Kitzur Tefilat Amecha #24

[adapted for middle-schoolers by Rabbi Shmuel Jablon from Rav Aviner's three-volume commentary on the siddur "Tefilat Amecha"]

In the Ashrei, the first words that David Ha-Melech wrote are “I will raise you up My G-d The King and I will bless your name forever.” Sometimes when we talk about Hashem, we may forget that He is our King. We relate to him as the Creator and even the one who gave us the Mitzvot. But He is even more - He is our King, the Ruler of All. David Ha-Melech is saying that we raise Him up and bless His name for every. We do this even when there are problems. David HaMelech didn’t always have such an easy life. But even when he was afraid for his life, he served Hashem and did all that he could to bless His Name. We also try to do this forever- not just for our own lives but for the entire history of Klal Yisrael - for all time.