August 31

DAILY READINGS: 2 Samuel 15:1-37; Zephaniah 3:1-20; Galatians 3:1-14

And he paid homage and said, “What is your servant, that you should show regard for a dead dog such as I?” 2 Samuel 9:8

When Mephibosheth was five years old, an unfortunate accident caused him to become lame on both feet. Today we would extend every effort to give such a one a quality of life as normal as possible. But as he stood before the king Mephibosheth’s estimation of himself was “a dead dog.” Are we any different as we stand before the King of kings? We come dead in trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2) and the Lord gives us life. But more! David invited Mephibosheth to sit at his table and enjoy the bounty of the king. Our Lord makes the same offer. May we accept His invitation today. —Charlie Tempest

Out of my bondage, sorrow and night, Jesus I come. Into Thy freedom,
gladness and light, Jesus I come to Thee. —William T. Sleeper

Friday, August 31, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 2 Samuel 15:1-37; Zephaniah 3:1-20; Galatians 3:1-14

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. Psalm 14:1

What a sad picture of people without God. Thinking they can cope on their own! Yet the grace of God of God is so vast, that even though people have turned against Him, He will still hear the faintest cry, and will never turn away from any who seek Him. We can be thankful that we know Him and have communion with Him. —G. Frear

Weak and wounded sinner,
Lost and left to die;
O, raise your head, for Love is passing by,
Come to Jesus, Come to Jesus,
Come to Jesus and live! —Chris Rice

August 30

DAILY READINGS: 2 Samuel 14:1-33; Zephaniah 2:1-15; Galatians 2:1-21

Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Acts 16:30-31 

Here is a man who had come to a point where life was not worth living. Yet, he finds himself in the presence of two men who, even though beaten and in prison, still have joy and fulfillment. He asks them the most important question anyone can ask: “What must I do to be saved?” How wonderful it is to know that there is an answer to this question. Jesus Christ can forgive us our sins, give us a new life and a home in heaven for all eternity. Have you trusted Christ as your Lord and Saviour? —Crawford Paul

His precious blood was shed for me, and in that precious blood I see
The righteous ground, the perfect plea, for my complete acceptance.
—Author Unknown

Thursday, August 30, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 2 Samuel 14:1-33; Zephaniah 2:1-15; Galatians 2:1-21

They ran out of wine. John 2:3, NKJV 

Hospitality was the duty of the bridegroom. But the wine ran out. The rabbis have a saying, “Without wine there is no joy.” Our Bridegroom does not expect us to drum up our own joy. He has spoken truth so that “My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full” (John 15:11). And, if we are still lacking He goes even further saying, “Ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:24). Our Bridegroom has not let the wine of our joy run out. The water pots are full to the brim. —M. MacMullen

Jesus Thou joy of loving hearts,
Thou Fount of life, Thou Light of men;
From the best bliss that earth imparts,
We turn unfilled to Thee again. —Bernard of Clairvaux

August 29

DAILY READINGS: 2 Samuel 13:1-39; Zephaniah 1:1-18; Galatians 1:1-24

“Do you want to be healed?” John 5:6

We try to imagine the scene. A man who has been ill for thirtyeight years lies helpless beside the pool called Bethesda. He was without help, strength, or hope. Is not that a picture of the sinner today? We are all part of Adam’s fallen race (Romans 5:12) and are unable to get to heaven by our own efforts. Thank God for the Man who stood before him that day, the Lord Jesus Christ. A miracle took place and the man who had been unable to walk did exactly that (John 5:9). He would never forget the day he met the Saviour! May you find the Saviour precious today. —John M. Clegg

O Thou art precious to my heart, my portion and my joy;
Forever let Thy boundless grace my sweetest thoughts employ.
—Author Unknown

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 2 Samuel 13:1-39; Zephaniah 1:1-18; Galatians 1:1-24

Behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee. 1 Kings 8:27

An atheist met a farmer one Sunday morning on his way to church. A conversation ensued in which the atheist asked if God were a great God or a little God. “Both,” exclaimed the farmer, “He is so great that the heavens cannot contain Him, and so little that He dwells in my poor heart.” Does He dwell in your heart? —W. Ross Rainey

From His bright throne above,
He came to earth below;
To dwell eternally in love,
In my changed heart of woe. —W. R. R.

August 28

DAILY READINGS: 2 Samuel 12:1-31; Habakkuk 3:1-19; Romans 16:1-27

In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:10

This text takes in the basics of the gospel and salvation. Sins are mentioned here, our sins. Our former attitude is here—not that we loved God. No, we were not lovers of God at all, yet despite all of that He loved us! “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). The Lord has “laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6). Truly here is love. Have you partaken of it? —Reg. L. Jordan

I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore;
Very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no more;
But the Master of the sea heard my despairing cry,
From the waters lifted me, now safe am I! —James Rowe

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 2 Samuel 12:1-31; Habakkuk 3:1-19; Romans 16:1-27

Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven… That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly. Matthew 6:1, 4

What a sobering thought, that our desire for man’s approval of our charitable deeds may in effect rob us of our heavenly reward. Of how much more lasting value is our heavenly Father’s “well done” of those things done in secret. May we seek this rather than the fleeting praise of man’s recognition. —E. V.

We give Thee but Thine own, what e’er the gift may be;
All that we have is Thine alone, a trust, O Lord, from Thee. —William W. How

Monday, August 27, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 2 Samuel 10:1-11:27; Habakkuk 2:1-20; Romans 15:14-33

O magnify the Lord with me… Psalm 34:3
My soul doth magnify the Lord… Luke 1:46
Now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. Philippians 1:20

Here are three who magnified the Lord! David a shepherd boy, a soldier, and ultimately a King. In every area of his life he desired above all to magnify the Lord. Mary, a young woman, yet her submission to the will of God meant she could magnify her Lord. Paul, the seasoned missionary, facing either execution or release from prison for his faith, desired only one thing, living or dying that the Lord would be magnified. Let us magnify Him today! —Jim Paul

O magnify the Lord with me, Ye people of His choice.
Let all to whom He lendeth breath, now in His name rejoice.—Lelia Morris

August 27

DAILY READINGS: 2 Sam. 10:1-11:27; Habakkuk 2:1-20; Rom. 15:14-33

Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. 1 John 5:12

A friend and I visited a neighbour’s home. We talked of heaven and as we were leaving my neighbour turned to my friend and referring to heaven, skeptically asked “Will I be there?” My friend simply stated, “The Bible says, ‘Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.’ Do you have the Son?” —J. Fleming

I am on my way to Heaven where I’ll see my Saviour’s face,
There I’ll sing redemption’s story, blessèd song of saving grace!
—H. J. Lacey