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Morning Meditations for October 11

Daily Light's Morning Reading

Be not far from me; for trouble is near.PSA. 22:11.

How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily?—Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.

He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.—The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.

I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.—Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.—Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.—My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.

Psa. 13:1,2. -Psa. 27:9.Psa. 91:15. -Psa. 145:18,19.John 14:18. -Matt. 28:20.Psa. 46:1. -Psa. 62:1. -Psa. 62:5.

Spurgeon's Morning Reading

“Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.”

Lamentations 3:41

The act of prayer teaches us our unworthiness, which is a very salutary lesson for such proud beings as we are. If God gave us favours without constraining us to pray for them we should never know how poor we are, but a true prayer is an inventory of wants, a catalogue of necessities, a revelation of hidden poverty. While it is an application to divine wealth, it is a confession of human emptiness. The most healthy state of a Christian is to be always empty in self and constantly depending upon the Lord for supplies; to be always poor in self and rich in Jesus; weak as water personally, but mighty through God to do great exploits; and hence the use of prayer, because, while it adores God, it lays the creature where it should be, in the very dust. Prayer is in itself, apart from the answer which it brings, a great benefit to the Christian. As the runner gains strength for the race by daily exercise, so for the great race of life we acquire energy by the hallowed labour of prayer. Prayer plumes the wings of God’s young eaglets, that they may learn to mount above the clouds. Prayer girds the loins of God’s warriors, and sends them forth to combat with their sinews braced and their muscles firm. An earnest pleader cometh out of his closet, even as the sun ariseth from the chambers of the east, rejoicing like a strong man to run his race. Prayer is that uplifted hand of Moses which routs the Amalekites more than the sword of Joshua; it is the arrow shot from the chamber of the prophet foreboding defeat to the Syrians. Prayer girds human weakness with divine strength, turns human folly into heavenly wisdom, and gives to troubled mortals the peace of God. We know not what prayer cannot do! We thank thee, great God, for the mercy-seat, a choice proof of thy marvellous lovingkindness. Help us to use it aright throughout this day!

Old Testament Chapter a Day — 2 Chronicles 31

2 Chronicles 31

31. Contributions for Worship

1And at the completion of all this, gone out have all Israel who are found present to the cities of Judah, and break the standing-pillars, and cut down the shrines, and break down the high places and the altars, out of all Judah and Benjamin, and in Ephraim and Manasseh, even to completion, and all the sons of Israel turn back, each to his Possession, to their cities. 2And Hezekiah appointeth the courses of the priests, and of the Levites, by their courses, each according to his service, of the priests and of the Levites, for burnt-offering, and for peace-offerings, to minister, and to give thanks, and to give praise in the gates of the camps of Jehovah. 3And a portion of the king, from his substance, [is] for burnt-offerings, for burnt-offerings of the morning, and of the evening, and the burnt-offerings of sabbaths, and of new moons, and of appointed seasons, as it is written in the law of Jehovah. 4And he saith to the people, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to give the portion of the priests, and of the Levites, so that they are strengthened in the law of Jehovah; 5and at the spreading forth of the thing have the sons of Israel multiplied the first-fruit of corn, new wine, and oil, and honey, and of all the increase of the field, and the tithe of the whole in abundance they have brought in. 6And the sons of Israel and Judah, those dwelling in cities of Judah, they also a tithe of herd and flock, and a tithe of the holy things that are sanctified to Jehovah their God, have brought in, and they give -- heaps, heaps; 7in the third month they have begun to lay the foundation of the heaps, and in the seventh month they have finished. 8And Hezekiah and the heads come in and see the heaps, and bless Jehovah and His people Israel, 9and Hezekiah inquireth at the priests and the Levites concerning the heaps, 10and Azariah the head priest, of the house of Zadok, speaketh unto him, and saith, `From the beginning of the bringing of the heave-offering to the house of Jehovah, [there is] to eat, and to be satisfied, and to leave abundantly, for Jehovah hath blessed His people, and that left [is] this store.` 11And Hezekiah saith to prepare chambers in the house of Jehovah, and they prepare, 12and they bring in the heave-offering, and the tithe, and the holy things faithfully; and over them is a leader, Conaniah the Levite, and Shimei his brother [is] second; 13and Jehiel, and Azaziah, and Nahath, and Asahel, and Jerimoth, and Jozabad, and Eliel, and Ismachiah, and Mahath, and Benaiah, [are] inspectors under the hand of Conaniah and Shimei his brother, by the appointment of Hezekiah the king, and Azariah leader of the house of God. 14And Kore son of Imnah the Levite, the gatekeeper at the east, [is] over the willing-offerings of God, to give the heave-offering of Jehovah, and the most holy things. 15And by his hand [are] Eden, and Miniamin, and Jeshua, and Shemaiah, Amariah, and Shechaniah, in cities of the priests, faithfully to give to their brethren in courses, as the great so the small, 16apart from their genealogy, to males from a son of three years and upward, to every one who hath gone in to the house of Jehovah, by the matter of a day in its day, for their service in their charges, according to their courses; 17and the genealogy of the priests by the house of their fathers, and of the Levites, from a son of twenty years and upward, in their charges, in their courses; 18and to the genealogy among all their infants, their wives, and their sons, and their daughters to all the congregation, for in their faithfulness they sanctify themselves in holiness. 19And to sons of Aaron, the priests, in the fields of the suburb of their cities, in every city and city, [are] men who have been defined by name, to give portions to every male among the priests, and to every one who reckoned himself by genealogy among the Levites. 20And Hezekiah doth thus in all Judah, and doth that which is good, and that which is right, and that which is true, before Jehovah his God; 21and in every work that he hath begun for the service of the house of God, and for the law, and for the command, to seek to his God, with all his heart he hath wrought and prospered.

New Testament in Four Years — Mark 5:14-20

Mark 5:14-20

14And they that fed them fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they came to see what it was that had come to pass. 15And they come to Jesus, and behold him that was possessed with demons sitting, clothed and in his right mind, even him that had the legion: and they were afraid. 16And they that saw it declared unto them how it befell him that was possessed with demons, and concerning the swine. 17And they began to beseech him to depart from their borders. 18And as he was entering into the boat, he that had been possessed with demons besought him that he might be with him. 19And he suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go to thy house unto thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and how he had mercy on thee. 20And he went his way, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men marvelled.

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Psalm a Day — Psalm 78:1-72

Psalm 78:1-72

78. Psalm 78

1An Instruction of Asaph. Give ear, O my people, to my law, Incline your ear to sayings of my mouth. 2I open with a simile my mouth, I bring forth hidden things of old, 3That we have heard and do know, And our fathers have recounted to us. 4We do not hide from their sons, To a later generation recounting praises of Jehovah, And His strength, and His wonders that He hath done. 5And He raiseth up a testimony in Jacob, And a law hath placed in Israel, That He commanded our fathers, To make them known to their sons. 6So that a later generation doth know, Sons who are born, do rise and recount to their sons, 7And place in God their confidence, And forget not the doings of God, But keep His commands. 8And they are not like their fathers, A generation apostate and rebellious, A generation! it hath not prepared its heart, Nor stedfast with God [is] its spirit. 9Sons of Ephraim -- armed bearers of bow, Have turned in a day of conflict. 10They have not kept the covenant of God, And in His law they have refused to walk, 11And they forget His doings, And His wonders that He shewed them. 12Before their fathers He hath done wonders, In the land of Egypt -- the field of Zoan. 13He cleft a sea, and causeth them to pass over, Yea, He causeth waters to stand as a heap. 14And leadeth them with a cloud by day, And all the night with a light of fire. 15He cleaveth rocks in a wilderness, And giveth drink -- as the great deep. 16And bringeth out streams from a rock, And causeth waters to come down as rivers. 17And they add still to sin against Him, To provoke the Most High in the dry place. 18And they try God in their heart, To ask food for their lust. 19And they speak against God -- they said: `Is God able to array a table in a wilderness?` 20Lo, He hath smitten a rock, And waters flow, yea, streams overflow. `Also -- bread [is] He able to give? Doth He prepare flesh for His people?` 21Therefore hath Jehovah heard, And He sheweth Himself wroth, And fire hath been kindled against Jacob, And anger also hath gone up against Israel, 22For they have not believed in God, Nor have they trusted in His salvation. 23And He commandeth clouds from above, Yea, doors of the heavens He hath opened. 24And He raineth on them manna to eat, Yea, corn of heaven He hath given to them. 25Food of the mighty hath each eaten, Venison He sent to them to satiety. 26He causeth an east wind to journey in the heavens, And leadeth by His strength a south wind, 27And He raineth on them flesh as dust, And as sand of the seas -- winged fowl, 28And causeth [it] to fall in the midst of His camp, Round about His tabernacles. 29And they eat, and are greatly satisfied, And their desire He bringeth to them. 30They have not been estranged from their desire, Yet [is] their food in their mouth, 31And the anger of God hath gone up against them, And He slayeth among their fat ones, And youths of Israel He caused to bend. 32With all this they have sinned again, And have not believed in His wonders. 33And He consumeth in vanity their days, And their years in trouble. 34If He slew them, then they sought Him, And turned back, and sought God earnestly, 35And they remember that God [is] their rock, And God Most High their redeemer. 36And -- they deceive Him with their mouth, And with their tongue do lie to Him, 37And their heart hath not been right with Him, And they have not been stedfast in His covenant. 38And He -- the Merciful One, Pardoneth iniquity, and destroyeth not, And hath often turned back His anger, And waketh not up all His fury. 39And He remembereth that they [are] flesh, A wind going on -- and it returneth not. 40How often do they provoke Him in the wilderness, Grieve Him in the desolate place? 41Yea, they turn back, and try God, And the Holy One of Israel have limited. 42They have not remembered His hand The day He ransomed them from the adversary. 43When He set His signs in Egypt, And His wonders in the field of Zoan, 44And He turneth to blood their streams, And their floods they drink not. 45He sendeth among them the beetle, and it consumeth them, And the frog, and it destroyeth them, 46And giveth to the caterpillar their increase, And their labour to the locust. 47He destroyeth with hail their vine, And their sycamores with frost, 48And delivereth up to the hail their beasts, And their cattle to the burning flames. 49He sendeth on them the fury of His anger, Wrath, and indignation, and distress -- A discharge of evil messengers. 50He pondereth a path for His anger, He kept not back their soul from death, Yea, their life to the pestilence He delivered up. 51And He smiteth every first-born in Egypt, The first-fruit of the strong in tents of Ham. 52And causeth His people to journey as a flock, And guideth them as a drove in a wilderness, 53And He leadeth them confidently, And they have not been afraid, And their enemies hath the sea covered. 54And He bringeth them in unto the border of His sanctuary, This mountain His right hand had got, 55And casteth out nations from before them, And causeth them to fall in the line of inheritance, And causeth the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents, 56And they tempt and provoke God Most High, And His testimonies have not kept. 57And they turn back, And deal treacherously like their fathers, They have been turned like a deceitful bow, 58And make Him angry with their high places, And with their graven images make Him zealous, 59God hath heard, and sheweth Himself wroth. And kicketh exceedingly against Israel. 60And He leaveth the tabernacle of Shiloh, The tent He had placed among men, 61And He giveth His strength to captivity, And His beauty into the hand of an adversary, 62And delivereth up to the sword His people, And with His inheritance shewed Himself angry. 63His young men hath fire consumed, And His virgins have not been praised. 64His priests by the sword have fallen, And their widows weep not. 65And the Lord waketh as a sleeper, As a mighty one crying aloud from wine. 66And He smiteth His adversaries backward, A reproach age-during He hath put on them, 67And He kicketh against the tent of Joseph, And on the tribe of Ephraim hath not fixed. 68And He chooseth the tribe of Judah, With mount Zion that He loved, 69And buildeth His sanctuary as a high place, Like the earth, He founded it to the age. 70And He fixeth on David His servant, And taketh him from the folds of a flock, 71From behind suckling ones He hath brought him in, To rule over Jacob His people, And over Israel His inheritance. 72And he ruleth them according to the integrity of his heart, And by the skilfulness of his hands leadeth them!

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