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Evening Meditations for March 31

Daily Light's Evening Reading

What communion hath light with darkness?II COR. 6:14.

Men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.—Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

Darkness hath blinded his eyes.—Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

The dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty.—Love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble. The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness

Ye were sometime darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light.

John 3:19. -I Thes. 5:5.I John 2:11. -Psa. 119:105.Psa. 74:20. -I John 4:7,8.Prov. 4:19,18.John 12:46.Eph 5:8.

Spurgeon's Evening Reading

“And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth, and spread it for her upon the rock, from the beginning of harvest until water dropped upon them out of heaven, and suffered neither the birds of the air to rest on them by day, nor the beasts of the field by night.”

2 Samuel 21:10

If the love of a woman to her slain sons could make her prolong her mournful vigil for so long a period, shall we weary of considering the sufferings of our blessed Lord? She drove away the birds of prey, and shall not we chase from our meditations those worldly and sinful thoughts which defile both our minds and the sacred themes upon which we are occupied? Away, ye birds of evil wing! Leave ye the sacrifice alone! She bore the heats of summer, the night dews and the rains, unsheltered and alone. Sleep was chased from her weeping eyes: her heart was too full for slumber. Behold how she loved her children! Shall Rizpah thus endure, and shall we start at the first little inconvenience or trial? Are we such cowards that we cannot bear to suffer with our Lord? She chased away even the wild beasts, with courage unusual in her sex, and will not we be ready to encounter every foe for Jesus’ sake? These her children were slain by other hands than hers, and yet she wept and watched: what ought we to do who have by our sins crucified our Lord? Our obligations are boundless, our love should be fervent and our repentance thorough. To watch with Jesus should be our business, to protect his honour our occupation, to abide by his cross our solace. Those ghastly corpses might well have affrighted Rizpah, especially by night, but in our Lord, at whose cross-foot we are sitting, there is nothing revolting, but everything attractive. Never was living beauty so enchanting as a dying Saviour. Jesus, we will watch with thee yet awhile, and do thou graciously unveil thyself to us; then shall we not sit beneath sackcloth, but in a royal pavilion.

Old Testament Chapter a Day — 1 Samuel 19

1 Samuel 19

19. Saul Tries to Kill David

1And Saul spoke to Jonathan his son, and to all his servants, that they should slay David. 2But Jonathan Saul`s son delighted much in David. And Jonathan told David, saying, Saul my father seeks to kill thee; and now, I pray thee, take heed to thyself in the morning, and abide in a secret place and hide thyself; 3and I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where thou art, and will speak of thee with my father: and see what it is, and tell thee. 4And Jonathan spoke good of David to Saul his father, and said to him, Let not the king sin against his servant, against David, because he has not sinned against thee; for also what he did was very advantageous to thee; 5for he put his life in hand, and smote the Philistine, and Jehovah wrought a great salvation for all Israel: thou didst see [it], and didst rejoice; why then wilt thou sin against innocent blood, in slaying David without cause? 6And Saul hearkened to the voice of Jonathan, and Saul swore, [As] Jehovah liveth, he shall not be put to death! 7Then Jonathan called David, and Jonathan declared to him all those things. And Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he was in his presence as previously. 8And there was war again; and David went forth and fought with the Philistines, and smote them with a great slaughter; and they fled before him. 9And an evil spirit from Jehovah was upon Saul. And he sat in his house with his spear in his hand; and David played with his hand. 10And Saul sought to smite David and the wall with the spear; but he slipped away out of Saul`s presence, and he smote the spear into the wall. And David fled, and escaped that night. 11And Saul sent messengers to David`s house, to watch him, and to slay him in the morning; and Michal David`s wife told him, saying, If thou save not thy life to-night, to-morrow thou wilt be put to death. 12And Michal let David down through a window; and he went, and fled and escaped. 13And Michal took the image, and laid it in the bed, and put the net of goats` [hair] at its head, and covered it with the coverlet. 14And Saul sent messengers to take David, and she said, He is sick. 15And Saul sent the messengers to see David, saying, Bring him up to me in the bed, that I may put him to death. 16And the messengers came in, and behold, the image was in the bed, and the net of goats` [hair] at its head. 17Then Saul said to Michal, Why hast thou deceived me so, and sent away mine enemy, that he is escaped? And Michal said to Saul, He said to me, Let me go; why should I slay thee? 18And David fled, and escaped, and came to Samuel to Ramah, and told him all that Saul had done to him. And he and Samuel went and dwelt in Naioth. 19And it was told Saul, saying, Behold, David is at Naioth by Ramah. 20Then Saul sent messengers to take David; and they saw a company of prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing as president over them; and the Spirit of God came upon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied. 21And it was told Saul, and he sent other messengers, and they also prophesied. And Saul sent messengers again the third time, and they also prophesied. 22Then went he also to Ramah, and came to the great well that is in Sechu; and he asked and said, Where are Samuel and David? And one said, Behold, at Naioth by Ramah. 23And he went thither to Naioth by Ramah; and the Spirit of God came upon him also, and he went on, and prophesied, until he came to Naioth by Ramah. 24And he himself also stripped off his clothes, and prophesied, himself also, before Samuel, and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Wherefore they say, Is Saul also among the prophets?

New Testament in Four Years — Acts 1:12-14

Acts 1:12-14

12Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is nigh unto Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey off. 13And when they were come in, they went up into the upper chamber, where they were abiding; both Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James. 14These all with one accord continued stedfastly in prayer, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.

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Psalm a Day — Psalm 74

Psalm 74

74. Psalm 74

1{An instruction: of Asaph.} Why, O God, hast thou cast off for ever? [why] doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture? 2Remember thine assembly, which thou hast purchased of old, which thou hast redeemed [to be] the portion of thine inheritance, this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt. 3Lift up thy steps unto the perpetual desolations: everything in the sanctuary hath the enemy destroyed. 4Thine adversaries roar in the midst of thy place of assembly; they set up their signs [for] signs. 5[A man] was known as he could lift up axes in the thicket of trees; 6And now they break down its carved work altogether, with hatchets and hammers. 7They have set on fire thy sanctuary, they have profaned the habitation of thy name to the ground. 8They said in their heart, Let us destroy them together: they have burned up all God`s places of assembly in the land. 9We see not our signs; there is no more any prophet, neither is there among us any that knoweth how long. 10How long, O God, shall the adversary reproach? Shall the enemy contemn thy name for ever? 11Why withdrawest thou thy hand, and thy right hand? [pluck it] out of thy bosom: consume [them]. 12But God is my king of old, accomplishing deliverances in the midst of the earth. 13*Thou* didst divide the sea by thy strength; thou didst break the heads of the monsters on the waters: 14*Thou* didst break in pieces the heads of leviathan, thou gavest him to be meat to those that people the desert. 15*Thou* didst cleave fountain and torrent, *thou* driedst up ever-flowing rivers. 16The day is thine, the night also is thine; *thou* hast prepared the moon and the sun: 17*Thou* hast set all the borders of the earth; summer and winter -- *thou* didst form them. 18Remember this, that an enemy hath reproached Jehovah, and a foolish people have contemned thy name. 19Give not up the soul of thy turtle-dove unto the wild beast; forget not the troop of thine afflicted for ever. 20Have respect unto the covenant; for the dark places of the earth are full of the dwellings of violence. 21Oh let not the oppressed one return ashamed; let the afflicted and needy praise thy name. 22Rise up, O God, plead thine own cause: remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee all the day; 23Forget not the voice of thine adversaries: the tumult of those that rise up against thee ascendeth continually.

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