August 4
MORNING

“It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith.—“I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.”—We have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.—Canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.

“I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again.”—“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends.”

John 19:30; Heb. 12:2; John 17:4; Heb. 10:10-14; Col. 2:14; John 10:17, 18; John 15:13

EVENING

He sent from on high, he took me; he drew me out of many waters.

He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.—You were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh.

Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint.—“Out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice. For you cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the flood surrounded me; all your waves and your billows passed over me.”—We went through fire and through water; yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance.

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you.”

Ps. 18:16; Ps. 40:2; Eph. 2:1-3; Ps. 61:1, 2; Jonah 2:2, 3; Ps. 66:12; Isa. 43:2