Thursday, 1 September 2011

Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness - Tehillim Reminder 48

This weeks Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness is prepared
in the merit of
Zelig Pinchas ben Itta Leah for a complete and speedy Refuah (healing),
Refuat HaNefesh, Refuat HaGuf
(Healing of body and soul).

Shmiras HaLashon Thought

When we were children we learned a rhyme: "Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never harm me". The Torah teaches a different lesson. Words are very powerful. When used in the positive they have the power to heal, to bring blessing, to comfort, to teach, to inspire and more. When used in the negative they do the very opposite. For this reason we have laws of guarding our tongues which includes not hurting another with ones words either emotionally, spiritually or damaging their reputation, their name or their very Parnassa.

The Torah teaches further that we are to be very careful with our actions that we do not place a stumbling block before another or do anything that could in anyway cause harm, damage or pain to another Jew and in deed to any part of Hashem's Creation.

Although we are supposed to learn from everything, we should also be selective as to what we teach our children and how powerful and often completely incorrect and distorted the rhymes, songs, poems etc are that we expose our children to.

Bitachon Thought

The Gomorrah of Berachos 33b teaches us that everything is in the Hand of Heaven, except for Fear of Heaven. That means how much money we earn, who we come into contact with, whether our plans succeed or not, whether we have health or not, family or not, friends etc. EVERYTHING is in the Hand of Heaven.

Knowing this, can help to give us comfort and the strength to stop worrying, after all, if everything is being taken care of by Hashem, it is a waste of energy to worry about it. This knowledge can also help us to grasp where to focus our attention and work / effort. Since the one thing that is in our control is Yirat Shamayim or Fear of Heaven, this seems to be where we might focus on strengthening and asking Hashem to grant us strong Yirat Shamayim (Fear of Heaven)

Tehillim Thought

In keeping with this, Tehillim 3:7 reads "I do not fear the tens of thousands of people that have set themselves against me round about." Even though the majority was following Absalom who was going against David HeMelech, still David HaMelech did not fear them. He was aware that as much as they tried to harm the physical they could not harm his soul. (Meam Loez)

If we link this with the Bitachon Thought above, David HaMelech through his Tehillim teaches us very clearly the above teaching that everything is in the Hands of Heaven, therefore he did not fear the people, but rather only Hashem.

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