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Evening Meditations for October 11
Hallowed be thy name.—MATT. 6:9.
Thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.
Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?—Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty.
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.—I saw . . . the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone.—I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself.
The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.—That we might be partakers of his holiness.—Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, let us draw near with a true heart.
“Whom he did predestinate, them he also called.”
In the second epistle to Timothy, first chapter, and ninth verse, are these words—“Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling.” Now, here is a touchstone by which we may try our calling. It is “an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace.” This calling forbids all trust in our own doings, and conducts us to Christ alone for salvation, but it afterwards purges us from dead works to serve the living and true God. As he that hath called you is holy, so must you be holy. If you are living in sin, you are not called, but if you are truly Christ's, you can say, “Nothing pains me so much as sin; I desire to be rid of it; Lord, help me to be holy.” Is this the panting of thy heart? Is this the tenor of thy life towards God, and his divine will? Again, in Philippians, 3:13, 14, we are told of “The high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Is then your calling a high calling? Has it ennobled your heart, and set it upon heavenly things? Has it elevated your hopes, your tastes, your desires? Has it upraised the constant tenor of your life, so that you spend it with God and for God? Another test we find in Hebrews 3:1—“Partakers of the heavenly calling.” Heavenly calling means a call from heaven. If man alone call thee, thou art uncalled. Is thy calling of God? Is it a call to heaven as well as from heaven? Unless thou art a stranger here, and heaven thy home, thou hast not been called with a heavenly calling; for those who have been so called, declare that they look for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God, and they themselves are strangers and pilgrims upon the earth. Is thy calling thus holy, high, heavenly? Then, beloved, thou hast been called of God, for such is the calling wherewith God doth call his people.
20. Proverbs of Solomon
1Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler;
And whosoever erreth thereby is not wise.
2The terror of a king is as the roaring of a lion:
He that provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own life.
3It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife;
But every fool will be quarrelling.
4The sluggard will not plow by reason of the winter;
Therefore he shall beg in harvest, and have nothing.
5Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water;
But a man of understanding will draw it out.
6Most men will proclaim every one his own kindness;
But a faithful man who can find?
7A righteous man that walketh in his integrity,
Blessed are his children after him.
8A king that sitteth on the throne of judgment
Scattereth away all evil with his eyes.
9Who can say, I have made my heart clean,
I am pure from my sin?
10Diverse weights, and diverse measures,
Both of them alike are an abomination to Jehovah.
11Even a child maketh himself known by his doings,
Whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.
12The hearing ear, and the seeing eye,
Jehovah hath made even both of them.
13Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty;
Open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
14It is bad, it is bad, saith the buyer;
But when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.
15There is gold, and abundance of rubies;
But the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
16Take his garment that is surety for a stranger;
And hold him in pledge that is surety for foreigners.
17Bread of falsehood is sweet to a man;
But afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.
18Every purpose is established by counsel;
And by wise guidance make thou war.
19He that goeth about as a tale-bearer revealeth secrets;
Therefore company not with him that openeth wide his lips.
20Whoso curseth his father or his mother,
His lamp shall be put out in blackness of darkness.
21An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning;
But the end thereof shall not be blessed.
22Say not thou, I will recompense evil:
Wait for Jehovah, and he will save thee.
23Diverse weights are an abomination to Jehovah;
And a false balance is not good.
24A man's goings are of Jehovah;
How then can man understand his way?
25It is a snare to a man rashly to say, It is holy,
And after vows to make inquiry.
26A wise king winnoweth the wicked,
And bringeth the threshing -wheel over them.
27The spirit of man is the lamp of Jehovah,
Searching all his innermost parts.
28Kindness and truth preserve the king;
And his throne is upholden by kindness.
29The glory of young men is their strength;
And the beauty of old men is the hoary head.
30Stripes that wound cleanse away evil;
And strokes reach the innermost parts.
10See that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven. 11For the Son of man came to save that which was lost. 12How think ye? if any man have a hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and go unto the mountains, and seek that which goeth astray? 13And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth over it more than over the ninety and nine which have not gone astray. 14Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.
82. Psalm 82
1God standeth in the congregation of God;
He judgeth among the gods.
2How long will ye judge unjustly,
And respect the persons of the wicked?
3Judge the apoor and fatherless:
Do justice to the afflicted and destitute.
4Rescue the poor and needy:
Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked.
5They know not, neither do they understand;
They walk to and fro in darkness:
All the foundations of the earth are shaken.
6I said, Ye are gods,
And all of you sons of the Most High.
7Nevertheless ye shall die like men,
And fall like one of the princes.
8Arise, O God, judge the earth;
For thou shalt inherit all the nations.