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Daily Light's Evening Reading

The Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.JAS. 5:11.

Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.—The Lord is gracious and full of compassion. He will ever be mindful of his covenant.

He that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.—As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: so the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.

His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.—The same yesterday, and today, and forever.

The very hairs of your head are all numbered. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. Fear ye not therefore.

Psa. 103:13. -Psa. 111:4,5.Psa. 121:3,4. -Deut. 32:11,12.Lam. 3:22,23.Matt. 14:14. -Heb. 13:8.Matt. 10:30,29,31.

Spurgeon's Evening Reading

“Thou crownest the year with thy goodness.”

Psalm 65:11

All the year round, every hour of every day, God is richly blessing us; both when we sleep and when we wake his mercy waits upon us. The sun may leave us a legacy of darkness, but our God never ceases to shine upon his children with beams of love. Like a river, his lovingkindness is always flowing, with a fulness inexhaustible as his own nature. Like the atmosphere which constantly surrounds the earth, and is always ready to support the life of man, the benevolence of God surrounds all his creatures; in it, as in their element, they live, and move, and have their being. Yet as the sun on summer days gladdens us with beams more warm and bright than at other times, and as rivers are at certain seasons swollen by the rain, and as the atmosphere itself is sometimes fraught with more fresh, more bracing, or more balmy influences than heretofore, so is it with the mercy of God; it hath its golden hours; its days of overflow, when the Lord magnifieth his grace before the sons of men. Amongst the blessings of the nether springs, the joyous days of harvest are a special season of excessive favour. It is the glory of autumn that the ripe gifts of providence are then abundantly bestowed; it is the mellow season of realization, whereas all before was but hope and expectation. Great is the joy of harvest. Happy are the reapers who fill their arms with the liberality of heaven. The Psalmist tells us that the harvest is the crowning of the year. Surely these crowning mercies call for crowning thanksgiving! Let us render it by the inward emotions of gratitude. Let our hearts be warmed; let our spirits remember, meditate, and think upon this goodness of the Lord. Then let us praise him with our lips, and laud and magnify his name from whose bounty all this goodness flows. Let us glorify God by yielding our gifts to his cause. A practical proof of our gratitude is a special thank-offering to the Lord of the harvest.

Old Testament Chapter a Day - 2 Samuel 11

2 Samuel 11

11. David and Bathsheba

David Commits Adultery with Bathsheba

11

In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab with his officers and all Israel with him; they ravaged the Ammonites, and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.

2 It happened, late one afternoon, when David rose from his couch and was walking about on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; the woman was very beautiful.3David sent someone to inquire about the woman. It was reported, “This is Bathsheba daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite.”4So David sent messengers to get her, and she came to him, and he lay with her. (Now she was purifying herself after her period.) Then she returned to her house.5The woman conceived; and she sent and told David, “I am pregnant.”

6 So David sent word to Joab, “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” And Joab sent Uriah to David.7When Uriah came to him, David asked how Joab and the people fared, and how the war was going.8Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house, and wash your feet.” Uriah went out of the king’s house, and there followed him a present from the king.9But Uriah slept at the entrance of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and did not go down to his house.10When they told David, “Uriah did not go down to his house,” David said to Uriah, “You have just come from a journey. Why did you not go down to your house?”11Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah remain in booths; and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field; shall I then go to my house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do such a thing.”12Then David said to Uriah, “Remain here today also, and tomorrow I will send you back.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day. On the next day,13David invited him to eat and drink in his presence and made him drunk; and in the evening he went out to lie on his couch with the servants of his lord, but he did not go down to his house.

David Has Uriah Killed

14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah.15In the letter he wrote, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hardest fighting, and then draw back from him, so that he may be struck down and die.”16As Joab was besieging the city, he assigned Uriah to the place where he knew there were valiant warriors.17The men of the city came out and fought with Joab; and some of the servants of David among the people fell. Uriah the Hittite was killed as well.18Then Joab sent and told David all the news about the fighting;19and he instructed the messenger, “When you have finished telling the king all the news about the fighting,20then, if the king’s anger rises, and if he says to you, ‘Why did you go so near the city to fight? Did you not know that they would shoot from the wall?21Who killed Abimelech son of Jerubbaal? Did not a woman throw an upper millstone on him from the wall, so that he died at Thebez? Why did you go so near the wall?’ then you shall say, ‘Your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead too.’ ”

22 So the messenger went, and came and told David all that Joab had sent him to tell.23The messenger said to David, “The men gained an advantage over us, and came out against us in the field; but we drove them back to the entrance of the gate.24Then the archers shot at your servants from the wall; some of the king’s servants are dead; and your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.”25David said to the messenger, “Thus you shall say to Joab, ‘Do not let this matter trouble you, for the sword devours now one and now another; press your attack on the city, and overthrow it.’ And encourage him.”

26 When the wife of Uriah heard that her husband was dead, she made lamentation for him.27When the mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife, and bore him a son.

New Testament in Four Years - 1 Corinthians 1:22-25

1 Corinthians 1:22-25

1. Divisions in the Church

22For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom,23but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,24but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.25For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

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Psalm a Day - Psalm 18:1-19

Psalm 18:1-19

18. Psalm 18

Psalm 18

Royal Thanksgiving for Victory

To the leader. A Psalm of David the servant of the Lord, who addressed the words of this song to the Lord on the day when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. He said:

1

I love you, O Lord, my strength.

2

The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer,

my God, my rock in whom I take refuge,

my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

3

I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,

so I shall be saved from my enemies.

 

4

The cords of death encompassed me;

the torrents of perdition assailed me;

5

the cords of Sheol entangled me;

the snares of death confronted me.

 

6

In my distress I called upon the Lord;

to my God I cried for help.

From his temple he heard my voice,

and my cry to him reached his ears.

 

7

Then the earth reeled and rocked;

the foundations also of the mountains trembled

and quaked, because he was angry.

8

Smoke went up from his nostrils,

and devouring fire from his mouth;

glowing coals flamed forth from him.

9

He bowed the heavens, and came down;

thick darkness was under his feet.

10

He rode on a cherub, and flew;

he came swiftly upon the wings of the wind.

11

He made darkness his covering around him,

his canopy thick clouds dark with water.

12

Out of the brightness before him

there broke through his clouds

hailstones and coals of fire.

13

The Lord also thundered in the heavens,

and the Most High uttered his voice.

14

And he sent out his arrows, and scattered them;

he flashed forth lightnings, and routed them.

15

Then the channels of the sea were seen,

and the foundations of the world were laid bare

at your rebuke, O Lord,

at the blast of the breath of your nostrils.

 

16

He reached down from on high, he took me;

he drew me out of mighty waters.

17

He delivered me from my strong enemy,

and from those who hated me;

for they were too mighty for me.

18

They confronted me in the day of my calamity;

but the Lord was my support.

19

He brought me out into a broad place;

he delivered me, because he delighted in me.

 

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