Description: Rinah 13
It’s an important and foundational rule, that the Shechinah only rests upon us when we are b’simchah, ain haShechinah shoreh elah mitoch simchah, and wherever the Shechinah Hakedoshah rests, it brings along with it brachah. Conversely, we find Chazal say, basar anyah azil anyusah, poverty follows the poor, which means that one who is sad and despondent, metaphorically ‘poor’, will suffer from more poverty, meaning he will lack the presence of the Shechinah and will remain stuck in his sadness.
The Medrash explains the pasuk in Tehillim, ‘Mi’mizrach shemesh ad mevo’oh, mehulal shem Hashem,’ from the time that the sun shines until it sets, it is constantly singing praise to Hashem. The medrash continues, this is what we find by Yehoshuah, when he wanted to stop the sun midday, so that the day would become longer and he would be able to complete the war against the kings by the night, he didn’t command the sun, ‘shemesh bi’givon amod,’ Sun, in Givon, stop! Rather he said, ‘Shemesh bi’Givon dom,’ Sun, in Givon, be quiet! He commanded the sun to stop saying praise to Hashem – to stop singing shirah. The sun can only make its course across the sky, from sunrise to sunset – if it is saying shirah – singing praise to Hashem. The moment it stops singing – it stops moving!
Our lives, sustenance, and growth – depend on our shirah – just like the sun.
People who spend their lives mostly in the physical world, aren’t religious, don’t have as much praise to say as those who keep Torah and Mitzvos. People who are observant are great people, they encompass so much more. Tzaddikim and talmidei chachamim are even greater. The greater a person is, the more shirah and praise he has to sing and say to Hashem! Just as a big person eats more than a small child, likewise, a great spiritual person has to get more life – to connect more to the source of their lives – through praising and singing shirah to Hashem.
Big tzaddikim would spend time praising Hashem, and saying Tehillim for this purpose. Dovid Hamelech himself spent the first half of the night learning and the second half of the night composing shiros v’tishbachos – praises and songs – which we now have as sefer Tehillim. Tehillim is an awesome collection of every possible shirah that can be sung to Hashem – there’s something there for everyone!
We say this in Shabbos davening – nishmas kol chai, in the end we say, shekain chovas kol hayetzurim, lifonechah Hashem Elokainu, lehodos lehallail v’lishabeach, al kol shiros Dovid ben Yishai, avdechah mishichechah.
Chazal say, that when you come home, and there’s food in your fridge, or food prepared on the table – a miracle of similar proportions has just occurred! If we have clothing, if we are not missing our basic needs, we have to feel a similar level of gratitude and enthusiasm to praise Hashem and thank Him for it. With a little work, we can begin to acquire this feeling. Every time we open the fridge and it’s stocked with food, take a second to think, where did this all come from? Who provided me with all this? Look how much kindness and chesed from Hashem there is here right in front of me! I am not worthy of even a fraction of this – and then a person’s heart will open with Shirah and praise to Hashem.