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Daily Psalm 27 - Rabbi Lazar's Reflections

13 Elul

Ps 27: 7   "Hear, O Lord, as I call with my voice, be gracious to me and answer."

The answer to human prayer is not guaranteed. It is hoped for, but not assumed. Expectations of an on-going two way discussion between human being and God might perhaps be unreasonable. 

 Initially, we owe it to a higher power, to other people and or to ourselves, to be grateful and say thank you right out loud. If we are blessed with an answer, then we have been shown grace. If not, we continue to give thanks having faith that sometimes, at least some of it all will make at least some sense. 

And who knows, perhaps the answer has been given, but we simply weren't paying enough attention?


Here is the text of the entire psalm:

Psalm 27

(1) For David. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom will I fear? the Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom will I be afraid?

(2) When those who do evil came upon me to devour my flesh, my adversaries and my foes - they stumbled and fell.

(3) Even if a whole army encamps against me, my heart will not fear; even if an entire war rises up against me, I will be confident.

(4) Only one thing do I ask of the Lord, just one that I will seek after: May I dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the graciousness of the Lord, and to be present in the Lord's place.

(5) For The Lord will give me shelter on the day of evil; I will be covered under the Lord's tent and be lifted upon the Lord's rock.

(6) And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies all round me; and I will make offerings in the Lord's tent, accompanied by the blasts of the horn; I will sing out and praise the Lord.

(7) Hear, O Lord, as I call with my voice, be gracious to me and answer.

(8) Of You, my heart has said: Seek My face! Indeed, Your face, O Lord, I do seek!

(9) Hide not Your face from me; Do not push me away now in anger, for You have helped me in the past; Do not cast me off, nor forsake me, for You, O God, are my salvation.

(10) For though my father and my mother have left me, the Lord will gather me close.

(11) Teach me Your way, O Lord, and put me upon the straight path, so that I may handle those who wish me harm.

(12) Allow me to resist the will of my adversaries; for false witnesses have spoken out against me, violence upon their breath. 

(13) Had I not believed that I would still gaze upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! ...

(14) Expect the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; Indeed, welcome The Lord! 

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Temple Isaiah & Jewish Community Center Palm Springs is a non-denominational Jewish spiritual community in which we constantly endeavor to keep ourselves attuned to the three pillars of Jewish Life: Torah (intellectual growth), Avodah (spiritual practice), and Gemilut Hasadim (fixing the world).

We aim to empower our members, and those who come through our doors, to create for themselves intellectual growth when it comes to Jewish heritage, practice, and theology.

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