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Daily Light's Morning Reading

He arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.LUKE 15:20.

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.

Ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.—Ye who sometime were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.—Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God.

Psa. 103:8-13.Rom. 8:15,16. -Eph. 2:13. -Eph. 2:19.

Spurgeon's Morning Reading

“We love him because he first loved us.”

1 John 4:19

There is no light in the planet but that which proceedeth from the sun; and there is no true love to Jesus in the heart but that which cometh from the Lord Jesus himself. From this overflowing fountain of the infinite love of God, all our love to God must spring. This must ever be a great and certain truth, that we love him for no other reason than because he first loved us. Our love to him is the fair offspring of his love to us. Cold admiration, when studying the works of God, anyone may have, but the warmth of love can only be kindled in the heart by God’s Spirit. How great the wonder that such as we should ever have been brought to love Jesus at all! How marvellous that when we had rebelled against him, he should, by a display of such amazing love, seek to draw us back. No! never should we have had a grain of love towards God unless it had been sown in us by the sweet seed of his love to us. Love, then, has for its parent the love of God shed abroad in the heart: but after it is thus divinely born, it must be divinely nourished. Love is an exotic; it is not a plant which will flourish naturally in human soil, it must be watered from above. Love to Jesus is a flower of a delicate nature, and if it received no nourishment but that which could be drawn from the rock of our hearts it would soon wither. As love comes from heaven, so it must feed on heavenly bread. It cannot exist in the wilderness unless it be fed by manna from on high. Love must feed on love. The very soul and life of our love to God is his love to us.

“I love thee, Lord, but with no love of mine,

For I have none to give;

I love thee, Lord; but all the love is thine,

For by thy love I live.

I am as nothing, and rejoice to be

Emptied, and lost, and swallowed up in thee.”

Old Testament Chapter a Day - Isaiah 62

Isaiah 62

62. Zion's New Name

The Vindication and Salvation of Zion

62

For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,

and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,

until her vindication shines out like the dawn,

and her salvation like a burning torch.

2

The nations shall see your vindication,

and all the kings your glory;

and you shall be called by a new name

that the mouth of the Lord will give.

3

You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,

and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.

4

You shall no more be termed Forsaken,

and your land shall no more be termed Desolate;

but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her,

and your land Married;

for the Lord delights in you,

and your land shall be married.

5

For as a young man marries a young woman,

so shall your builder marry you,

and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,

so shall your God rejoice over you.

6

Upon your walls, O Jerusalem,

I have posted sentinels;

all day and all night

they shall never be silent.

You who remind the Lord,

take no rest,

7

and give him no rest

until he establishes Jerusalem

and makes it renowned throughout the earth.

8

The Lord has sworn by his right hand

and by his mighty arm:

I will not again give your grain

to be food for your enemies,

and foreigners shall not drink the wine

for which you have labored;

9

but those who garner it shall eat it

and praise the Lord,

and those who gather it shall drink it

in my holy courts.

 

10

Go through, go through the gates,

prepare the way for the people;

build up, build up the highway,

clear it of stones,

lift up an ensign over the peoples.

11

The Lord has proclaimed

to the end of the earth:

Say to daughter Zion,

“See, your salvation comes;

his reward is with him,

and his recompense before him.”

12

They shall be called, “The Holy People,

The Redeemed of the Lord”;

and you shall be called, “Sought Out,

A City Not Forsaken.”

 

New Testament in Four Years - Hebrews 6:13-20

Hebrews 6:13-20

6. Warning Against Falling Away

The Certainty of God’s Promise

13 When God made a promise to Abraham, because he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself,14saying, “I will surely bless you and multiply you.”15And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise.16Human beings, of course, swear by someone greater than themselves, and an oath given as confirmation puts an end to all dispute.17In the same way, when God desired to show even more clearly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it by an oath,18so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God would prove false, we who have taken refuge might be strongly encouraged to seize the hope set before us.19We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters the inner shrine behind the curtain,20where Jesus, a forerunner on our behalf, has entered, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.

Psalm a Day - Psalm 119:97-112

Psalm 119:97-112

119. Psalm 119

97

Oh, how I love your law!

It is my meditation all day long.

98

Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies,

for it is always with me.

99

I have more understanding than all my teachers,

for your decrees are my meditation.

100

I understand more than the aged,

for I keep your precepts.

101

I hold back my feet from every evil way,

in order to keep your word.

102

I do not turn away from your ordinances,

for you have taught me.

103

How sweet are your words to my taste,

sweeter than honey to my mouth!

104

Through your precepts I get understanding;

therefore I hate every false way.

 

105

Your word is a lamp to my feet

and a light to my path.

106

I have sworn an oath and confirmed it,

to observe your righteous ordinances.

107

I am severely afflicted;

give me life, O Lord, according to your word.

108

Accept my offerings of praise, O Lord,

and teach me your ordinances.

109

I hold my life in my hand continually,

but I do not forget your law.

110

The wicked have laid a snare for me,

but I do not stray from your precepts.

111

Your decrees are my heritage forever;

they are the joy of my heart.

112

I incline my heart to perform your statutes

forever, to the end.

 

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