All the raindrops pelting on the rooftops
Have a message for you and me
All the storm clouds that boom so loud
Tell us that G-d is All-mighty.
It has been one deluge after another for our part of town. Therefore, it makes sense to pull out Perek Shira and look at what the water has to say to us. What we get is a verse from Yirmeeyahoo (Jeremiah 51:16) that reads: “Because of the voice He gives a bunch of water in the heavens and then He lifts up higher clouds from the end of the earth.”
The Malbim wonders for us, what is this verse coming to teach us, and he lets us know that this verse is telling us that there will come a time when “all will recognize the strength of G-d, that He created all things and His providence/hashgacha is recognized through the strength of the rains…” leading folks to realize there is no strength/help from other sources. In other words, G-d will rain down realizations on us through storms.
The oceans, they declare a verse from Tehillim (Psalms) that yet again uses the word KOL, the voice/sound of water and says that more than the might of the mightiest wave, G-d is mightier yet.
So let me tell you a tale of tending children. I was doing that recently, and some little pipsqueak of a kid told me defiantly, “uh, uh, I’m not going to bed.” I scooped her into my arms and said, “oh yes, you are.” And she kept insisting, “Oh no, I’m not” even as I carried her into her room and dropped her onto her bed. She was going to bed, because, by golly, I was a bit bigger than her and could herd her right into that place she belonged…and so I did.
We might kick and scream that we won’t acknowledge G-d. But He is mightier, bigger, and just might pick us up by the seat of our pants someday and show us His might. He might send us deluge after deluge until we finally say, “okay, we get it – You, our G-d, are the only one in control.” Not Bloomberg or Obama or the weatherman. Not the stock market or our doctors. Not our engineers or our employers. With one huge deluge we all could be swept away, our stuff, our homes, our very own lives.
D’ya hear the voice of the waters?
Perek Shira can be found online here, courtesy of Rabbi Lazer Brody: http://lazerbrody.typepad.com/lazer_beams/files/perek20shirah20booklet.pdf
To read a bio on the Malbim, you can click here: http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/judaica/ejud_0002_0013_0_13087.html