Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tehillim Chapter 13: When HaShem Hides His Face


עַד-אָנָה יְהוָה תִּשְׁכָּחֵנִי נֶצַח
עַד-אָנָה תַּסְתִּיר אֶת-פָּנֶיךָ, מִמֶּנִּי!י

  עַד-אָנָה אָשִׁית עֵצוֹת, בְּנַפְשִׁי
   יָגוֹן בִּלְבָבִי יוֹמָם

How long, HaShem, will You forget me forever?
How long You hide Your Face; [I know] it's from me!

How long must I devise plans within my soul
[to be free of] sorrow in my heart by day
[even when Your chesod is apparent]?

We know that HaShem never abandons us, even when we are going through the most difficult situations. As it says, "עִמּוֹ-אָנֹכִי בְצָרָה" “I am with him in [times of] trouble” (Tehillim 91:15).

Whenever HaShem hides His Face, it is harder to feel HaShem's Presence... harder to remember that HaShem wants something from us at this time... that He put us in this world and in this particular nisayon in order that we fix something... We can reveal the greatness that's within ourselves and HaShem's Glory within the world.

Instead, we feel abandoned, fearful, confused, victimized, anxious, angry at those arounds us and even at HaShem.

If you sincerely make the effort to see HaShem's Hand and to feel His Presence, even at those times when His Face is hidden, “How long must I devise plans within my soul...”, then HaShem will respond in kind.   

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