Kitzur Tefilat Amecha #27

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

The last chapter in Tehillim is also the last chapter of Psukei DeZimra. It sums up Tehillim and Psukei DeZimra with praises to Hashem. It includes many of the instruments used in the Beit haMikdash to help us offer these praises.

At the end, we say that the entire soul should praise Hashem. The soul has a spark of the Divine and is always trying to be closer to Hashem. One need not go far to find the light of Hashem. It is within the soul.

The Midrash Bereshit Rabbah says that for every breath – Neshima in Hebrew (soul is Neshama) - we must praise Hashem. Healthy people take for granted that they can breathe. Normally only when someone is sick do they realize how wonderful it is to be able to breathe. We take it for granted. We need to learn that we can take nothing for granted. Everything we have, even things that seem simple and obvious, are from Hashem. Therefore, everyone must always thank Hashem - for the past, present and future. When we do this, it prepares us for the Beit Ha-Mikdash, when we will use all the instruments to praise Hashem and become more and more connected to Him.