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Morning Bible Reading - Psalms 105

  1 O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.  2 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.  3 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.  4 Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore.  5 Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;  6 O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen.  7 He [is] the LORD our God: his judgments [are] in all the earth.  8 He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word [which] he commanded to a thousand generations.  9 Which [covenant] he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac;  10 And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, [and] to Israel [for] an everlasting covenant:  11 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance:  12 When they were [but] a few men in number; yea, very few, and strangers in it.  13 When they went from one nation to another, from [one] kingdom to another people;  14 He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes;  15 [Saying], Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.  16 Moreover he called for a famine upon the land: he brake the whole staff of bread.  17 He sent a man before them, [even] Joseph, [who] was sold for a servant:  18 Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron:  19 Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him.  20 The king sent and loosed him; [even] the ruler of the people, and let him go free.  21 He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance:  22 To bind his princes at his pleasure; and teach his senators wisdom.  23 Israel also came into Egypt; and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.  24 And he increased his people greatly; and made them stronger than their enemies.  25 He turned their heart to hate his people, to deal subtilly with his servants.  26 He sent Moses his servant; [and] Aaron whom he had chosen.  27 They shewed his signs among them, and wonders in the land of Ham.  28 He sent darkness, and made it dark; and they rebelled not against his word.  29 He turned their waters into blood, and slew their fish.  30 Their land brought forth frogs in abundance, in the chambers of their kings.  31 He spake, and there came divers sorts of flies, [and] lice in all their coasts.  32 He gave them hail for rain, [and] flaming fire in their land.  33 He smote their vines also and their fig trees; and brake the trees of their coasts.  34 He spake, and the locusts came, and caterpillers, and that without number,  35 And did eat up all the herbs in their land, and devoured the fruit of their ground.  36 He smote also all the firstborn in their land, the chief of all their strength.  37 He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and [there was] not one feeble [person] among their tribes.  38 Egypt was glad when they departed: for the fear of them fell upon them.  39 He spread a cloud for a covering; and fire to give light in the night.  40 [The people] asked, and he brought quails, and satisfied them with the bread of heaven.  41 He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out; they ran in the dry places [like] a river.  42 For he remembered his holy promise, [and] Abraham his servant.  43 And he brought forth his people with joy, [and] his chosen with gladness:  44 And gave them the lands of the heathen: and they inherited the labour of the people;  45 That they might observe his statutes, and keep his laws. Praise ye the LORD.

Matthew Henry Commentary:   0-999 Chapter Outline A solemn call to praise and serve the Lord. (1-7) His gracious dealings with Israel. (8-23) Their deliverance from Egypt, and their settlement in Canaan. (24-45)

Matthew Henry Commentary:   1-7 Our devotion is here stirred up, that we may stir up ourselves to praise God. Seek his strength; that is, his grace; the strength of his Spirit to work in us that which is good, which we cannot do but by strength derived from him, for which he will be sought. Seek to have his favour to eternity, therefore continue seeking it while living in this world; for he will not only be found, but he will reward those that diligently seek him.

Matthew Henry Commentary:   8-23 Let us remember the Redeemer|s marvellous works, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth. Though true Christians are few number, strangers and pilgrims upon earth, yet a far better inheritance than Canaan is made sure to them by the covenant of God; and if we have the anointing of the Holy Spirit, none can do us any harm. Afflictions are among our mercies. They prove our faith and love, they humble our pride, they wean us from the world, and quicken our prayers. Bread is the staff which supports life; when that staff is broken, the body fails and sinks to the earth. The word of God is the staff of spiritual life, the food and support of the soul: the sorest judgment is a famine of hearing the word of the Lord. Such a famine was sore in all lands when Christ appeared in the flesh; whose coming, and the blessed effect of it, are shadowed forth in the history of Joseph. At the appointed time Christ was exalted as Mediator; all the treasures of grace and salvation are at his disposal, perishing sinners come to him, and are relieved by him.

Matthew Henry Commentary:   24-45 As the believer commonly thrives best in his soul when under the cross; so the church also flourishes most in true holiness, and increases in number, while under persecution. Yet instruments shall be raised up for their deliverance, and plagues may be expected by persecutors. And see the special care God took of his people in the wilderness. All the benefits bestowed on Israel as a nation, were shadows of spiritual blessings with which we are blessed in Christ Jesus. Having redeemed us with his blood, restored our souls to holiness, and set us at liberty from Satan|s bondage, he guides and guards us all the way. He satisfies our souls with the bread of heaven, and the water of life from the Rock of salvation, and will bring us safely to heaven. He redeems his servants from all iniquity, and purifies them unto himself, to be a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

A Commentary By J Vernon MCgee For Psalms 105:1-999 


Morning Bible Reading - Psalms 106

  1 Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for [he is] good: for his mercy [endureth] for ever.  2 Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD? [who] can shew forth all his praise?  3 Blessed [are] they that keep judgment, [and] he that doeth righteousness at all times.  4 Remember me, O LORD, with the favour [that thou bearest unto] thy people: O visit me with thy salvation;  5 That I may see the good of thy chosen, that I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation, that I may glory with thine inheritance.  6 We have sinned with our fathers, we have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly.  7 Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt; they remembered not the multitude of thy mercies; but provoked [him] at the sea, [even] at the Red sea.  8 Nevertheless he saved them for his nameís sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known.  9 He rebuked the Red sea also, and it was dried up: so he led them through the depths, as through the wilderness.  10 And he saved them from the hand of him that hated [them], and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.  11 And the waters covered their enemies: there was not one of them left.  12 Then believed they his words; they sang his praise.  13 They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel:  14 But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert.  15 And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.  16 They envied Moses also in the camp, [and] Aaron the saint of the LORD.  17 The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan, and covered the company of Abiram.  18 And a fire was kindled in their company; the flame burned up the wicked.  19 They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten image.  20 Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass.  21 They forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt;  22 Wondrous works in the land of Ham, [and] terrible things by the Red sea.  23 Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach, to turn away his wrath, lest he should destroy [them].  24 Yea, they despised the pleasant land, they believed not his word:  25 But murmured in their tents, [and] hearkened not unto the voice of the LORD.  26 Therefore he lifted up his hand against them, to overthrow them in the wilderness:  27 To overthrow their seed also among the nations, and to scatter them in the lands.  28 They joined themselves also unto Baalpeor, and ate the sacrifices of the dead.  29 Thus they provoked [him] to anger with their inventions: and the plague brake in upon them.  30 Then stood up Phinehas, and executed judgment: and [so] the plague was stayed.  31 And that was counted unto him for righteousness unto all generations for evermore.  32 They angered [him] also at the waters of strife, so that it went ill with Moses for their sakes:  33 Because they provoked his spirit, so that he spake unadvisedly with his lips.  34 They did not destroy the nations, concerning whom the LORD commanded them:  35 But were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works.  36 And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them.  37 Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils,  38 And shed innocent blood, [even] the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood.  39 Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions.  40 Therefore was the wrath of the LORD kindled against his people, insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance.  41 And he gave them into the hand of the heathen; and they that hated them ruled over them.  42 Their enemies also oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their hand.  43 Many times did he deliver them; but they provoked [him] with their counsel, and were brought low for their iniquity.  44 Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry:  45 And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to the multitude of his mercies.  46 He made them also to be pitied of all those that carried them captives.  47 Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the heathen, to give thanks unto thy holy name, [and] to triumph in thy praise.  48 Blessed [be] the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the LORD.

Matthew Henry Commentary:   0-999 Chapter Outline The happiness of God|s people. (1-5) Israel|s sins. (6-12) Their provocations. (13-33) Their rebellions in Canaan. (34-46) Prayer for more complete deliverance. (47, 48)

Matthew Henry Commentary:   1-5 None of our sins or sufferings should prevent our ascribing glory and praise to the Lord. The more unworthy we are, the more is his kindness to be admired. And those who depend on the Redeemer|s righteousness will endeavour to copy his example, and by word and deed to show forth his praise. God|s people have reason to be cheerful people; and need not envy the children of men their pleasure or pride.

Matthew Henry Commentary:   6-12 Here begins a confession of sin; for we must acknowledge that the Lord has done right, and we have done wickedly. We are encouraged to hope that though justly corrected, yet we shall not be utterly forsaken. God|s afflicted people own themselves guilty before him. God is distrusted because his favours are not remembered. If he did not save us for his own name|s sake, and to the praise of his power and grace, we should all perish.

Matthew Henry Commentary:   13-33 Those that will not wait for God|s counsel, shall justly be given up to their own hearts| lusts, to walk in their own counsels. An undue desire, even for lawful things, becomes sinful. God showed his displeasure for this. He filled them with uneasiness of mind, terror of conscience, and self-reproach. Many that fare deliciously every day, and whose bodies are healthful, have leanness in their souls: no love to God, no thankfulness, no appetite for the Bread of life, and then the soul must be lean. Those wretchedly forget themselves, that feast their bodies and starve their souls. Even the true believer will see abundant cause to say, It is of the Lord|s mercies that I am not consumed. Often have we set up idols in our hearts, cleaved to some forbidden object; so that if a greater than Moses had not stood to turn away the anger of the Lord, we should have been destroyed. If God dealt severely with Moses for unadvised words, what do those deserve who speak many proud and wicked words? It is just in God to remove those relations that are blessings to us, when we are peevish and provoking to them, and grieve their spirits.

Matthew Henry Commentary:   34-48 The conduct of the Israelites in Canaan, and God|s dealings with them, show that the way of sin is down-hill; omissions make way for commissions: when they neglected to destroy the heathen, they learned their works. One sin led to many more, and brought the judgments of God on them. Their sin was, in part, their own punishment. Sinners often see themselves ruined by those who led them into evil. Satan, who is a tempter, will be a tormentor. At length, God showed pity to his people for his covenant|s sake. The unchangeableness of God|s merciful nature and love to his people, makes him change the course of justice into mercy; and no other change is meant by God|s repentance. Our case is awful when the outward church is considered. When nations professing Christianity, are so guilty as we are, no wonder if the Lord brings them low for their sins. Unless there is general and deep repentance, there can be no prospect but of increasing calamities. The psalm concludes with prayer for completing the deliverance of God|s people, and praise for the beginning and progress of it. May all the people of the earth, ere long, add their Amen.

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Evening Bible Reading - Romans 15

  1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.  2 Let every one of us please [his] neighbour for [his] good to edification.  3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.  4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.  5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:  6 That ye may with one mind [and] one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  7 Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.  8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises [made] unto the fathers:  9 And that the Gentiles might glorify God for [his] mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name.  10 And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people.  11 And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people.  12 And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust.  13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.  14 And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.  15 Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God,  16 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.  17 I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God.  18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed,  19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.  20 Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another manís foundation:

Matthew Henry Commentary:   1-7 Christian liberty was allowed, not for our pleasure, but for the glory of God, and the good of others. We must please our neighbour, for the good of his soul; not by serving his wicked will, and humouring him in a sinful way; if we thus seek to please men, we are not the servants of Christ. Christ|s whole life was a self-denying, self-displeasing life. And he is the most advanced Christian, who is the most conformed to Christ. Considering his spotless purity and holiness, nothing could be more contrary to him, than to be made sin and a curse for us, and to have the reproaches of God fall upon him; the just for the unjust. He bore the guilt of sin, and the curse for it; we are only called to bear a little of the trouble of it. He bore the presumptuous sins of the wicked; we are called only to bear the failings of the weak. And should not we be humble, self-denying, and ready to consider one another, who are members one of another? The Scriptures are written for our use and benefit, as much as for those to whom they were first given. Those are most learned who are most mighty in the Scriptures. That comfort which springs from the word of God, is the surest and sweetest, and the greatest stay to hope. The Spirit as a Comforter, is the earnest of our inheritance. This like-mindedness must be according to the precept of Christ, according to his pattern and example. It is the gift of God; and a precious gift it is, for which we must earnestly seek unto him. Our Divine Master invites his disciples, and encourages them by showing himself as meek and lowly in spirit. The same disposition ought to mark the conduct of his servants, especially of the strong towards the weak. The great end in all our actions must be, that God may be glorified; nothing more forwards this, than the mutual love and kindness of those who profess religion. Those that agree in Christ may well agree among themselves.

Matthew Henry Commentary:   8-13 Christ fulfilled the prophecies and promises relating to the Jews, and the Gentile converts could have no excuse for despising them. The Gentiles, being brought into the church, are companions in patience and tribulation. They should praise God. Calling upon all the nations to praise the Lord, shows that they shall have knowledge of him. We shall never seek to Christ till we trust in him. And the whole plan of redemption is suited to reconcile us to one another, as well as to our gracious God, so that an abiding hope of eternal life, through the sanctifying and comforting power of the Holy Spirit, may be attained. Our own power will never reach this; therefore where this hope is, and is abounding, the blessed Spirit must have all the glory. "All joy and peace;" all sorts of true joy and peace, so as to suppress doubts and fears, through the powerful working of the Holy Spirit.

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