To David

To David, the Sweet Singer of Israel

To David a song
first the Shekhinah came and sat on his shoulder
then David played flat out on that axe of his

A song to David
first David started to scat
THEN the Shekhinah came and kissed his face

so sweetly he sang the secret bird
song of King Solomon
who knew the

Shekhinah would not descend
when there is laziness or sadness
silliness light talk but

when there is joy
the deep joy of the mitzvah
then WOW your mind Is BLOWN like

when the slow hand player came to play
the hand of God rested
UPON him and

a northern wind blew
through David’s singing
harp in the palace of the King

jsg, usa


Now these are the last words of David: The saying of David the son of Jesse, and the saying of the man raised on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet singer of Israel:
— 2 Samuel 23:1

Seven days shall you keep a feast unto Adonai your God in the place which Adonai shall choose, because Adonai your God shall bless you in all your increase, and in all the work of your hands, and you shall be altogether joyful.
— Deuteronomy 16:15

Sforno: altogether joyful ach sameach = sameach bilvad (happiness only) — don’t mix it with sadness.

“Then I commended joyfulness,” Kohelet 8:15, this is the joy of the mitzvah. . . the Shekhinah rests upon a person not through gloom, nor through laziness, nor through frivolity, nor through lightness, nor through talk, nor through idle chatter, but only through a matter of joy in connection with a mitzvah, as it is said, “but now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of God came upon him.” (2 Kings 3:15)
— B.T. — Shabbat 30b

The formulation, leDavid mizmor [to David a song], shows that the Shekhinah rested upon him and then he uttered the song. [The formulation] mizmor leDavid [a song to David], shows that he lifted up his voice in song first, and then the Shekhinah descended upon him afterwards. This teaches that the Shekhinah rests upon a person neither when there is laziness, sadness, laughter, levity or idle talk, but where there is a thing of the joy of the mitzvah, for it is said, “but now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, the hand of G-d came upon him.” 2 Kings 3:15
— B.T. Pesachim 117a

A northern wind would blow on David’s harp and it would play
— B.T. Berakhot 3b

The northern wind ruach haTzeFoNit is the ruach haTzaFuN (the hidden spirit) in a person’s heart – this is the spirit of life.
— R. Nachman, Likkutei Moharan, #8

Tzafon is lacking
— B.T. Baba Batra 25b

God will give you what your heart lacks
— Psalms 20:4