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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 — Numbers 24

Numbers 24

24. Balaam's Oracles

1And when Balaam saw that it pleased Jehovah to bless Israel, he went not, as at the other times, to meet with enchantments, but he set his face toward the wilderness. 2And Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel dwelling according to their tribes; and the Spirit of God came upon him. 3And he took up his parable, and said,

Balaam the son of Beor saith,

And the man whose eye was closed saith;

4He saith, who heareth the words of God,

Who seeth the vision of the Almighty,

Falling down, and having his eyes open:

5How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob,

Thy tabernacles, O Israel!

6As valleys are they spread forth,

As gardens by the river-side,

As lign-aloes which Jehovah hath planted,

As cedar-trees beside the waters.

7Water shall flow from his buckets,

And his seed shall be in many waters,

And his king shall be higher than Agag,

And his kingdom shall be exalted.

8God bringeth him forth out of Egypt;

He hath as it were the strength of the wild-ox:

He shall eat up the nations his adversaries,

And shall break their bones in pieces,

And smite them through with his arrows.

9He couched, he lay down as a lion,

And as a lioness; who shall rouse him up?

Blessed be every one that blesseth thee,

And cursed be every one that curseth thee.

10And Balak's anger was kindled against Balaam, and he smote his hands together; and Balak said unto Balaam, I called thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast altogether blessed them these three times. 11Therefore now flee thou to thy place: I thought to promote thee unto great honor; but, lo, Jehovah hath kept thee back from honor. 12And Balaam said unto Balak, Spake I not also to thy messengers that thou sentest unto me, saying, 13If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of Jehovah, to do either good or bad of mine own mind; what Jehovah speaketh, that will I speak? 14And now, behold, I go unto my people: come, and I will advertise thee what this people shall do to thy people in the latter days. 15And he took up his parable, and said,

Balaam the son of Beor saith,

And the man whose eye was closed saith;

16He saith, who heareth the words of God,

And knoweth the knowledge of the Most High,

Who seeth the vision of the Almighty,

Falling down, and having his eyes open:

17I see him, but not now;

I behold him, but not nigh:

There shall come forth a star out of Jacob,

And a sceptre shall rise out of Israel,

And shall smite through the corners of Moab,

And break down all the sons of tumult.

18And Edom shall be a possession,

Seir also shall be a possession, who were his enemies;

While Israel doeth valiantly.

19And out of Jacob shall one have dominion,

And shall destroy the remnant from the city.

20And he looked on Amalek, and took up his parable, and said,

Amalek was the first of the nations;

But his latter end shall come to destruction.

21And he looked on the Kenite, and took up his parable, and said,

Strong is thy dwelling-place,

And thy nest is set in the rock.

22Nevertheless Kain shall be wasted,

Until Asshur shall carry thee away captive.

23And he took up his parable, and said,

Alas, who shall live when God doeth this?

24But ships shall come from the coast of Kittim,

And they shall afflict Asshur, and shall afflict Eber;

And he also shall come to destruction.

25And Balaam rose up, and went and returned to his place; and Balak also went his way.

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New Testament in Four Years — John 7:25-29

John 7:25-29

25Some therefore of them of Jerusalem said, Is not this he whom they seek to kill? 26And lo, he speaketh openly, and they say nothing unto him. Can it be that the rulers indeed know that this is the Christ? 27Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when the Christ cometh, no one knoweth whence he is. 28Jesus therefore cried in the temple, teaching and saying, Ye both know me, and know whence I am; and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye know not. 29I know him; because I am from him, and he sent me.

Psalm a Day — Psalm 119:145-160

Psalm 119:145-160

145I have called with my whole heart; answer me, O Jehovah:

I will keep thy statutes.

146I have called unto thee; save me,

And I shall observe thy testimonies.

147I anticipated the dawning of the morning, and cried:

I hoped in thy words.

148Mine eyes anticipated the night-watches,

That I might meditate on thy word.

149Hear my voice according unto thy lovingkindness:

Quicken me, O Jehovah, aaccording to thine ordinances.

150They draw nigh athat follow after wickedness;

They are far from thy law.

151Thou art nigh, O Jehovah;

And all thy commandments are truth.

152Of old have I known from thy testimonies,

That thou hast founded them for ever.


153Consider mine affliction, and deliver me;

For I do not forget thy law.

154Plead thou my cause, and redeem me:

Quicken me according to thy word.

155Salvation is far from the wicked;

For they seek not thy statutes.

156Great are thy tender mercies, O Jehovah:

Quicken me according to thine ordinances.

157Many are my persecutors and mine adversaries;

Yet have I not swerved from thy testimonies.

158I beheld the treacherous, and awas grieved,

Because they observe not thy word.

159Consider how I love thy precepts:

Quicken me, O Jehovah, according to thy lovingkindness.

160The sum of thy word is truth;

And every one of thy righteous ordinances endureth for ever.


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