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Evening Meditations for April 2
When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?—LUKE 18:8.
He came unto his own, and his own received him not.—The Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith.
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth and shall be turned unto fables.
Of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.—Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching.—Looking for that blessed hope, … the glorious appearing of the great God, and our Saviour Jesus Christ,
“He shall see his seed; he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.”
Plead for the speedy fulfilment of this promise, all ye who love the Lord. It is easy work to pray when we are grounded and bottomed, as to our desires, upon God’s own promise. How can he that gave the word refuse to keep it? Immutable veracity cannot demean itself by a lie, and eternal faithfulness cannot degrade itself by neglect. God must bless his Son, his covenant binds him to it. That which the Spirit prompts us to ask for Jesus, is that which God decrees to give him. Whenever you are praying for the kingdom of Christ, let your eyes behold the dawning of the blessed day which draweth near, when the Crucified shall receive his coronation in the place where men rejected him. Courage, you that prayerfully work and toil for Christ with success of the very smallest kind, it shall not be so always; better times are before you. Your eyes cannot see the blissful future: borrow the telescope of faith; wipe the misty breath of your doubts from the glass; look through it and behold the coming glory. Reader, let us ask, do you make this your constant prayer? Remember that the same Christ who tells us to say, “Give us this day our daily bread,” had first given us this petition, “Hallowed be thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.” Let not your prayers be all concerning your own sins, your own wants, your own imperfections, your own trials, but let them climb the starry ladder, and get up to Christ himself, and then, as you draw nigh to the blood-sprinkled mercy-seat, offer this prayer continually, “Lord, extend the kingdom of thy dear Son.” Such a petition, fervently presented, will elevate the spirit of all your devotions. Mind that you prove the sincerity of your prayer by labouring to promote the Lord’s glory.
19. Lament for Israel's Princes
1Moreover, take thou up a lamentation for the princes of Israel, 2and say, What was thy mother? A lioness: she couched among lions, in the midst of the young lions she nourished her whelps. 3And she brought up one of her whelps: he became a young lion, and he learned to catch the prey; he devoured men. 4The nations also heard of him; he was taken in their pit; and they brought him with hooks unto the land of Egypt. 5Now when she saw that she had waited, and her hope was lost, then she took another of her whelps, and made him a young lion. 6And he went up and down among the lions; he became a young lion, and he learned to catch the prey; he devoured men. 7And he knew their palaces, and laid waste their cities; and the land was desolate, and the fulness thereof, because of the noise of his roaring. 8Then the nations set against him on every side from the provinces; and they spread their net over him; he was taken in their pit. 9And they put him in a cage with hooks, and brought him to the king of Babylon; they brought him into strongholds, that his voice should no more be heard upon the mountains of Israel. 10Thy mother was like a vine, in thy blood, planted by the waters: it was fruitful and full of branches by reason of many waters. 11And it had strong rods for the sceptres of them that bare rule, and their stature was exalted among the thick boughs, and they were seen in their height with the multitude of their branches. 12But it was plucked up in fury, it was cast down to the ground, and the east wind dried up its fruit: its strong rods were broken off and withered; the fire consumed them. 13And now it is planted in the wilderness, in a dry and thirsty land. 14And fire is gone out of the rods of its branches, it hath devoured its fruit, so that there is in it no strong rod to be a sceptre to rule. This is a lamentation, and shall be for a lamentation.
67And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying,
68Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;
For he hath visited and wrought redemption for his people,
69And hath raised up a horn of salvation for us
In the house of his servant David
70(As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets that have been from of old),
71Salvation from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us;
72To show mercy towards, our fathers,
And to remember his holy covenant;
73The oath which he spake unto Abraham our father,
74To grant unto us that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies
Should serve him without fear,
75In holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
76Yea and thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Most High:
For thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to make ready his ways;
77To give knowledge of salvation unto his people
In the remission of their sins,
78Because of the tender mercy of our God,
Whereby the dayspring from on high shall visit us,
79To shine upon them that sit in darkness and the shadow of death;
To guide our feet into the way of peace.
80And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his showing unto Israel.
76. Psalm 76
1In Judah is God known:
His name is great in Israel.
2In Salem also is his tabernacle,
And his adwelling-place in Zion.
3There he brake the aarrows of the bow;
The shield, and the sword, and the battle.
4Glorious art thou and excellent,
aFrom the mountains of prey.
5The stouthearted are made a spoil,
They have slept their sleep;
And none of the men of might have found their hands.
6At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob,
Both chariot and horse are cast into a deep sleep.
7Thou, even thou, art to be feared;
And who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry?
8Thou didst cause sentence to be heard from heaven;
The earth feared, and was still,
9When God arose to judgment,
To save all the meek of the earth.
10Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee:
The residue of wrath shalt thou agird upon thee.
11Vow, and pay unto Jehovah your God:
Let all that are round about him bring presents unto him that ought to be feared.
12He will cut off the spirit of princes:
He is terrible to the kings of the earth.