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The sorrow of the world worketh death.II COR. 7:10.

When Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his ass, and arose, and gat him home to his house, to his city, and put his household in order, and hanged himself, and died.—A wounded spirit who can bear?

Is there no balm in Gilead? is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?—The Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek: he hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to comfort all that mourn; to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.—Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Philip preached unto him Jesus.—He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

II Sam. 17:23. -Prov. 18:14.Jer. 8:22. -Isa. 61:1-3. -Matt. 11:28-30.Acts 8:35. -Psa. 147:3.

Spurgeon's Evening Reading

“They shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel.”

Zechariah 4:10

Small things marked the beginning of the work in the hand of Zerubbabel, but none might despise it, for the Lord had raised up one who would persevere until the headstone should be brought forth with shoutings. The plummet was in good hands. Here is the comfort of every believer in the Lord Jesus; let the work of grace be ever so small in its beginnings, the plummet is in good hands, a master builder greater than Solomon has undertaken the raising of the heavenly temple, and he will not fail nor be discouraged till the topmost pinnacle shall be raised. If the plummet were in the hand of any merely human being, we might fear for the building, but the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in Jesus’ hand. The works did not proceed irregularly, and without care, for the master’s hand carried a good instrument. Had the walls been hurriedly run up without due superintendence, they might have been out of the perpendicular; but the plummet was used by the chosen overseer. Jesus is evermore watching the erection of his spiritual temple, that it may be built securely and well. We are for haste, but Jesus is for judgment. He will use the plummet, and that which is out of line must come down, every stone of it. Hence the failure of many a flattering work, the overthrow of many a glittering profession. It is not for us to judge the Lord’s church, since Jesus has a steady hand, and a true eye, and can use the plummet well. Do we not rejoice to see judgment left to him?

The plummet was in active use—it was in the builder’s hand; a sure indication that he meant to push on the work to completion. O Lord Jesus, how would we indeed be glad if we could see thee at thy great work. O Zion, the beautiful, thy walls are still in ruins! Rise, thou glorious Builder, and make her desolations to rejoice at thy coming.

Old Testament Chapter a Day - Zephaniah 3

Zephaniah 3

3. Future of Jerusalem

The Wickedness of Jerusalem

 3

Ah, soiled, defiled,

oppressing city!

2

It has listened to no voice;

it has accepted no correction.

It has not trusted in the Lord;

it has not drawn near to its God.

 

3

The officials within it

are roaring lions;

its judges are evening wolves

that leave nothing until the morning.

4

Its prophets are reckless,

faithless persons;

its priests have profaned what is sacred,

they have done violence to the law.

5

The Lord within it is righteous;

he does no wrong.

Every morning he renders his judgment,

each dawn without fail;

but the unjust knows no shame.

 

6

I have cut off nations;

their battlements are in ruins;

I have laid waste their streets

so that no one walks in them;

their cities have been made desolate,

without people, without inhabitants.

7

I said, “Surely the city will fear me,

it will accept correction;

it will not lose sight

of all that I have brought upon it.”

But they were the more eager

to make all their deeds corrupt.

 

Punishment and Conversion of the Nations

8

Therefore wait for me, says the Lord,

for the day when I arise as a witness.

For my decision is to gather nations,

to assemble kingdoms,

to pour out upon them my indignation,

all the heat of my anger;

for in the fire of my passion

all the earth shall be consumed.

 

9

At that time I will change the speech of the peoples

to a pure speech,

that all of them may call on the name of the Lord

and serve him with one accord.

10

From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia

my suppliants, my scattered ones,

shall bring my offering.

 

11

On that day you shall not be put to shame

because of all the deeds by which you have rebelled against me;

for then I will remove from your midst

your proudly exultant ones,

and you shall no longer be haughty

in my holy mountain.

12

For I will leave in the midst of you

a people humble and lowly.

They shall seek refuge in the name of the Lord

13

the remnant of Israel;

they shall do no wrong

and utter no lies,

nor shall a deceitful tongue

be found in their mouths.

Then they will pasture and lie down,

and no one shall make them afraid.

 

A Song of Joy

14

Sing aloud, O daughter Zion;

shout, O Israel!

Rejoice and exult with all your heart,

O daughter Jerusalem!

15

The Lord has taken away the judgments against you,

he has turned away your enemies.

The king of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst;

you shall fear disaster no more.

16

On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:

Do not fear, O Zion;

do not let your hands grow weak.

17

The Lord, your God, is in your midst,

a warrior who gives victory;

he will rejoice over you with gladness,

he will renew you in his love;

he will exult over you with loud singing

18

as on a day of festival.

I will remove disaster from you,

so that you will not bear reproach for it.

19

I will deal with all your oppressors

at that time.

And I will save the lame

and gather the outcast,

and I will change their shame into praise

and renown in all the earth.

20

At that time I will bring you home,

at the time when I gather you;

for I will make you renowned and praised

among all the peoples of the earth,

when I restore your fortunes

before your eyes, says the Lord.

Psalm a Day - Psalm 111

Psalm 111

111. Psalm 111

Psalm 111

Praise for God’s Wonderful Works

1

Praise the Lord!

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,

in the company of the upright, in the congregation.

2

Great are the works of the Lord,

studied by all who delight in them.

3

Full of honor and majesty is his work,

and his righteousness endures forever.

4

He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds;

the Lord is gracious and merciful.

5

He provides food for those who fear him;

he is ever mindful of his covenant.

6

He has shown his people the power of his works,

in giving them the heritage of the nations.

7

The works of his hands are faithful and just;

all his precepts are trustworthy.

8

They are established forever and ever,

to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.

9

He sent redemption to his people;

he has commanded his covenant forever.

Holy and awesome is his name.

10

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;

all those who practice it have a good understanding.

His praise endures forever.

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