Psalm 27: I Want More!
“God is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear.” (Psalm 27:1)
David asked the Holy One, Blessed is He: “Master of the Universe, when will the light come?” God replied: “When the time of redemption comes and Jerusalem is rebuilt, I shall make the light come, saying to Israel ‘Arise, shine, for your light has come.’ (Isaiah 60:1) [See Haftarah for Ki Tavo] But as for the idol worshipping nations of the earth, for them the light shall be made into darkness, as it is said, ‘And the light of Israel shall be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame, and it shall burn and devour his thorns and weeds in one day.’ (Isaiah 10:17)” Who are the thorns and weeds? They are those officials of the nations who maintained themselves in luxury at the expense of their people. (Midrash Tehillim 27)
How interesting that the Rabbis of the Midrash use a verse in which King David speaks of God as his light to tell us a story about David asking “When will the light come?”! The Midrash wants us to understand that once David acknowledged God as his light, the Sweet Singer of Israel would ask for more.
David uses this psalm to describe his experience of safety, security, passion, and direction as deriving from God’s light. The more King David came into contact with God’s light, the more he grew, and the more he was drawn to God, his desire for more light, infinite light, expanded.
Elul and all the Holydays that follow are opportunities to experience God’s light. As we draw closer to Him, participating in His Coronation, and repairing our relationship, the more we will sense His light. Our desire for that light will only expand, and we will have openings each day to receive more light and come closer to the Source of all light.
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