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Daily Light's Evening Reading

I have glorified thee on the earth.JOHN 17:4.

My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.—I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

Wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business? And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.—This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. Said I not unto thee, that if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?

Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.—Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.—All bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words, which proceeded out of his mouth.

Thou art worthy . . . for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood, out of every kindred, and tongue, and peopIe, and nation; and hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

John 4:34. -John 9:4.Luke 2:49,50. -John 11:4,40.Luke 2:52. -Luke 3:22. -Luke 4:22.Rev. 5:9,10.

Spurgeon's Evening Reading

“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible.”

1 Peter 1:23

Peter most earnestly exhorted the scattered saints to love each other “with a pure heart fervently” and he wisely fetched his argument, not from the law, from nature, or from philosophy, but from that high and divine nature which God hath implanted in his people. Just as some judicious tutor of princes might labour to beget and foster in them a kingly spirit and dignified behaviour, finding arguments in their position and descent, so, looking upon God’s people as heirs of glory, princes of the blood royal, descendants of the King of kings, earth’s truest and oldest aristocracy, Peter saith to them, “See that ye love one another, because of your noble birth, being born of incorruptible seed; because of your pedigree, being descended from God, the Creator of all things; and because of your immortal destiny, for you shall never pass away, though the glory of the flesh shall fade, and even its existence shall cease.” It would be well if, in the spirit of humility, we recognized the true dignity of our regenerated nature, and lived up to it. What is a Christian? If you compare him with a king, he adds priestly sanctity to royal dignity. The king’s royalty often lieth only in his crown, but with a Christian it is infused into his inmost nature. He is as much above his fellows through his new birth, as a man is above the beast that perisheth. Surely he ought to carry himself, in all his dealings, as one who is not of the multitude, but chosen out of the world, distinguished by sovereign grace, written among “the peculiar people” and who therefore cannot grovel in the dust as others, nor live after the manner of the world’s citizens. Let the dignity of your nature, and the brightness of your prospects, O believers in Christ, constrain you to cleave unto holiness, and to avoid the very appearance of evil.

Old Testament Chapter a Day - Isaiah 24

Isaiah 24

24. Lord's Devastation of Earth

Impending Judgment on the Earth

24

Now the Lord is about to lay waste the earth and make it desolate,

and he will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants.

2

And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest;

as with the slave, so with his master;

as with the maid, so with her mistress;

as with the buyer, so with the seller;

as with the lender, so with the borrower;

as with the creditor, so with the debtor.

3

The earth shall be utterly laid waste and utterly despoiled;

for the Lord has spoken this word.

 

4

The earth dries up and withers,

the world languishes and withers;

the heavens languish together with the earth.

5

The earth lies polluted

under its inhabitants;

for they have transgressed laws,

violated the statutes,

broken the everlasting covenant.

6

Therefore a curse devours the earth,

and its inhabitants suffer for their guilt;

therefore the inhabitants of the earth dwindled,

and few people are left.

7

The wine dries up,

the vine languishes,

all the merry-hearted sigh.

8

The mirth of the timbrels is stilled,

the noise of the jubilant has ceased,

the mirth of the lyre is stilled.

9

No longer do they drink wine with singing;

strong drink is bitter to those who drink it.

10

The city of chaos is broken down,

every house is shut up so that no one can enter.

11

There is an outcry in the streets for lack of wine;

all joy has reached its eventide;

the gladness of the earth is banished.

12

Desolation is left in the city,

the gates are battered into ruins.

13

For thus it shall be on the earth

and among the nations,

as when an olive tree is beaten,

as at the gleaning when the grape harvest is ended.

 

14

They lift up their voices, they sing for joy;

they shout from the west over the majesty of the Lord.

15

Therefore in the east give glory to the Lord;

in the coastlands of the sea glorify the name of the Lord, the God of Israel.

16

From the ends of the earth we hear songs of praise,

of glory to the Righteous One.

But I say, I pine away,

I pine away. Woe is me!

For the treacherous deal treacherously,

the treacherous deal very treacherously.

 

17

Terror, and the pit, and the snare

are upon you, O inhabitant of the earth!

18

Whoever flees at the sound of the terror

shall fall into the pit;

and whoever climbs out of the pit

shall be caught in the snare.

For the windows of heaven are opened,

and the foundations of the earth tremble.

19

The earth is utterly broken,

the earth is torn asunder,

the earth is violently shaken.

20

The earth staggers like a drunkard,

it sways like a hut;

its transgression lies heavy upon it,

and it falls, and will not rise again.

 

21

On that day the Lord will punish

the host of heaven in heaven,

and on earth the kings of the earth.

22

They will be gathered together

like prisoners in a pit;

they will be shut up in a prison,

and after many days they will be punished.

23

Then the moon will be abashed,

and the sun ashamed;

for the Lord of hosts will reign

on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem,

and before his elders he will manifest his glory.

 

New Testament in Four Years - 2 Timothy 2:14-19

2 Timothy 2:14-19

2. A Workman Approved by God

A Worker Approved by God

14 Remind them of this, and warn them before God that they are to avoid wrangling over words, which does no good but only ruins those who are listening.15Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth.16Avoid profane chatter, for it will lead people into more and more impiety,17and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus,18who have swerved from the truth by claiming that the resurrection has already taken place. They are upsetting the faith of some.19But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who calls on the name of the Lord turn away from wickedness.”

Psalm a Day - Psalm 97

Psalm 97

97. Psalm 97

Psalm 97

The Glory of God’s Reign

1

The Lord is king! Let the earth rejoice;

let the many coastlands be glad!

2

Clouds and thick darkness are all around him;

righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.

3

Fire goes before him,

and consumes his adversaries on every side.

4

His lightnings light up the world;

the earth sees and trembles.

5

The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,

before the Lord of all the earth.

 

6

The heavens proclaim his righteousness;

and all the peoples behold his glory.

7

All worshipers of images are put to shame,

those who make their boast in worthless idols;

all gods bow down before him.

8

Zion hears and is glad,

and the towns of Judah rejoice,

because of your judgments, O God.

9

For you, O Lord, are most high over all the earth;

you are exalted far above all gods.

 

10

The Lord loves those who hate evil;

he guards the lives of his faithful;

he rescues them from the hand of the wicked.

11

Light dawns for the righteous,

and joy for the upright in heart.

12

Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,

and give thanks to his holy name!

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