Spiritual Dignity (Tehillim 64:11)

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“The righteous person will rejoice in HaShem and will take refuge in Him; and all the upright of heart will be proud.

The attainment of faith in HaShem, provides us with multiple benefits. Firstly, faith in HaShem fulfills a Torah precept, i.e., “Take refuge in HaShem.” In addition, it brings us tranquility and awakens true joy within our hearts, “The righteous person will rejoice in HaShem.” Even more, faith in HaShem, is an awareness that awakens a wholesome sense of personal pride and dignity, “all the upright of heart will be proud.

What is the relationship between faith, joy, and dignity? Faith in HaShem sparks a dynamic, which brings our personality into balance. Pride is a vital element to our emotional state of wellbeing. However, pride on the side of arrogance is inappropriate and detrimental.

Whereas learning to trust HaShem leads to pride tempered with humility. When we trust in HaShem, we feel a sense of pride because we have overcome human nature, which tends to rely on the self. Therefore, when we place our trust in HaShem, and not in our own limited capabilities, our soul feels noble and dignified.

Additionally, once we have strengthened our trust in Hashem, we feel joyous because we are confident that HaShem will help us. May we strive to place our trust in HaShem so that our lives are filled with dignity, humility, and joy (based on the commentary of the Rashi to Tehillim)

Today: Feel “proud of yourself” for trusting in HaShem.

Copyright © 2010 by Rabbi Zvi Miller and the Salant Foundation

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