“The Day Is Yours And The Night Is Also Yours”

By Pastor Mitch
February 23, 2016

This photograph was taken from the plane as I made my way back from KL to Singapore.   It showed the fading sun in the evening sky and the edging in of night and darkness over the land and sea.    It was quite a sight to behold from the plane’s window as day was turning to night.   It is most humbling to be able to perceive that night and day belong to the Lord because He created them.  This idea was explained by Asaph in Psalm 74.

The day is Yours, the night also is Yours; You have prepared the light and the sun.  You have set all the borders of the earth; You have made summer and winter.”  Psalm 74:15-17

It was God who made the sun and created light for the world.    It was also He who had set all the boundaries of the earth with reference to each continent and where the boundaries of the waters are.  Furthermore, the Lord made the seasons of the year according the position of the sun relative to the earth.   It is truly amazing to see the Lord God creating endless days and nights.  The story of God’s creation is far more than just explaining how our world came about.  The fact of God creating it in an amazing and awesome way is applied in the Psalms.    It is meant for us to exercise our faith as we pray.


For God is my King from of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.  You divided the sea by Your strength….”   Psalm 74:12

Psalm 74 is a psalm of intercession and lament.  The Psalmist interceded for the nation of Israel as he saw how grave the situation was for her.   The Lord had allowed the enemies of Israel to attack them and to damage everything in His sanctuary.   This was most probably a reference to the capturing of the Ark of the Covenant in 1 Sam. 4.   Asaph sought to intercede for the people of Israel with words from the Scriptures.   He sought to exercise faith in the midst of his lament.   He focused on God as his King from of old.  He was the One who worked salvation for Israel as they crossed the Red sea.    It was the Lord God who provided food for the people in the wilderness (Psalm 74:14).  He also pleaded with thoughts of God’s creation of the sun, day and night and seasons in mind.   Asaph borrowed words from the Scriptures and sought to commit them in his prayer for the Redeemed of Israel.   Young people, let’s learn how to pray with words from the Scriptures.  Let’s exercise faith in God who has done great things in creation and in saving the people of Israel.   Let’s learn to speak with words of faith to God.