Psalms 71:6
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6  While yet unborn, I depended on You; in the womb of my mother, You were my support; I sing Your praises always.

a-LE-kha nis-MAKH-tee mi-BE-ten mi-m’-AY i-MEE a-TAH go-ZEE b’-KHA t’-hi-la-TEE ta-MEED

ו  עָלֶיךָ נִסְמַכְתִּי מִבֶּטֶן מִמְּעֵי אִמִּי אַתָּה גוֹזִי בְּךָ תְהִלָּתִי תָמִיד׃

 71:6   In the womb of my mother, You were my support

David praises the Lord, saying he relied on God from the earliest age. The Hebrew phrase ata gozi (אתה גוזי), translated here as ‘You were my support,’ is hard to explain. Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch raises the possibility that it comes from the root word ג-ז-ז, meaning ‘to cut,’ resulting in the image of David being cut from the womb at birth. Hirsch, however, rejects this idea and suggests that the root ג-ז-ז not only connotes cutting but also ‘removing’ and ‘separating.’ David is expressing the idea that from the time of his birth he was always different from everyone else, set aside by God for something grand and significant. Indeed, we find David separate from his brothers when his father Yishai doesn’t even bring him in with the rest of his brothers to be considered as Hashem’s choice for king (I Samuel 16). However, in this moment of reflection, perhaps at the end of his life, David recalls the constant feelings of Hashem’s presence in his life and a mission of greatness.

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  • David tells us that since he was but a child perhaps even cut from the womb he always felt that special connection with God. He felt that he was taken aside from the others and set part for something special that was yet to come. Somehow David knew this since his childhood.

    David always through his life felt a very close and special connection with God. This showed all though his life for he continued to honor God in all his ways. Even those times when David felt short and fell into disconnect with God. He still kept the connection. Even though strained God never left Davids side. David always knew God was there for him. May God Please David and he did. And may God Bless God for loving David and the Jewish people always. Carl

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