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Daily Light's Morning Reading

Never man spake like this man.JOHN 7:46.

Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.—The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary.—His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend.

All bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth.—He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom.—The sword of the Spirit . . . is the word of God.—The word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword.—The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

Psa. 45:2. -Isa. 50:4. -Song 5:16.Luke 4:22. -Matt. 7:29.Col. 3:16. -Eph. 6:17. -Heb. 4:12. -II Cor. 10:4,5.

Spurgeon's Morning Reading

“The Lord hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad.”

Psalm 126:3

Some Christians are sadly prone to look on the dark side of everything, and to dwell more upon what they have gone through than upon what God has done for them. Ask for their impression of the Christian life, and they will describe their continual conflicts, their deep afflictions, their sad adversities, and the sinfulness of their hearts, yet with scarcely any allusion to the mercy and help which God has vouchsafed them. But a Christian whose soul is in a healthy state, will come forward joyously, and say, “I will speak, not about myself, but to the honour of my God. He hath brought me up out of an horrible pit, and out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings: and he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God. The Lord hath done great things for me, whereof I am glad.” Such an abstract of experience as this is the very best that any child of God can present. It is true that we endure trials, but it is just as true that we are delivered out of them. It is true that we have our corruptions, and mournfully do we know this, but it is quite as true that we have an all-sufficient Saviour, who overcomes these corruptions, and delivers us from their dominion. In looking back, it would be wrong to deny that we have been in the Slough of Despond, and have crept along the Valley of Humiliation, but it would be equally wicked to forget that we have been through them safely and profitably; we have not remained in them, thanks to our Almighty Helper and Leader, who has brought us “out into a wealthy place.” The deeper our troubles, the louder our thanks to God, who has led us through all, and preserved us until now. Our griefs cannot mar the melody of our praise, we reckon them to be the bass part of our life’s song, “He hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad.”

Old Testament Chapter a Day - Isaiah 60

Isaiah 60

60. Glory of Zion

The Ingathering of the Dispersed

60

Arise, shine; for your light has come,

and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

2

For darkness shall cover the earth,

and thick darkness the peoples;

but the Lord will arise upon you,

and his glory will appear over you.

3

Nations shall come to your light,

and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

 

4

Lift up your eyes and look around;

they all gather together, they come to you;

your sons shall come from far away,

and your daughters shall be carried on their nurses’ arms.

5

Then you shall see and be radiant;

your heart shall thrill and rejoice,

because the abundance of the sea shall be brought to you,

the wealth of the nations shall come to you.

6

A multitude of camels shall cover you,

the young camels of Midian and Ephah;

all those from Sheba shall come.

They shall bring gold and frankincense,

and shall proclaim the praise of the Lord.

7

All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered to you,

the rams of Nebaioth shall minister to you;

they shall be acceptable on my altar,

and I will glorify my glorious house.

 

8

Who are these that fly like a cloud,

and like doves to their windows?

9

For the coastlands shall wait for me,

the ships of Tarshish first,

to bring your children from far away,

their silver and gold with them,

for the name of the Lord your God,

and for the Holy One of Israel,

because he has glorified you.

10

Foreigners shall build up your walls,

and their kings shall minister to you;

for in my wrath I struck you down,

but in my favor I have had mercy on you.

11

Your gates shall always be open;

day and night they shall not be shut,

so that nations shall bring you their wealth,

with their kings led in procession.

12

For the nation and kingdom

that will not serve you shall perish;

those nations shall be utterly laid waste.

13

The glory of Lebanon shall come to you,

the cypress, the plane, and the pine,

to beautify the place of my sanctuary;

and I will glorify where my feet rest.

14

The descendants of those who oppressed you

shall come bending low to you,

and all who despised you

shall bow down at your feet;

they shall call you the City of the Lord,

the Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

15

Whereas you have been forsaken and hated,

with no one passing through,

I will make you majestic forever,

a joy from age to age.

16

You shall suck the milk of nations,

you shall suck the breasts of kings;

and you shall know that I, the Lord, am your Savior

and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.

 

17

Instead of bronze I will bring gold,

instead of iron I will bring silver;

instead of wood, bronze,

instead of stones, iron.

I will appoint Peace as your overseer

and Righteousness as your taskmaster.

18

Violence shall no more be heard in your land,

devastation or destruction within your borders;

you shall call your walls Salvation,

and your gates Praise.

God the Glory of Zion

19

The sun shall no longer be

your light by day,

nor for brightness shall the moon

give light to you by night;

but the Lord will be your everlasting light,

and your God will be your glory.

20

Your sun shall no more go down,

or your moon withdraw itself;

for the Lord will be your everlasting light,

and your days of mourning shall be ended.

21

Your people shall all be righteous;

they shall possess the land forever.

They are the shoot that I planted, the work of my hands,

so that I might be glorified.

22

The least of them shall become a clan,

and the smallest one a mighty nation;

I am the Lord;

in its time I will accomplish it quickly.

 

New Testament in Four Years - Hebrews 6:1-6

Hebrews 6:1-6

6. Warning Against Falling Away

The Peril of Falling Away

 6

Therefore let us go on toward perfection, leaving behind the basic teaching about Christ, and not laying again the foundation: repentance from dead works and faith toward God,2instruction about baptisms, laying on of hands, resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.3And we will do this, if God permits.4For it is impossible to restore again to repentance those who have once been enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit,5and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come,6and then have fallen away, since on their own they are crucifying again the Son of God and are holding him up to contempt.

Psalm a Day - Psalm 119:65-80

Psalm 119:65-80

119. Psalm 119

65

You have dealt well with your servant,

O Lord, according to your word.

66

Teach me good judgment and knowledge,

for I believe in your commandments.

67

Before I was humbled I went astray,

but now I keep your word.

68

You are good and do good;

teach me your statutes.

69

The arrogant smear me with lies,

but with my whole heart I keep your precepts.

70

Their hearts are fat and gross,

but I delight in your law.

71

It is good for me that I was humbled,

so that I might learn your statutes.

72

The law of your mouth is better to me

than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

 

73

Your hands have made and fashioned me;

give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.

74

Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice,

because I have hoped in your word.

75

I know, O Lord, that your judgments are right,

and that in faithfulness you have humbled me.

76

Let your steadfast love become my comfort

according to your promise to your servant.

77

Let your mercy come to me, that I may live;

for your law is my delight.

78

Let the arrogant be put to shame,

because they have subverted me with guile;

as for me, I will meditate on your precepts.

79

Let those who fear you turn to me,

so that they may know your decrees.

80

May my heart be blameless in your statutes,

so that I may not be put to shame.

 

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