Lord’s Day, August 18, 2019

1 Samuel 28:1-29:11; Isaiah 66:1-24; Romans 8:18-39

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
Psalms 32:1

For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take
away sins. Hebrews 10:4

The blood of animals could cover sins and grant forgiveness,
but could not take sin away. Only one sacrifice could, the Lamb of
God. God provided His Son a body of flesh and blood so He could
die for us. Only a perfect human being could die for our sins. How
blessed we are to be living in these days of grace when we have a
full remission of sins (Heb. 9:22). Our Saviour’s precious blood has
taken away our sins forever. —Harold G. Smith

What can wash away my sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole agin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
— Robert Lowry

Saturday, August 17, 2019

1 Samuel 26 to 27; Isaiah 65; Romans 8:1-17

I have loved you, saith the Lord. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou
loved us? Malachi 1:2

Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and
have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched,
and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked. Revelation 3:17

The message of the last book of the Old Testament parallels that
given to the last of the seven churches in Revelation—Laodicea. In
both cases, God’s people challenged His assessment of their poor
spiritual condition. We learn that it is possible to be going through
the motions, utterly blind to the reality of our true spiritual condition.
Let us heed the challenge, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what
the Spirit saith unto the churches” (Rev. 2:29). —W. H. Burnett

Open my eyes that I may see,
Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me. —C. H. Scott

Friday, August 16, 2019

1 Samuel 25:1-44; Isaiah 63:15-64:12; Romans 7:7-25

I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in
the midst of a people of unclean lips. Isaiah 6:5

Perhaps we would have expected Isaiah to focus on his unclean
hands because of his sinful actions. Or perhaps unclean feet because
of his path. Maybe even unclean heart. Why does he say
unclean lips? Because “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth
speaketh” (Matt. 12:34). It matters not what good we may do if we
say the wrong thing. God had a message for Isaiah to deliver and
it could only be told with purged lips. This is still true for us today.
Do we daily ask Him to guard our words? —Ken Gross

Is your all on the altar of sacrifice laid?
Your heart does the Spirit control?
You can only be blessed and have peace and sweet rest,
As you yield Him your body and soul. —Elisha A. Hoffman

Thursday, August 15, 2019

1 Samuel 23:1-24:22; Isaiah 62:1-63:14; Romans 6:15-7:6

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O
Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8, NKJV

A good night’s sleep is a gift from God. This verse is a good
encouragement for those nights when we struggle to rest. Years
ago our little daughter often had trouble falling asleep. I would
lie beside her, read this comforting verse, pray, and assure her the
Lord was caring and watching over her. She would soon drift off
to sleep. This old expression is still valuable, “Don’t count sheep,
talk to the Shepherd!”. “He gives His beloved sleep” (Ps. 127:2, NKJV).
—Jim Comte

Sorrow and care may meet, the tempest cloud may low’r,
The surge of sin may beat upon earth’s troubled shore;
God doth His own in safety keep; He giveth His beloved sleep.
—T. C. Tildesley

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

1 Samuel 21:1-22:23; Isaiah 61:1-11; Romans 6:1-14

Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of
salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2

King William III offered protection to all Scottish clan chiefs
who swore allegiance before January 1, 1692. “Letters of fire and
sword” were drawn up to punish all who failed to meet the deadline.
Procrastinating until December 30, the MacDonald clan chief
travelled to Fort William but found no one authorized to take the
oath. Then travelling to the Sherriff’s office, he waited days for him
to arrive, finally taking the oath. Missing the deadline resulted in
much loss of life. Equally for salvation we must go to the right
person, our Lord Jesus. The time to do it is now. Tomorrow may
be too late. —George Ferrier

O do not let the Word depart, and close thine eyes against the light!
Poor sinner, harden not your heart, be saved, oh, tonight!—E. H. Reed

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

1 Samuel 19:8-20:42; Isaiah 60:1-22; Romans 5:12-21

Unless the Lord builds the house, They labour in vain who
build it. Psalm 127:1, NKJV

The companionship of one man and one woman for life is God’s
primary purpose for marriage. His secondary purpose is His
desire for marriage to produce a godly next generation—not just
children. A Christian family is not a household of Christians, but a
Christian household. If Christ and His Word are not at the centre
of family life and all home affairs, that home cannot be called a
true Christian home. The vital focus of every Christian household
must be the glory of God! —W. A. H.

The greatest benefits God has conferred on human life,
fatherhood, motherhood, childhood, home, become the
greatest curse if Jesus Christ is not the head. —Oswald Chambers

Monday, August 12, 2019

1 Samuel 18:6-19:7; Isaiah 59:1-21; Romans 4:23-5:11

Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass, that the children
of Israel asked the Lord, saying, Who shall go up for us against
the Canaanites first, to fight against them? Judges 1:1

It is not uncommon for us to experience a dry time in our spiritual
life shortly after times of victory and blessing. One reason is a
tendency to think that our previous victory has come because of
our strength. The truth is that His strength has been made perfect
in our weakness. Continued leaning on Him will bring us back to
a place of joy. —G. C. G.

I need Thee, precious Saviour! For I am very blind,
A weak and foolish wanderer, with dark and evil mind.
I need Thy light, Lord Jesus! To tread the thorny road,
To guide me safe to glory, where I shall see my God.
— Fredrick Whitfield

Lord’s Day, August 11, 2019

1 Samuel 17:32-18:5; Isaiah 5:1-14; Romans 4:1-22

Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a
stranger, and not thine own lips. Proverbs 27:2

Humans love praise, applause and recognition. It is easy then to
begin to praise ourselves. But God warns against it. Receiving the
genuine praise of others is the best affirmation. Calvary was God’s
greatest work. He deserves all our honour and praise for the goodness
of that glorious work. “Where is boasting then? It is excluded”
(Rom. 3:27). “Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness” (Ps.
107:8, 15, 21, 31). —Vernon Markle

Son of God, with joy we praise Thee,
On the Father’s throne above
All Thy wondrous work displays Thee,
Full of grace and full of love. —I. Burgmiller

Saturday, August 10, 2019

1 Samuel 17:1-31; Isaiah 56:9-57:21; Romans 3:1-31

Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me
by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and
afterward receive me to glory. Psalm 73:23-24

The word, nevertheless, indicates a change in one’s perspective.
It could be defined as, all-the-more. The psalmist, Asaph, had his
outlook adjusted and through his experience gives us all-the-more
reasons to walk with the Lord. We have: His presence—continually;
His protection—holding us by our right hand; and His guidance—
by His counsel through His Word. Though we may falter
and fail, nevertheless, each step brings us closer to the wonderful
conclusion that when life is over, He will receive us to glory.
That’s all-the-more reason to praise Him! —Rex Trogdon

Then, Lord, shall I fully know—
Not till then—how much I owe. —R. Murray McCheyne

Friday, August 9, 2019

1 Samuel 16:1-23; Isaiah 55:1-56:8; Romans 2:1-29

And he shall dwell in that city, until he stand before the
congregation for judgment, and until the death of the high
priest that shall be in those days. Joshua 20:6a

This describes the benefit for the innocent manslayer—to run to
an appointed city of refuge. Thank God that our high priest will
never die, whatever prevails. We are eternally secure because He
always lives to make intercession for us (Heb. 7:4). —Brian Russell

Before the throne of God above,
I have a strong, a perfect plea,
A great High Priest whose name is Love,
Who ever lives and pleads for me.
— Charitie L. Bancroft