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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.

Sunrise 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.

32:27 And he said unto him, What is thy name?

And he said, Jacob.

32:28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed." (Genesis 32:28 KJV)

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.

David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said,

23:2 The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue. 23:3 The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. 23:4 And he shall 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." (2 Samuel 23:1-4 KJV)

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.

Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation. 5:2 Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray. 5:3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

5:4 For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee. 5:5 The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity. 5:6 Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.

5:7 But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple. 5:8 Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.

5:9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue. 5:10 Destroy thou them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against thee. 5:11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. 5:12 For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield." (Psalm 5:1-12 KJV)

Fact Finder: Why must we nevertheless be very careful about what "morning light" we follow?
See Who Lights Your Walk?

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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).

Dracula 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.


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