Tehillim One Hundred and Thirty-Three: Hermon

“As the dew of Hermon which runs down on the mountains of Zion, for there the Lord commanded the blessing, life forever (Psalms 133:3).” There are so many things I love about this verse. First, it’s timely – my mother in law is visiting me this week from her home in the Golan Heights, right in the shadow of the Hermon. One of the great things about becoming part of my husband’s family is the amount of time I’ve gotten to spend in the Golan, and I’m now truly in love with the beauty of the hills, the valleys, and Mount Hermon, so this seemed particularly apt. Second, I’m intrigued by the concept of commanding a blessing. Command seems like strong language when coupled with blessing, which is something I think of more in terms of offering a blessing or giving one. God, of course, can command anything, but how does this work for the rest of us? Personally, I aspire to bring blessings to others every day, through my actions and care. I don’t command them on others though, but rather offer them in the hopes of adding light to the world through my choices.

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