psalm 109: DAVID’s suffering while running from his enemies

It is a Jewish custom to say daily the chapter of Psalms associated with
the number of one’s years. Chasidim and followers of the Rebbe also
recite daily the Rebbe’s chapter.

The 11th of Nissan (this year Friday, March 26) marks the Rebbe’s 108th
birthday, and so, we begin reciting chapter 109.

Psalm 109 was composed by David when he was running from his enemies.
David curses with a bitter heart particularly those who acted as if they
were his supporters while secretly slandering him.

David wrote this Psalm not only to describe his own personal suffering
but also as a description of the Jewish people’s suffering during the
time of exile.

The first verse begins: "For the choirmaster, by David a Psalm. G-d of
my praise, keep not silent." Some chapters of Psalms begin "Mizmor
L’David – a Psalm of David," while others begin "L’David Mizmor – by
David a Psalm." The Talmud explains that when David’s name is mentioned
before the word "mizmor," this signifies that David was divinely
inspired first and then composed the Psalm. That this Psalm was composed
by David as he was running from his enemies, yet even at that time he
was divinely inspired, teaches us much about David’s lofty spiritual

This Psalm ends with David professing his unswerving faith in G-d, even
in the darkest of times, "I will thank the L-rd exceedingly with my
mouth, and among the multitude, I will praise Him." David promises that
when G-d will save him, he will make sure to publicize that it is G-d
who saved him. He will not take credit or allow others to believe that
his salvation came through his own might or cunning.

And David is utterly certain that G-d will save him, for "He stands at
the right of the needy, to deliver him from the judges of his soul." May
we all, in these last moments of exile, have the same complete
confidence in G-d’s salvation that David had!

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