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Evening Meditations for March 4

Daily Light's Evening Reading

He bowed his shoulder to bear.GEN. 49:15.

Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.—Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.—Aaron held his peace.—It is the Lord; let him do what seemeth him good.

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee.—Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows.

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.

Jas. 5:10. -I Cor. 10:11.Job 2:10. -Lev. 10:3. -I Sam. 3:18.Psa. 55:22. -Isa. 53:4.Matt. 11:28-30.

Spurgeon's Evening Reading

“They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house.”

Psalm 36:8

Sheba’s queen was amazed at the sumptuousness of Solomon’s table. She lost all heart when she saw the provision of a single day; and she marvelled equally at the company of servants who were feasted at the royal board. But what is this to the hospitalities of the God of grace? Ten thousand thousand of his people are daily fed; hungry and thirsty, they bring large appetites with them to the banquet, but not one of them returns unsatisfied; there is enough for each, enough for all, enough for evermore. Though the host that feed at Jehovah’s table is countless as the stars of heaven, yet each one has his portion of meat. Think how much grace one saint requires, so much that nothing but the Infinite could supply him for one day; and yet the Lord spreads his table, not for one, but many saints, not for one day, but for many years; not for many years only, but for generation after generation. Observe the full feasting spoken of in the text, the guests at mercy’s banquet are satisfied, nay, more “abundantly satisfied;” and that not with ordinary fare, but with fatness, the peculiar fatness of God’s own house; and such feasting is guaranteed by a faithful promise to all those children of men who put their trust under the shadow of Jehovah’s wings. I once thought if I might but get the broken meat at God’s back door of grace I should be satisfied; like the woman who said, “The dogs eat of the crumbs that fall from the master’s table;” but no child of God is ever served with scraps and leavings; like Mephibosheth, they all eat from the king’s own table. In matters of grace, we all have Benjamin’s mess—we all have ten times more than we could have expected, and though our necessities are great, yet are we often amazed at the marvellous plenty of grace which God gives us experimentally to enjoy.

Old Testament Chapter a Day — Isaiah 63

Isaiah 63

Vengeance on Edom

63

“Who is this that comes from Edom,

from Bozrah in garments stained crimson?

Who is this so splendidly robed,

marching in his great might?”

 

“It is I, announcing vindication,

mighty to save.”

 

2

“Why are your robes red,

and your garments like theirs who tread the wine press?”

 

3

“I have trodden the wine press alone,

and from the peoples no one was with me;

I trod them in my anger

and trampled them in my wrath;

their juice spattered on my garments,

and stained all my robes.

4

For the day of vengeance was in my heart,

and the year for my redeeming work had come.

5

I looked, but there was no helper;

I stared, but there was no one to sustain me;

so my own arm brought me victory,

and my wrath sustained me.

6

I trampled down peoples in my anger,

I crushed them in my wrath,

and I poured out their lifeblood on the earth.”

 

God’s Mercy Remembered

7

I will recount the gracious deeds of the Lord,

the praiseworthy acts of the Lord,

because of all that the Lord has done for us,

and the great favor to the house of Israel

that he has shown them according to his mercy,

according to the abundance of his steadfast love.

8

For he said, “Surely they are my people,

children who will not deal falsely”;

and he became their savior

9

in all their distress.

It was no messenger or angel

but his presence that saved them;

in his love and in his pity he redeemed them;

he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.

 

10

But they rebelled

and grieved his holy spirit;

therefore he became their enemy;

he himself fought against them.

11

Then they remembered the days of old,

of Moses his servant.

Where is the one who brought them up out of the sea

with the shepherds of his flock?

Where is the one who put within them

his holy spirit,

12

who caused his glorious arm

to march at the right hand of Moses,

who divided the waters before them

to make for himself an everlasting name,

13

who led them through the depths?

Like a horse in the desert,

they did not stumble.

14

Like cattle that go down into the valley,

the spirit of the Lord gave them rest.

Thus you led your people,

to make for yourself a glorious name.

A Prayer of Penitence

15

Look down from heaven and see,

from your holy and glorious habitation.

Where are your zeal and your might?

The yearning of your heart and your compassion?

They are withheld from me.

16

For you are our father,

though Abraham does not know us

and Israel does not acknowledge us;

you, O Lord, are our father;

our Redeemer from of old is your name.

17

Why, O Lord, do you make us stray from your ways

and harden our heart, so that we do not fear you?

Turn back for the sake of your servants,

for the sake of the tribes that are your heritage.

18

Your holy people took possession for a little while;

but now our adversaries have trampled down your sanctuary.

19

We have long been like those whom you do not rule,

like those not called by your name.

 


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New Testament in Four Years — Galatians 1:13-17

Galatians 1:13-17

13For ye have heard of my manner of life in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and made havoc of it: 14and I advanced in the Jews' religion beyond many of mine own age among my countrymen, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers. 15But when it was the good pleasure of God, who separated me, even from my mother's womb, and called me through his grace, 16to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the Gentiles; straightway I conferred not with flesh and blood: 17neither went I up to Jerusalem to them that were apostles before me: but I went away into Arabia; and again I returned unto Damascus.

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Psalm a Day — Psalm 47

Psalm 47

Psalm 47

God’s Rule over the Nations

To the leader. Of the Korahites. A Psalm.

1

Clap your hands, all you peoples;

shout to God with loud songs of joy.

2

For the Lord, the Most High, is awesome,

a great king over all the earth.

3

He subdued peoples under us,

and nations under our feet.

4

He chose our heritage for us,

the pride of Jacob whom he loves.Selah

 

5

God has gone up with a shout,

the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.

6

Sing praises to God, sing praises;

sing praises to our King, sing praises.

7

For God is the king of all the earth;

sing praises with a psalm.

 

8

God is king over the nations;

God sits on his holy throne.

9

The princes of the peoples gather

as the people of the God of Abraham.

For the shields of the earth belong to God;

he is highly exalted.


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