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Wednesday, November 26 2014
Psalm 5: The Morning Blessing
"My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up"
The English word "morning" originated from an Old English and Anglo-Saxon word, morwent, that meant to glimmer. It was used as an expression for the first light of the day.
"Morning" is used to translate the Hebrew word, pronounced boh-ker, which although having originated from a Hebrew word that meant to bless, referred to the dawn of the day. It's not difficult to understand why the ancient people regarded the coming of light after a night of darkness as a blessing.
Jacob (see the entire series of studies beginning with A Biography Of Jacob: The Second Twin) used the deeper meaning of those words when the LORD changed his name to Israel i.e. "for the day breaketh ... I will not let thee go, except thou bless me" (see The Origin Of Israel).
"32:26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.
The apostle Peter used the same depth of terminology in his epistles (see 1 Peter: Be Not Lords Over God's Heritage and 2 Peter: 'The Servants Of Corruption Promise Liberty').
"1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts" (2 Peter 1:19 KJV)
King David (see Israel In History and Prophecy: King David) recognized how those who turn to the Way of the LORD will "be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain."
"23:1 Now these be the last words of David.
The Psalms of David were prophecies and prayers of faith (see David's Prayer) by a man who knew which light (see the Fact Finder question below) to follow.
"5:1 To the chief Musician upon Nehiloth, A Psalm of David.
Fact Finder: Why must we nevertheless be very careful about what "morning light" we follow?
This Day In History, November 26
43 BC: The "Second Triumvirate" was formed by Octavian (who later became Caesar Augustus, the Roman Emperor who proclaimed the census that caused the Messiah to be born in Bethlehem; see also Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate?), Marcus Aemilius Lepidus and Mark Antony (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
1476: The real Count Dracula: Vlad the Impaler (a member of the House of Draculesti, a branch of the House of Basarab, also known by his patronymic name Dracula) defeated Basarab Laiota.
1688: Louis XIV of France declared war on the Netherlands.
1703: The Great Channel Storm devastated Britain, flooding the Thames and Severn rivers. Up to 8,000 people were killed. The Royal Navy lost 15 warships.
1778: Captain Cook "discovered" (the people who lived there already knew of the existence of the islands) the Sandwich Islands (known today as Hawaii).
1863: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed November 26 as the U.S. Thanksgiving Day, to be celebrated annually on the last Thursday of November. The celebration of Thanksgiving itself was known and observed long before (see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1914: The British battleship Bulwark, carrying 750 men, blew up as it was loading ammunition. Only 12 survived.
1922: Archaeologist Howard Carter and his sponsor, the Earl of Carnarvon, became the first 2 people in 3,000 years to see inside the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun. Uncovered near Luxor, Egypt, it had been spared the fate of many tombs which had been pillaged by grave robbers.
1938: Poland signed a non-aggression pact with Russia to protect against a German invasion. Within a year, Poland was invaded by both Germany and Russia.
1939: James Naismith, the Canadian inventor of basketball, died.
1940: Occupying Nazi troops began sealing off the Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw, Poland, imprisoning its 400,000 inhabitants.
1949: The Indian Constituent Assembly adopted India's new constitution as presented by Dr. B. R. Ambedkar.
1970: At Manila airport, Pope Paul VI was attacked with a dagger by a Bolivian artist dressed as a priest. He was unhurt.
1979: Oil deposits estimated to be as great as that found in the Middle East were discovered in Venezuela.
1988: The U.S. government, claiming the possibility of terrorist attacks on U.S. citizens, denied Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's request for a diplomatic visa so that he could address a session of the United Nations in New York.
1998: Tony Blair became the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to address the Republic of Ireland's Parliament.
2000: After a lengthy delay for vote recounting, George W. Bush was proclaimed the winner of Florida's electoral votes, enabling him to become the U.S. President.
2003: The supersonic Concorde made its final flight, over Bristol, England.