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Morning Meditations for August 13

Daily Light's Morning Reading

He hath prepared for them a city.HEB. 11:16.

If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.—An inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you.—Here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.

This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.—Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord.—Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the the Lord draweth nigh.—Yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.

We which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

John 14:3. -I Pet. 1:4. -Heb. 13:14.Acts 1:11. -Jas. 5:7,8. -Heb. 10:37.I Thes. 4:17,18.

Spurgeon's Morning Reading

“The cedars of Lebanon which he hath planted.”

Psalm 104:16

Lebanon’s cedars are emblematic of the Christian, in that they owe their planting entirely to the Lord. This is quite true of every child of God. He is not man-planted, nor self-planted, but God-planted. The mysterious hand of the divine Spirit dropped the living seed into a heart which he had himself prepared for its reception. Every true heir of heaven owns the great Husbandman as his planter. Moreover, the cedars of Lebanon are not dependent upon man for their watering; they stand on the lofty rock, unmoistened by human irrigation; and yet our heavenly Father supplieth them. Thus it is with the Christian who has learned to live by faith. He is independent of man, even in temporal things; for his continued maintenance he looks to the Lord his God, and to him alone. The dew of heaven is his portion, and the God of heaven is his fountain. Again, the cedars of Lebanon are not protected by any mortal power. They owe nothing to man for their preservation from stormy wind and tempest. They are God’s trees, kept and preserved by him, and by him alone. It is precisely the same with the Christian. He is not a hot-house plant, sheltered from temptation; he stands in the most exposed position; he has no shelter, no protection, except this, that the broad wings of the eternal God always cover the cedars which he himself has planted. Like cedars, believers are full of sap, having vitality enough to be ever green, even amid winter’s snows. Lastly, the flourishing and majestic condition of the cedar is to the praise of God only. The Lord, even the Lord alone hath been everything unto the cedars, and, therefore David very sweetly puts it in one of the psalms, “Praise ye the Lord, fruitful trees and all cedars.” In the believer there is nothing that can magnify man; he is planted, nourished, and protected by the Lord’s own hand, and to him let all the glory be ascribed.

Old Testament Chapter a Day — 1 Chronicles 1

1 Chronicles 1

1. Historical Records

1Adam, Seth, Enosh, 2Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, 3Enoch, Methushelah, Lemech, 4Noah; Shem, Ham, and Japheth. 5The sons of Japheth: Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras. 6-- And the sons of Gomer: Ashkenaz, and Diphath, and Togarmah. 7And the sons of Javan: Elishah and Tarshish, Kittim and Rodanim. 8The sons of Ham: Cush and Mizraim, Phut and Canaan. 9-- And the sons of Cush: Seba and Havilah, and Sabta, and Raama, and Sabtecha. And the sons of Raamah: Sheba and Dedan. 10And Cush begot Nimrod: he began to be mighty on the earth. 11-- And Mizraim begot the Ludim, and the Anamim, and the Lehabim, and the Naphtuhim, 12and the Pathrusim, and the Casluhim out of whom came the Philistines, and the Caphtorim. 13-- And Canaan begot Zidon his firstborn, and Heth, 14and the Jebusite, and the Amorite, and the Girgashite, 15and the Hivite, and the Arkite, and the Sinite, 16and the Arvadite, and the Zemarite, and the Hamathite. 17The sons of Shem: Elam, and Asshur, and Arphaxad, and Lud, and Aram, and Uz, and Hul, and Gether, and Meshech. 18-- And Arphaxad begot Shelah, and Shelah begot Eber. 19And to Eber were born two sons: the name of the one was Peleg, for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother`s name was Joktan. 20And Joktan begot Almodad, and Sheleph, and Hazarmaveth, and Jerah, 21and Hadoram, and Uzal, and Diklah, 22and Ebal, and Abimael, and Sheba, 23and Ophir, and Havilah, and Jobab: all these were sons of Joktan. 24Shem, Arphaxad, Shelah, 25Eber, Peleg, Reu, 26Serug, Nahor, Terah, 27Abram: the same is Abraham. 28The sons of Abraham: Isaac and Ishmael. 29These are their generations: the firstborn of Ishmael, Nebaioth; and Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam; 30Mishma and Dumah; Massa, Hadad, and Tema; 31Jetur, Naphish, and Kedmah: those are the sons of Ishmael. 32-- And the sons of Keturah, Abraham`s concubine: she bore Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah. And the sons of Jokshan: Sheba and Dedan. 33And the sons of Midian: Ephah, and Epher, and Enoch, and Abida, and Eldaah. All these were sons of Keturah. 34And Abraham begot Isaac. The sons of Isaac: Esau and Israel. 35The sons of Esau: Eliphaz, Reuel, and Jeush, and Jaalam, and Korah. 36-- The sons of Eliphaz: Teman and Omar, Zephi and Gatam, Kenaz, and Timna, and Amalek. 37The sons of Reuel: Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah. 38And the sons of Seir: Lotan, and Shobal, and Zibeon, and Anah, and Dishon, and Ezer, and Dishan. 39-- And the sons of Lotan: Hori and Homam. And Lotan`s sister, Timna. 40-- The sons of Shobal: Alian, and Manahath, and Ebal, Shephi and Onam. -- And the sons of Zibeon: Ajah and Anah. 41-- The sons of Anah: Dishon. -- And the sons of Dishon: Hamran, and Eshban, and Jithran, and Cheran. 42-- The sons of Ezer: Bilhan, and Zaavan, [and] Jaakan. -- The sons of Dishan: Uz and Aran. 43And these are the kings that reigned in the land of Edom before there reigned a king over the children of Israel: -- Bela the son of Beor; and the name of his city was Dinhabah. 44And Bela died; and Jobab the son of Zerah of Bozrah reigned in his stead. 45And Jobab died; and Husham of the land of the Temanites reigned in his stead. 46And Husham died; and Hadad the son of Bedad, who smote Midian in the fields of Moab, reigned in his stead: and the name of his city was Avith. 47And Hadad died; and Samlah of Masrekah reigned in his stead. 48And Samlah died; and Saul of Rehoboth on the river reigned in his stead. 49And Saul died; and Baal-hanan the son of Achbor reigned in his stead. 50And Baal-hanan died; and Hadad reigned in his stead: and the name of his city was Pai; and his wife`s name was Mehetabel the daughter of Matred, daughter of Mezahab. 51And Hadad died. And the chiefs of Edom were: chief Timna, chief Aliah, chief Jetheth, 52chief Oholibamah, chief Elah, chief Pinon, 53chief Kenaz, chief Teman, chief Mibzar, 54chief Magdiel, chief Iram. These were the chiefs of Edom.

New Testament in Four Years — Matthew 23:33-36

Matthew 23:33-36

33Ye serpents, ye offspring of vipers, how shall ye escape the judgment of hell? 34Therefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: some of them shall ye kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city: 35that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of Abel the righteous unto the blood of Zachariah son of Barachiah, whom ye slew between the sanctuary and the altar. 36Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.

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Psalm a Day — Psalm 28

Psalm 28

28. Psalm 28

1{[A Psalm] of David.} Unto thee, Jehovah, do I call; my rock, be not silent unto me, lest, [if] thou keep silence toward me, I become like them that go down into the pit. 2Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward the oracle of thy holiness. 3Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, who speak peace to their neighbours, and mischief is in their heart. 4Give them according to their doing, and according to the wickedness of their deeds; give them after the work of their hands, render to them their desert. 5For they regard not the deeds of Jehovah, nor the work of his hands: he will destroy them, and not build them up. 6Blessed be Jehovah, for he hath heard the voice of my supplications. 7Jehovah is my strength and my shield; my heart confided in him, and I was helped: therefore my heart exulteth, and with my song will I praise him. 8Jehovah is their strength; and he is the stronghold of salvation to his anointed one. 9Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance; and feed them, and lift them up for ever.

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