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the morning, the prisoner horizon of thy being, disin his cell watches for the pel the darkness, still the morning, the mariner in tumult, and gladden the the storm watches for the whole universe of thy being. morning; the general who has to decide on the coming day the destiny of his campaign, watches for the TRUST IN THE LORD, THE CONmorning None, however, DITION OF STABILITY AND watch more anxiously for the morning than the soul in an “They that trust in the Lord guish watches for its God. shall be as mount Zion, which Secondly : The certainty
cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.
As the mountains are of his deliverance. Unless
round about Jerusalem, so the he was certain that deliver Lord is round about his people ance would come he would from henceforth, even for ever.” not wait anxiously for it.
-Psa. cxxv. 1, 2. Waiting implies a belief in Trusting is a necessity of certainty. He was as certain
human nature; men everythat it would come as that where are trusting. Some the morning would come. trust in one thing and some However dark and long the
in another. 66 Some trust in night, the morning will horses, some in chariots,” &c. dawn. The night always Trusting determines man's appears long to the sufferer; condition. He that trusts in still the morning comes at
the frail, the imperfect, the last. The sun comes mount uncertain, the insufficient, ing the steeps of heaven,
the dying, must be in chasing the darkness away, constant anxiety, irritation, brightening the landscape, and distress. There is ONE, and pouring gladness into and only One true and the world. Even so deli sufficent object of human verance will come to the trust, and that is good,
Lord." My tried brothers, it is I. TRUST IN THE LORD IS night with thee, night in the
CONDITION tempest, dark waves STABILITY,
They that trust rolling over thy spirit. The in the Lord shall be as sky is starless and the ele Mount Zion which cannot ments are tumultuous; still be moved,” &c. How firmly the great sun is travelling stands mountain Zion; the his majestic rounds. He storms of a thousand ages will soon appear
leave it unmoved. Its im.
movableness is here used THE CONDITION DIVINE as an emblem of the moral SECURITY. As the mountains fixation of that soul that are now about Jerusalemn so trusts in “the Lord.”
the Lord is round about his First : Such a soul is firm people.” Jerusalem was not in its love. The soul that only built upon mountains, has fixed its affections upon and therefore firm, but surinfinite goodness feels such rounded by them, and thereperfect satisfaction and such fore protected. “ All around,” mighty charms that nothing says Dr. Robinson in his can tempt it away.
It is “ Biblical Researches in Parooted and grounded in love. lestine," "are higher hills :
6 Whom have I in on the east, the Mount of heaven but thee,” &c.
Olives ; on the south, the Secondly: Such a soul is Hill of Evil Counsel, so firm in its faith. It believes called, rising directly from not in mere propositions, but the Vale of Hinnom ; in the substance of all truth the west the ground rises -God; and it cannot be gently to the borders of tossed about with every
wind the great road; while on of doctrine. Thirdly : Such the north a bend of the a soul is firm in its purpose. ridge, connected with the Its purpose is to do the will Mount of Olives, bounds the of God Nothing will turn it prospect at the distance of froin this; everythingit subor more than a mile.” Such, dinates to this. This is its | then, was the natural strength firmness-its immovability of Jerusalem. By the best -nothing can turn it from judges she was considered its course. It is steadfast, im- impregnable ; and the milimovable, always abounding tary opinion of Titus, when in the work of the Lord. A the Roman legions destroyed God-trusting soul is no reed tower and temple, was her to be shaken by the wind unconscious echo of the no cloud to be tossed by the touching language of Jeretempest. Moses, Elijah, miah. Daniel, John the Baptist, How often mountains proand Paul, are noble exam tected nations! The free ples of this moral firmness. winds that sweep the sumYou could sooner
mits, and thunder at the Mount Zion than move those sides, seem to inspire the men from their love, their people with an invincible love faith, or their purpose.
of freedom. Tyrants have II. TRUST IN THE LORD IS often been crushed with thun
derbolts of those who dwelt “lifting up" here evidently amongst the fastnesses of refers to his crucifixion. On rocky heights. And moun. another occasion the Saviour tains, too, have often proved spoke of his death in a simithe asylums of freedom. lar way“If I be lifted up,".
&c. His death by crucifixion * Of old sat Freedom on the heights;
was, First: The culmination The thunders breaking at her of human wickedness. Human feet.
wickedness could not reach a Above her shook the starry lights; higher point than the putting Beneath she hears the torrents meet."
to death the Son of God.
Second : The culmination of But mountains have
human suffering. The cruciguarded a people as God
fixion involved ignominy, guards those who trust in
insult, cruelty, torture. Yet him. The Eternal God is a
how calmly Christ speaks of refuge, and underneath are the
this terrible death. "everlasting arms." He “is
dured the cross, despising the a fire round about" them, and
shame.” their “ glory in the midst” of
II. THIS LANGUAGE them.
PRESSES UNSHAKEN FAITH IN Let us trust in Him, then,
THE TRIUMPH OF HIS CAUSE. that liveth for ever-trust in 6 Ye shall know that I am Him will make us calm in
he.” First: He was not dis! trial, invincible in duty, and
couraged by apparent failure. safe amidst the rage of hell, To the world, his life, ending the agonies of death, and the convulsions of the last day: a stupendous failure. To him,
in crucifixion, would appear « God is our refuge and
however, it was a success. strength, a very present help His death was a seed falling in trouble," &c.
into the earth. Second :
He did not despair of man's FORECASTING
improvability. He believed
that there would come “Then said Jesus unto them,
reaction in men's minds When ye have lifted up the Son
concerning Him; that when of man, then shall ye know that He was gone they would I am he."-John viïi. 28.
begin to think, recognise, I. THIS LANGUAGE REVEALS and give Him credit for ex
cellences which they could
not see when He was among DEATH. “When ye have lifted them. Thirdly : He was not up the Son of Man." The doubtful of ultimate success.
SUBLIME HEROISM OF SOUL IN
THE PROSPECT OF A TERRIBLE
He saw the day of Pentecost; / amongst a people. He may saw the results of apostolic be too thoughtful to be apprelabours; witnessed the tri ciated by the thoughtless ; umph of His truth through all too honest to bow to current subsequent ages; at last saw prejudices ; so that, during his character moulding the his life, his labours pass race to his own ideal.
unacknowledged and III. THIS LANGUAGE IM quited. He dies. His memoir PLIES A PRINCIPLE OF CONDUCT is written ; his discourses COMMON IN ALL HISTORY. The are printed ; he has a moral principle is this: Goodness epiphany. It was so with disregarded when living, Arnold, of Rugby; and Roand appreciated when gone. bertson, of Brighton. We
this principle sometimes in the family. Members of a family may THE NATURAL AND SUPERlive together for years, and
NATURAL. through the infirmity of “ The sword of the Lord, and tempers, the clashing of of Gideon.”—Judges vii. 20. taste, and the collision of The context-We shall noopinion, excellences may be tice. entirely overlooked. One I. SOME OF THE EVENTS IN dies, the father, mother, brother, sister, and then
OPERATION OF THE NATURAL attributes of goodness come AND SUPERNATURAL. ир to the memory
First: In Providence. God the survivors that
works in providence only appeared before. We see it what man cannot. Man does in the State. Public men what he can-but God does devoted to the common good, all that is beyond natural and loyal to conscience, so power. clash with popular opinions Secondly: In conversion. and prejudices, that they are All who would be saved must regarded with odium, and de co-operate with the influence nounced with bitterness of the Divine Spirit. “ Draw they die and then their ." This is the work of virtues emerge
and fill God. 66 We will run after the social atmosphere with thee.” This is the work of fragrance - Burke, Hume, Cobden
Thirdly: In the sustenance many illustrations of this.
of a religious life. We see it in the Church. A
Fourthly : In the propagaminister labours for years
tion of the Gospel.
WHICH WE BEHOLD
II. THAT THE CO-OPERA- | supernatural makes success NION OF THE NATURAL AND SU certain. PERNATURAL IS NECESSARY TO
III. PRACTICAL LESSONS. ENSURE SUCCESS.
First: We should endeaFirst: This is the only way vour to form a true estimate success might be expected. of ourselves. We can do a
Secondly: The only way in little, but cannot do all. which success is possible.
Secondly: Learn to Thirdly: The co-opera- | knowledge the Lord in every tion of the natural and
Scripture and Science. .
SUBJECT: Water. “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”—John iv. 14.
At some future period we may study more fully and generally the analogies of water: but, in this note I purpose to notice those which specially illustrate these words of Jesus. It is not necessary for us to suppose that the woman of Samaria, or the disciples of Jesus, or the philosophers of his time, could appreciate the beautiful shades of meaning which an extensive examination of Nature casts upon our Lord's words. It is pleasing, however, to know that all the analogies which modern researches have discovered between water and religion were known to Him who spoke of his blessed influence on men's hearts as that of water. We are not saying more than we are warranted to say, when we suppose that our Lord had in his mind all the analogies which may ever be discovered. Notice
I. THE BLESSINGS OF RELIGION IN THEIR PHYSICAL TYPE WATER.' The flow of water is often spoken of as representing the spread of the Gospel (Isa. xxxv. 6, 7; xliii. 19, 20). The influence of water on vegetation is used to illustrate the power of religion on human life (Psa. i. 3; Jer. xvii. 8). The pleasant quietude of a pool of water represents the repose of soul which faith in God affords (Psa. xxiii. 2). The quickening energy of water is a type of the vivifying power of God's Spirit (Ezek. xxxvi. 25).
1. As there can be no physical life where there is no water, so there can