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Daily Light's Morning Reading

One of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.JOHN 19:34.

Behold the blood of the covenant, which the Lord hath made with you.—The life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls.—It is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

Jesus said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.—By his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.—Peace through the blood of his cross.

Ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, . . . but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot, . . . manifest in these last times for you.

Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you and ye shall be clean: . . . from all your idols, will I cleanse you.—Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience.

Exo. 24:8. -Lev. 17:11. -Heb. 10:4.Mark 14:24. -Heb. 9:12. -Col. 1:20.I Pet. 1:18-20.Ezek. 36:25. -Heb. 10:22.

Spurgeon's Morning Reading

“Thy paths drop fatness.”

Psalm 65:11

Many are “the paths of the Lord” which “drop fatness,” but an especial one is the path of prayer. No believer, who is much in the closet, will have need to cry, “My leanness, my leanness; woe unto me.” Starving souls live at a distance from the mercy- seat, and become like the parched fields in times of drought. Prevalence with God in wrestling prayer is sure to make the believer strong—if not happy. The nearest place to the gate of heaven is the throne of the heavenly grace. Much alone, and you will have much assurance; little alone with Jesus, your religion will be shallow, polluted with many doubts and fears, and not sparkling with the joy of the Lord. Since the soul-enriching path of prayer is open to the very weakest saint; since no high attainments are required; since you are not bidden to come because you are an advanced saint, but freely invited if you be a saint at all; see to it, dear reader, that you are often in the way of private devotion. Be much on your knees, for so Elijah drew the rain upon famished Israel’s fields.

There is another especial path dropping with fatness to those who walk therein, it is the secret walk of communion. Oh! the delights of fellowship with Jesus! Earth hath no words which can set forth the holy calm of a soul leaning on Jesus’ bosom. Few Christians understand it, they live in the lowlands and seldom climb to the top of Nebo: they live in the outer court, they enter not the holy place, they take not up the privilege of priesthood. At a distance they see the sacrifice, but they sit not down with the priest to eat thereof, and to enjoy the fat of the burnt offering. But, reader, sit thou ever under the shadow of Jesus; come up to that palm tree, and take hold of the branches thereof; let thy beloved be unto thee as the apple-tree among the trees of the wood, and thou shalt be satisfied as with marrow and fatness. O Jesus, visit us with thy salvation!

Old Testament Chapter a Day - 1 Chronicles 18

1 Chronicles 18

18. David's Victories

David’s Kingdom Established and Extended

18

Some time afterward, David attacked the Philistines and subdued them; he took Gath and its villages from the Philistines.

2 He defeated Moab, and the Moabites became subject to David and brought tribute.

3 David also struck down King Hadadezer of Zobah, toward Hamath, as he went to set up a monument at the river Euphrates.4David took from him one thousand chariots, seven thousand cavalry, and twenty thousand foot soldiers. David hamstrung all the chariot horses, but left one hundred of them.5When the Arameans of Damascus came to help King Hadadezer of Zobah, David killed twenty-two thousand Arameans.6Then David put garrisons in Aram of Damascus; and the Arameans became subject to David, and brought tribute. The Lord gave victory to David wherever he went.7David took the gold shields that were carried by the servants of Hadadezer, and brought them to Jerusalem.8From Tibhath and from Cun, cities of Hadadezer, David took a vast quantity of bronze; with it Solomon made the bronze sea and the pillars and the vessels of bronze.

9 When King Tou of Hamath heard that David had defeated the whole army of King Hadadezer of Zobah,10he sent his son Hadoram to King David, to greet him and to congratulate him, because he had fought against Hadadezer and defeated him. Now Hadadezer had often been at war with Tou. He sent all sorts of articles of gold, of silver, and of bronze;11these also King David dedicated to the Lord, together with the silver and gold that he had carried off from all the nations, from Edom, Moab, the Ammonites, the Philistines, and Amalek.

12 Abishai son of Zeruiah killed eighteen thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt.13He put garrisons in Edom; and all the Edomites became subject to David. And the Lord gave victory to David wherever he went.

David’s Administration

14 So David reigned over all Israel; and he administered justice and equity to all his people.15Joab son of Zeruiah was over the army; Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was recorder;16Zadok son of Ahitub and Ahimelech son of Abiathar were priests; Shavsha was secretary;17Benaiah son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David’s sons were the chief officials in the service of the king.

New Testament in Four Years - 2 Corinthians 3:7-11

2 Corinthians 3:7-11

3. Glory of the New Covenant

7 Now if the ministry of death, chiseled in letters on stone tablets, came in glory so that the people of Israel could not gaze at Moses’ face because of the glory of his face, a glory now set aside,8how much more will the ministry of the Spirit come in glory?9For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, much more does the ministry of justification abound in glory!10Indeed, what once had glory has lost its glory because of the greater glory;11for if what was set aside came through glory, much more has the permanent come in glory!

Psalm a Day - Psalm 84

Psalm 84

84. Psalm 84

Psalm 84

The Joy of Worship in the Temple

To the leader: according to The Gittith. Of the Korahites. A Psalm.

1

How lovely is your dwelling place,

O Lord of hosts!

2

My soul longs, indeed it faints

for the courts of the Lord;

my heart and my flesh sing for joy

to the living God.

 

3

Even the sparrow finds a home,

and the swallow a nest for herself,

where she may lay her young,

at your altars, O Lord of hosts,

my King and my God.

4

Happy are those who live in your house,

ever singing your praise.Selah

 

5

Happy are those whose strength is in you,

in whose heart are the highways to Zion.

6

As they go through the valley of Baca

they make it a place of springs;

the early rain also covers it with pools.

7

They go from strength to strength;

the God of gods will be seen in Zion.

 

8

O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;

give ear, O God of Jacob!Selah

9

Behold our shield, O God;

look on the face of your anointed.

 

10

For a day in your courts is better

than a thousand elsewhere.

I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God

than live in the tents of wickedness.

11

For the Lord God is a sun and shield;

he bestows favor and honor.

No good thing does the Lord withhold

from those who walk uprightly.

12

O Lord of hosts,

happy is everyone who trusts in you.

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