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Daily Light's Morning Reading

Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord.ROM. 12:11.

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.—Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.—Whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord.

I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.—Wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?—The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.

Brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.—We desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end; that ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and perseverence inherit the promises.—So run, that ye may obtain.

Eccl. 9:10. -Col. 3:23,24. -Eph. 6:8.John 9:4. -Luke 2:49. -John 2:17.II Pet. 1:10. -Heb. 6:11,12. -I Cor. 9:24.

Spurgeon's Morning Reading

“Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine.”

John 21:12

In these words the believer is invited to a holy nearness to Jesus. “Come and dine,” implies the same table, the same meat; aye, and sometimes it means to sit side by side, and lean our head upon the Saviour’s bosom. It is being brought into the banqueting-house, where waves the banner of redeeming love. “Come and dine,” gives us a vision of union with Jesus, because the only food that we can feast upon when we dine with Jesus is himself. Oh, what union is this! It is a depth which reason cannot fathom, that we thus feed upon Jesus. “He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.” It is also an invitation to enjoy fellowship with the saints. Christians may differ on a variety of points, but they have all one spiritual appetite; and if we cannot all feel alike, we can all feed alike on the bread of life sent down from heaven. At the table of fellowship with Jesus we are one bread and one cup. As the loving cup goes round we pledge one another heartily therein. Get nearer to Jesus, and you will find yourself linked more and more in spirit to all who are like yourself, supported by the same heavenly manna. If we were more near to Jesus we should be more near to one another. We likewise see in these words the source of strength for every Christian. To look at Christ is to live, but for strength to serve him you must “come and dine.” We labour under much unnecessary weakness on account of neglecting this precept of the Master. We none of us need to put ourselves on low diet; on the contrary, we should fatten on the marrow and fatness of the gospel that we may accumulate strength therein, and urge every power to its full tension in the Master’s service. Thus, then, if you would realize nearness to Jesus, union with Jesus, love to his people and strength from Jesus, “come and dine” with him by faith.

Old Testament Chapter a Day - 1 Chronicles 16

1 Chronicles 16

16. David's Psalm of Thanks

The Ark Placed in the Tent

16

They brought in the ark of God, and set it inside the tent that David had pitched for it; and they offered burnt offerings and offerings of well-being before God.2When David had finished offering the burnt offerings and the offerings of well-being, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord;3and he distributed to every person in Israel—man and woman alike—to each a loaf of bread, a portion of meat, and a cake of raisins.

4 He appointed certain of the Levites as ministers before the ark of the Lord, to invoke, to thank, and to praise the Lord, the God of Israel.5Asaph was the chief, and second to him Zechariah, Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-edom, and Jeiel, with harps and lyres; Asaph was to sound the cymbals,6and the priests Benaiah and Jahaziel were to blow trumpets regularly, before the ark of the covenant of God.

David’s Psalm of Thanksgiving

7 Then on that day David first appointed the singing of praises to the Lord by Asaph and his kindred.

 

8

O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name,

make known his deeds among the peoples.

9

Sing to him, sing praises to him,

tell of all his wonderful works.

10

Glory in his holy name;

let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

11

Seek the Lord and his strength,

seek his presence continually.

12

Remember the wonderful works he has done,

his miracles, and the judgments he uttered,

13

O offspring of his servant Israel,

children of Jacob, his chosen ones.

 

14

He is the Lord our God;

his judgments are in all the earth.

15

Remember his covenant forever,

the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations,

16

the covenant that he made with Abraham,

his sworn promise to Isaac,

17

which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute,

to Israel as an everlasting covenant,

18

saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan

as your portion for an inheritance.”

 

19

When they were few in number,

of little account, and strangers in the land,

20

wandering from nation to nation,

from one kingdom to another people,

21

he allowed no one to oppress them;

he rebuked kings on their account,

22

saying, “Do not touch my anointed ones;

do my prophets no harm.”

 

23

Sing to the Lord, all the earth.

Tell of his salvation from day to day.

24

Declare his glory among the nations,

his marvelous works among all the peoples.

25

For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;

he is to be revered above all gods.

26

For all the gods of the peoples are idols,

but the Lord made the heavens.

27

Honor and majesty are before him;

strength and joy are in his place.

 

28

Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,

ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

29

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;

bring an offering, and come before him.

Worship the Lord in holy splendor;

30

tremble before him, all the earth.

The world is firmly established; it shall never be moved.

31

Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice,

and let them say among the nations, “The Lord is king!”

32

Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;

let the field exult, and everything in it.

33

Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy

before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth.

34

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

for his steadfast love endures forever.

 

35 Say also:

“Save us, O God of our salvation,

and gather and rescue us from among the nations,

that we may give thanks to your holy name,

and glory in your praise.

36

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,

from everlasting to everlasting.”

Then all the people said “Amen!” and praised the Lord.

Regular Worship Maintained

37 David left Asaph and his kinsfolk there before the ark of the covenant of the Lord to minister regularly before the ark as each day required,38and also Obed-edom and his sixty-eight kinsfolk; while Obed-edom son of Jeduthun and Hosah were to be gatekeepers.39And he left the priest Zadok and his kindred the priests before the tabernacle of the Lord in the high place that was at Gibeon,40to offer burnt offerings to the Lord on the altar of burnt offering regularly, morning and evening, according to all that is written in the law of the Lord that he commanded Israel.41With them were Heman and Jeduthun, and the rest of those chosen and expressly named to render thanks to the Lord, for his steadfast love endures forever.42Heman and Jeduthun had with them trumpets and cymbals for the music, and instruments for sacred song. The sons of Jeduthun were appointed to the gate.

43 Then all the people departed to their homes, and David went home to bless his household.

New Testament in Four Years - 2 Corinthians 2:12-17

2 Corinthians 2:12-17

2. Paul's Change of Plans

Paul’s Anxiety in Troas

12 When I came to Troas to proclaim the good news of Christ, a door was opened for me in the Lord;13but my mind could not rest because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I said farewell to them and went on to Macedonia.

14 But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads in every place the fragrance that comes from knowing him.15For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing;16to the one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things?17For we are not peddlers of God’s word like so many; but in Christ we speak as persons of sincerity, as persons sent from God and standing in his presence.

Psalm a Day - Psalm 82

Psalm 82

82. Psalm 82

Psalm 82

A Plea for Justice

A Psalm of Asaph.

1

God has taken his place in the divine council;

in the midst of the gods he holds judgment:

2

“How long will you judge unjustly

and show partiality to the wicked?Selah

3

Give justice to the weak and the orphan;

maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute.

4

Rescue the weak and the needy;

deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”

 

5

They have neither knowledge nor understanding,

they walk around in darkness;

all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

 

6

I say, “You are gods,

children of the Most High, all of you;

7

nevertheless, you shall die like mortals,

and fall like any prince.”

 

8

Rise up, O God, judge the earth;

for all the nations belong to you!

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