Good Monday Morning to this week 19 of 2019
This weekend I was reading Psalm 23, then a friend reminded to also go to Psalm 139:12 where David says: Even the night shall be light around me!
In fact: darkness isn’t darkness to you; night and day, darkness and light, they’re all the same to you.
The whole Psalm is beautiful Hebrew poetry talking about the power and knowledge of God. Hebrew poetry takes an entirely different approach. Instead of rhyming words, it rhymes ideas.
Search me, 0 God, and know my heart:
Try me, and know my thoughts:
By restating the concept in a slightly different way, by contrasting it with the opposite or by building on the thought with greater specificity parallelism forms the structural foundation of Hebrew poetry.
Whether within the line, the grouping or section, the skillful use of parallelism in Psalm 139, allows the reader to better understand the force of emotions motivating David in his plea before God.
If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yes, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
Hebraic (rabbinical) teaching wants the students to challenge what they hear. It is through questioning everything that a student can learn. In addition, the teacher wants his/her students to excel to a point where the student becomes the teacher. Having
the same opinion about a passage of Scripture is nice but is far from absolute for the teacher using the Hebraic methodology. It is said if two rabbis come together to discuss a passage of Scripture the result is at least ten different opinions. It is permissible and encouraged for students to have multiple opinions. Since God is infinite and as humans we cannot fully comprehend the vastness of God, and God’s Word is the same, it is vast.
First David asks the rhetorical question “Where can I go to hide from God’s presence?” He then proceeds to answer that question in lines 8 – 12 by stating and restating, the belief that there is no place remote enough, dark enough, far enough or deep enough that God will not be there!
So in the Hebraic View Psalm 139: 12 is saying:
The LORD is a God who is so interested in our well being that He gets to know us even
before we are born, and is with us throughout our lives. Our God only wants the absolute
best for us. Unfortunately, the world is a broken place and we must muddle through it.
“For darkness will not be darkness with thee; but night will be light as day: as its darkness, so shall its light be to thee.”
“If I say, Yet the darkness shall cover me, when nothing else will, alas! I find myself deceived; the curtains of the evening will stand me in no more stead than the wings of the morning; even the night shall be light about me.
When God divided between the light and darkness it was with a reservation of this prerogative, that to himself the darkness and the light should still be both alike. “The darkness darkeneth not from thee, for there is no darkness nor shadow of death where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
The LORD is with us regardless of whether or not we want to be conscious of
God’s intentions and expectations. The LORD loves all of His creation and wants the best
for us. The LORD is with us no matter where we go, Earth or Sheol (a place of darkness). Since the LORD is with us always we call upon the LORD in all times of our life.
Shane and Shane start out their song very beautifully with the following words:
You wrote the story of my life
You go before you fall behind, yeah
Before a breath beyond my death
you are with me all the way
Oh I can’t run, I can’t hide
Even darkness is a light
From the lowest place to the highest praise
You are worthy
Many spoken, deep and wonderful truths for the rise and debut of this new week!