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The end of all things is at hand.I PET. 4:7.

I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away.—The heavens and the earth, which are now, . . . are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.—Ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled.

We have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.—We . . . look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

Rev. 20:11. –II Pet. 3:7.Psa. 46:1-3. -Matt. 24:6.II Cor. 5:1. –II Pet. 3:13,14.

Spurgeon's Evening Reading

“She gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech.”

Ruth 2:3

Her hap was. Yes, it seemed nothing but an accident, but how divinely was it overruled! Ruth had gone forth with her mother’s blessing, under the care of her mother’s God, to humble but honourable toil, and the providence of God was guiding her every step. Little did she know that amid the sheaves she would find a husband, that he should make her the joint owner of all those broad acres, and that she a poor foreigner should become one of the progenitors of the great Messiah. God is very good to those who trust in him, and often surprises them with unlooked for blessings. Little do we know what may happen to us to-morrow, but this sweet fact may cheer us, that no good thing shall be withheld. Chance is banished from the faith of Christians, for they see the hand of God in everything. The trivial events of today or to-morrow may involve consequences of the highest importance. O Lord, deal as graciously with thy servants as thou didst with Ruth.

How blessed would it be, if, in wandering in the field of meditation tonight, our hap should be to light upon the place where our next Kinsman will reveal himself to us! O Spirit of God, guide us to him. We would sooner glean in his field than bear away the whole harvest from any other. O for the footsteps of his flock, which may conduct us to the green pastures where he dwells! This is a weary world when Jesus is away—we could better do without sun and moon than without him—but how divinely fair all things become in the glory of his presence! Our souls know the virtue which dwells in Jesus, and can never be content without him. We will wait in prayer this night until our hap shall be to light on a part of the field belonging to Jesus wherein he will manifest himself to us.

Old Testament Chapter a Day - 1 Chronicles 25

1 Chronicles 25

25. The Singers

The Temple Musicians

25

David and the officers of the army also set apart for the service the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who should prophesy with lyres, harps, and cymbals. The list of those who did the work and of their duties was:2Of the sons of Asaph: Zaccur, Joseph, Nethaniah, and Asarelah, sons of Asaph, under the direction of Asaph, who prophesied under the direction of the king.3Of Jeduthun, the sons of Jeduthun: Gedaliah, Zeri, Jeshaiah, Shimei, Hashabiah, and Mattithiah, six, under the direction of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied with the lyre in thanksgiving and praise to the Lord.4Of Heman, the sons of Heman: Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel, and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, and Romamti-ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, Mahazioth.5All these were the sons of Heman the king’s seer, according to the promise of God to exalt him; for God had given Heman fourteen sons and three daughters.6They were all under the direction of their father for the music in the house of the Lord with cymbals, harps, and lyres for the service of the house of God. Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman were under the order of the king.7They and their kindred, who were trained in singing to the Lord, all of whom were skillful, numbered two hundred eighty-eight.8And they cast lots for their duties, small and great, teacher and pupil alike.

9 The first lot fell for Asaph to Joseph; the second to Gedaliah, to him and his brothers and his sons, twelve;10the third to Zaccur, his sons and his brothers, twelve;11the fourth to Izri, his sons and his brothers, twelve;12the fifth to Nethaniah, his sons and his brothers, twelve;13the sixth to Bukkiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve;14the seventh to Jesarelah, his sons and his brothers, twelve;15the eighth to Jeshaiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve;16the ninth to Mattaniah, his sons and his brothers, twelve;17the tenth to Shimei, his sons and his brothers, twelve;18the eleventh to Azarel, his sons and his brothers, twelve;19the twelfth to Hashabiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve;20to the thirteenth, Shubael, his sons and his brothers, twelve;21to the fourteenth, Mattithiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve;22to the fifteenth, to Jeremoth, his sons and his brothers, twelve;23to the sixteenth, to Hananiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve;24to the seventeenth, to Joshbekashah, his sons and his brothers, twelve;25to the eighteenth, to Hanani, his sons and his brothers, twelve;26to the nineteenth, to Mallothi, his sons and his brothers, twelve;27to the twentieth, to Eliathah, his sons and his brothers, twelve;28to the twenty-first, to Hothir, his sons and his brothers, twelve;29to the twenty-second, to Giddalti, his sons and his brothers, twelve;30to the twenty-third, to Mahazioth, his sons and his brothers, twelve;31to the twenty-fourth, to Romamti-ezer, his sons and his brothers, twelve.

New Testament in Four Years - 2 Corinthians 5:6-10

2 Corinthians 5:6-10

5. Our Heavenly Dwelling

6 So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord—7for we walk by faith, not by sight.8Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.9So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.10For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil.

Psalm a Day - Psalm 90

Psalm 90

90. Psalm 90

BOOK IV

(Psalms 90–106)

Psalm 90

God’s Eternity and Human Frailty

A Prayer of Moses, the man of God.

1

Lord, you have been our dwelling place

in all generations.

2

Before the mountains were brought forth,

or ever you had formed the earth and the world,

from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

 

3

You turn us back to dust,

and say, “Turn back, you mortals.”

4

For a thousand years in your sight

are like yesterday when it is past,

or like a watch in the night.

 

5

You sweep them away; they are like a dream,

like grass that is renewed in the morning;

6

in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;

in the evening it fades and withers.

 

7

For we are consumed by your anger;

by your wrath we are overwhelmed.

8

You have set our iniquities before you,

our secret sins in the light of your countenance.

 

9

For all our days pass away under your wrath;

our years come to an end like a sigh.

10

The days of our life are seventy years,

or perhaps eighty, if we are strong;

even then their span is only toil and trouble;

they are soon gone, and we fly away.

 

11

Who considers the power of your anger?

Your wrath is as great as the fear that is due you.

12

So teach us to count our days

that we may gain a wise heart.

 

13

Turn, O Lord! How long?

Have compassion on your servants!

14

Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,

so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

15

Make us glad as many days as you have afflicted us,

and as many years as we have seen evil.

16

Let your work be manifest to your servants,

and your glorious power to their children.

17

Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,

and prosper for us the work of our hands—

O prosper the work of our hands!

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