The Day and The Night – Psalm 74:16

“Yours is the day, Yours also the night”
Psalm 74:16a

The context of this verse is on physical creation. But its application covers much more. Giving us hope as we behold the broken world around us, and as we move within the smaller, personal world that makes up our days.

Because our God reigns over everything.

Every piece of our lives, every moment.

His is the day. Those joyous times of evident favor and blessing, when things fit together and we can see God’s hand working for us. He is the giver of all good things. He delights to give good gifts to His children. Our faithful response here is to recognize that it all comes from Him, and to surrender it back in praise. Delighting still in our God above all things, because the light of this season of “day” does not lessen the surpassing magnificence of His glory and the joy that is rooted in Him.

His is also the night. He rules over these seasons as well. When we can’t see clearly around us. When we may not even see Him clearly. When the path is dark and unknown, and possibly painful. He is still here. And His goodness pervades even this moment. Because our God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. He is watching over this season, over every step, surrounding us with His presence, strength, and favor, and ensuring that His every good purpose is accomplished.

Our lives contain seasons, day and night and all that is in between, and each season has its purposes. A purpose outlined by our good God who loves us greatly and who will not let us down. Our God is faithful to complete the work He has begun in us, to bring us to abide in Him fully, to complete our joy, and to make us like Christ – and it takes all seasons to bring us each step of this way.

Even in the unexplainable…the evidence of our broken world, the consequences of sin and evil…the things that happen that leave us speechless and searching for answers…our God is present even there, and He is still sovereign.

Peter tells us to always be prepared to tell, with gentleness and respect, the hope that we have (1 Peter 3:15). Let our hope be seen in this – that while we don’t know why certain things happen, we do know that our God still reigns, that He is good and faithful and just, and that one day He will come and rid this world of all evil once and for all. And the only reason He is waiting to come again, is to give more opportunity for people to find rescue through repentance of sin and salvation in Christ (2 Peter 3:9,15).

His is the day, His also the night. May we show the world the hope we have as we praise Him in every season. Because He is good, and He is faithful, and He will accomplish His every purpose in all that He oversees.

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.”
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, in order that He might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom He predestined He also called, and those whom He called He also justified, and those whom He justified He also glorified.”
Romans 8:28-30

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