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Morning Meditations for April 21

Daily Light's Morning Reading

Stand fast in the Lord.PHI. 4:1.

My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.

The Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever.—The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

The just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back into perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.—If they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

If ye continue in my word then are ye my disciples indeed.—He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.—Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.—Hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.—He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life.

Job 23:11.Psa. 37:28. -Psa. 121:7.Heb. 10:38,39. -I John 2:19.John 8:31. -Matt. 24:13. -I Cor. 16:13. -Rev. 3:11. -Rev. 3:5.

Spurgeon's Morning Reading

“I know that my Redeemer liveth.”

Job 19:25

The marrow of Job’s comfort lies in that little word “My”—“My Redeemer,” and in the fact that the Redeemer lives. Oh! to get hold of a living Christ. We must get a property in him before we can enjoy him. What is gold in the mine to me? Men are beggars in Peru, and beg their bread in California. It is gold in my purse which will satisfy my necessities, by purchasing the bread I need. So a Redeemer who does not redeem me, an avenger who will never stand up for my blood, of what avail were such? Rest not content until by faith you can say “Yes, I cast myself upon my living Lord; and he is mine.” It may be you hold him with a feeble hand; you half think it presumption to say, “He lives as my Redeemer;” yet, remember if you have but faith as a grain of mustard seed, that little faith entitles you to say it. But there is also another word here, expressive of Job’s strong confidence, “I know.” To say, “I hope so, I trust so” is comfortable; and there are thousands in the fold of Jesus who hardly ever get much further. But to reach the essence of consolation you must say, “I know.” Ifs, buts, and perhapses, are sure murderers of peace and comfort. Doubts are dreary things in times of sorrow. Like wasps they sting the soul! If I have any suspicion that Christ is not mine, then there is vinegar mingled with the gall of death; but if I know that Jesus lives for me, then darkness is not dark: even the night is light about me. Surely if Job, in those ages before the coming and advent of Christ, could say, “I know,” we should not speak less positively. God forbid that our positiveness should be presumption. Let us see that our evidences are right, lest we build upon an ungrounded hope; and then let us not be satisfied with the mere foundation, for it is from the upper rooms that we get the widest prospect. A living Redeemer, truly mine, is joy unspeakable.

Old Testament Chapter a Day — Jeremiah 45

Jeremiah 45

45. Message to Baruch

1The word that Jeremiah the prophet spoke to Baruch the son of Nerijah, when he wrote these words in a book at the mouth of Jeremiah, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, the king of Judah, saying, 2Thus sayeth Jehovah, the God of Israel, concerning thee, Baruch: 3Thou didst say, Woe unto me! for Jehovah hath added grief to my sorrow; I am weary with my sighing, and I find no rest. 4Thus shalt thou say unto him, Thus saith Jehovah: Behold, what I have built do I overthrow, and what I have planted I pluck up, even this whole land. 5And seekest thou great things for thyself? seek [them] not; for behold, I will bring evil upon all flesh, saith Jehovah; but thy life will I give unto thee for a prey in all places whither thou shalt go.

New Testament in Four Years — Ephesians 5:8-14

Ephesians 5:8-14

8For ye were once darkness, but are now light in the Lord: walk as children of light 9(for the fruit of the light is in all goodness and righteousness and truth), 10proving what is well-pleasing unto the Lord; 11and have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather even reprove them; 12for the things which are done by them in secret it is a shame even to speak of. 13But all things when they are reproved are made manifest by the light: for everything that is made manifest is light. 14Wherefore he saith, Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall shine upon thee.

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Psalm a Day — Psalm 89:1-29

Psalm 89:1-29

89. Psalm 89

1{An instruction. Of Ethan the Ezrahite.} I will sing of the loving-kindness of Jehovah for ever; with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness from generation to generation. 2For I said, Loving-kindness shall be built up for ever; in the very heavens wilt thou establish thy faithfulness. 3I have made a covenant with mine elect, I have sworn unto David my servant: 4Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne from generation to generation. Selah. 5And the heavens shall celebrate thy wonders, O Jehovah, and thy faithfulness in the congregation of the saints. 6For who in the heaven can be compared to Jehovah? [who] among the sons of the mighty shall be likened to Jehovah? 7God is greatly to be feared in the council of the saints, and terrible for all that are round about him. 8Jehovah, God of hosts, who is like unto thee, the strong Jah? And thy faithfulness is round about thee. 9*Thou* rulest the pride of the sea: when its waves arise, *thou* stillest them. 10Thou hast crushed Rahab as one that is slain; thou hast scattered thine enemies with the arm of thy strength. 11Thine are the heavens, the earth also is thine; the world and its fulness, *thou* hast founded them. 12The north and the south, *thou* hast created them: Tabor and Hermon triumph in thy name. 13Thine is the arm of might: strong is thy hand, high is thy right hand. 14Righteousness and judgment are the foundation of thy throne; loving-kindness and truth go before thy face. 15Blessed is the people that know the shout of joy: they walk, O Jehovah, in the light of thy countenance. 16In thy name are they joyful all the day, and in thy righteousness are they exalted. 17For thou art the glory of their strength; and in thy favour our horn shall be exalted. 18For Jehovah is our shield, and the Holy One of Israel, our king. 19Then thou spakest in vision of thy Holy One, and saidst, I have laid help upon a mighty one; I have exalted one chosen out of the people. 20I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him: 21With whom my hand shall be established; and mine arm shall strengthen him. 22No enemy shall exact upon him, nor the son of wickedness afflict him; 23But I will beat down his adversaries before his face, and will smite them that hate him. 24And my faithfulness and my loving-kindness shall be with him, and by my name shall his horn be exalted. 25And I will set his hand in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers. 26*He* shall call unto me, Thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation; 27And as to me, I will make him firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth. 28My loving-kindness will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him; 29And I will establish his seed for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven.

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