Unshakable Trust (Tehillim, 118)

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“HaShem is with me, I have no fear; what can man do to me?”

When things don’t go the way we want, we can react in one of two ways. Human nature responds with frustration. Whereas, a person of faith trusts in HaShem, that the situation will ultimately be good.

For instance, when Joseph’s brother’s sold him into slavery, his future looked bleak. What was the likelihood that he would ever find freedom or become reunited with his father, Yaacov?  Yet, Joseph maintained steadfast faith in HaShem. He believed that HaShem would reverse his fate. On the merit of his faith in the face of darkness,  HaShem rescued him from slavery and made him king of Egypt!

In light of this King David said,”HaShem is with me, I have no fear; what can man do to me?” That is, even when I am in a trying situation, I maintain my awareness that “HaShem is with me.” Therefore, “I have no fear; what can man do to me?” Meaning, I trust that HaShem will reverse the difficulty to good.

Trust in HaShem empowers us with irrepressible optimism. Rather than letting the hardships of life bring us down, our faith assures us that HaShem is with us in every event of our lives. If trouble meets us, “we will not fear,” because we know that HaShem will convert every life experience into a positive blessing.

May we strive to place our steadfast trust in HaShem. In turn, we will always be hopeful because we know that HaShem will illuminate every darkness with golden and glorious sunrise (based on Chochmah U’Mussar of the Alter of Kelm)

Today: Say to yourself: “HaShem is with me, I have no fear; what can man do to me?”

Copyright © 2010 by Rabbi Zvi Miller and the Salant Foundation

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