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Daily Light's Morning Reading

Hope maketh not ashamed.ROM. 5:5.

I am the Lord: . . . they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.—Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.—Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.—My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defense; I shall not be moved.—I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed.

God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us; which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus.

Isa. 49:23. -Jer. 17:7. -Isa. 26:3,4. -Psa. 62:5,6. -II Tim. 1:12.Heb. 6:17-20.

Spurgeon's Morning Reading

“I have exalted one chosen out of the people.”

Psalm 89:19

Why was Christ chosen out of the people? Speak, my heart, for heart-thoughts are best. Was it not that he might be able to be our brother, in the blest tie of kindred blood? Oh, what relationship there is between Christ and the believer! The believer can say, “I have a Brother in heaven; I may be poor, but I have a Brother who is rich, and is a King, and will he suffer me to want while he is on his throne? Oh, no! He loves me; he is my Brother.” Believer, wear this blessed thought, like a necklace of diamonds, around the neck of thy memory; put it, as a golden ring, on the finger of recollection, and use it as the King’s own seal, stamping the petitions of thy faith with confidence of success. He is a brother born for adversity, treat him as such.

Christ was also chosen out of the people that he might know our wants and sympathize with us. “He was tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin.” In all our sorrows we have his sympathy. Temptation, pain, disappointment, weakness, weariness, poverty—he knows them all, for he has felt all. Remember this, Christian, and let it comfort thee. However difficult and painful thy road, it is marked by the footsteps of thy Saviour; and even when thou reachest the dark valley of the shadow of death, and the deep waters of the swelling Jordan, thou wilt find his footprints there. In all places whithersoever we go, he has been our forerunner; each burden we have to carry, has once been laid on the shoulders of Immanuel.

“His way was much rougher and darker than mine

Did Christ, my Lord, suffer, and shall I repine?”

Take courage! Royal feet have left a blood-red track upon the road, and consecrated the thorny path forever.

Old Testament Chapter a Day - Exodus 38

Exodus 38

38. The Altar, Basin, and Courtyard

Making the Altar of Burnt Offering

38

He made the altar of burnt offering also of acacia wood; it was five cubits long, and five cubits wide; it was square, and three cubits high.2He made horns for it on its four corners; its horns were of one piece with it, and he overlaid it with bronze.3He made all the utensils of the altar, the pots, the shovels, the basins, the forks, and the firepans: all its utensils he made of bronze.4He made for the altar a grating, a network of bronze, under its ledge, extending halfway down.5He cast four rings on the four corners of the bronze grating to hold the poles;6he made the poles of acacia wood, and overlaid them with bronze.7And he put the poles through the rings on the sides of the altar, to carry it with them; he made it hollow, with boards.

8 He made the basin of bronze with its stand of bronze, from the mirrors of the women who served at the entrance to the tent of meeting.

Making the Court of the Tabernacle

9 He made the court; for the south side the hangings of the court were of fine twisted linen, one hundred cubits long;10its twenty pillars and their twenty bases were of bronze, but the hooks of the pillars and their bands were of silver.11For the north side there were hangings one hundred cubits long; its twenty pillars and their twenty bases were of bronze, but the hooks of the pillars and their bands were of silver.12For the west side there were hangings fifty cubits long, with ten pillars and ten bases; the hooks of the pillars and their bands were of silver.13And for the front to the east, fifty cubits.14The hangings for one side of the gate were fifteen cubits, with three pillars and three bases.15And so for the other side; on each side of the gate of the court were hangings of fifteen cubits, with three pillars and three bases.16All the hangings around the court were of fine twisted linen.17The bases for the pillars were of bronze, but the hooks of the pillars and their bands were of silver; the overlaying of their capitals was also of silver, and all the pillars of the court were banded with silver.18The screen for the entrance to the court was embroidered with needlework in blue, purple, and crimson yarns and fine twisted linen. It was twenty cubits long and, along the width of it, five cubits high, corresponding to the hangings of the court.19There were four pillars; their four bases were of bronze, their hooks of silver, and the overlaying of their capitals and their bands of silver.20All the pegs for the tabernacle and for the court all around were of bronze.

Materials of the Tabernacle

21 These are the records of the tabernacle, the tabernacle of the covenant, which were drawn up at the commandment of Moses, the work of the Levites being under the direction of Ithamar son of the priest Aaron.22Bezalel son of Uri son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, made all that the Lord commanded Moses;23and with him was Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, engraver, designer, and embroiderer in blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and in fine linen.

24 All the gold that was used for the work, in all the construction of the sanctuary, the gold from the offering, was twenty-nine talents and seven hundred thirty shekels, measured by the sanctuary shekel.25The silver from those of the congregation who were counted was one hundred talents and one thousand seven hundred seventy-five shekels, measured by the sanctuary shekel;26a beka a head (that is, half a shekel, measured by the sanctuary shekel), for everyone who was counted in the census, from twenty years old and upward, for six hundred three thousand, five hundred fifty men.27The hundred talents of silver were for casting the bases of the sanctuary, and the bases of the curtain; one hundred bases for the hundred talents, a talent for a base.28Of the thousand seven hundred seventy-five shekels he made hooks for the pillars, and overlaid their capitals and made bands for them.29The bronze that was contributed was seventy talents, and two thousand four hundred shekels;30with it he made the bases for the entrance of the tent of meeting, the bronze altar and the bronze grating for it and all the utensils of the altar,31the bases all around the court, and the bases of the gate of the court, all the pegs of the tabernacle, and all the pegs around the court.

New Testament in Four Years - Acts 7:17-26

Acts 7:17-26

7. Stephen's Speech to Sanhedrin

17 “But as the time drew near for the fulfillment of the promise that God had made to Abraham, our people in Egypt increased and multiplied18until another king who had not known Joseph ruled over Egypt.19He dealt craftily with our race and forced our ancestors to abandon their infants so that they would die.20At this time Moses was born, and he was beautiful before God. For three months he was brought up in his father’s house;21and when he was abandoned, Pharaoh’s daughter adopted him and brought him up as her own son.22So Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in his words and deeds.

23 “When he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his relatives, the Israelites.24When he saw one of them being wronged, he defended the oppressed man and avenged him by striking down the Egyptian.25He supposed that his kinsfolk would understand that God through him was rescuing them, but they did not understand.26The next day he came to some of them as they were quarreling and tried to reconcile them, saying, ‘Men, you are brothers; why do you wrong each other?’

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Psalm a Day - Psalm 10

Psalm 10

10. Psalm 10

Psalm 10

Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies

1

Why, O Lord, do you stand far off?

Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

2

In arrogance the wicked persecute the poor—

let them be caught in the schemes they have devised.

 

3

For the wicked boast of the desires of their heart,

those greedy for gain curse and renounce the Lord.

4

In the pride of their countenance the wicked say, “God will not seek it out”;

all their thoughts are, “There is no God.”

 

5

Their ways prosper at all times;

your judgments are on high, out of their sight;

as for their foes, they scoff at them.

6

They think in their heart, “We shall not be moved;

throughout all generations we shall not meet adversity.”

 

7

Their mouths are filled with cursing and deceit and oppression;

under their tongues are mischief and iniquity.

8

They sit in ambush in the villages;

in hiding places they murder the innocent.

 

Their eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;

9

they lurk in secret like a lion in its covert;

they lurk that they may seize the poor;

they seize the poor and drag them off in their net.

 

10

They stoop, they crouch,

and the helpless fall by their might.

11

They think in their heart, “God has forgotten,

he has hidden his face, he will never see it.”

 

12

Rise up, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand;

do not forget the oppressed.

13

Why do the wicked renounce God,

and say in their hearts, “You will not call us to account”?

 

14

But you do see! Indeed you note trouble and grief,

that you may take it into your hands;

the helpless commit themselves to you;

you have been the helper of the orphan.

 

15

Break the arm of the wicked and evildoers;

seek out their wickedness until you find none.

16

The Lord is king forever and ever;

the nations shall perish from his land.

 

17

O Lord, you will hear the desire of the meek;

you will strengthen their heart, you will incline your ear

18

to do justice for the orphan and the oppressed,

so that those from earth may strike terror no more.

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