The Apple of His Eye ... commentary of Psalm 74
The Apple of His Eye
… A commentary of Psalm 74
Psalm 74:16: “The day is thine, the night also is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun.”
“…before the day…”
Who is before the day?
The Record gives the answer! Turn to the book of Isaiah chapter forty-three, verse thirteen:
“Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?” [Isaiah 43:13]
'Every dog has its day'
This phrase is recorded as being first uttered by no less a notable as Queen Elizabeth I. As Princess Elizabeth, in a letter to her brother and in response to his request for a picture of her, she wrote:
Notwithstanding, as a dog hath a day, so may I perchance have time to declare it in deeds.
We all have a set time, we have a day or a period of time to live: Job 14:6:
“Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as an hireling, his day.”
There is a day for one’s birth, and there is a day for one’s death. That is the lot of man.
One’s death is more important than one’s birth: Ecclesiastes 7:1:
“A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth.”
Death is coming for you in a day: Ecclesiastes 8:8:
“There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.”
A person ought to be focused on searching for and trusting in his Daysman who has power over death: Job 9:33:
“Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both.”
If a person refuses to put their trust in the Daysman, he may end up cursing the day he was born, like Job did: Job 3:1:
“After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.”
Job cursed both the day he was born, and the night he was conceived [let it perish]: Job 3:3-5:
“Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived.
Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it.
Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.”
Though Job found himself sitting in the ash pile, [Job 2:8: “And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.”], it was necessary for him to come to the end of himself, and arrive to these thoughts:
There is a day for one’s prosperity to be enjoyed, and there is another day for one’s adversity to be endured: Ecclesiastes 7:14:
“In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him.”
Something else: Everyone, born on this earth, has his day. Consider Job’s sons: Job 1:4:
“And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.”
Satan had his day to play out his plan: Job 1:6:
“Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.”
Again: Job 2:1:
“Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.”
There is a day for us to eat and drink together in our special occasions: Job 1:13:
“And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:”
Job 3:9: “Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark; let it look for light, but have none; neither let it see the dawning of the day:”
The dawning of the day is called the dayspring.
Job 7:4: “When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night be gone? and I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the day.”
DA'YSPRING, n. The dawn; the beginning of the day, or first appearance of light.
'Another day, another dollar’
With the dawning of a new day, a man springs forth to work another day to earn another dollar. 'Another day, another dollar' began as a sailor's expression in the 19th century. It dates from the days when sailors were paid a dollar a day.
On the long voyages at sea, each day seemed the same as another day, and all that a man had to show for each day's work was one more dollar in their pocket.
Thus, the days of a man’s life consists of looking for his next meal. He knows inherently, within his breast and with all his being that trouble is just only around the corner in the impending darkness of night.
It is, as it says it is, in the book of Job chapter fifteen, verse twenty-three:
“He wandereth abroad for bread, saying, Where is it? he knoweth that the day of darkness is ready at his hand.” [Job 15:23]
The brevity of life all around him gives a man the sense that he needs to move fast and improvise. See chapter seventeen, verse twelve:
“They change the night into day: the light is short because of darkness.” [Job 17:12]
In the human chain, others watch what unfolds:
“They that come after him shall be astonied at his day, as they that went before were affrighted.” [Job 18:20]
Fear comes upon all. Judgment is coming!
“…the great day of his wrath” “that great day of God Almighty.”
It’s inevitable, a man will lose it all in that day.
For this read in chapter twenty, verse twenty-eight:
“The increase of his house shall depart, and his goods shall flow away in the day of his wrath.” [Job 20:28]
And again, this time for his soul in the next chapter, verse thirty:
“That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath.” [Job 21:30]
Now for the nations, an observation:
The nations of the earth are careening forward toward an appointment that they must keep in the meeting place with God Almighty in the near future: Revelation 6:17:
“For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?”
Who shall be able to stand in this battle? Revelation 16:14:
“For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.”
Who shall not be able to stand in the Day of Judgment?
“And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.”
Who shall be able to stand in the Day of Judgment?
It is the believer in Jesus Christ, the adopted sons of God that will stand in the Day of Judgment:
Here follow the promises of God:
· “But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” John 3:19-20
· 1 John 4:17: “Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.”
· 1 Thessalonians 5:4-5: “But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.”
· 1 Thessalonians 5:9: “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,”
The latter day…
With the second advent of Jesus Christ, the Kingdom of Heaven will be established here on this earth. Even Job saw this coming afar off in his day. Job 19:25:
“For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:”
Verse sixteen, again: “The day is thine, the night also is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun.”
“…thou hast prepared the light and the sun.”
In the beginning before anything was created that has been created, God was.
This is the record: John 1:1-3:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
God called the light Day
What is Day?
For this we go to the book of beginnings to the First book of Moses called Genesis chapter one, verses one through four:
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.
And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. [Genesis 1:1-4]
God created light.
God called light by a name.
God called light Day.
Furthermore, God called the inverse [or the absence] of light … Night.
Time: hours, months and years
Revelation 9:15: “And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.”
Yet while the light is called Day [capital D], God also established a day [a small d] as a time interval [which interval is equal to the sum of the period of the night to the period of its consecutive Day].
Verse five: “And the evening and the morning were the first day.” [Genesis 1:5]
Thus, time is set in this division for
all the days to follow till the end of time.