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My Prayer for Today

My Prayer for Today  1      Blessed is he who considers the poor;            The LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.      2      The LORD will preserve him and keep him alive,            And he will be blessed on the earth;  You will not deliver him to the will of his enemies.      3      The LORD will strengthen him on his bed of illness;  You will sustain him on his sickbed. 
    4      I said, “LORD, be merciful to me;            Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.”

The New King James Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982). Ps 41:1–4.

Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, May 9      Go To Evening Reading

         “Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings.” 
         — Ephesians 1:3

All the goodness of the past, the present, and the future, Christ bestows upon his people. In the mysterious ages of the past the Lord Jesus was hisFather’s first elect, and in his election he gave us an interest, for we were chosen in him from before the foundation of the world. He had from all eternity the prerogatives of Son-ship  as his Father’s [only-begotten] and well-beloved Son, and he has, in the riches of his grace, by adoption and regeneration, elevated us to [son-ship] also, so that to us he has given “power to become the sons of God.” The eternal covenant, based upon [sure-ti-ship] and confirmed by oath, is ours, for our strong consolation and security. In the everlasting settlements of predestining wisdom and omnipotent decree, the eye of the Lord Jesus was ever fixed on us; and we may rest assured that in the whole roll of destiny there is not a…

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

May 9: Success Deceives
Judges 15:1–17:13

When leaders come to power, there are always people who become insistent on stopping them. It’s incredible how easy it is for people to justify envy or hatred for authority figures. Most of us have made the offhand remark, “I hate that guy.” And in those words, even when they’re meant in jest, we reveal the motives of the human heart. But this doesn’t represent who we’re meant to be—people who live for others.
Samson, an Israelite judge, endured that fate. A young warrior, he had enemies who wanted him dead and would do nearly anything to bring him down—spiritually or physically. The Philistines who opposed him went so far as to burn his wife and her father alive (Judg 15:6). Samson brought these trials on himself by disobeying God and marrying a foreign wife who would ultimately lead him to worship foreign gods. Even so, the acts of violence against him were not just his own doing.
The Philistines, like many people today, didn’t like to see an…