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Evening Meditations for April 1

Daily Light's Evening Reading

Jehovah-shalom: (The Lord send peace.)JUDG. 6:24.

Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest, and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days.

Behold, a greater than Solomon is here.—Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.—My people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places; when it shall hail, coming down on the forest; and the city shall be low in a low place.

He is our peace.—This man shall be the peace when the Assyrian shall come into our land.

These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you.

I Chr. 22:9.Matt. 12:42. -Isa. 9:6. -Isa. 32:18,19.Eph. 2:14. -Mic. 5:5.Rev. 17:14.John 14:27.

Spurgeon's Evening Reading

“It is time to seek the Lord.”

Hosea 10:12

This month of April is said to derive its name from the Latin verb aperio, which signifies to open, because all the buds and blossoms are now opening, and we have arrived at the gates of the flowery year. Reader, if you are yet unsaved, may your heart, in accord with the universal awakening of nature, be opened to receive the Lord. Every blossoming flower warns you that it is time to seek the Lord; be not out of tune with nature, but let your heart bud and bloom with holy desires. Do you tell me that the warm blood of youth leaps in your veins? then, I entreat you, give your vigour to the Lord. It was my unspeakable happiness to be called in early youth, and I could fain praise the Lord every day for it. Salvation is priceless, let it come when it may, but oh! an early salvation has a double value in it. Young men and maidens, since you may perish ere you reach your prime, “It is time to seek the Lord.” Ye who feel the first signs of decay, quicken your pace: that hollow cough, that hectic flush, are warnings which you must not trifle with; with you it is indeed time to seek the Lord. Did I observe a little grey mingled with your once luxurious tresses? Years are stealing on apace, and death is drawing nearer by hasty marches, let each return of spring arouse you to set your house in order. Dear reader, if you are now advanced in life, let me entreat and implore you to delay no longer. There is a day of grace for you now—be thankful for that, but it is a limited season and grows shorter every time that clock ticks. Here in this silent chamber, on this first night of another month, I speak to you as best I can by paper and ink, and from my inmost soul, as God’s servant, I lay before you this warning, “It is time to seek the Lord.” Slight not that work, it may be your last call from destruction, the final syllable from the lip of grace.

Old Testament Chapter a Day — Joshua 18

Joshua 18

18. Rest of Land Divided

1And all the company of the sons of Israel are assembled [at] Shiloh, and they cause the tent of meeting to tabernacle there, and the land hath been subdued before them. 2And there are left among the sons of Israel who have not shared their inheritance, seven tribes, 3and Joshua saith unto the sons of Israel, `Till when are ye remiss to go in to possess the land which He hath given to you, Jehovah, God of your fathers? 4Give for you three men for a tribe, and I send them, and they rise and go up and down through the land, and describe it according to their inheritance, and come in unto me, 5and they have divided it into seven portions -- Judah doth stay by its border on the south, and the house of Joseph do stay by their border on the north -- 6and ye describe the land [in] seven portions, and have brought [it] in unto me hither, and I have cast for you a lot here before Jehovah our God; 7for there is no portion to the Levites in your midst, for the priesthood of Jehovah [is] their inheritance, and Gad, and Reuben, and the half of the tribe of Manasseh received their inheritance beyond the Jordan eastward, which Moses servant of Jehovah gave to them.` 8And the men rise and go; and Joshua commandeth those who are going to describe the land, saying, `Go, and walk up and down through the land, and describe it, and turn back unto me, and here I cast for you a lot before Jehovah in Shiloh.` 9And the men go, and pass over through the land, and describe it by cities, in seven portions, on a book, and they come in unto Joshua, unto the camp, [at] Shiloh. 10And Joshua casteth for them a lot in Shiloh before Jehovah, and there Joshua apportioneth the land to the sons of Israel, according to their divisions. 11And a lot goeth up [for] the tribe of the sons of Benjamin, for their families; and the border of their lot goeth out between the sons of Judah and the sons of Joseph. 12And the border is to them at the north side from the Jordan, and the border hath gone up unto the side of Jericho on the north, and gone up through the hill-country westward, and its outgoings have been at the wilderness of Beth-Aven; 13and the border hath gone over thence to Luz, unto the side of Luz (it [is] Beth-El) southward, and the border hath gone down [to] Atroth-Addar, by the hill that [is] on the south of the lower Beth-Horon; 14and the border hath been marked out, and hath gone round to the corner of the sea southward, from the hill which [is] at the front of Beth-Horon southward, and its outgoings have been unto Kirjath-Baal (it [is] Kirjath-Jearim), a city of the sons of Judah: this [is] the west quarter. 15And the south quarter [is] from the end of Kirjath-Jearim, and the border hath gone out westward, and gone out unto the fountain of the waters of Nephtoah; 16and the border hath come down unto the extremity of the hill which [is] on the front of the valley of the son of Hinnom, which [is] in the valley of the Rephaim northward, and hath gone down the valley of Hinnom unto the side of Jebusi southward, and gone down [to] En-Rogel, 17and hath been marked out on the north, and gone out to En-Shemesh, and gone out unto Geliloth, which [is] over-against the ascent of Adummim, and gone down [to] the stone of Bohan son of Reuben, 18and passed over unto the side over-against Arabah northward, and gone down to Arabah; 19and the border hath passed over unto the side of Beth-Hoglah northward, and the outgoings of the border have been unto the north bay of the salt sea, unto the south extremity of the Jordan; this [is] the south border; 20and the Jordan doth border it at the east quarter; this [is] the inheritance of the sons of Benjamin, by its borders round about, for their families. 21And the cities for the tribe of the sons of Benjamin, for their families, have been Jericho, and Beth-Hoglah, and the valley of Keziz, 22and Beth-Arabah, Zemaraim, and Beth-El, 23and Avim, and Parah, and Ophrah, 24and Chephar-Haammonai, and Ophni, and Gaba; twelve cities and their villages. 25Gibeon, and Ramah, and Beeroth, 26and Mizpeh, and Chephirah, and Mozah, 27and Rekem, and Irpeel, and Taralah, 28and Zelah, Eleph, and Jebusi (it [is] Jerusalem), Gibeath, Kirjath: fourteen cities and their villages. This [is] the inheritance of the sons of Benjamin, for their families.

New Testament in Four Years — Matthew 4:5-6

Matthew 4:5-6

5Then the devil taketh him into the holy city; and he set him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6and saith unto him, If thou art the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written,

He shall give his angels charge concerning thee:

and,

On their hands they shall bear thee up,

Lest haply thou dash thy foot against a stone.

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Psalm a Day — Psalm 72

Psalm 72

72. Psalm 72

1By Solomon. O God, Thy judgments to the king give, And Thy righteousness to the king`s son. 2He judgeth Thy people with righteousness, And Thy poor with judgment. 3The mountains bear peace to the people, And the heights by righteousness. 4He judgeth the poor of the people, Giveth deliverance to the sons of the needy, And bruiseth the oppressor. 5They fear Thee with the sun, and before the moon, Generation -- generations. 6He cometh down as rain on mown grass, As showers -- sprinkling the earth. 7Flourish in his days doth the righteous, And abundance of peace till the moon is not. 8And he ruleth from sea unto sea, And from the river unto the ends of earth. 9Before him bow do the inhabitants of the dry places, And his enemies lick the dust. 10Kings of Tarshish and of the isles send back a present. Kings of Sheba and Seba a reward bring near. 11And all kings do bow themselves to him, All nations do serve him, 12For he delivereth the needy who crieth, And the poor when he hath no helper, 13He hath pity on the poor and needy, And the souls of the needy he saveth, 14From fraud and from violence he redeemeth their soul, And precious is their blood in his eyes. 15And he liveth, and giveth to him of the gold of Sheba, And prayeth for him continually, All the day he doth bless him. 16There is a handful of corn in the earth, On the top of mountains, Shake like Lebanon doth its fruit, And they flourish out of the city as the herb of the earth. 17His name is to the age, Before the sun is his name continued, And they bless themselves in him, All nations do pronounce him happy. 18Blessed is Jehovah God, God of Israel, He alone is doing wonders, 19And blessed [is] the Name of His honour to the age, And the whole earth is filled [with] His honour. Amen, and amen! 20The prayers of David son of Jesse have been ended.

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