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Daily Light's Morning Reading

In thy name shall they rejoice all the day; and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted.PSA. 89:16.

In the Lord have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed. In the Lord shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.—Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.

The righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe. To declare . . . at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.—Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.

Isa. 45:24,25. -Psa. 32:11.Rom. 3:21,22,26.Phi. 4:4. -I Pet. 1:8.

Spurgeon's Morning Reading

“And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul.”

1 Samuel 27:1

The thought of David’s heart at this time was a false thought, because he certainly had no ground for thinking that God’s anointing him by Samuel was intended to be left as an empty unmeaning act. On no one occasion had the Lord deserted his servant; he had been placed in perilous positions very often, but not one instance had occurred in which divine interposition had not delivered him. The trials to which he had been exposed had been varied; they had not assumed one form only, but many—yet in every case he who sent the trial had also graciously ordained a way of escape. David could not put his finger upon any entry in his diary, and say of it, “Here is evidence that the Lord will forsake me,” for the entire tenor of his past life proved the very reverse. He should have argued from what God had done for him, that God would be his defender still. But is it not just in the same way that we doubt God’s help? Is it not mistrust without a cause? Have we ever had the shadow of a reason to doubt our Father’s goodness? Have not his lovingkindnesses been marvellous? Has he once failed to justify our trust? Ah, no! our God has not left us at any time. We have had dark nights, but the star of love has shone forth amid the blackness; we have been in stern conflicts, but over our head he has held aloft the shield of our defence. We have gone through many trials, but never to our detriment, always to our advantage; and the conclusion from our past experience is, that he who has been with us in six troubles, will not forsake us in the seventh. What we have known of our faithful God, proves that he will keep us to the end. Let us not, then, reason contrary to evidence. How can we ever be so ungenerous as to doubt our God? Lord, throw down the Jezebel of our unbelief, and let the dogs devour it.

Old Testament Chapter a Day - 1 Chronicles 17

1 Chronicles 17

17. God's Promise to David

God’s Covenant with David

17

Now when David settled in his house, David said to the prophet Nathan, “I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of the covenant of the Lord is under a tent.”2Nathan said to David, “Do all that you have in mind, for God is with you.”

3 But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying:4Go and tell my servant David: Thus says the Lord: You shall not build me a house to live in.5For I have not lived in a house since the day I brought out Israel to this very day, but I have lived in a tent and a tabernacle.6Wherever I have moved about among all Israel, did I ever speak a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people, saying, Why have you not built me a house of cedar?7Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David: Thus says the Lord of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people Israel;8and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies before you; and I will make for you a name, like the name of the great ones of the earth.9I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, so that they may live in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and evildoers shall wear them down no more, as they did formerly,10from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will subdue all your enemies.

Moreover I declare to you that the Lord will build you a house.11When your days are fulfilled to go to be with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring after you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom.12He shall build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever.13I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me. I will not take my steadfast love from him, as I took it from him who was before you,14but I will confirm him in my house and in my kingdom forever, and his throne shall be established forever.15In accordance with all these words and all this vision, Nathan spoke to David.

David’s Prayer

16 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?17And even this was a small thing in your sight, O God; you have also spoken of your servant’s house for a great while to come. You regard me as someone of high rank, O Lord God!18And what more can David say to you for honoring your servant? You know your servant.19For your servant’s sake, O Lord, and according to your own heart, you have done all these great deeds, making known all these great things.20There is no one like you, O Lord, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears.21Who is like your people Israel, one nation on the earth whom God went to redeem to be his people, making for yourself a name for great and terrible things, in driving out nations before your people whom you redeemed from Egypt?22And you made your people Israel to be your people forever; and you, O Lord, became their God.

23 “And now, O Lord, as for the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house, let it be established forever, and do as you have promised.24Thus your name will be established and magnified forever in the saying, ‘The Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, is Israel’s God’; and the house of your servant David will be established in your presence.25For you, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build a house for him; therefore your servant has found it possible to pray before you.26And now, O Lord, you are God, and you have promised this good thing to your servant;27therefore may it please you to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever before you. For you, O Lord, have blessed and are blessed forever.”

New Testament in Four Years - 2 Corinthians 3:1-6

2 Corinthians 3:1-6

3. Glory of the New Covenant

Ministers of the New Covenant

 3

Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Surely we do not need, as some do, letters of recommendation to you or from you, do we?2You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all;3and you show that you are a letter of Christ, prepared by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

4 Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God.5Not that we are competent of ourselves to claim anything as coming from us; our competence is from God,6who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of letter but of spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

Psalm a Day - Psalm 83

Psalm 83

83. Psalm 83

Psalm 83

Prayer for Judgment on Israel’s Foes

A Song. A Psalm of Asaph.

1

O God, do not keep silence;

do not hold your peace or be still, O God!

2

Even now your enemies are in tumult;

those who hate you have raised their heads.

3

They lay crafty plans against your people;

they consult together against those you protect.

4

They say, “Come, let us wipe them out as a nation;

let the name of Israel be remembered no more.”

5

They conspire with one accord;

against you they make a covenant—

6

the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,

Moab and the Hagrites,

7

Gebal and Ammon and Amalek,

Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;

8

Assyria also has joined them;

they are the strong arm of the children of Lot.Selah

 

9

Do to them as you did to Midian,

as to Sisera and Jabin at the Wadi Kishon,

10

who were destroyed at En-dor,

who became dung for the ground.

11

Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb,

all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,

12

who said, “Let us take the pastures of God

for our own possession.”

 

13

O my God, make them like whirling dust,

like chaff before the wind.

14

As fire consumes the forest,

as the flame sets the mountains ablaze,

15

so pursue them with your tempest

and terrify them with your hurricane.

16

Fill their faces with shame,

so that they may seek your name, O Lord.

17

Let them be put to shame and dismayed forever;

let them perish in disgrace.

18

Let them know that you alone,

whose name is the Lord,

are the Most High over all the earth.

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