To Say Your Grace In The Morning

“To say your grace in the morning and your belief at nights.”

This beautiful melody below was written for Psalms 92:3.

We could ask why saying grace is related to the morning, and what the belief has to do with nights? And even more so, why does the Pslam use the plural (nights) to describe the hours of darkness, and singular to describe the hours of light (day)?

The day stands for the hours that the sun shines and happiness comes to the heart, so it is natural to greet the morning and to say grace to the light: when all of nature is wide open for us and illuminates in the morning. So when we are happy we feel a great lightness and we enjoy the simplicity of being.

When the night comes and the shade takes the place of the light, and later darkness approaches, we feel sadness. We can not see anything, we can not feel anything, we feel there is no hope and we blame everybody for what is happening, so here comes King David dressed in Psalms saying that the time of belief comes especially in the nights.

Though we see only darkness around us, and we feel we have no power or hope to continue precisely at those hours of darkness, our belief comes and says: “above all those hard moments and ours there is something higher that I can not feel or see but there is a space in my heart for the power of life which is bigger and greater than my own powers and with this power I want to be friends. I want that this power and relation shall accompany me forever.”

This is why the moment of belief appears in our darkest moments, because the nights are the best stage for the belief to reveal itself.

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About Eti Shani

Eti Shani was born in Israel and has been teaching Hebrew for more than 10 years with a special interest and experience in ancient Hebrew scriptures and culture. She's also the author of a series of books for novice and intermediate Hebrew learners.

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    Daylight helps us see what is around us but hides the stars and the universe. Darkness do the opposite and suddenly we can see just how small we really are before G.