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Daily Light's Morning Reading

As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.II COR. 6:10.

We . . . rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also.—I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.—Believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.

In a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.—Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; and to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ.

Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?—God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.

Rom. 5:2,3. -II Cor. 7:4. -I Pet. 1:8.II Cor. 8:2. -Eph. 3:8,9.Jas 2:5. -II Cor. 9:8.

Spurgeon's Morning Reading

“O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame?”

Psalm 4:2

An instructive writer has made a mournful list of the honours which the blinded people of Israel awarded to their long expected King.

1. They gave him a procession of honour, in which Roman legionaries, Jewish priests, men and women, took a part, he himself bearing his cross. This is the triumph which the world awards to him who comes to overthrow man’s direst foes. Derisive shouts are his only acclamations, and cruel taunts his only paeans of praise.

2. They presented him with the wine of honour. Instead of a golden cup of generous wine they offered him the criminal’s stupefying death-draught, which he refused because he would preserve an uninjured taste wherewith to taste of death; and afterwards when he cried, “I thirst,” they gave him vinegar mixed with gall, thrust to his mouth upon a sponge. Oh! wretched, detestable inhospitality to the King’s Son.

3. He was provided with a guard of honour, who showed their esteem of him by gambling over his garments, which they had seized as their booty. Such was the body-guard of the adored of heaven; a quaternion of brutal gamblers.

4. A throne of honour was found for him upon the bloody tree; no easier place of rest would rebel men yield to their liege Lord. The cross was, in fact, the full expression of the world’s feeling towards him; “There,” they seemed to say, “thou Son of God, this is the manner in which God himself should be treated, could we reach him.”

5. The title of honour was nominally “King of the Jews,” but that the blinded nation distinctly repudiated, and really called him “King of thieves,” by preferring Barabbas, and by placing Jesus in the place of highest shame between two thieves. His glory was thus in all things turned into shame by the sons of men, but it shall yet gladden the eyes of saints and angels, world without end.

Old Testament Chapter a Day - Song of Solomon 5

Song of Solomon 5

5. Lover

 5

I come to my garden, my sister, my bride;

I gather my myrrh with my spice,

I eat my honeycomb with my honey,

I drink my wine with my milk.

 

Eat, friends, drink,

and be drunk with love.

 

Another Dream

2

I slept, but my heart was awake.

Listen! my beloved is knocking.

“Open to me, my sister, my love,

my dove, my perfect one;

for my head is wet with dew,

my locks with the drops of the night.”

3

I had put off my garment;

how could I put it on again?

I had bathed my feet;

how could I soil them?

4

My beloved thrust his hand into the opening,

and my inmost being yearned for him.

5

I arose to open to my beloved,

and my hands dripped with myrrh,

my fingers with liquid myrrh,

upon the handles of the bolt.

6

I opened to my beloved,

but my beloved had turned and was gone.

My soul failed me when he spoke.

I sought him, but did not find him;

I called him, but he gave no answer.

7

Making their rounds in the city

the sentinels found me;

they beat me, they wounded me,

they took away my mantle,

those sentinels of the walls.

8

I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,

if you find my beloved,

tell him this:

I am faint with love.

 

Colloquy of Friends and Bride

9

What is your beloved more than another beloved,

O fairest among women?

What is your beloved more than another beloved,

that you thus adjure us?

 

10

My beloved is all radiant and ruddy,

distinguished among ten thousand.

11

His head is the finest gold;

his locks are wavy,

black as a raven.

12

His eyes are like doves

beside springs of water,

bathed in milk,

fitly set.

13

His cheeks are like beds of spices,

yielding fragrance.

His lips are lilies,

distilling liquid myrrh.

14

His arms are rounded gold,

set with jewels.

His body is ivory work,

encrusted with sapphires.

15

His legs are alabaster columns,

set upon bases of gold.

His appearance is like Lebanon,

choice as the cedars.

16

His speech is most sweet,

and he is altogether desirable.

This is my beloved and this is my friend,

O daughters of Jerusalem.

 

New Testament in Four Years - 1 Timothy 1:1-7

1 Timothy 1:1-7

1. Warning Against False Teachers

Salutation

 1

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope,

2 To Timothy, my loyal child in the faith:

Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Warning against False Teachers

3 I urge you, as I did when I was on my way to Macedonia, to remain in Ephesus so that you may instruct certain people not to teach any different doctrine,4and not to occupy themselves with myths and endless genealogies that promote speculations rather than the divine training that is known by faith.5But the aim of such instruction is love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and sincere faith.6Some people have deviated from these and turned to meaningless talk,7desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make assertions.

Psalm a Day - Psalm 75

Psalm 75

75. Psalm 75

Psalm 75

Thanksgiving for God’s Wondrous Deeds

To the leader: Do Not Destroy. A Psalm of Asaph. A Song.

1

We give thanks to you, O God;

we give thanks; your name is near.

People tell of your wondrous deeds.

 

2

At the set time that I appoint

I will judge with equity.

3

When the earth totters, with all its inhabitants,

it is I who keep its pillars steady.Selah

4

I say to the boastful, “Do not boast,”

and to the wicked, “Do not lift up your horn;

5

do not lift up your horn on high,

or speak with insolent neck.”

 

6

For not from the east or from the west

and not from the wilderness comes lifting up;

7

but it is God who executes judgment,

putting down one and lifting up another.

8

For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup

with foaming wine, well mixed;

he will pour a draught from it,

and all the wicked of the earth

shall drain it down to the dregs.

9

But I will rejoice forever;

I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.

 

10

All the horns of the wicked I will cut off,

but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.

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