Psalms 77
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1  For the leader; on Yedutun. Of Asaf. A psalm.

א  לַמְנַצֵּחַ עַל־ידיתון [יְדוּתוּן] לְאָסָף מִזְמוֹר׃

2  I cry aloud to Hashem; I cry to Hashem that He may give ear to me.

ב  קוֹלִי אֶל־אֱלֹהִים וְאֶצְעָקָה קוֹלִי אֶל־אֱלֹהִים וְהַאֲזִין אֵלָי׃

3  In my time of distress I turn to Hashem, with my hand [uplifted]; [my eyes] flow all night without respite; I will not be comforted.

ג  בְּיוֹם צָרָתִי אֲדֹנָי דָּרָשְׁתִּי יָדִי לַיְלָה נִגְּרָה וְלֹא תָפוּג מֵאֲנָה הִנָּחֵם נַפְשִׁי׃

4  I call Hashem to mind, I moan, I complain, my spirit fails. Selah.

ד  אֶזְכְּרָה אֱלֹהִים וְאֶהֱמָיָה אָשִׂיחָה וְתִתְעַטֵּף רוּחִי סֶלָה׃

5  You have held my eyelids open; I am overwrought, I cannot speak.

ה  אָחַזְתָּ שְׁמֻרוֹת עֵינָי נִפְעַמְתִּי וְלֹא אֲדַבֵּר׃

6  My thoughts turn to days of old, to years long past.

ו  חִשַּׁבְתִּי יָמִים מִקֶּדֶם שְׁנוֹת עוֹלָמִים׃

7  I recall at night their jibes at me; I commune with myself; my spirit inquires,

ז  אֶזְכְּרָה נְגִינָתִי בַּלָּיְלָה עִם־לְבָבִי אָשִׂיחָה וַיְחַפֵּשׂ רוּחִי׃

8  “Will Hashem reject forever and never again show favor?

ח  הַלְעוֹלָמִים יִזְנַח אֲדֹנָי וְלֹא־יֹסִיף לִרְצוֹת עוֹד׃

9  Has His faithfulness disappeared forever? Will His promise be unfulfilled for all time?

ט  הֶאָפֵס לָנֶצַח חַסְדּוֹ גָּמַר אֹמֶר לְדֹר וָדֹר׃

10  Has Hashem forgotten how to pity? Has He in anger stifled His compassion?” Selah.

י  הֲשָׁכַח חַנּוֹת אֵל אִם־קָפַץ בְּאַף רַחֲמָיו סֶלָה׃

11  And I said, “It is my fault that the right hand of the Most High has changed.”

יא  וָאֹמַר חַלּוֹתִי הִיא שְׁנוֹת יְמִין עֶלְיוֹן׃

12  I recall the deeds of Hashem; yes, I recall Your wonders of old;

יב  אזכיר [אֶזְכּוֹר] מַעַלְלֵי־יָהּ כִּי־אֶזְכְּרָה מִקֶּדֶם פִּלְאֶךָ׃

13  I recount all Your works; I speak of Your acts.

יג  וְהָגִיתִי בְכָל־פָּעֳלֶךָ וּבַעֲלִילוֹתֶיךָ אָשִׂיחָה׃

14  O Hashem, Your ways are holiness; what god is as great as Hashem?

יד  אֱלֹהִים בַּקֹּדֶשׁ דַּרְכֶּךָ מִי־אֵל גָּדוֹל כֵּאלֹהִים׃

15  You are the God who works wonders; You have manifested Your strength among the peoples.

טו  אַתָּה הָאֵל עֹשֵׂה פֶלֶא הוֹדַעְתָּ בָעַמִּים עֻזֶּךָ׃

16  By Your arm You redeemed Your people, the children of Yaakov and Yosef. Selah.

טז  גָּאַלְתָּ בִּזְרוֹעַ עַמֶּךָ בְּנֵי־יַעֲקֹב וְיוֹסֵף סֶלָה׃

17  The waters saw You, O Hashem, the waters saw You and were convulsed; the very deep quaked as well.

יז  רָאוּךָ מַּיִם אֱ‍לֹהִים רָאוּךָ מַּיִם יָחִילוּ אַף יִרְגְּזוּ תְהֹמוֹת׃

18  Clouds streamed water; the heavens rumbled; Your arrows flew about;

יח  זֹרְמוּ מַיִם עָבוֹת קוֹל נָתְנוּ שְׁחָקִים אַף־חֲצָצֶיךָ יִתְהַלָּכוּ׃

19  Your thunder rumbled like wheels; lightning lit up the world; the earth quaked and trembled.

KOL ra-am-KHA ba-gal-GAL hay-EE-ru v’-ra-KEEM tay-VAYL ra-g’-ZAH va-tir-ASH ha-A-retz

יט  קוֹל רַעַמְךָ בַּגַּלְגַּל הֵאִירוּ בְרָקִים תֵּבֵל רָגְזָה וַתִּרְעַשׁ הָאָרֶץ׃

77:19   Your thunder rumbled like wheels

In our day-to-day lives, we rely on the predictable laws of nature, such as the rising and setting of the sun. In His great kindness, God wanted us to be able to regulate our lives, and therefore He gave us a system that we can depend on. But in spite of the apparently predictable laws of nature, in reality Hashem is orchestrating everything directly, behind the scenes. This can be demonstrated by His control over nature during the exodus from Egypt and the splitting of the sea. This is only true not about nature, but about everything that happens in this world. As much as we try to control our lives, our efforts are overshadowed by the Divine will that invariably makes the final decision. There is no place where this truth is more apparent than in the land of IsraelHashem reminds us in Sefer Devarim (11:10), “For the land that you are about to enter and possess is not like the land of Egypt from which you have come. There the grain you sowed had to be watered by your own labors, like a vegetable garden.”  The fact that Eretz Yisrael is dependent upon the rainfall for its survival ensures that its citizens live with the constant reminder that they are dependent on God for their sustenance and livelihood.1 comment

20  Your way was through the sea, Your path, through the mighty waters; Your tracks could not be seen.

כ  בַּיָּם דַּרְכֶּךָ ושביליך [וּשְׁבִילְךָ] בְּמַיִם רַבִּים וְעִקְּבוֹתֶיךָ לֹא נֹדָעוּ׃

21  You led Your people like a flock in the care of Moshe and Aharon.

 

כא  נָחִיתָ כַצֹּאן עַמֶּךָ בְּיַד־מֹשֶׁה וְאַהֲרֹן׃

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