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Spurgeon's Daily Readings 12th August 2018

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Spurgeon's Daily Readings 12th August 2018

Post by Pete » Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:27 pm

Spurgeon's Daily Readings

Morning Reading
Book of Psalms - 97:1

"The Lord reigneth, let the earth rejoice."
Bible Passage

The Lord reigns; Let the earth rejoice; Let the multitude of isles be glad.
Daily Reading

Causes for disquietude there are none so long as this blessed sentence is true. On earth the Lord's power as readily controls the rage of the wicked as the rage of the sea; his love as easily refreshes the poor with mercy as the earth with showers. Majesty gleams in flashes of fire amid the tempest's horrors, and the glory of the Lord is seen in its grandeur in the fall of empires, and the crash of thrones. In all our conflicts and tribulations, we may behold the hand of the divine King.

"God is God; he sees and hears all our troubles, all our tears. Soul, forget not, 'mid thy pains, God o'er all forever reigns."

In hell, evil spirits own, with misery, his undoubted supremacy. When permitted to roam abroad, it is with a chain at their heel; the bit is in the mouth of behemoth, and the hook in the jaws of leviathan. Death's darts are under the Lord's lock, and the grave's prisons have divine power as their warder. The terrible vengeance of the Judge of all the earth makes fiends cower down and tremble, even as dogs in the kennel fear the hunter's whip.

"Fear not death, nor Satan's thrusts, God defends who in him trusts; Soul, remember, in thy pains, God o'er all forever reigns."

In heaven none doubt the sovereignty of the King Eternal, but all fall on their faces to do him homage. Angels are his courtiers, the redeemed his favourites, and all delight to serve him day and night. May we soon reach the city of the great King!

"For this life's long night of sadness He will give us peace and gladness. Soul, remember, in thy pains, God o'er all forever reigns."


Evening Reading
Book of Genesis - 9:14

"The bow shall be seen in the cloud."
Bible Passage

"It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud."
Daily Reading

The rainbow, the symbol of the covenant with Noah is typical of our Lord Jesus who is the Lord's witness to the people. When may we expect to see the token of the covenant? The rainbow is only to be seen painted upon a cloud. When the sinner's conscience is dark with clouds when he remembers his past sin and mourneth and lamenteth before God, Jesus Christ is revealed to him as the covenant Rainbow displaying all the glorious hues of the divine character and betokening peace. To the believer when his trials and temptations surround him it is sweet to behold the person of our Lord Jesus Christ, to see Him bleeding, living, rising and pleading for us. God's rainbow is hung over the cloud of our sins our sorrows and our woes to prophesy deliverance. Nor does a cloud alone give a rainbow there must be the crystal drops to reflect the light of the sun.

So our sorrows must not only threaten; but they must really fall upon us. There had been no Christ for us if the vengeance of God had been merely a threatening cloud: punishment must fall in terrible drops upon the Surety. Until there is a real anguish in the sinner's conscience there is no Christ for him; until the chastisement which he feels becomes grievous he cannot see Jesus. But there must also be a sun; for clouds and drops of rain make not rainbows unless the sun shineth. Beloved our God who is as the sun to us always shines, but we do not always see Him, clouds hide His face; but no matter what drops may be falling or what clouds may be threatening if He does but shine there will be a rainbow at once. It is said that when we see the rainbow the shower is over. Certain it is that when Christ comes our troubles remove; when we behold Jesus our sins vanish and our doubts and fears subside. When Jesus walks the waters of the sea how profound the calm!

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"Beware of the false prophets! They come to you wearing sheep's clothing, but underneath they are hungry wolves! You will recognize them by their fruit. Can people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?
Matthew 7: 15-16 Complete Jewish Bible

Dear friends, don't trust every spirit. On the contrary, test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
1 John 4:1 Complete Jewish Bible

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