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Song of Songs 1:8
If you do not know, most beautiful of women, follow the tracks of the sheep and graze your young goats by the tents of the shepherds.

If we do not know how to find our Beloved, let us get close to His sheep and graze where they graze. The people of God hear His voice and follow him. The people of God are fed by His hand. He draws near and visits His flock, and the blessing of His presence comes in a measure to all who associate with those who associate with Him. Lord, help us find Your sheep and enjoy Your presence in their midst. In their midst, draw near personally to us and give us the desire of our hearts. We look for You, Lord Jesus. We want to draw near to You. Help us find You today, and glory in Your presence.
Ecclesiastes 1:8
All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, or the ear its fill of hearing.

It is well for the pornographer to remember that the eye never has enough of seeing, and for the gossip to remember that the ear never has its fill of hearing. May the emptiness of such pursuits break in upon us, and may we turn from every evil use of eye and ear! May we see more clearly the limits of what our eyes and ears can give us! If all we ever have is what we can see and hear, we will end up empty, barren, and lost. One needs to look “beyond the sun”, beyond the things of this world, if we are to escape the weariness of life. We were made for more than this world can give. We need You, Jesus.
Proverbs 1:8
Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching.

This is assuming that our father and mother are teaching the truth of God.
Too many of us have had to forsake the teaching of our parents, both by example and by precept, because our parents were not Christians and they did not desire to live by the Word of God. Thank you, Lord, that we have You for our teacher, and you for the parents our own parents never were. There are mothers in Israel who have helped us powerfully and fathers in the congregation who have enlarged their concern to include us. We may hear from those who have known and trusted your word, and their experience of Your grace has given us a model to follow. Help us, Lord to listen, and to learn to glorify the name of Jesus Christ.
Psalm 1:6
For the lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

The way of life we choose for ourselves is overseen by God. He is aware of every decision we make. He has an opinion of every choice we choose. He is pleased or displeased with every determination we choose to establish in our lives, and he works everything ultimately to His glory and our good. He watches over the way of the righteous. But he leaves the wicked to themselves. He lets them choose what they want to choose, though He knows it will bring disaster. He allows their lives to stand like a lighthouse, warning men of the rocks on which they crashed. The way of the wicked will perish. Lord, help us to walk in Your way. Watch over us, lest we stray. Keep us close to Jesus.
Job 1:8
Then the LORD said to Satan, "have you considered my servant Job? Thee is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil."

To have such a commendation from God Himself is remarkable. God obviously wants to show him off to Satan, God’s avowed enemy. God knows that this will involve Satan attacking Job with all the fury he can muster, but God knows that through it all, Job will stand as a powerful example of a man of God. God wants a man for an example, and He delivers Job to Satan in order to produce one. Lord, in a very small way use us similarly. Enable us to stand against every attempt of the Enemy, glad to suffer if need be that Jesus Christ be praised. We tremble at the thought, but we trust in You.
Esther 1:8
By the king's command each guest was allowed to drink in his own way, for the king instructed all the wine stewards to serve each man what he wished.

The king had thought of everything that would bring glory to his own great name. Mighty as he was, he was wonderfully sensitive to the scruples and the tastes of each one of his many guests. What a wonderful king! Everything was designed to make him look good. But his splendor today is only so many words. His government is gone and forgotten. His glory is hard to locate in the panorama of time. He rose, and he has fallen. So have all the displays of the glory of man. Man acts like a god for a brief moment, and he descends into nothingness. Our Father, in heaven, you reign without faltering forever and ever. All Hail King Jesus!
Nehemiah 1:8
"Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, 'If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations...,"

Nehemiah is reminding God of His promises to deal with His people when they sin, but in the future to gather them together again. He sees that the time of re-gathering has come, and he prays for God to rise up on His people’s behalf. We remember God’s faithfulness to his Great Name when we look at the calamities we face in our day. We are experiencing the consequences of abandoning God, and they have shown themselves to be bitter. Lord, rise up on our behalf today, according to your wonderful Grace and for the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ! Display your Grace to sinners and your power to save! You have promised that your people will be glorious in that day. May that day be now.
Ezra 1:8
Cyrus king of Persia had them brought by Mithredath the treasurer, who counted them out to Sheshbazzar the prince of Judah.

Completely without the technology of our day rulers kept very good track of their inventory, knowing the source of the plunder they collected, storing it effectively, and able to bring it forth counted and recorded. It is more than seventy years since the ruler of another kingdom confiscated these things. Kingdoms have changed, but the inventory has been preserved, and the organization unshaken. God has preserved these things through the care and pickiness of men. If man could keep track of these things to such a degree, is not God able to keep track of everything that concerns the people that He has made? Will He not bring to judgment every idle word? Do we not need the Savior He has graciously provided? Jesus is our Hope.

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