Rabbi Yosi quoted the verse: "You [the Shechinah] are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from the adversary; You encompass me with songs of deliverance. Sela". (Psalms 32:7) "...my hiding place," refers to G‑d who is a hiding place and a shield to the man who treads the paths of the Torah and is hidden under the shadow of His wings so as not to come to harm. "You shall preserve me from the adversary" Man has enemies above as well as below. It is the Evil Inclination. It attacks above and below. Were it not for the Evil Inclination, man would not have any enemies in the world. Therefore, "You shall preserve me [David] from the adversary [the Evil Inclination]."

"...You encompass me with songs of deliverance, Sela". (Psalms 32:7) He said: It should have read, 'He does encompass me'; why then does it read, "You encompass"? Within these songs there are levels of salvation [for the songs make surrounding lights encompass Man and protect from trouble] You will encompass me with them to guard me on my way. This verse may be read forwards or backwards, from both sides. 1

Come and see! The songs and praises sung by David contain mysteries and high matters in the secret of wisdom, because they were all inspired by Divine Inspiration which dwelt with David when he recited poetry. Hence they were all said from Divine Inspiration.

Rabbi Elazar opened his discourse with the verse: "You did push me hard that I might fall: but G‑d helped me". (Psalms 118:13) "You did push me," when it should have been written, 'they did push me'. Why is it written, "You did push me?" This is the Other Side, which always pushes man in an effort to turn him away from G‑d. It is the Evil Inclination, the constant companion of man, to which David addressed the words, "You did push me hard that I might fall," because it, with all the troubles that came upon him, almost caused him to turn him from G‑d. In regard to this, David said, "You did push me hard that I might fall"- into Purgatory, "but G‑d helped me" by not delivering me into your hands.

It is incumbent on man to guard against the evil inclination so it does not obtain mastery over him. Then G‑d will guard him in all his ways, as it is written: "Then shall you walk in your way safely, and your foot shall not stumble", (Proverbs 3:23) and "When you go, your steps shall not be confined". (Proverbs 4:12) It is also written: "But the path of just men is like the gleam of sunlight, it shines ever more brightly until the height of noonday". (Proverbs 4:18) Rabbi Yehuda said: Happy are the children of Israel, for G‑d keeps them in this world and in the world to come, as it is written, "Your people also shall be all righteous; they shall inherit the land for ever". (Isaiah 60:21)

Blessed be G‑d forever. Amen and Amen

BeRahamim LeHayyim: Why did the Ari and Chida pick this passage, and what are they trying to teach us?

There is no place like home, no place safer, no place more secure. When we leave this safe place of refuge, we open ourselves up to the unknown. The challenge is to keep G‑d before us always. To know Him in all of our ways. To speak of His Torah as we walk upon the way, when we lie down, and when we rise up. By staying centered, we avoid going astray. And maintaining the middle path of balance imbues us with Holy protection from harm and danger.

What does the above mean to you and why is it revealed to you now?


Bracketed annotations from Metok Midevash and Sulam commentaries
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