“Hashem, how many are my tormentors! The great rise up against me. The great say of my soul, There is no deliverance for him from G-d, Selah. But You, Hashem, are a shield about me, my glory, and He Who raises up my head. (T’hilim 3:2-4)

It’s very easy to forget that Hashem is always there, that nothing in this world can happen without Hashem willing it. The yeitzer ha’ra may also be great at convincing us that we don’t deserve to be helped; hidden and even open miracles may happen to other people, but not me.

Yet, a change of hashkafah on the inside can dramatically change everything on the outside: “But You, Hashem, are a shield about me, my glory, and He Who raises up my head” (T’hilim 3:4). Even when there are yisurim and Hashem is hidden, relating to us from a place of din (judgment), His chesed and rachamim never fully leave us.

There is not one person without value or importance in this world, since each of us has been given a Divine neshamah that is constantly being perpetuated by Hashem. Hashem personally attends to the life of each person – whether or not we feel it.

Hashem holds the keys to how much wisdom, understanding, shalom, and simchah a person is blessed with. How do we merit such blessings? Only with the sincere desire to come closer to Hashem.

(Material was previously published on www.ShiratMiriam.com.)

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