Night Lights

Night Lights

The day is Yours, the night also is Yours; You have prepared the light and the sun.
Psalm 74:16

Recommended Reading – Psalm 139:7-12

The book of Psalms is full of nocturnal verses. Psalm 1 tells us to meditate on God’s Word day and night. Psalm 16:7 says, “My heart also instructs me in the night seasons.” According to Psalm 30, “weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 77 reminds us to sing at night, and Psalm 92 speaks of God’s faithfulness to us every night.

Psalm 134, one of the shortest chapters in the Bible, was written to priests on the graveyard shift: “Behold, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, who by night stand in the house of the LORD! Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD. The LORD who made heaven and earth bless you from Zion!”

Sometimes our “nights” are metaphorical as we go through dark seasons in life. But sometimes they’re literal, for we often have trouble sleeping, sometimes due to anxious care. Remember, you can lift up your hands in the night seasons as well as in the light, for both the day and night belong to the Lord.

All praise to Thee, my God, this night, for all the blessings of the light! Keep me, O keep me, King of kings, beneath Thine own almighty wings.
Thomas Ken, author of the Doxology


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