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My Prayer for Today

My Prayer for Today    Why are you cast down, O my soul?            And why are you disquieted within me?            Hope in God;            For I shall yet praise Him,            The help of my countenance and my God. 


The New King James Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982). Ps 43:5.

Morning and Evening: Daily Readings, Complete and unabridged; New modern edition

Morning, May 1      Go To Evening Reading

 “His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers.” 
         — Song of Solomon 5:13

Lo, the flowery month is come! March winds and April showers have done their work, and the earth is all bedecked with beauty. Come my soul, put on thine holiday attire and go forth to gather garlands of heavenly thoughts. Thou knowest whither to betake thyself, for to thee “the beds of spices” are well known, and thou hast so often smelt the perfume of “the sweet flowers,” that thou wilt go at once to thy well-beloved and find all loveliness, all joy in him. That cheek once so rudely smitten with a rod, oft bedewed with tears of sympathy and then defiled with spittle—that cheek as it smiles with mercy is as fragrant aromatic to my heart. Thou didst not hide thy face from shame and spitting, O Lord Jesus, and therefore I will find my dearest delight in praising thee. Those cheeks were furrowed by the plough of grief, and crimsoned with red lines of blood from…

Who Will Fight for Us?

May 1: Who Will Fight for Us?
Judges 1:1–2:10; Philippians 1:1–11

“Who will go up first for us against the Canaanites to fight against them?” (Judg 1:1).
I've felt this way before—wondering who will be my advocate in my time of need. It’s ironic that we are surrounded by people, and we have constant access to communication, and yet we can still feel alone. In a world of ambient noise, we’re often left feeling that no one is there to come to our aid. Most of us do have people to help us; it’s just that we’re not willing to ask for help. At all times, we have someone who will be our guide in times of distress.
Paul tells us that it is Christ “who began a good work in you [and He] will finish it until the day [He returns]” (Phil 1:6). In essence, the story of Paul and the Philippians believers’ struggles is really the same story told in the book of Judges. God’s people are at war against powers seen and unseen (Phil 3:1–4; compare Col 1:16). They feel lonely and wounded, but when they…