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Section:  Avodah   Category: Tehilim
Tehilim Perek 24: Hanging Out On Top Of Mount Everest

Many people have climbed Mount Everest. When they got to the top what did they do? They turned around and went right back down. Why? Why not hang around up there for a while? After all they spent years dreaming about it and months planning this great event. We all know the answer, it is simple. There is nothing to do up there, that's why! Why did they bother? Because it's not about being up there; it's about getting up there. They are proving to the world that they can stand on top, at the summit.

What about Har Hashem? Do we try to climb to the top? If we do climb, what do we do when we get there? Do we stay there? Is our chesed and learning all about proving to the world exactly what we are capable of or is our purpose to get closer to Hashem? The length of our stay on top shows exactly what our true intentions are. Soon enough the applause dies down and our heroics become yesterday's news. Someone else takes the spotlight and all we are left with is left is hard work and no glamour.

Dovid HaMelech says in Tehilim 24 "Mi Yaaleh B'Har Hashem" who will climb the mountain of Hashem? "U'Mi Yakum Bimkom Kodshoi" and who stays on top. Who truly enjoyed being near Hashem and yearns to always bask in his shadow? The answer says Dovid HaMelech is obvious "Niki Kapayim U'Bar Leivav Asher Lo Nasa Lashav Nafshi"; only a person with deep integrity who does not perform Mitzvos to falsely lift his own stature. He will not only climb to the top, he will make these great heights his permanent dwelling.

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