion, and strength – we are inspired to trust Him with our entire heart and soul.  

Accordingly, if a person relies on his own capability he removes himself from Divine assistance. Whereas, HaShem protects those whose place their faith exclusively in Him and in no other entity, as King David revealed “HaShem watches over those who revere Him, those who hope for His kindness.”  

In addition, we shall rejoice when HaShem delivers us from our troubles because we will then clearly know that HaShem rescued us from our hardships. In light of this, the verse says, “For in Him our heart will rejoice, for we have placed our trust in His holy Name.”

Even more, the amount of kindness that HaShem bestows upon us is proportionate to our level of faith. Meaning, the more we sincerely trust in HaShem to deliver us, the more HaShem will shower us with His kindness. In light of this, the verse says, “May Your Kindness HaShem be upon us, as we have hoped for You.”

Now that we understand the cause and effect relationship between our faith and the revelation of HaShem’s kindness and compassion, it is fitting to trust in HaShem with our full hearts. Consequently, HaShem will save us immediately with the most amazing and glorious kindness and compassion (based on the commentary of the Radak to Tehillim).

Today: As you strengthen your faith in HaShem, know that more and more kindness of HaShem is revealed to the world.

Copyright © 2010 by Rabbi Zvi Miller and the Salant Foundation

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