i remember your name in the night, o Lord, and keep your law. [psalm 119:55]


although there are many hebrew words used for night, the one used here, ballaylah, is found again earlier in psalm 88 indicating that the psalmist literally meant nighttime in comparison to daytime.

o Lord, God of my salvation,

    I cry out day and night before you.

let my prayer come before you;

    incline your ear to my cry! [psalm 88:1]


the night was often dangerous for sojourners who couldn’t see an enemy. but even more than that, the psalmist desired to be as obedient and faithful to Yahweh in the night as in the day.


~ natalie schmidt