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Daily Light's Morning Reading

Our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep.HEB. 13:20.

The chief Shepherd.—I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.—I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.—I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick.—Ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

I Pet. 5:4. -John 10:14,27,28.Psa. 23:1-3.Isa. 53:6. -John 10:11. -Ezek. 34:16. -I Pet. 2:25.

Spurgeon's Morning Reading

“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee.”

Psalm 55:22

Care, even though exercised upon legitimate objects, if carried to excess, has in it the nature of sin. The precept to avoid anxious care is earnestly inculcated by our Saviour, again and again; it is reiterated by the apostles; and it is one which cannot be neglected without involving transgression: for the very essence of anxious care is the imagining that we are wiser than God, and the thrusting ourselves into his place to do for him that which he has undertaken to do for us. We attempt to think of that which we fancy he will forget; we labour to take upon ourselves our weary burden, as if he were unable or unwilling to take it for us. Now this disobedience to his plain precept, this unbelief in his Word, this presumption in intruding upon his province, is all sinful. Yet more than this, anxious care often leads to acts of sin. He who cannot calmly leave his affairs in God’s hand, but will carry his own burden, is very likely to be tempted to use wrong means to help himself. This sin leads to a forsaking of God as our counsellor, and resorting instead to human wisdom. This is going to the “broken cistern” instead of to the “fountain;” a sin which was laid against Israel of old. Anxiety makes us doubt God’s lovingkindness, and thus our love to him grows cold; we feel mistrust, and thus grieve the Spirit of God, so that our prayers become hindered, our consistent example marred, and our life one of self-seeking. Thus want of confidence in God leads us to wander far from him; but if through simple faith in his promise, we cast each burden as it comes upon him, and are “careful for nothing” because he undertakes to care for us, it will keep us close to him, and strengthen us against much temptation. “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee.”

Old Testament Chapter a Day - Deuteronomy 7

Deuteronomy 7

7. Driving Out the Nations

A Chosen People

 7

When the Lord your God brings you into the land that you are about to enter and occupy, and he clears away many nations before you—the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations mightier and more numerous than you—2and when the Lord your God gives them over to you and you defeat them, then you must utterly destroy them. Make no covenant with them and show them no mercy.3Do not intermarry with them, giving your daughters to their sons or taking their daughters for your sons,4for that would turn away your children from following me, to serve other gods. Then the anger of the Lord would be kindled against you, and he would destroy you quickly.5But this is how you must deal with them: break down their altars, smash their pillars, hew down their sacred poles, and burn their idols with fire.6For you are a people holy to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on earth to be his people, his treasured possession.

7 It was not because you were more numerous than any other people that the Lord set his heart on you and chose you—for you were the fewest of all peoples.8It was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath that he swore to your ancestors, that the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.9Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who maintains covenant loyalty with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,10and who repays in their own person those who reject him. He does not delay but repays in their own person those who reject him.11Therefore, observe diligently the commandment—the statutes and the ordinances—that I am commanding you today.

Blessings for Obedience

12 If you heed these ordinances, by diligently observing them, the Lord your God will maintain with you the covenant loyalty that he swore to your ancestors;13he will love you, bless you, and multiply you; he will bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground, your grain and your wine and your oil, the increase of your cattle and the issue of your flock, in the land that he swore to your ancestors to give you.14You shall be the most blessed of peoples, with neither sterility nor barrenness among you or your livestock.15The Lord will turn away from you every illness; all the dread diseases of Egypt that you experienced, he will not inflict on you, but he will lay them on all who hate you.16You shall devour all the peoples that the Lord your God is giving over to you, showing them no pity; you shall not serve their gods, for that would be a snare to you.

17 If you say to yourself, “These nations are more numerous than I; how can I dispossess them?”18do not be afraid of them. Just remember what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt,19the great trials that your eyes saw, the signs and wonders, the mighty hand and the outstretched arm by which the Lord your God brought you out. The Lord your God will do the same to all the peoples of whom you are afraid.20Moreover, the Lord your God will send the pestilence against them, until even the survivors and the fugitives are destroyed.21Have no dread of them, for the Lord your God, who is present with you, is a great and awesome God.22The Lord your God will clear away these nations before you little by little; you will not be able to make a quick end of them, otherwise the wild animals would become too numerous for you.23But the Lord your God will give them over to you, and throw them into great panic, until they are destroyed.24He will hand their kings over to you and you shall blot out their name from under heaven; no one will be able to stand against you, until you have destroyed them.25The images of their gods you shall burn with fire. Do not covet the silver or the gold that is on them and take it for yourself, because you could be ensnared by it; for it is abhorrent to the Lord your God.26Do not bring an abhorrent thing into your house, or you will be set apart for destruction like it. You must utterly detest and abhor it, for it is set apart for destruction.

New Testament in Four Years - Matthew 26:31-35

Matthew 26:31-35

26. Plot Against Jesus

Peter’s Denial Foretold

31 Then Jesus said to them, “You will all become deserters because of me this night; for it is written,

‘I will strike the shepherd,

and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’

32 But after I am raised up, I will go ahead of you to Galilee.”33Peter said to him, “Though all become deserters because of you, I will never desert you.”34Jesus said to him, “Truly I tell you, this very night, before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.”35Peter said to him, “Even though I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And so said all the disciples.

Psalm a Day - Psalm 109:16-31

Psalm 109:16-31

109. Psalm 109

16

For he did not remember to show kindness,

but pursued the poor and needy

and the brokenhearted to their death.

17

He loved to curse; let curses come on him.

He did not like blessing; may it be far from him.

18

He clothed himself with cursing as his coat,

may it soak into his body like water,

like oil into his bones.

19

May it be like a garment that he wraps around himself,

like a belt that he wears every day.”

 

20

May that be the reward of my accusers from the Lord,

of those who speak evil against my life.

21

But you, O Lord my Lord,

act on my behalf for your name’s sake;

because your steadfast love is good, deliver me.

22

For I am poor and needy,

and my heart is pierced within me.

23

I am gone like a shadow at evening;

I am shaken off like a locust.

24

My knees are weak through fasting;

my body has become gaunt.

25

I am an object of scorn to my accusers;

when they see me, they shake their heads.

 

26

Help me, O Lord my God!

Save me according to your steadfast love.

27

Let them know that this is your hand;

you, O Lord, have done it.

28

Let them curse, but you will bless.

Let my assailants be put to shame; may your servant be glad.

29

May my accusers be clothed with dishonor;

may they be wrapped in their own shame as in a mantle.

30

With my mouth I will give great thanks to the Lord;

I will praise him in the midst of the throng.

31

For he stands at the right hand of the needy,

to save them from those who would condemn them to death.

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