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Daily Devotional

April 23

LO, I COME, IN THE VOLUME OF THE BOOK IT IS WRITTEN OF ME

by Henry T. Vriesen

FROM PSALM 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. The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one … Oh that salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the Lord bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

FROM PSALM 40

Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered. Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart … Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O Lord: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.

FROM PSALM 22

My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? … I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death. For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they have pierced my hands and my feet … They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture. But be not thou far from me, O Lord: O my strength, haste thee to help me.

FROM PSALM 118

The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation. The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the Lord doeth valiantly. The right hand of the Lord is exalted … I shall not die but live, and declare the works of the Lord … The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes … Thou art my God, and I will praise thee … O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever.

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