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Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning,
    for I am trusting you.
Show me where to walk,
    for I give myself to you.

When our enemies have knocked us down and forced us to "live in the darkness like those in the grave" (Psalm 143:3), then what do we need on a day to day basis more than anything? Obviously, we need release from the clutches of our enemies. But before that ultimate victory comes about, what do we need? We need to know that the Lord still loves us and we need to know what He wants us to do.

First, we need to hear of the Lord's unfailing love, because the situation can make us question if the Lord still loves us. Anytime real trouble makes its appearance there is the temptation to question the Lord's faithfulness. After all, the Bible is full of promises of the Lord's protecting us and keeping us from trouble, yet here we are up to our necks in it.

Nevertheless, we have continued to place our trust in the Lord. What we need from Him, then, is to hear every morning of His unfailing love. What we need to hear is that He is still at our side and He is still helping us. Although the ultimate victory may be off in the distance, we need to hear a piece of news now, however insignificant, that lets us know the Lord still cares.

Second, we need to be shown what to do, because the situation can make us question everything we thought we knew about the direction of our lives. Anytime real trouble makes its appearance there is the temptation to question the Lord's leading and guiding. After all, the Bible is full of promises that the Lord will lead us, yet here we are in the midst of a disaster..

Nevertheless, we have continued to give ourselves to the Lord. What we need from Him, then, is a fresh leading. Although the ultimate victory may be off in the distance, we need to see a way forward now, however limited, which lets us know the Lord is still showing us the way.

You have placed your trust in the Lord and you have given yourself to Him. Listen, then, for the news that shows He still loves you and look for the way forward that shows He still has His hand upon you.

Bible in a Year
Old Testament Reading
Psalm 65, 66, 67


Psalm 65 -- Praise waits for you, God, in Zion. To you shall vows be performed.

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Psalm 66 -- Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth!

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Psalm 67 -- May God be merciful to us, bless us, and cause his face to shine on us.

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New Testament Reading
Romans 2


Romans 2 -- God's Just Judgment; The Jews and the Law

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Reading Plan Courtesy of Christian Classics Etherial Library.
Tyndale Life Application Daily Devotion
“Watch out! Don't let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don't let that day catch you unaware, like a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth. Keep alert at all times. And pray that you might be strong enough to escape these coming horrors and stand before the Son of Man.”
Insight
Jesus told the disciples to keep a constant watch for his return. Although nearly 2,000 years have passed since he spoke these words, their truth remains: Christ is coming again, and we need to watch and be spiritually fit. This means working faithfully at the tasks God has given us.
Challenge
Don't let your mind and spirit be dulled by careless living, drinking, or the foolish pursuit of pleasure. Don't let life's anxieties overburden you, so that you will be ready to move at God's command.
Morning and Evening by Spurgeon
Psalm 65:11  Thou crownest the year with thy goodness.

All the year round, every hour of every day, God is richly blessing us; both when we sleep and when we wake his mercy waits upon us. The sun may leave us a legacy of darkness, but our God never ceases to shine upon his children with beams of love. Like a river, his lovingkindness is always flowing, with a fulness inexhaustible as his own nature. Like the atmosphere which constantly surrounds the earth, and is always ready to support the life of man, the benevolence of God surrounds all his creatures; in it, as in their element, they live, and move, and have their being. Yet as the sun on summer days gladdens us with beams more warm and bright than at other times, and as rivers are at certain seasons swollen by the rain, and as the atmosphere itself is sometimes fraught with more fresh, more bracing, or more balmy influences than heretofore, so is it with the mercy of God; it hath its golden hours, its days of overflow, when the Lord magnifieth his grace before the sons of men. Amongst the blessings of the nether springs, the joyous days of harvest are a special season of excessive favor. It is the glory of autumn that the ripe gifts of providence are then abundantly bestowed; it is the mellow season of realization, whereas all before was but hope and expectation. Great is the joy of harvest. Happy are the reapers who fill their arms with the liberality of heaven. The Psalmist tells us that the harvest is the crowning of the year. Surely these crowning mercies call for crowning thanksgiving! Let us render it by the inward emotions of gratitude. Let our hearts be warmed; let our spirits remember, meditate, and think upon this goodness of the Lord. Then let us praise him with our lips, and laud and magnify his name from whose bounty all this goodness flows. Let us glorify God by yielding our gifts to his cause. A practical proof of our gratitude is a special thank-offering to the Lord of the harvest.

Daily Light on the Daily Path
James 5:11  We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord's dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful.

Psalm 103:13  Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.

Psalm 111:4,5  He has made His wonders to be remembered; The LORD is gracious and compassionate. • He has given food to those who fear Him; He will remember His covenant forever.

Psalm 121:3,4  He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. • Behold, He who keeps Israel Will neither slumber nor sleep.

Deuteronomy 32:11,12  "Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, That hovers over its young, He spread His wings and caught them, He carried them on His pinions. • "The LORD alone guided him, And there was no foreign god with him.

Lamentations 3:22,23  The LORD'S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. • They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.

Matthew 14:14  When He went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and felt compassion for them and healed their sick.

Hebrews 13:8  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Matthew 10:30,29,31  "But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. • "Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. • "So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.

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