Sunday, October 16, 2011

A perfect psalm for Gilad Schalit

The genius of the Psalms is that at least one of them speaks to one of us at just the one right moment in our life; and so it has been down through the generations.
Today's Psalm 30
for Robert's PsalmChallenge, for instance.
I started thinking about it last Monday; then on Tuesday it took on a whole new meaning.
After the news broke about Gilad Schalit's imminent release, I suddenly saw Psalm 30 as Gilad's psalm.

1 A Psalm of David. A Song at the dedication of the Temple.
I will extol thee, O LORD, for thou hast drawn me up, and hast not let my foes rejoice over me.
2 O LORD my God, I cried to thee for help, and thou hast healed me. 3 O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from Sheol, restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit.

4 Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name.
5 For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
6 As for me, I said in my prosperity, "I shall never be moved."

7 By thy favor, O LORD, thou hadst established me as a strong mountain; thou didst hide thy face, I was dismayed.

8 To thee, O LORD, I cried; and to the LORD I made supplication: 9 "What profit is there in my death, if I go down to the Pit?
Will the dust praise thee? Will it tell of thy faithfulness?
10 Hear, O LORD, and be gracious to me! O LORD, be thou my helper!"

11 Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing; thou hast loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness, 12 that my soul may praise thee and not be silent.
O LORD my God, I will give thanks to thee for ever.
Translation: RSV
Hebrew original text at Mechon Mamre
Stickers at the Gilad Schalit protest tent, Jerusalem
Spontaneous dancing at the Jerusalem Hug a few years ago


Spiderdama said...

Beautiful! It`s hard to believe that every difficult day has an opinion.. but there is great comfort in the words of the Lord.
It is amazing that Gilad will be free after these 5 years.

VP said...

I hope they will soon dance again...

Sara Lorayne said...

Yes indeed. I pray he will be able to dance with joy very soon, and his family too.

Theanne and Baron said...

a nice interpretation with photos...well done Dina! I'm pleased Gilad will have his freedom!

ρομπερτ said...

Thank you once again very much for your moving entry.

It is indeed amazing how reading the Psalms now week by week, time and again, have change the way I look at life. Am grateful for that. Grateful for your whole country's joy as well, a victory for time, hope and life itself.

Please have you all a good start into the new week, and please join again !

Petrea Burchard said...

This is so exciting. Your photo of the happy people reflects such exuberant emotion. Everyone must be on pins and needles, waiting for Tuesday.

Louis la Vache said...

Indeed, it was great news that Gilad is finally free!
(...and «Louis» agrees that this Psalm is fitting for this joyous event.