The Lord is worthy of praise, and all the universe praises Him (Psalms 150:1, 6). Everything is subject to Him, in the heavens and on the earth; the heavens declare His glory, and the universe reveals the work of His hands (cf. Psalms 19:1-4). Days and nights contain messages that glorify God. Reading Psalm 19 provides an important insight into praising God:

“Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.”

And the Bible provides another element, that their language is neither foreign nor inaudible to us, but we can perceive it in their movement, resonance, and operation. The movement and position of celestial bodies thus convey a message; when the Bible says that one day instructs another, in Hebrew, it is said: “yôm leyôm yabbîa’ ‘ômer,” which literally means, “the day gives a command, a prophetic word to another.”

To instruct or declare a speech contains two Hebrew words, ‘ômer, which means to speak, give a command, and nâba’, which means to prophesy. The days, the movement of the sun and the moon, contain a command, an order, a prophecy. When the Bible continues by saying, “the night reveals knowledge to another,” in Hebrew: “walaylâh, lalaylâh yachaveh dâ’at,” this means: and the night, towards another night, reveals/shows wisdom/knowledge/understanding.

While days and nights contain prophetic messages glorifying God, evildoers are also at work, at certain times of the day, especially in darkness, to release words and forge weapons, with the aim of destroying lives and destinies (cf. Ephesians 5:11-14; Romans 13:11-12). The wicked arm themselves with a destructive arsenal, which they use day and night.

Reading Psalms 91:5-6, the Bible encourages us not to fear the terrors of the night, the arrow that flies by day, the plague that walks in darkness, or the destruction that strikes at noon. Four things are mentioned in this verse: terrors, the arrow, the plague, the destruction. When we study these four words, we can understand how the world of iniquity tends to disrupt, by all possible means, God’s plan for His children, creating adversity day and night, thus destroying lives.

This text is an excerpt from the book “TIME & CIRCUMSTANCES: Learning to count our days correctly” written by Dr. Rhema Divin Ngoy.

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