Meditate

with a daily devotion

Today «
» Permalink

Daily Light's Morning Reading

I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause.JOB 5:8.

Is anything too hard for the Lord?—Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.—Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God.—Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you.

Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up unto the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord. And Hezekiah prayed unto the Lord.

It shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.—The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.

Gen. 18:14. -Psa. 37:5. -Phi. 4:6. -I Pet. 5:7.Isa. 37:14,15.Isa. 65:24. -Jas. 5:16.Psa. 116:1,2.

Spurgeon's Morning Reading

“There is no spot in thee.”

Song of Solomon 4:7

Having pronounced his Church positively full of beauty, our Lord confirms his praise by a precious negative, “There is no spot in thee.” As if the thought occurred to the Bridegroom that the carping world would insinuate that he had only mentioned her comely parts, and had purposely omitted those features which were deformed or defiled, he sums up all by declaring her universally and entirely fair, and utterly devoid of stain. A spot may soon be removed, and is the very least thing that can disfigure beauty, but even from this little blemish the believer is delivered in his Lord’s sight. If he had said there is no hideous scar, no horrible deformity, no deadly ulcer, we might even then have marvelled; but when he testifies that she is free from the slightest spot, all these other forms of defilement are included, and the depth of wonder is increased. If he had but promised to remove all spots by-and-by, we should have had eternal reason for joy; but when he speaks of it as already done, who can restrain the most intense emotions of satisfaction and delight? O my soul, here is marrow and fatness for thee; eat thy full, and be satisfied with royal dainties.

Christ Jesus has no quarrel with his spouse. She often wanders from him, and grieves his Holy Spirit, but he does not allow her faults to affect his love. He sometimes chides, but it is always in the tenderest manner, with the kindest intentions: it is “my love” even then. There is no remembrance of our follies, he does not cherish ill thoughts of us, but he pardons and loves as well after the offence as before it. It is well for us it is so, for if Jesus were as mindful of injuries as we are, how could he commune with us? Many a time a believer will put himself out of humour with the Lord for some slight turn in providence, but our precious Husband knows our silly hearts too well to take any offence at our ill manners.

Old Testament Chapter a Day - 2 Chronicles 35

2 Chronicles 35

35. Josiah Celebrates Passover

Celebration of the Passover

35

Josiah kept a passover to the Lord in Jerusalem; they slaughtered the passover lamb on the fourteenth day of the first month.2He appointed the priests to their offices and encouraged them in the service of the house of the Lord.3He said to the Levites who taught all Israel and who were holy to the Lord, “Put the holy ark in the house that Solomon son of David, king of Israel, built; you need no longer carry it on your shoulders. Now serve the Lord your God and his people Israel.4Make preparations by your ancestral houses by your divisions, following the written directions of King David of Israel and the written directions of his son Solomon.5Take position in the holy place according to the groupings of the ancestral houses of your kindred the people, and let there be Levites for each division of an ancestral house.6Slaughter the passover lamb, sanctify yourselves, and on behalf of your kindred make preparations, acting according to the word of the Lord by Moses.”

7 Then Josiah contributed to the people, as passover offerings for all that were present, lambs and kids from the flock to the number of thirty thousand, and three thousand bulls; these were from the king’s possessions.8His officials contributed willingly to the people, to the priests, and to the Levites. Hilkiah, Zechariah, and Jehiel, the chief officers of the house of God, gave to the priests for the passover offerings two thousand six hundred lambs and kids and three hundred bulls.9Conaniah also, and his brothers Shemaiah and Nethanel, and Hashabiah and Jeiel and Jozabad, the chiefs of the Levites, gave to the Levites for the passover offerings five thousand lambs and kids and five hundred bulls.

10 When the service had been prepared for, the priests stood in their place, and the Levites in their divisions according to the king’s command.11They slaughtered the passover lamb, and the priests dashed the blood that they received from them, while the Levites did the skinning.12They set aside the burnt offerings so that they might distribute them according to the groupings of the ancestral houses of the people, to offer to the Lord, as it is written in the book of Moses. And they did the same with the bulls.13They roasted the passover lamb with fire according to the ordinance; and they boiled the holy offerings in pots, in caldrons, and in pans, and carried them quickly to all the people.14Afterward they made preparations for themselves and for the priests, because the priests the descendants of Aaron were occupied in offering the burnt offerings and the fat parts until night; so the Levites made preparations for themselves and for the priests, the descendants of Aaron.15The singers, the descendants of Asaph, were in their place according to the command of David, and Asaph, and Heman, and the king’s seer Jeduthun. The gatekeepers were at each gate; they did not need to interrupt their service, for their kindred the Levites made preparations for them.

16 So all the service of the Lord was prepared that day, to keep the passover and to offer burnt offerings on the altar of the Lord, according to the command of King Josiah.17The people of Israel who were present kept the passover at that time, and the festival of unleavened bread seven days.18No passover like it had been kept in Israel since the days of the prophet Samuel; none of the kings of Israel had kept such a passover as was kept by Josiah, by the priests and the Levites, by all Judah and Israel who were present, and by the inhabitants of Jerusalem.19In the eighteenth year of the reign of Josiah this passover was kept.

Defeat by Pharaoh Neco and Death of Josiah

20 After all this, when Josiah had set the temple in order, King Neco of Egypt went up to fight at Carchemish on the Euphrates, and Josiah went out against him.21But Neco sent envoys to him, saying, “What have I to do with you, king of Judah? I am not coming against you today, but against the house with which I am at war; and God has commanded me to hurry. Cease opposing God, who is with me, so that he will not destroy you.”22But Josiah would not turn away from him, but disguised himself in order to fight with him. He did not listen to the words of Neco from the mouth of God, but joined battle in the plain of Megiddo.23The archers shot King Josiah; and the king said to his servants, “Take me away, for I am badly wounded.”24So his servants took him out of the chariot and carried him in his second chariot and brought him to Jerusalem. There he died, and was buried in the tombs of his ancestors. All Judah and Jerusalem mourned for Josiah.25Jeremiah also uttered a lament for Josiah, and all the singing men and singing women have spoken of Josiah in their laments to this day. They made these a custom in Israel; they are recorded in the Laments.26Now the rest of the acts of Josiah and his faithful deeds in accordance with what is written in the law of the Lord,27and his acts, first and last, are written in the Book of the Kings of Israel and Judah.

New Testament in Four Years - Galatians 2:14-16

Galatians 2:14-16

2. Paul Opposes Peter

14But when I saw that they were not acting consistently with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?”

Jews and Gentiles Are Saved by Faith

15 We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners;16yet we know that a person is justified not by the works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ. And we have come to believe in Christ Jesus, so that we might be justified by faith in Christ, and not by doing the works of the law, because no one will be justified by the works of the law.

Related Hymns

Psalm a Day - Psalm 119:1-16

Psalm 119:1-16

119. Psalm 119

Psalm 119

The Glories of God’s Law

1

Happy are those whose way is blameless,

who walk in the law of the Lord.

2

Happy are those who keep his decrees,

who seek him with their whole heart,

3

who also do no wrong,

but walk in his ways.

4

You have commanded your precepts

to be kept diligently.

5

O that my ways may be steadfast

in keeping your statutes!

6

Then I shall not be put to shame,

having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.

7

I will praise you with an upright heart,

when I learn your righteous ordinances.

8

I will observe your statutes;

do not utterly forsake me.

 

9

How can young people keep their way pure?

By guarding it according to your word.

10

With my whole heart I seek you;

do not let me stray from your commandments.

11

I treasure your word in my heart,

so that I may not sin against you.

12

Blessed are you, O Lord;

teach me your statutes.

13

With my lips I declare

all the ordinances of your mouth.

14

I delight in the way of your decrees

as much as in all riches.

15

I will meditate on your precepts,

and fix my eyes on your ways.

16

I will delight in your statutes;

I will not forget your word.

 

Related Hymns

VIEWNAME is Meditate