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Daily Light's Morning Reading

From the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard.DAN. 10:12.

Thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.—The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.—Though the Lord be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.—Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.—God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

Submit yourselves therefore to God.

Thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee. Give ear, O Lord, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications. In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.

Isa. 57:15. -Psa. 51:17. -Psa. 138:6. -I Pet. 5:6. -Jas. 4:6. -Jas. 4:7.Psa. 86:5-7.

Spurgeon's Morning Reading

“Godly sorrow worketh repentance.”

2 Corinthians 7:10

Genuine, spiritual mourning for sin is the work of the Spirit of God. Repentance is too choice a flower to grow in nature’s garden. Pearls grow naturally in oysters, but penitence never shows itself in sinners except divine grace works it in them. If thou hast one particle of real hatred for sin, God must have given it thee, for human nature’s thorns never produced a single fig. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh.”

True repentance has a distinct reference to the Saviour. When we repent of sin, we must have one eye upon sin and another upon the cross, or it will be better still if we fix both our eyes upon Christ and see our transgressions only, in the light of his love.

True sorrow for sin is eminently practical. No man may say he hates sin, if he lives in it. Repentance makes us see the evil of sin, not merely as a theory, but experimentally—as a burnt child dreads fire. We shall be as much afraid of it, as a man who has lately been stopped and robbed is afraid of the thief upon the highway; and we shall shun it—shun it in everything—not in great things only, but in little things, as men shun little vipers as well as great snakes. True mourning for sin will make us very jealous over our tongue, lest it should say a wrong word; we shall be very watchful over our daily actions, lest in anything we offend, and each night we shall close the day with painful confessions of shortcoming, and each morning awaken with anxious prayers, that this day God would hold us up that we may not sin against him.

Sincere repentance is continual. Believers repent until their dying day. This dropping well is not intermittent. Every other sorrow yields to time, but this dear sorrow grows with our growth, and it is so sweet a bitter, that we thank God we are permitted to enjoy and to suffer it until we enter our eternal rest.

Old Testament Chapter a Day - Hosea 3

Hosea 3

3. Hosea's Reconciliation With His Wife

Further Assurances of God’s Redeeming Love

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The Lord said to me again, “Go, love a woman who has a lover and is an adulteress, just as the Lord loves the people of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love raisin cakes.”2So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer of barley and a measure of wine.3And I said to her, “You must remain as mine for many days; you shall not play the whore, you shall not have intercourse with a man, nor I with you.”4For the Israelites shall remain many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or pillar, without ephod or teraphim.5Afterward the Israelites shall return and seek the Lord their God, and David their king; they shall come in awe to the Lord and to his goodness in the latter days.

Psalm a Day - Psalm 78:56-72

Psalm 78:56-72

78. Psalm 78

56

Yet they tested the Most High God,

and rebelled against him.

They did not observe his decrees,

57

but turned away and were faithless like their ancestors;

they twisted like a treacherous bow.

58

For they provoked him to anger with their high places;

they moved him to jealousy with their idols.

59

When God heard, he was full of wrath,

and he utterly rejected Israel.

60

He abandoned his dwelling at Shiloh,

the tent where he dwelt among mortals,

61

and delivered his power to captivity,

his glory to the hand of the foe.

62

He gave his people to the sword,

and vented his wrath on his heritage.

63

Fire devoured their young men,

and their girls had no marriage song.

64

Their priests fell by the sword,

and their widows made no lamentation.

65

Then the Lord awoke as from sleep,

like a warrior shouting because of wine.

66

He put his adversaries to rout;

he put them to everlasting disgrace.

 

67

He rejected the tent of Joseph,

he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim;

68

but he chose the tribe of Judah,

Mount Zion, which he loves.

69

He built his sanctuary like the high heavens,

like the earth, which he has founded forever.

70

He chose his servant David,

and took him from the sheepfolds;

71

from tending the nursing ewes he brought him

to be the shepherd of his people Jacob,

of Israel, his inheritance.

72

With upright heart he tended them,

and guided them with skillful hand.

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