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Daily Light's Evening Reading

I have trodden the winepress alone.ISA. 63:3.

Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?—He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.—Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree.—Being made a curse for us.

O sing unto the Lord a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.—Having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.—He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

O my soul, thou hast trodden down strength.—We are more than conquerors through him that loved us.—They overcame by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony.

Exo. 15:11. -Isa. 59:16. -I Pet. 2:24. -Gal. 3:13.Psa. 98:1. -Col. 2:l5. -Isa. 53:11.Judg. 5:21. -Rom. 8:37.Rev. 12:11.

Spurgeon's Evening Reading

“So she gleaned in the field until even.”

Ruth 2:17

Let me learn from Ruth, the gleaner. As she went out to gather the ears of corn, so must I go forth into the fields of prayer, meditation, the ordinances, and hearing the word to gather spiritual food. The gleaner gathers her portion ear by ear; her gains are little by little: so must I be content to search for single truths, if there be no greater plenty of them. Every ear helps to make a bundle, and every gospel lesson assists in making us wise unto salvation. The gleaner keeps her eyes open: if she stumbled among the stubble in a dream, she would have no load to carry home rejoicingly at eventide. I must be watchful in religious exercises lest they become unprofitable to me; I fear I have lost much already—O that I may rightly estimate my opportunities, and glean with greater diligence. The gleaner stoops for all she finds, and so must I. High spirits criticize and object, but lowly minds glean and receive benefit. A humble heart is a great help towards profitably hearing the gospel. The engrafted soul-saving word is not received except with meekness. A stiff back makes a bad gleaner; down, master pride, thou art a vile robber, not to be endured for a moment. What the gleaner gathers she holds: if she dropped one ear to find another, the result of her day’s work would be but scant; she is as careful to retain as to obtain, and so at last her gains are great. How often do I forget all that I hear; the second truth pushes the first out of my head, and so my reading and hearing end in much ado about nothing! Do I feel duly the importance of storing up the truth? A hungry belly makes the gleaner wise; if there be no corn in her hand, there will be no bread on her table; she labours under the sense of necessity, and hence her tread is nimble and her grasp is firm; I have even a greater necessity, Lord, help me to feel it, that it may urge me onward to glean in fields which yield so plenteous a reward to diligence.

Old Testament Chapter a Day - Jeremiah 48

Jeremiah 48

48. Message About Moab

Judgment on Moab

48

Concerning Moab.

 

Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel:

Alas for Nebo, it is laid waste!

Kiriathaim is put to shame, it is taken;

the fortress is put to shame and broken down;

2

the renown of Moab is no more.

In Heshbon they planned evil against her:

“Come, let us cut her off from being a nation!”

You also, O Madmen, shall be brought to silence;

the sword shall pursue you.

 

3

Hark! a cry from Horonaim,

“Desolation and great destruction!”

4

“Moab is destroyed!”

her little ones cry out.

5

For at the ascent of Luhith

they go up weeping bitterly;

for at the descent of Horonaim

they have heard the distressing cry of anguish.

6

Flee! Save yourselves!

Be like a wild ass in the desert!

 

7

Surely, because you trusted in your strongholds and your treasures,

you also shall be taken;

Chemosh shall go out into exile,

with his priests and his attendants.

8

The destroyer shall come upon every town,

and no town shall escape;

the valley shall perish,

and the plain shall be destroyed,

as the Lord has spoken.

 

9

Set aside salt for Moab,

for she will surely fall;

her towns shall become a desolation,

with no inhabitant in them.

 

10 Accursed is the one who is slack in doing the work of the Lord; and accursed is the one who keeps back the sword from bloodshed.

 

11

Moab has been at ease from his youth,

settled like wine on its dregs;

he has not been emptied from vessel to vessel,

nor has he gone into exile;

therefore his flavor has remained

and his aroma is unspoiled.

12 Therefore, the time is surely coming, says the Lord, when I shall send to him decanters to decant him, and empty his vessels, and break his jars in pieces.13Then Moab shall be ashamed of Chemosh, as the house of Israel was ashamed of Bethel, their confidence.

 

14

How can you say, “We are heroes

and mighty warriors”?

15

The destroyer of Moab and his towns has come up,

and the choicest of his young men have gone down to slaughter,

says the King, whose name is the Lord of hosts.

16

The calamity of Moab is near at hand

and his doom approaches swiftly.

17

Mourn over him, all you his neighbors,

and all who know his name;

say, “How the mighty scepter is broken,

the glorious staff!”

 

18

Come down from glory,

and sit on the parched ground,

enthroned daughter Dibon!

For the destroyer of Moab has come up against you;

he has destroyed your strongholds.

19

Stand by the road and watch,

you inhabitant of Aroer!

Ask the man fleeing and the woman escaping;

say, “What has happened?”

20

Moab is put to shame, for it is broken down;

wail and cry!

Tell it by the Arnon,

that Moab is laid waste.

 

21 Judgment has come upon the tableland, upon Holon, and Jahzah, and Mephaath,22and Dibon, and Nebo, and Beth-diblathaim,23and Kiriathaim, and Beth-gamul, and Beth-meon,24and Kerioth, and Bozrah, and all the towns of the land of Moab, far and near.25The horn of Moab is cut off, and his arm is broken, says the Lord.

26 Make him drunk, because he magnified himself against the Lord; let Moab wallow in his vomit; he too shall become a laughingstock.27Israel was a laughingstock for you, though he was not caught among thieves; but whenever you spoke of him you shook your head!

 

28

Leave the towns, and live on the rock,

O inhabitants of Moab!

Be like the dove that nests

on the sides of the mouth of a gorge.

29

We have heard of the pride of Moab—

he is very proud—

of his loftiness, his pride, and his arrogance,

and the haughtiness of his heart.

30

I myself know his insolence, says the Lord;

his boasts are false,

his deeds are false.

31

Therefore I wail for Moab;

I cry out for all Moab;

for the people of Kir-heres I mourn.

32

More than for Jazer I weep for you,

O vine of Sibmah!

Your branches crossed over the sea,

reached as far as Jazer;

upon your summer fruits and your vintage

the destroyer has fallen.

33

Gladness and joy have been taken away

from the fruitful land of Moab;

I have stopped the wine from the wine presses;

no one treads them with shouts of joy;

the shouting is not the shout of joy.

 

34 Heshbon and Elealeh cry out; as far as Jahaz they utter their voice, from Zoar to Horonaim and Eglath-shelishiyah. For even the waters of Nimrim have become desolate.35And I will bring to an end in Moab, says the Lord, those who offer sacrifice at a high place and make offerings to their gods.36Therefore my heart moans for Moab like a flute, and my heart moans like a flute for the people of Kir-heres; for the riches they gained have perished.

37 For every head is shaved and every beard cut off; on all the hands there are gashes, and on the loins sackcloth.38On all the housetops of Moab and in the squares there is nothing but lamentation; for I have broken Moab like a vessel that no one wants, says the Lord.39How it is broken! How they wail! How Moab has turned his back in shame! So Moab has become a derision and a horror to all his neighbors.

40

For thus says the Lord:

Look, he shall swoop down like an eagle,

and spread his wings against Moab;

41

the towns shall be taken

and the strongholds seized.

The hearts of the warriors of Moab, on that day,

shall be like the heart of a woman in labor.

42

Moab shall be destroyed as a people,

because he magnified himself against the Lord.

43

Terror, pit, and trap

are before you, O inhabitants of Moab!

says the Lord.

44

Everyone who flees from the terror

shall fall into the pit,

and everyone who climbs out of the pit

shall be caught in the trap.

For I will bring these things upon Moab

in the year of their punishment,

says the Lord.

 

45

In the shadow of Heshbon

fugitives stop exhausted;

for a fire has gone out from Heshbon,

a flame from the house of Sihon;

it has destroyed the forehead of Moab,

the scalp of the people of tumult.

46

Woe to you, O Moab!

The people of Chemosh have perished,

for your sons have been taken captive,

and your daughters into captivity.

47

Yet I will restore the fortunes of Moab

in the latter days, says the Lord.

Thus far is the judgment on Moab.

 

New Testament in Four Years - 1 Peter 1:10-12

1 Peter 1:10-12

1. Praise to God for a Living Hope

10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that was to be yours made careful search and inquiry,11inquiring about the person or time that the Spirit of Christ within them indicated when it testified in advance to the sufferings destined for Christ and the subsequent glory.12It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in regard to the things that have now been announced to you through those who brought you good news by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to look!

Psalm a Day - Psalm 17

Psalm 17

17. Psalm 17

Psalm 17

Prayer for Deliverance from Persecutors

A Prayer of David.

1

Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry;

give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit.

2

From you let my vindication come;

let your eyes see the right.

 

3

If you try my heart, if you visit me by night,

if you test me, you will find no wickedness in me;

my mouth does not transgress.

4

As for what others do, by the word of your lips

I have avoided the ways of the violent.

5

My steps have held fast to your paths;

my feet have not slipped.

 

6

I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;

incline your ear to me, hear my words.

7

Wondrously show your steadfast love,

O savior of those who seek refuge

from their adversaries at your right hand.

 

8

Guard me as the apple of the eye;

hide me in the shadow of your wings,

9

from the wicked who despoil me,

my deadly enemies who surround me.

10

They close their hearts to pity;

with their mouths they speak arrogantly.

11

They track me down; now they surround me;

they set their eyes to cast me to the ground.

12

They are like a lion eager to tear,

like a young lion lurking in ambush.

 

13

Rise up, O Lord, confront them, overthrow them!

By your sword deliver my life from the wicked,

14

from mortals—by your hand, O Lord

from mortals whose portion in life is in this world.

May their bellies be filled with what you have stored up for them;

may their children have more than enough;

may they leave something over to their little ones.

 

15

As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness;

when I awake I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness.

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