Lord’s Day, December 8, 2019

Ezra 3:1-4:24; Daniel 5:1-31; Revelation 1:1-20

My meditation of him shall be sweet. Psalm 104:34

Our initial thought on this phrase might be to applaud the psalmist’s determination to create a sweet meditation. But the meaning is deeper than that. The psalmist anticipates that the object of his meditation would yield only sweetness. No matter our meditation of the altogether lovely one, a fragrance like no other fills the heart and ascends to the very presence of God. We determine to meditate, He alone delivers the fragrance! —D. J. Reed

To all our prayers and praises,
Christ adds His sweet perfume,
And love the censor raises,
These odours to consume. —Mary B. Peters

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Ezra 1:1-2:70; Daniel 4:1-37; 3 John 1:1-14

He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5, NKJV

I like to ask the Lord to wake me each day with a verse from His Word. This morning the verse was the one above. What a promise! As I meditated on it, I found myself putting the emphasis on the He, the I, and the never. If He says it—that should be enough for me. I—Christ is the one to whom all power has been given. He is everlasting and cannot change or fail. Never—if He says never, it cannot be changed. —C. T. Watson

Till then, ’tis the path Thou hast trod,
My delight and my comfort shall be,
I’m content with Thy staff and Thy rod,
Till with Thee all Thy glory I see. —J. N. Darby

Friday, December 6, 2019

2 Chronicles 36:1-23; Daniel 3:1-30; 2 John 1:1-13

As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth even for ever. Psalm 125:2

Elisha’s servant was fearful when he realized the city of Dothan was surrounded by the Syrian army. Elisha prayed that the Lord would open the servant’s eyes to see that they were compassed about by God’s hosts (2 Kgs. 6:8-23). We, too, are surrounded by the enemies’ forces, but we must remember “The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them” (Ps. 34:7). —Wm. H. Gustafson

Safe in Christ! Safe in Christ!
He’s their glory ever;
None can pluck them from His hand,
They shall perish never. —H. D’Arcy Champney

Thursday, December 5, 2019

2 Chronicles 35:1-27; Daniel 2:24-49; 1 John 5:1-21

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

As sinners we cannot work for salvation, but once saved, our salvation works. Regarding our good works, they are meant to glorify the Lord, not you or me. Are you a servant or a celebrity? You and I must decide whether we will magnify the Lord or promote self. God is glorified when people see the Saviour and not the servant. —W. Ross Rainey

May His beauty rest upon me,
As I seek the lost to win,
And may they forget the channel,
Seeing only Him. —Kate B. Wilkinson

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

2 Chronicles 34:1-33; Daniel 2:1-23; 1 John 4:1-21

The cock shall not crow, til thou hast denied me thrice. John 13:38
Ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer. Acts 3:14

Peter denied the Saviour as the Lord said he would. Not once but three times. These verses in Acts are part of Peter’s sermon in which he accused his listeners of denying the Christ. While Peter was probably thinking of his own sin, he could preach this message because he had been forgiven and restored to God. When we preach of sin, righteousness and judgment we surely realize it applies to us, but how glorious to say that what He did for me, He can do for you. —Ken Gross

Sinners Jesus will receive, sound the word of grace to all,
Who the heavenly pathway leave, all who linger, all who fall. —Edmund Neumeister

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

2 Chronicles 33:1-25; Daniel 1:1-21; 1 John 3:1-24

Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently. Deuteronomy 4:9

There are certain necessities we have to face in life that cannot be learned except under the pressure of potential failure. We don’t know what to avoid if we don’t know the danger to the spiritual life we possess. That is why God allows things to cross our paths that He knows will be difficult for us. The reality of who we are in Christ is made evident under tension. By these lessons God prepares us for the service He wants us to perform. Often our most sincere devotion and worship comes after victory over temptation and potential defeat. —G. C. G.

It is good to go back and follow the path—
The way the Lord has led until now. —G. C. G

Monday, December 2, 2019

2 Chronicles 32:1-33; Ezekiel 48:1-35; 1 John 2:12-29

But think on me when it shall be well with thee. Genesis 40:14

What Joseph did for the butler, the Lord Jesus has done for us. We, too, had offended our king and had been cast into prison for doing so (Gen. 40:1). He suffered the wrath of Pharaoh; we, the wrath of God. But just as the prophetic word of Joseph saved the butler and gave his life back to him, in a similar way, the word of the Lord Jesus, when believed, has the power to save and restore our lives back to us. In return, the Lord asks us to think on Him when it is well with us. What is your thought for Him today? —Shane Johnson

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me. —Henry Lyte

Lord’s Day, December 1, 2019

2 Chronicles 31:1-21; Ezekiel 47:1-23; 1 John 1:1-2:11

As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Ezekiel 33:11

God has no pleasure in the death of the wicked. Yet, to our amazement we read in Isaiah 53:10 that “it pleased the Lord to bruise him”. Him, in whom was His delight; His eternal companion; His beloved Son, in whom He was well pleased! Behold and wonder, to what depths God was willing to go and what price He was willing to pay to save us! As we think on these things, may our hearts be stirred to worship Him who bought us at such a price. —Carl Knott

Sinners, turn: why will you die?
God, your Saviour, asks you why.
God, who did your souls retrieve,
Died Himself, that you might live. —Charles Wesley

Saturday, November 30, 2019

2 Chronicles 30:1-27; Ezekiel 46:1-24; John 21:1-25

Trust in the Lord. Psalm 37:3
Delight thyself also in the Lord. Psalm 37:4
Commit thy way unto the Lord. Psalm 37:5
Rest in the Lord. Psalm 37:7

What wonderful words for the Christian to live by! Trust—lay everything at His feet allowing Him to work. Delight—in Him, and your desires will become His desires. Commit—be faithful regardless of what you see or feel. Rest—find peace and satisfaction in Him. My friend does your life reflect these truths? Seek to apply them daily and your load will be lighter along the way. —Deborah Manera

There is no limit to what God can do through us if we are a yielded and purified people. —A. W. Tozer

Friday, November 29, 2019

2 Chronicles 29:1-36; Ezekiel 45:1-25; John 20:19-31

Help Lord. Psalm 12:1

This Psalm begins with a cry to God for help. David, the writer, had come under intense pressure largely through the words of his enemies. They had told lies about him and also spoken deceitfully. It seemed inevitable that their opinion would prevail and their evil ways would flourish. As he is without human help David seeks assistance, support and strength from the Lord to deal with the situation. This can so easily be our situation and then our need is to cry to the Lord from where our help will come. —Paul Young

Help us on Thee to cast our care,
And on Thy word to rest;
That Israel’s God, who hears our prayer,
Will grant us our request. —John Newton