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Evening Meditations for April 30

Daily Light's Evening Reading

He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding.PROV. 14:29.

The Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering.—The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Be ye . . . followers of God, as dear children; and walk in love.—The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.—This is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. If, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. Christ . . . suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously.

Be ye angry, and sin not.

Exo. 34:6. –II Pet. 3:9.Eph. 5:1. -Gal. 5:22,23. -I Pet. 2:19-21,23.Eph. 4:26.

Spurgeon's Evening Reading

“How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God.”

Psalm 139:17

Divine omniscience affords no comfort to the ungodly mind, but to the child of God it overflows with consolation. God is always thinking upon us, never turns aside his mind from us, has us always before his eyes; and this is precisely as we would have it, for it would be dreadful to exist for a moment beyond the observation of our heavenly Father. His thoughts are always tender, loving, wise, prudent, far-reaching, and they bring to us countless benefits: hence it is a choice delight to remember them. The Lord always did think upon his people: hence their election and the covenant of grace by which their salvation is secured; he always will think upon them: hence their final perseverance by which they shall be brought safely to their final rest. In all our wanderings the watchful glance of the Eternal Watcher is evermore fixed upon us—we never roam beyond the Shepherd’s eye. In our sorrows he observes us incessantly, and not a pang escapes him; in our toils he marks all our weariness, and writes in his book all the struggles of his faithful ones. These thoughts of the Lord encompass us in all our paths, and penetrate the innermost region of our being. Not a nerve or tissue, valve or vessel, of our bodily organization is uncared for; all the littles of our little world are thought upon by the great God.

Dear reader, is this precious to you? then hold to it. Never be led astray by those philosophic fools who preach up an impersonal God, and talk of self-existent, self-governing matter. The Lord liveth and thinketh upon us, this is a truth far too precious for us to be lightly robbed of it. The notice of a nobleman is valued so highly that he who has it counts his fortune made; but what is it to be thought of by the King of kings! If the Lord thinketh upon us, all is well, and we may rejoice evermore.

Old Testament Chapter a Day — Lamentations 2

Lamentations 2

2. Lord's Anger Against His People

1How has the Lord covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud in his anger!

He has cast down from heaven to the earth the beauty of Israel,

And hasn’t remembered his footstool in the day of his anger.

2The Lord has swallowed up all the habitations of Jacob, and has not pitied:

He has thrown down in his wrath the strongholds of the daughter of Judah;

He has brought them down to the ground; he has profaned the kingdom and the princes of it.

3He has cut off in fierce anger all the horn of Israel;

He has drawn back his right hand from before the enemy:

He has burned up Jacob like a flaming fire, which devours round about.

4He has bent his bow like an enemy, he has stood with his right hand as an adversary,

Has killed all that were pleasant to the eye:

In the tent of the daughter of Zion he has poured out his wrath like fire.

5The Lord is become as an enemy, he has swallowed up Israel;

He has swallowed up all her palaces, he has destroyed his strongholds;

He has multiplied in the daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation.

6He has violently taken away his tent, as if it were of a garden; he has destroyed his place of assembly:

Yahweh has caused solemn assembly and Sabbath to be forgotten in Zion,

Has despised in the indignation of his anger the king and the priest.

7The Lord has cast off his altar, he has abhorred his sanctuary;

He has given up into the hand of the enemy the walls of her palaces:

They have made a noise in the house of Yahweh, as in the day of a solemn assembly.

8Yahweh has purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion;

He has stretched out the line, he has not withdrawn his hand from destroying;

He has made the rampart and wall to lament; they languish together.

9Her gates are sunk into the ground; he has destroyed and broken her bars:

Her king and her princes are among the nations where the law is not;

Yes, her prophets find no vision from Yahweh.

10The elders of the daughter of Zion sit on the ground, they keep silence;

They have cast up dust on their heads; they have girded themselves with sackcloth:

The virgins of Jerusalem hang down their heads to the ground.

11My eyes do fail with tears, my heart is troubled;

My liver is poured on the earth, because of the destruction of the daughter of my people,

Because the young children and the infants swoon in the streets of the city.

12They tell their mothers, Where is grain and wine?

When they swoon as the wounded in the streets of the city,

When their soul is poured out into their mothers’ bosom.

13What shall I testify to you? what shall I liken to you, daughter of Jerusalem?

What shall I compare to you, that I may comfort you, virgin daughter of Zion?

For your breach is great like the sea: who can heal you?

14Your prophets have seen for you false and foolish visions;

They have not uncovered your iniquity, to bring back your captivity,

But have seen for you false oracles and causes of banishment.

15All that pass by clap their hands at you;

They hiss and wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem, saying,

Is this the city that men called The perfection of beauty, The joy of the whole earth?

16All your enemies have opened their mouth wide against you;

They hiss and gnash the teeth; they say, We have swallowed her up;

Certainly this is the day that we looked for; we have found, we have seen it.

17Yahweh has done that which he purposed; he has fulfilled his word that he commanded in the days of old;

He has thrown down, and has not pitied:

He has caused the enemy to rejoice over you; he has exalted the horn of your adversaries.

18Their heart cried to the Lord:

wall of the daughter of Zion, let tears run down like a river day and night;

Give yourself no respite; don’t let the apple of your eye cease.

19Arise, cry out in the night, at the beginning of the watches;

Pour out your heart like water before the face of the Lord:

Lift up your hands toward him for the life of your young children, that faint for hunger at the head of every street.

20Look, Yahweh, and see to whom you have done thus!

Shall the women eat their fruit, the children that are dandled in the hands?

Shall the priest and the prophet be killed in the sanctuary of the Lord?

21The youth and the old man lie on the ground in the streets;

My virgins and my young men are fallen by the sword:

You have killed them in the day of your anger; you have slaughtered, and not pitied.

22You have called, as in the day of a solemn assembly, my terrors on every side;

There was none that escaped or remained in the day of Yahweh’s anger:

Those that I have dandled and brought up has my enemy consumed.

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New Testament in Four Years — Philippians 1:1-6

Philippians 1:1-6

1. Thanksgiving and Prayer

1Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, to all the saints in Christ Jesus that are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: 2Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3I thank my God upon all my remembrance of you, 4always in every supplication of mine on behalf of you all making my supplication with joy, 5for your fellowship in furtherance of the gospel from the first day until now; 6being confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ:

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Psalm a Day — Psalm 97

Psalm 97

97. Psalm 97

1Yahweh reigns!

Let the earth rejoice!

Let the multitude of islands be glad!

2Clouds and darkness are around him.

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.

3A fire goes before him,

And burns up his adversaries on every side.

4His lightning lights up the world.

The earth sees, and trembles.

5The mountains melt like wax at the presence of Yahweh,

At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

6The heavens declare his righteousness.

All the peoples have seen his glory.

7Let all them be shamed who serve engraved images,

Who boast in their idols.

Worship him, all you gods!

8Zion heard and was glad.

The daughters of Judah rejoiced,

Because of your judgments, Yahweh.

9For you, Yahweh, are most high above all the earth.

You are exalted far above all gods.

10You who love Yahweh, hate evil.

He preserves the souls of his saints.

He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.

11Light is sown for the righteous,

And gladness for the upright in heart.

12Be glad in Yahweh, you righteous people!

Give thanks to his holy Name.

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