Have respect unto the covenant, for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty. Psalms 77:20.
The Hebrew word navat, here translated as have respect, means to look upon, watch over with care, carefully consider, and is also at times translated “Behold!’. The psalmist here offers up a prayer in verses 18-23 for deliverance from the enemy. Now the enemy would like you to believe that the “dark places of the earth” are those seedy parts of town or third world countries where they practice dark arts. Unfortunately, there are a multitude of “well lit” places in our society where the light of truth is suppressed. Jesus said:
If the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! Matthew 6:23.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5.
I am not going to try to call out all the falsehoods disguised as “angels of light”, but I will always exhort you to spend time where you can find that light that the darkness cannot comprehend, and that is in your prayer closet. Ironically, you don’t even need the light on.
If I say surely the darkness shall cover me, even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hides not from you, but the night shines as the day, the darkness and the light are both alike to you. Psalms 139:11, 12.
Of course we are also called upon to have respect unto the covenant, for this is a relationship. Consider these verses from Psalm 119 in closing.
Verse 6: Then I shall not be ashamed when I have respect unto all your commandments.
Verse 15: I will meditate on your precepts and have respect unto your ways.
Verse 18: Open my eyes that I may behold (navat) wondrous things out of your Law.