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Daily Light's Morning Reading

What man is he that feareth the Lord? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.PSA. 25:12.

The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single thy whole body shall be full of light.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.—Thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.—I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. Be ye not as the horse or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee. Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about. Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.

O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

Matt. 6:22.Psa. 119:105. -Isa. 30:21. -Psa. 32:8-11.Jer. 10:23.

Spurgeon's Morning Reading

“His bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob.”

Genesis 49:24

That strength which God gives to his Josephs is real strength; it is not a boasted valour, a fiction, a thing of which men talk, but which ends in smoke; it is true—divine strength. Why does Joseph stand against temptation? Because God gives him aid. There is nought that we can do without the power of God. All true strength comes from “the mighty God of Jacob.” Notice in what a blessedly familiar way God gives this strength to Joseph—“The arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob.” Thus God is represented as putting his hands on Joseph’s hands, placing his arms on Joseph’s arms. Like as a father teaches his children, so the Lord teaches them that fear him. He puts his arms upon them. Marvellous condescension! God Almighty, Eternal, Omnipotent, stoops from his throne and lays his hand upon the child’s hand, stretching his arm upon the arm of Joseph, that he may be made strong! This strength was also covenant strength, for it is ascribed to “the mighty God of Jacob.” Now, wherever you read of the God of Jacob in the Bible, you should remember the covenant with Jacob. Christians love to think of God’s covenant. All the power, all the grace, all the blessings, all the mercies, all the comforts, all the things we have, flow to us from the well-head, through the covenant. If there were no covenant, then we should fail indeed; for all grace proceeds from it, as light and heat from the sun. No angels ascend or descend, save upon that ladder which Jacob saw, at the top of which stood a covenant God. Christian, it may be that the archers have sorely grieved you, and shot at you, and wounded you, but still your bow abides in strength; be sure, then, to ascribe all the glory to Jacob’s God.

Old Testament Chapter a Day - Proverbs 4

Proverbs 4

4. Wisdom is Supreme

Parental Advice

 4

Listen, children, to a father’s instruction,

and be attentive, that you may gain insight;

2

for I give you good precepts:

do not forsake my teaching.

3

When I was a son with my father,

tender, and my mother’s favorite,

4

he taught me, and said to me,

“Let your heart hold fast my words;

keep my commandments, and live.

5

Get wisdom; get insight: do not forget, nor turn away

from the words of my mouth.

6

Do not forsake her, and she will keep you;

love her, and she will guard you.

7

The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom,

and whatever else you get, get insight.

8

Prize her highly, and she will exalt you;

she will honor you if you embrace her.

9

She will place on your head a fair garland;

she will bestow on you a beautiful crown.”

 

Admonition to Keep to the Right Path

10

Hear, my child, and accept my words,

that the years of your life may be many.

11

I have taught you the way of wisdom;

I have led you in the paths of uprightness.

12

When you walk, your step will not be hampered;

and if you run, you will not stumble.

13

Keep hold of instruction; do not let go;

guard her, for she is your life.

14

Do not enter the path of the wicked,

and do not walk in the way of evildoers.

15

Avoid it; do not go on it;

turn away from it and pass on.

16

For they cannot sleep unless they have done wrong;

they are robbed of sleep unless they have made someone stumble.

17

For they eat the bread of wickedness

and drink the wine of violence.

18

But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,

which shines brighter and brighter until full day.

19

The way of the wicked is like deep darkness;

they do not know what they stumble over.

20

My child, be attentive to my words;

incline your ear to my sayings.

21

Do not let them escape from your sight;

keep them within your heart.

22

For they are life to those who find them,

and healing to all their flesh.

23

Keep your heart with all vigilance,

for from it flow the springs of life.

24

Put away from you crooked speech,

and put devious talk far from you.

25

Let your eyes look directly forward,

and your gaze be straight before you.

26

Keep straight the path of your feet,

and all your ways will be sure.

27

Do not swerve to the right or to the left;

turn your foot away from evil.

 

New Testament in Four Years - Colossians 2:1-5

Colossians 2:1-5

2. Freedom Through Life in Christ

 2

For I want you to know how much I am struggling for you, and for those in Laodicea, and for all who have not seen me face to face.2I want their hearts to be encouraged and united in love, so that they may have all the riches of assured understanding and have the knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ himself,3in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.4I am saying this so that no one may deceive you with plausible arguments.5For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, and I rejoice to see your morale and the firmness of your faith in Christ.

Psalm a Day - Psalm 35:19-28

Psalm 35:19-28

35. Psalm 35

19

Do not let my treacherous enemies rejoice over me,

or those who hate me without cause wink the eye.

20

For they do not speak peace,

but they conceive deceitful words

against those who are quiet in the land.

21

They open wide their mouths against me;

they say, “Aha, Aha,

our eyes have seen it.”

 

22

You have seen, O Lord; do not be silent!

O Lord, do not be far from me!

23

Wake up! Bestir yourself for my defense,

for my cause, my God and my Lord!

24

Vindicate me, O Lord, my God,

according to your righteousness,

and do not let them rejoice over me.

25

Do not let them say to themselves,

“Aha, we have our heart’s desire.”

Do not let them say, “We have swallowed you up.”

 

26

Let all those who rejoice at my calamity

be put to shame and confusion;

let those who exalt themselves against me

be clothed with shame and dishonor.

 

27

Let those who desire my vindication

shout for joy and be glad,

and say evermore,

“Great is the Lord,

who delights in the welfare of his servant.”

28

Then my tongue shall tell of your righteousness

and of your praise all day long.

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