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Daily Light's Morning Reading

God is my defence.PSA. 59:9.

The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; the God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour.—The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.—We may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.—Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.

For thy name's sake lead me, and guide me.

II Sam. 22:2,3. -Psa. 28:7.Isa. 59:19. -Heb. 13:6.Psa. 27:1.Psa. 125:2. -Psa. 63:7.Psa. 31:3.

Spurgeon's Morning Reading

“But who may abide the day of his coming?”

Malachi 3:2

His first coming was without external pomp or show of power, and yet in truth there were few who could abide its testing might. Herod and all Jerusalem with him were stirred at the news of the wondrous birth. Those who supposed themselves to be waiting for him, showed the fallacy of their professions by rejecting him when he came. His life on earth was a winnowing fan, which tried the great heap of religious profession, and few enough could abide the process. But what will his second advent be? What sinner can endure to think of it? “He shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.” When in his humiliation he did but say to the soldiers, “I am he,” they fell backward; what will be the terror of his enemies when he shall more fully reveal himself as the “I am?” His death shook earth and darkened heaven, what shall be the dreadful splendour of that day in which as the living Saviour, he shall summon the quick and dead before him? O that the terrors of the Lord would persuade men to forsake their sins and kiss the Son lest he be angry! Though a lamb, he is yet the lion of the tribe of Judah, rending the prey in pieces; and though he breaks not the bruised reed, yet will he break his enemies with a rod of iron, and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. None of his foes shall bear up before the tempest of his wrath, or hide themselves from the sweeping hail of his indignation; but his beloved blood washed people look for his appearing with joy, and hope to abide it without fear: to them he sits as a refiner even now, and when he has tried them they shall come forth as gold. Let us search ourselves this morning and make our calling and election sure, so that the coming of the Lord may cause no dark forebodings in our mind. O for grace to cast away all hypocrisy, and to be found of him sincere and without rebuke in the day of his appearing.

Old Testament Chapter a Day - Hosea 5

Hosea 5

5. Judgment Against Israel

Impending Judgment on Israel and Judah

 5

Hear this, O priests!

Give heed, O house of Israel!

Listen, O house of the king!

For the judgment pertains to you;

for you have been a snare at Mizpah,

and a net spread upon Tabor,

2

and a pit dug deep in Shittim;

but I will punish all of them.

 

3

I know Ephraim,

and Israel is not hidden from me;

for now, O Ephraim, you have played the whore;

Israel is defiled.

4

Their deeds do not permit them

to return to their God.

For the spirit of whoredom is within them,

and they do not know the Lord.

 

5

Israel’s pride testifies against him;

Ephraim stumbles in his guilt;

Judah also stumbles with them.

6

With their flocks and herds they shall go

to seek the Lord,

but they will not find him;

he has withdrawn from them.

7

They have dealt faithlessly with the Lord;

for they have borne illegitimate children.

Now the new moon shall devour them along with their fields.

 

8

Blow the horn in Gibeah,

the trumpet in Ramah.

Sound the alarm at Beth-aven;

look behind you, Benjamin!

9

Ephraim shall become a desolation

in the day of punishment;

among the tribes of Israel

I declare what is sure.

10

The princes of Judah have become

like those who remove the landmark;

on them I will pour out

my wrath like water.

11

Ephraim is oppressed, crushed in judgment,

because he was determined to go after vanity.

12

Therefore I am like maggots to Ephraim,

and like rottenness to the house of Judah.

13

When Ephraim saw his sickness,

and Judah his wound,

then Ephraim went to Assyria,

and sent to the great king.

But he is not able to cure you

or heal your wound.

14

For I will be like a lion to Ephraim,

and like a young lion to the house of Judah.

I myself will tear and go away;

I will carry off, and no one shall rescue.

15

I will return again to my place

until they acknowledge their guilt and seek my face.

In their distress they will beg my favor:

Psalm a Day - Psalm 79

Psalm 79

79. Psalm 79

Psalm 79

Plea for Mercy for Jerusalem

A Psalm of Asaph.

1

O God, the nations have come into your inheritance;

they have defiled your holy temple;

they have laid Jerusalem in ruins.

2

They have given the bodies of your servants

to the birds of the air for food,

the flesh of your faithful to the wild animals of the earth.

3

They have poured out their blood like water

all around Jerusalem,

and there was no one to bury them.

4

We have become a taunt to our neighbors,

mocked and derided by those around us.

 

5

How long, O Lord? Will you be angry forever?

Will your jealous wrath burn like fire?

6

Pour out your anger on the nations

that do not know you,

and on the kingdoms

that do not call on your name.

7

For they have devoured Jacob

and laid waste his habitation.

 

8

Do not remember against us the iniquities of our ancestors;

let your compassion come speedily to meet us,

for we are brought very low.

9

Help us, O God of our salvation,

for the glory of your name;

deliver us, and forgive our sins,

for your name’s sake.

10

Why should the nations say,

“Where is their God?”

Let the avenging of the outpoured blood of your servants

be known among the nations before our eyes.

 

11

Let the groans of the prisoners come before you;

according to your great power preserve those doomed to die.

12

Return sevenfold into the bosom of our neighbors

the taunts with which they taunted you, O Lord!

13

Then we your people, the flock of your pasture,

will give thanks to you forever;

from generation to generation we will recount your praise.

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