Reading: “I am the bright and morning Star”—Revelation 22:16

How oft, in some dark wintry morning, like the present one, have I seen the morning star shining with loveliness, when all the other lights of heaven were put out! But how often when we observe the glories of nature do we think of that precious light and life of men! Christ is indeed the bright and morning Star in the firmament of the church, in the Word, and in the souls of His redeemed.

Henceforth, dearest Jesus, let the morning visit of this sweet star to our darkened earth remind me of you, amidst all the gross darkness by which in nature we are surrounded. Sure pledge of day as this beneficial star is, yet not more sure than you are in the day-dawn and day-star of prophecy, which spoke of your coming, and in the twilight of grace upon the soul, the forerunner of a glorious day.

Lord, be my morning song, my noontide joy, my evening meditation, and midnight light. Through all the wintry seasons of my pilgrimage shine, Jesus, on my soul.

I pray this morning for the children of darkness—children of the night. I pray that they might rouse from their beds of drowsiness, before the sleep of death seal up their eyes in everlasting darkness. I pray that they might see Jesus, the Morning Star, now shining. Jesus, the Son of Righteousness, will appear, no more to go down, and all the sons of God will shout for joy.

“He offers peace from God (Romans 1:7) to all who are the recipients of His grace. He makes peace with God (Romans 5:1) for those who surrender to Him in faith. And He brings the peace of God (Philippians 4:7) to those who walk with Him.”—John MacArthur

Taken from The Poor Man’s Evening and Morning Portions by Rev. Robert Hawker, Works, Vol. 8; 1830. Edited by Aaron Dunlop for ©2013.