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Daily Light's Evening Reading

My heart panteth, my strength faileth me.PSA. 38:10.

Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For when I am weak, then am I strong.

When (Peter) saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?—If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.—He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.—The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.—Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power.

Psa. 61:1,2.II Cor. 12:9,10.Matt. 14:30,31. -Prov. 24:10. -Isa. 40:29. -Deut. 33:27. -Col. 1:11.

Spurgeon's Evening Reading

“Thou art my portion, O Lord.”

Psalm 119:57

Look at thy possessions, O believer, and compare thy portion with the lot of thy fellowmen. Some of them have their portion in the field; they are rich, and their harvests yield them a golden increase; but what are harvests compared with thy God, who is the God of harvests? What are bursting granaries compared with him, who is the Husbandman, and feeds thee with the bread of heaven? Some have their portion in the city; their wealth is abundant, and flows to them in constant streams, until they become a very reservoir of gold; but what is gold compared with thy God? Thou couldst not live on it; thy spiritual life could not be sustained by it. Put it on a troubled conscience, and could it allay its pangs? Apply it to a desponding heart, and see if it could stay a solitary groan, or give one grief the less? But thou hast God, and in him thou hast more than gold or riches ever could buy. Some have their portion in that which most men love—applause and fame; but ask thyself, is not thy God more to thee than that? What if a myriad clarions should be loud in thine applause, would this prepare thee to pass the Jordan, or cheer thee in prospect of judgment? No, there are griefs in life which wealth cannot alleviate; and there is the deep need of a dying hour, for which no riches can provide. But when thou hast God for thy portion, thou hast more than all else put together. In him every want is met, whether in life or in death. With God for thy portion thou art rich indeed, for he will supply thy need, comfort thy heart, assuage thy grief, guide thy steps, be with thee in the dark valley, and then take thee home, to enjoy him as thy portion forever. “I have enough,” said Esau; this is the best thing a worldly man can say, but Jacob replies, “I have all things,” which is a note too high for carnal minds.

Old Testament Chapter a Day - Numbers 30

Numbers 30

30. Vows

Vows Made by Women

30

Then Moses said to the heads of the tribes of the Israelites: This is what the Lord has commanded.2When a man makes a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.

3 When a woman makes a vow to the Lord, or binds herself by a pledge, while within her father’s house, in her youth,4and her father hears of her vow or her pledge by which she has bound herself, and says nothing to her; then all her vows shall stand, and any pledge by which she has bound herself shall stand.5But if her father expresses disapproval to her at the time that he hears of it, no vow of hers, and no pledge by which she has bound herself, shall stand; and the Lord will forgive her, because her father had expressed to her his disapproval.

6 If she marries, while obligated by her vows or any thoughtless utterance of her lips by which she has bound herself,7and her husband hears of it and says nothing to her at the time that he hears, then her vows shall stand, and her pledges by which she has bound herself shall stand.8But if, at the time that her husband hears of it, he expresses disapproval to her, then he shall nullify the vow by which she was obligated, or the thoughtless utterance of her lips, by which she bound herself; and the Lord will forgive her.9(But every vow of a widow or of a divorced woman, by which she has bound herself, shall be binding upon her.)10And if she made a vow in her husband’s house, or bound herself by a pledge with an oath,11and her husband heard it and said nothing to her, and did not express disapproval to her, then all her vows shall stand, and any pledge by which she bound herself shall stand.12But if her husband nullifies them at the time that he hears them, then whatever proceeds out of her lips concerning her vows, or concerning her pledge of herself, shall not stand. Her husband has nullified them, and the Lord will forgive her.13Any vow or any binding oath to deny herself, her husband may allow to stand, or her husband may nullify.14But if her husband says nothing to her from day to day, then he validates all her vows, or all her pledges, by which she is obligated; he has validated them, because he said nothing to her at the time that he heard of them.15But if he nullifies them some time after he has heard of them, then he shall bear her guilt.

16 These are the statutes that the Lord commanded Moses concerning a husband and his wife, and a father and his daughter while she is still young and in her father’s house.

New Testament in Four Years - Matthew 24:9-14

Matthew 24:9-14

24. Signs of the End of the Age

Persecutions Foretold

9 “Then they will hand you over to be tortured and will put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of my name.10Then many will fall away, and they will betray one another and hate one another.11And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray.12And because of the increase of lawlessness, the love of many will grow cold.13But the one who endures to the end will be saved.14And this good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world, as a testimony to all the nations; and then the end will come.

Psalm a Day - Psalm 104:1-18

Psalm 104:1-18

104. Psalm 104

Psalm 104

God the Creator and Provider

1

Bless the Lord, O my soul.

O Lord my God, you are very great.

You are clothed with honor and majesty,

2

wrapped in light as with a garment.

You stretch out the heavens like a tent,

3

you set the beams of your chambers on the waters,

you make the clouds your chariot,

you ride on the wings of the wind,

4

you make the winds your messengers,

fire and flame your ministers.

 

5

You set the earth on its foundations,

so that it shall never be shaken.

6

You cover it with the deep as with a garment;

the waters stood above the mountains.

7

At your rebuke they flee;

at the sound of your thunder they take to flight.

8

They rose up to the mountains, ran down to the valleys

to the place that you appointed for them.

9

You set a boundary that they may not pass,

so that they might not again cover the earth.

 

10

You make springs gush forth in the valleys;

they flow between the hills,

11

giving drink to every wild animal;

the wild asses quench their thirst.

12

By the streams the birds of the air have their habitation;

they sing among the branches.

13

From your lofty abode you water the mountains;

the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.

 

14

You cause the grass to grow for the cattle,

and plants for people to use,

to bring forth food from the earth,

15

and wine to gladden the human heart,

oil to make the face shine,

and bread to strengthen the human heart.

16

The trees of the Lord are watered abundantly,

the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.

17

In them the birds build their nests;

the stork has its home in the fir trees.

18

The high mountains are for the wild goats;

the rocks are a refuge for the coneys.

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