with a daily devotion
Evening Meditations for October 10
After this manner . . . pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven.—MATT. 6:9.
Jesus lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father.—My Father, and your Father.
Ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.—Ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.
Because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
“And I will deliver thee out of the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem thee out of the hand of the terrible.”
Note the glorious personality of the promise. I will, I will. The Lord Jehovah himself interposes to deliver and redeem his people. He pledges himself personally to rescue them. His own arm shall do it, that he may have the glory. Here is not a word said of any effort of our own which may be needed to assist the Lord. Neither our strength nor our weakness is taken into the account, but the lone I, like the sun in the heavens, shines out resplendent in all-sufficience. Why then do we calculate our forces, and consult with flesh and blood to our grievous wounding? Jehovah has power enough without borrowing from our puny arm. Peace, ye unbelieving thoughts, be still, and know that the Lord reigneth. Nor is there a hint concerning secondary means and causes. The Lord says nothing of friends and helpers: he undertakes the work alone, and feels no need of human arms to aid him. Vain are all our lookings around to companions and relatives; they are broken reeds if we lean upon them—often unwilling when able, and unable when they are willing. Since the promise comes alone from God, it would be well to wait only upon him; and when we do so, our expectation never fails us. Who are the wicked that we should fear them? The Lord will utterly consume them; they are to be pitied rather than feared. As for terrible ones, they are only terrors to those who have no God to fly to, for when the Lord is on our side, whom shall we fear? If we run into sin to please the wicked, we have cause to be alarmed, but if we hold fast our integrity, the rage of tyrants shall be overruled for our good. When the fish swallowed Jonah, he found him a morsel which he could not digest; and when the world devours the church, it is glad to be rid of it again. In all times of fiery trial, in patience let us possess our souls.
19. Proverbs of Solomon
1Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity
Than he that is perverse in his lips and is a fool.
2Also, that the soul be without knowledge is not good;
And he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.
3The foolishness of man subverteth his way;
And his heart fretteth against Jehovah.
4Wealth addeth many friends;
But the poor is separated from his friend.
5A false witness shall not be unpunished;
And he that uttereth lies shall not escape.
6Many will entreat the favor of the liberal man;
And every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.
7All the brethren of the poor do hate him:
How much more do his friends go far from him!
He pursueth them with words, but they are gone.
8He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul:
He that keepeth understanding shall find good.
9A false witness shall not be unpunished;
And he that uttereth lies shall perish.
10Delicate living is not seemly for a fool;
Much less for a servant to have rule over princes.
11The discretion of a man maketh him slow to anger;
And it is his glory to pass over a transgression.
12The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion;
But his favor is as dew upon the grass.
13A foolish son is the calamity of his father;
And the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.
14House and riches are an inheritance from fathers;
But a prudent wife is from Jehovah.
15Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep;
And the idle soul shall suffer hunger.
16He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his soul;
But he that is careless of his ways shall die.
17He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto Jehovah,
And his good deed will he pay him again.
18Chasten thy son, seeing there is hope;
and set not thy heart on his destruction.
19A man of great wrath shall bear the penalty;
For if thou deliver him, thou must do it yet again.
20Hear counsel, and receive instruction,
That thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.
21There are many devices in a man's heart;
But the counsel of Jehovah, that shall stand.
22That which maketh a man to be desired is his kindness;
And a poor man is better than a liar.
23The fear of Jehovah tendeth to life;
And he that hath it shall abide satisfied;
He shall not be visited with evil.
24The sluggard burieth his hand in the dish,
And will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
25Smite a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence;
And reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.
26He that doeth violence to his father, and chaseth away his mother,
Is a son that causeth shame and bringeth reproach.
27Cease, my son, to hear instruction
Only to err from the words of knowledge.
28A worthless witness mocketh at justice;
And the mouth of the wicked swalloweth iniquity.
29Judgments are prepared for scoffers,
And stripes for the back of fools.
7Woe unto the world because of occasions of stumbling! for it must needs be that the occasions come; but woe to that man through whom the occasion cometh! 8And if thy hand or thy foot causeth thee to stumble, cut it off, and cast it from thee: it is good for thee to enter into life maimed or halt, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into the eternal fire. 9And if thine eye causeth thee to stumble, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is good for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into the hell of fire.
81. Psalm 81
1Sing aloud unto God our strength:
Make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.
2Raise a song, and abring hither the timbrel,
The pleasant harp with the psaltery.
3Blow the trumpet at the new moon,
At the full moon, on our feast-day.
4For it is a statute for Israel,
An ordinance of the God of Jacob.
5He appointed it in Joseph for a testimony,
When he went out aover the land of Egypt,
Where I heard aa language that I knew not.
6I removed his shoulder from the burden:
His hands were freed from the basket.
7Thou calledst in trouble, and I delivered thee;
I answered thee in the secret place of thunder;
I proved thee at the waters of Meribah.
8Hear, O my people, and I will testify unto thee:
O Israel, if thou wouldest hearken unto me!
9There shall no strange god be in thee;
Neither shalt thou worship any foreign god.
10I am Jehovah thy God,
Who brought thee up out of the land of Egypt:
Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.
11But my people hearkened not to my voice;
And Israel would none of me.
12So I let them go after the stubbornness of their heart,
That they might walk in their own counsels.
13Oh that my people would hearken unto me,
That Israel would walk in my ways!
14I would soon subdue their enemies,
And turn my hand against their adversaries.
15The haters of Jehovah should asubmit themselves unto him:
But their time should endure for ever.
16He would feed them also with the afinest of the wheat;
And with honey out of the rock would I satisfy thee.