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Morning Meditations for July 24

Daily Light's Morning Reading

Patient in tribulation.ROM. 12:12.

It is the Lord: let him do what seemeth him good.—Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer, but I would make supplication to my judge.—The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.—What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?

Jesus wept.—A man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows.

Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.—Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness.—In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

I Sam. 3:18. -Job 9:15. -Job 1:21. -Job 2:10.John 11:35. -Isa. 53:3,4.Heb. 12:6,11. –Col. l:11. -John 16:33.

Spurgeon's Morning Reading

“Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord.”

Exodus 14:13

These words contain God’s command to the believer when he is reduced to great straits and brought into extraordinary difficulties. He cannot retreat; he cannot go forward; he is shut up on the right hand and on the left; what is he now to do? The Master’s word to him is, “Stand still.” It will be well for him if at such times he listens only to his Master’s word, for other and evil advisers come with their suggestions. Despair whispers, “Lie down and die; give it all up.” But God would have us put on a cheerful courage, and even in our worst times, rejoice in his love and faithfulness. Cowardice says, “Retreat; go back to the worldling’s way of action; you cannot play the Christian’s part, it is too difficult. Relinquish your principles.” But, however much Satan may urge this course upon you, you cannot follow it if you are a child of God. His divine fiat has bid thee go from strength to strength, and so thou shalt, and neither death nor hell shall turn thee from thy course. What, if for a while thou art called to stand still, yet this is but to renew thy strength for some greater advance in due time. Precipitancy cries, “do something. Stir yourself; to stand still and wait, is sheer idleness.” We must be doing something at once—we must do it so we think—instead of looking to the Lord, who will not only do something but will do everything. Presumption boasts, “If the sea be before you, march into it and expect a miracle.” But Faith listens neither to Presumption, nor to Despair, nor to Cowardice, nor to Precipitancy, but it hears God say, “Stand still,” and immovable as a rock it stands. “Stand still;”—keep the posture of an upright man, ready for action, expecting further orders, cheerfully and patiently awaiting the directing voice; and it will not be long ere God shall say to you, as distinctly as Moses said it to the people of Israel, “Go forward.”

Old Testament Chapter a Day — Amos 5

Amos 5

5. A Lament and Call to Repentance

1Listen to this word which I take up for a lamentation over you, O house of Israel.

2“The virgin of Israel has fallen;

She shall rise no more.

She is cast down on her land;

There is no one to raise her up.”

3For thus says the Lord Yahweh:

“The city that went forth a thousand shall have a hundred left,

And that which went forth one hundred shall have ten left to the house of Israel.”

4For thus says Yahweh to the house of Israel:

“Seek me, and you will live;

5But don’t seek Bethel,

Nor enter into Gilgal,

And don’t pass to Beersheba:

For Gilgal shall surely go into captivity,

And Bethel shall come to nothing.

6Seek Yahweh, and you will live;

Lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph,

And it devour, and there be no one to quench it in Bethel.

7You who turn justice to wormwood,

And cast down righteousness to the earth:

8Seek him who made the Pleiades and Orion,

And turns the shadow of death into the morning,

And makes the day dark with night;

Who calls for the waters of the sea,

And pours them out on the surface of the earth, Yahweh is his name,

9Who brings sudden destruction on the strong,

So that destruction comes on the fortress.

10They hate him who reproves in the gate,

And they abhor him who speaks blamelessly.

11Forasmuch therefore as you trample on the poor,

And take taxes from him of wheat:

You have built houses of hewn stone,

But you will not dwell in them.

You have planted pleasant vineyards,

But you shall not drink their wine.

12For I know how many your offenses,

And how great are your sins„

You who afflict the just,

Who take a bribe,

And who turn aside the needy in the courts.

13Therefore a prudent person keeps silent in such a time,

For it is an evil time.

14Seek good, and not evil,

That you may live;

And so Yahweh, the God of Armies, will be with you,

As you say.

15Hate evil, love good,

And establish justice in the courts.

It may be that Yahweh, the God of Armies, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.”

16Therefore thus says Yahweh, the God of Armies, the Lord:

“Wailing will be in all the broad ways;

And they will say in all the streets, ‘Alas! Alas!’

And they will call the farmer to mourning,

And those who are skillful in lamentation to wailing.

17In all vineyards there will be wailing;

For I will pass through the midst of you,” says Yahweh.

18“Woe to you who desire the day of Yahweh!

Why do you long for the day of Yahweh?

It is darkness,

And not light.

19As if a man fled from a lion,

And a bear met him;

Or he went into the house and leaned his hand on the wall,

And a snake bit him.

20Won’t the day of Yahweh be darkness, and not light?

Even very dark, and no brightness in it?

21I hate, I despise your feasts,

And I can’t stand your solemn assemblies.

22Yes, though you offer me your burnt offerings and meal offerings,

I will not accept them;

Neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat animals.

23Take away from me the noise of your songs!

I will not listen to the music of your harps.

24But let justice roll on like rivers,

And righteousness like a mighty stream.

25“Did you bring to me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, house of Israel? 26Yes, you have borne the tent of your king and the shrine of your images, the star of your god, which you made for yourselves. 27Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus,” says Yahweh, whose name is the God of Armies.

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New Testament in Four Years — 1 Timothy 5:1-8

1 Timothy 5:1-8

5. Advice About Widows, Elders and Slaves

1Rebuke not an elder, but exhort him as a father; the younger men as brethren: 2the elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, in all purity. 3Honor widows that are widows indeed. 4But if any widow hath children or grandchildren, let them learn first to show piety towards their own family, and to requite their parents: for this is acceptable in the sight of God. 5Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, hath her hope set on God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day. 6But she that giveth herself to pleasure is dead while she liveth. 7These things also command, that they may be without reproach. 8But if any provideth not for his own, and specially his own household, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever.

Psalm a Day — Psalm 12

Psalm 12

12. Psalm 12

1Help, Yahweh; for the godly man ceases.

For the faithful fail from among the children of men.

2Everyone lies to his neighbor.

They speak with flattering lips, and with a double heart.

3May Yahweh cut off all flattering lips,

And the tongue that boasts,

4Who have said, “With our tongue we will prevail.

Our lips are our own.

Who is lord over us?”

5“Because of the oppression of the weak and because of the groaning of the needy,

I will now arise,” says Yahweh;

“I will set him in safety from those who malign him.”

6The words of Yahweh are flawless words,

As silver refined in a clay furnace, purified seven times.

7You will keep them, Yahweh,

You will preserve them from this generation forever.

8The wicked walk on every side,

When what is vile is exalted among the sons of men.

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