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Fear Not the Next Four Years

For all those who are concerned today with the new incoming administration in Washington D.C. which will govern this nation over the next four years here is a word. Every day in our morning prayers called Shacharit we read the Psalm for the day. On this past inauguration day of Wednesday, January 20, 2021 that Psalm found in Psalm 94 and 95 was very appropriate for us who have our trust firmly established in the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Almighty of vengeance, Adonai, Almighty of vengeance, reveal Yourself. Arise Judge of the earth, repay the arrogant their just reward.

How long shall the wicked — Adonai — how long shall the wicked exalt? They express, they speak with arrogance; all the evildoers are boastful. Adonai, they crush Your people and Your heritage they oppress. The widow and stranger they kill, and orphans they murder. And they say, “God does not see, the God of Jacob is not concerned.”

Consider, you stupid ones among the people, — and you fools when will you become wise? He Who implanted the ear, does He not hear? He Who formed the eye, does He not see? He Who chastise nations, does He not reprove — He that teaches man knowledge? Adonai knows the thoughts of men, that they are vanity.

Fortunate is the man whom You chastise, G-d, and whom You instruct from Your Torah. To grant him tranquility from days of evil, until the pit is dug for the wicked; for Adonai will not abandon His people and His inheritance, He will not forsake. For justice shall return unto righteousness, and all the upright in mind will follow it.

Who will rise up for me against the wicked, who will stand up for me against the evildoers? Had Adonai not been my help, in an instant my soul would have dwelt in the silent grave. If [Whenever] I said, my foot has slipped, Your kindliness, Adonai upheld me. When (worrisome) thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations soothe my soul.

Can a tribunal of evil have accord with You — [a tribunal] that makes iniquity into law? They gang up against the life of the righteous, and blood of the innocent they condemn.

Adonai has been my stronghold, my rock and my Refuge. He turns their violence against them, and destroys them with their own wickedness; Adonai, my God, destroys them.

Come let us sing to Adonai; let us shout for joy to the Rock of our Deliverance. Let us greet Him with thanksgiving; with song let us shout for joy to Him for a great Almighty is Adonai; a great King over all godlike beings.

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