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Evening Meditations for December 8

Daily Light's Evening Reading

The dust shall return to the earth as it was.ECCL. 12:7.

It is sown in corruption; it is sown in dishonour; it is sown in weakness; it is sown a natural body.—The first man is of the earth, earthy.

Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.—One dieth in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet. And another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never eateth with pleasure. They shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover them.

My flesh . . . shall rest in hope.—Though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.—The Lord Jesus Christ shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am.—So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

I Cor. 15:42-44. -I Cor. 15:47.Gen. 3:19. -Job 21:23,25,26.Psa. 16:9. -Job 19:26. -Phi. 3:20,21.Psa. 39:4. -Psa. 90:12.

Spurgeon's Evening Reading

“Thou, O God, hast prepared of thy goodness for the poor.”

Psalm 68:10

All God’s gifts are prepared gifts laid up in store for wants foreseen. He anticipates our needs; and out of the fulness which he has treasured up in Christ Jesus, he provides of his goodness for the poor. You may trust him for all the necessities that can occur, for he has infallibly foreknown every one of them. He can say of us in all conditions, “I knew that thou wouldst be this and that.” A man goes a journey across the desert, and when he has made a day’s advance, and pitched his tent, he discovers that he wants many comforts and necessaries which he has not brought in his baggage. “Ah!” says he, “I did not foresee this: if I had this journey to go again, I should bring these things with me, so necessary to my comfort.” But God has marked with prescient eye all the requirements of his poor wandering children, and when those needs occur, supplies are ready. It is goodness which he has prepared for the poor in heart, goodness and goodness only. “My grace is sufficient for thee.” “As thy days, so shall thy strength be.”

Reader, is your heart heavy this evening? God knew it would be; the comfort which your heart wants is treasured in the sweet assurance of the text. You are poor and needy, but he has thought upon you, and has the exact blessing which you require in store for you. Plead the promise, believe it and obtain its fulfilment. Do you feel that you never were so consciously vile as you are now? Behold, the crimson fountain is open still, with all its former efficacy, to wash your sin away. Never shall you come into such a position that Christ cannot aid you. No pinch shall ever arrive in your spiritual affairs in which Jesus Christ shall not be equal to the emergency, for your history has all been foreknown and provided for in Jesus.

Old Testament Chapter a Day — Job 20

Job 20

Zophar Speaks: Wickedness Receives Just Retribution


Then Zophar the Naamathite answered:


“Pay attention! My thoughts urge me to answer,

because of the agitation within me.


I hear censure that insults me,

and a spirit beyond my understanding answers me.


Do you not know this from of old,

ever since mortals were placed on earth,


that the exulting of the wicked is short,

and the joy of the godless is but for a moment?


Even though they mount up high as the heavens,

and their head reaches to the clouds,


they will perish forever like their own dung;

those who have seen them will say, ‘Where are they?’


They will fly away like a dream, and not be found;

they will be chased away like a vision of the night.


The eye that saw them will see them no more,

nor will their place behold them any longer.


Their children will seek the favor of the poor,

and their hands will give back their wealth.


Their bodies, once full of youth,

will lie down in the dust with them.



“Though wickedness is sweet in their mouth,

though they hide it under their tongues,


though they are loath to let it go,

and hold it in their mouths,


yet their food is turned in their stomachs;

it is the venom of asps within them.


They swallow down riches and vomit them up again;

God casts them out of their bellies.


They will suck the poison of asps;

the tongue of a viper will kill them.


They will not look on the rivers,

the streams flowing with honey and curds.


They will give back the fruit of their toil,

and will not swallow it down;

from the profit of their trading

they will get no enjoyment.


For they have crushed and abandoned the poor,

they have seized a house that they did not build.



“They knew no quiet in their bellies;

in their greed they let nothing escape.


There was nothing left after they had eaten;

therefore their prosperity will not endure.


In full sufficiency they will be in distress;

all the force of misery will come upon them.


To fill their belly to the full

God will send his fierce anger into them,

and rain it upon them as their food.


They will flee from an iron weapon;

a bronze arrow will strike them through.


It is drawn forth and comes out of their body,

and the glittering point comes out of their gall;

terrors come upon them.


Utter darkness is laid up for their treasures;

a fire fanned by no one will devour them;

what is left in their tent will be consumed.


The heavens will reveal their iniquity,

and the earth will rise up against them.


The possessions of their house will be carried away,

dragged off in the day of God’s wrath.


This is the portion of the wicked from God,

the heritage decreed for them by God.”


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New Testament in Four Years — Mark 14:43-52

Mark 14:43-52

43And straightway, while he yet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. 44Now he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that is he; take him, and lead him away safely. 45And when he was come, straightway he came to him, and saith, Rabbi; and kissed him. 46And they laid hands on him, and took him. 47But a certain one of them that stood by drew his sword, and smote the servant of the high priest, and struck off his ear. 48And Jesus answered and said unto them, Are ye come out, as against a robber, with swords and staves to seize me? 49I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but this is done that the scriptures might be fulfilled. 50And they all left him, and fled. 51And a certain young man followed with him, having a linen cloth cast about him, over his naked body: and they lay hold on him; 52but he left the linen cloth, and fled naked.

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Psalm a Day — Psalm 119:97-112

Psalm 119:97-112

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