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Daily Devotional for January 25, 2022

SHELTERING BENEATH GOD'S WING

Alexander Maclaren
How excellent is Thy loving-kindness O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Thy wings. - Psalms 36:7

God's loving-kindness, or mercy, as I explained the word might be rendered, is precious, for that is the true meaning of the word translated " excellent." We are rich when we have that for ours; we are poor without it. The true wealth is to possess God's love, and to...

Bible verses: Psalms 36:7

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Daily Devotional for January 24, 2022

THE TRUE OBJECT OF LOVE

Alexander Maclaren
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. - 1 John 4:8

We are made with hearts that need to rest upon an absolute love; we are made with understandings that need to grasp a pure, a perfect, and, as I believe, paradoxical though it may sound, a personal Truth. We are made with wills that crave for an absolute authoritative command, and we are made with a moral nature that needs a perfect...

Bible verses: 1 John 4:8

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Daily Devotional for January 23, 2022

THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD

Alexander Maclaren
And the work of righteousness shall be peace, and the effect of righteousness quietness and confidence for ever. - Isaiah 32:17

"Thy righteousness is like the great mountains." Like these, its roots are fast and stable; like these, it stands firm for ever; like these, its summits touch the fleeting clouds of human circumstance; like these, it is a shelter and a refuge, inaccessible in its steepest...

Bible verses: Isaiah 32:17

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Daily Devotional for January 22, 2022

THE SEA OF GLASS

Alexander Maclaren
And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal. - Revelation 4:6

The sea of glass cannot be any part of the material creation, for the symbolism has provided for that otherwise. There seems to be but one explanation of it. and that is that it means the aggregate of the Divine dealings. " Thy judgments are a mighty deep." " Oh, the depth of the riches, both of the wisdom and of the...

Bible verses: Revelation 4:6

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Daily Devotional for January 21, 2022

MERCY AND FAITHFULNESS

Alexander Maclaren
To show forth Thy loving-kindness in the morning, and Thy faithfulness every night. - Psalms 42:2

Weave the loving-kindness, or mercy, and faithfulness of ' God together, and see what a strong cord they are on which a man may hang, and in all his weakness be sure that it will never give nor break. Mercy might be transient and arbitrary, but when you braid in "faithfulness" along with it, it becomes fixed...

Bible verses: Psalms 42:2

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Daily Devotional for January 20, 2022

GOD'S FAITHFULNESS

Alexander Maclaren
Thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds. - Psalms 36:5

God's faithfulness is in its narrowest sense His adherence to promises. It implies, in that sense, a verbal revelation, and definite words from Him pledging Him to a certain line of action. " He hath said, and shall He not do it?" He will not alter the thing that is gone out of His lips. It is only a God who has actually spoken to men who can be a...

Bible verses: Psalms 36:5

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Daily Devotional for January 19, 2022

THE MERCY OF GOD

Alexander Maclaren
" Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens." - Psalms 36:5

"Mercy " or " loving-kindness " in the Old Testament is ' very nearly equivalent to the New Testament "love"; or perhaps still more nearly equivalent to the New Testament "grace." Both the one and the other mean substantially this - active love communicating itself to the creatures that are inferior and that might have expected something else to...

Bible verses: Psalms 36:5

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Daily Devotional for January 18, 2022

THE MARK OF THE BEAST

Alexander Maclaren
Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. - Galatians 6:7

Wherever a human nature is self-centered, God-forgetting, and therefore God-opposing (for whoever forgets God defies Him), that nature has gone down below humanity, and has touched the lower level of the brutes.

Men are so made as that they must either rise to the level of God or certainly go down to the level of the brute. And...

Bible verses: Galatians 6:7

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Daily Devotional for January 17, 2022

THE CURE OF SECRET DISCIPLESHIP

Alexander Maclaren
Then shall the lame man leap as a hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing; for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. - Isaiah 35:6

JOSEPH of Arimathea and Nicodemus learned to be ashamed of their cowardice, and their dumb lips learned to speak, and their shy, hidden love forced for itself a channel by which it could flow out into the light; because of Christ's death. And in...

Bible verses: Isaiah 35:6

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Daily Devotional for January 16, 2022

THE MISERIES OF SECRET DISCIPLESHIP

Alexander Maclaren
And the children of Israel did secretly things that were not right against the Lord their God. - 2 Kings 17:9

How much Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus lost! - all those three years of communion with the Master; all His teaching, all the stimulus of His example, all the joy of fellowship with Him! They might have had a treasure in their memories that would have enriched them for all their days, and...

Bible verses: 2 Kings 17:9

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Daily Devotional for January 15, 2022

REASONS FOR UNFAITHFULNESS

Alexander Maclaren
It is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. - 1 Corinthians 4:2

The reasons for the unfaithfulness of Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus are put by John in a very blunt fashion: "for fear of the Jews." That is not what we say to ourselves; some of us say, "Oh! I have got beyond outward organizations. I find it enough to be united to Christ. The Christian communities are very imperfect:...

Bible verses: 1 Corinthians 4:2

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Daily Devotional for January 14, 2022

THE CAUSES OF SECRET DISCIPLESHIP

Alexander Maclaren
Can any hide himself in secret places, that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord. - Jeremiah 23:24

In a society like ours, in which the influence of Christian affects a great many people who have no personal connection with Christ, it is not always enough that the life should preach, because over a very large field of ordinary daily life the underground...

Bible verses: Jeremiah 23:24

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Daily Devotional for January 13, 2022

SECRET DISCIPLESHIP

Alexander Maclaren
And after this Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked of Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; . . . and there came also Nicodemus, he who at the first came to Jesus by night. - John 19:38-39

While Christ lived, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus had been unfaithful to their convictions; but His death, which terrified and paralyzed and...

Bible verses: John 19:38-39

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Daily Devotional for January 11, 2022

HIDDEN FROM THE WISE AND PRUDENT

Alexander Maclaren
I thank Thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that Thou didst hide these things from the wise and understanding, and didst reveal them unto babes. - Matthew 11:25-26

There is no royal road into the sweetness and the depth of Christ's love for the wise or the prudent. The understanding is no more the organ for apprehending the love of Christ than is the ear the organ for perceiving light, or the...

Bible verses: Matthew 11:25-26

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