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Daily Light's Morning Reading

His commandments are not grievous.I JOHN 5:3.

This is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life.—Whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

My yoke is easy, and my burden is light.—If ye love me, keep my commandments. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.—Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.—Great peace have they which love thy law and nothing shall offend them.—I delight in the law of God after the inward man.

This is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another.—Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

John 6:40. -I John 3:22.Matt. 11:30. -John 14:15,21.Prov. 3:13. -Prov. 3:17. -Psa. 119:165. -Rom. 7:22.I John 3:23. -Rom. 13:10.

Spurgeon's Morning Reading

“Them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.”

1 Thessalonians 4:14

Let us not imagine that the soul sleeps in insensibility. “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise,” is the whisper of Christ to every dying saint. They “sleep in Jesus,” but their souls are before the throne of God, praising him day and night in his temple, singing hallelujahs to him who washed them from their sins in his blood. The body sleeps in its lonely bed of earth, beneath the coverlet of grass. But what is this sleep? The idea connected with sleep is “rest,” and that is the thought which the Spirit of God would convey to us. Sleep makes each night a Sabbath for the day. Sleep shuts fast the door of the soul, and bids all intruders tarry for a while, that the life within may enter its summer garden of ease. The toil-worn believer quietly sleeps, as does the weary child when it slumbers on its mother’s breast. Oh! happy they who die in the Lord; they rest from their labours, and their works do follow them. Their quiet repose shall never be broken until God shall rouse them to give them their full reward. Guarded by angel watchers, curtained by eternal mysteries, they sleep on, the inheritors of glory, till the fulness of time shall bring the fulness of redemption. What an awaking shall be theirs! They were laid in their last resting place, weary and worn, but such they shall not rise. They went to their rest with the furrowed brow, and the wasted features, but they wake up in beauty and glory. The shrivelled seed, so destitute of form and comeliness, rises from the dust a beauteous flower. The winter of the grave gives way to the spring of redemption and the summer of glory. Blessed is death, since it, through the divine power, disrobes us of this work-day garment, to clothe us with the wedding garment of incorruption. Blessed are those who “sleep in Jesus.”

Old Testament Chapter a Day - 1 Samuel 9

1 Samuel 9

9. Samuel Anoints Saul

Saul Chosen to Be King

 9

There was a man of Benjamin whose name was Kish son of Abiel son of Zeror son of Becorath son of Aphiah, a Benjaminite, a man of wealth.2He had a son whose name was Saul, a handsome young man. There was not a man among the people of Israel more handsome than he; he stood head and shoulders above everyone else.

3 Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul’s father, had strayed. So Kish said to his son Saul, “Take one of the boys with you; go and look for the donkeys.”4He passed through the hill country of Ephraim and passed through the land of Shalishah, but they did not find them. And they passed through the land of Shaalim, but they were not there. Then he passed through the land of Benjamin, but they did not find them.

5 When they came to the land of Zuph, Saul said to the boy who was with him, “Let us turn back, or my father will stop worrying about the donkeys and worry about us.”6But he said to him, “There is a man of God in this town; he is a man held in honor. Whatever he says always comes true. Let us go there now; perhaps he will tell us about the journey on which we have set out.”7Then Saul replied to the boy, “But if we go, what can we bring the man? For the bread in our sacks is gone, and there is no present to bring to the man of God. What have we?”8The boy answered Saul again, “Here, I have with me a quarter shekel of silver; I will give it to the man of God, to tell us our way.”9(Formerly in Israel, anyone who went to inquire of God would say, “Come, let us go to the seer”; for the one who is now called a prophet was formerly called a seer.)10Saul said to the boy, “Good; come, let us go.” So they went to the town where the man of God was.

11 As they went up the hill to the town, they met some girls coming out to draw water, and said to them, “Is the seer here?”12They answered, “Yes, there he is just ahead of you. Hurry; he has come just now to the town, because the people have a sacrifice today at the shrine.13As soon as you enter the town, you will find him, before he goes up to the shrine to eat. For the people will not eat until he comes, since he must bless the sacrifice; afterward those eat who are invited. Now go up, for you will meet him immediately.”14So they went up to the town. As they were entering the town, they saw Samuel coming out toward them on his way up to the shrine.

15 Now the day before Saul came, the Lord had revealed to Samuel:16“Tomorrow about this time I will send to you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him to be ruler over my people Israel. He shall save my people from the hand of the Philistines; for I have seen the suffering of my people, because their outcry has come to me.”17When Samuel saw Saul, the Lord told him, “Here is the man of whom I spoke to you. He it is who shall rule over my people.”18Then Saul approached Samuel inside the gate, and said, “Tell me, please, where is the house of the seer?”19Samuel answered Saul, “I am the seer; go up before me to the shrine, for today you shall eat with me, and in the morning I will let you go and will tell you all that is on your mind.20As for your donkeys that were lost three days ago, give no further thought to them, for they have been found. And on whom is all Israel’s desire fixed, if not on you and on all your ancestral house?”21Saul answered, “I am only a Benjaminite, from the least of the tribes of Israel, and my family is the humblest of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin. Why then have you spoken to me in this way?”

22 Then Samuel took Saul and his servant-boy and brought them into the hall, and gave them a place at the head of those who had been invited, of whom there were about thirty.23And Samuel said to the cook, “Bring the portion I gave you, the one I asked you to put aside.”24The cook took up the thigh and what went with it and set them before Saul. Samuel said, “See, what was kept is set before you. Eat; for it is set before you at the appointed time, so that you might eat with the guests.”

So Saul ate with Samuel that day.25When they came down from the shrine into the town, a bed was spread for Saul on the roof, and he lay down to sleep.26Then at the break of dawn Samuel called to Saul upon the roof, “Get up, so that I may send you on your way.” Saul got up, and both he and Samuel went out into the street.

Samuel Anoints Saul

27 As they were going down to the outskirts of the town, Samuel said to Saul, “Tell the boy to go on before us, and when he has passed on, stop here yourself for a while, that I may make known to you the word of God.”

New Testament in Four Years - Romans 11:11-16

Romans 11:11-16

11. The Remnant of Israel

The Salvation of the Gentiles

11 So I ask, have they stumbled so as to fall? By no means! But through their stumbling salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous.12Now if their stumbling means riches for the world, and if their defeat means riches for Gentiles, how much more will their full inclusion mean!

13 Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I glorify my ministry14in order to make my own people jealous, and thus save some of them.15For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead!16If the part of the dough offered as first fruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; and if the root is holy, then the branches also are holy.

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Psalm a Day - Psalm 135

Psalm 135

135. Psalm 135

Psalm 135

Praise for God’s Goodness and Might

1

Praise the Lord!

Praise the name of the Lord;

give praise, O servants of the Lord,

2

you that stand in the house of the Lord,

in the courts of the house of our God.

3

Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;

sing to his name, for he is gracious.

4

For the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself,

Israel as his own possession.

 

5

For I know that the Lord is great;

our Lord is above all gods.

6

Whatever the Lord pleases he does,

in heaven and on earth,

in the seas and all deeps.

7

He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth;

he makes lightnings for the rain

and brings out the wind from his storehouses.

 

8

He it was who struck down the firstborn of Egypt,

both human beings and animals;

9

he sent signs and wonders

into your midst, O Egypt,

against Pharaoh and all his servants.

10

He struck down many nations

and killed mighty kings—

11

Sihon, king of the Amorites,

and Og, king of Bashan,

and all the kingdoms of Canaan—

12

and gave their land as a heritage,

a heritage to his people Israel.

 

13

Your name, O Lord, endures forever,

your renown, O Lord, throughout all ages.

14

For the Lord will vindicate his people,

and have compassion on his servants.

 

15

The idols of the nations are silver and gold,

the work of human hands.

16

They have mouths, but they do not speak;

they have eyes, but they do not see;

17

they have ears, but they do not hear,

and there is no breath in their mouths.

18

Those who make them

and all who trust them

shall become like them.

 

19

O house of Israel, bless the Lord!

O house of Aaron, bless the Lord!

20

O house of Levi, bless the Lord!

You that fear the Lord, bless the Lord!

21

Blessed be the Lord from Zion,

he who resides in Jerusalem.

Praise the Lord!

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