Shavuot Hallel Paragraph VI Part Three
“God is with me. I have no fear. How can man affect me?” (Psalms 118:6) The Talmud (Berachot 60b) relates, “Our Rabbis taught: It once happened with Hillel the Elder that he was coming from a journey, and he heard a great cry in the city, and he said: I am confident that this does not come from my house. Of him Scripture says: “He shall not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in God.” (Psalms 112:7)
Rabbi Itzeleh of Volozhin (Peh Kadosh) explains that one who truly trusts in God does not fear anything or anyone else.
We sing this verse with the awareness of those moments when we experienced this level of Trust in God while studying Torah. It is our declaration that we acknowledge that this is how we should always live. It is also a prayer that we should merit constantly living with that level of trust.