Monday, July 13, 2009

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Two Ways

by Reb Gutman Locks at Mystical Paths

“Continue Your loving kindness to those who know You, and Your righteousness to the upright in heart.”[i]

In this Psalm, King Dovid explains the two main ways to serve G-d. There are those who have succeeded in “knowing” G-d, and there are those who have succeeded in acquiring an upright heart.

Those who have acquired an upright heart are called “righteous.” They live their lives according to all of the righteous standards that Hashem has set out in His Torah. They smile at His judgments, because they know that they have acted properly in all of their dealings. It is His righteousness that they have found, and they have accomplished this through their immense effort. King Dovid asks Hashem to continue His righteousness to these people.

Those who have come to “know” G-d, know Him only through His kindness, His favor, His love. It was Hashem Himself Who showed them this. These people live a Torah-filled life of kindness. They see joy in all of His words and doings. Doing a mitzvah brings them great joy. They have found His love. King Dovid asks Hashem to continue His wondrous kindness to these people.

Each of us takes the path that best suits our needs.

[i] Pslams 36:11


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