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much.” And so, albeit our prayers do not receive an immediate answer, we should persevere in faith. “Cast thy bread upon the waters, for thou shalt find it after many days."
And have we heard the joyful sound?
Hath God to us His glory shown,-
O Saviour, who for all hast died !
Send forth Thy light; display Thy power ;
every land Thy word be sown,
The Tenth Sunday after Trinity.
LET Thy merciful ears, O Lord, be open to the prayers of Thy humble servants; and that they may obtain their petitions make them to ask such things as shall please Thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
“ Wherefore I give you to understand,
that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost."-1 Cor. xii. 3.
ERE is a consoling consideration against despair.
Are there not some sincere souls (particularly in seasons of sickness and depression) whose doubts of acceptance proceed not upon what they are, but what they have been—whose gloomy retrospect of the past, and not the consciousness of present allowed infirmities, deprives of, or obscures, their assurance ? Let them consider the lesson of our text. Do you acknowledge Jesus of Nazareth to be your Lord ? Have you sworn by His name, and bent your neck to the yoke of His precepts, and proved your allegiance to be no vain acknowledgment of a formal Lordship? Is it so, or is it not so? If not, whence came this loyalty? From yourself? Where, then, is your humility, who claim the merit of such attainment to yourself, and where the sincerity of your faith therein, since you do not attribute the glory of the work to the Spirit of Grace! Therefore thou hast been the subject of the work of the Holy Ghost and the temple of God, by the habi-tation of His Spirit; and who will say that the temple of God is reprobate? “Whoso destroyeth the temple , of God, him will God destroy,” as it is written ; so
l firm is that private pledge of acceptance, even the gift of the Spirit, which is “the earnest of the purchased possession.” If the general charter of amnesty with which the pages of Scripture abound, move thee not, wilt thou not recognize the signet of God, set in thy soul, which the word of truth, written outside with pen and ink, declares to be infallible ?
" And when He was come near, He beheld the city, and wept oder it.”-LUKE xix. 41.
E wept; and, as the narrative shows, the future
destruction of the city was the source of His tears. The event involved the ruin of no common metropolis; but of the city of David—the capital of His country, the chosen by God, the seat of the oracles, of the promises, and of the promised Seed. But other things than the destruction of the city must have been present to so capacious a mind, and caused those tears to flow faster, and the bitterness of that grief to increase. He was thinking how many immortal souls within those walls must inevitably follow the course of events, and die the death of the city which they loved ; how, being supported by confidence in vain pretenders, they would prove destitute of faith in God and Him. All these reflections, sweeping before the Redeemer's mind in one dark train, filled Him with deep regret, and bade His tears to flow. Let us derive instruction and encouragement from this narrative. Allowing that the loss of the chosen race was viewed by Him with more sympathy, as being His own countrymen, yet He who gave His life for many must have necessarily an interest in every
article in which He has invested a stake. Again, consider the reason why the Jews were chosen—not for their own mere advantage, but likewise for the enlightenment of the Gentiles—to be as a city upon a hill, a missionary people, and vessels of mercy unto the end of the earth. May we not hence conclude, for our own consolation, that He who felt for the teachers must feel for the people—He who wept for the teachers must feel for the congregation? And if He wept for those He could not save, He must surely watch for those He can, and wait and try each likely means of gathering them within His fold. May we not be the cause of Thy tears, O Lord ! nor by unworthy walking, dishonour that worthy name by which we are called. But guide our footsteps and shape our path unto the haven of rest; that, walking in faith, in hope, in love, we may hereafter behold Thee, and serve Thee for evermore ; and then shalt Thou see of the travail of Thy soul and be satisfied. Amen.
Past is her day of grace;
Her cup of wrath o'erflows :
And weeps her coming woes.
At least in this thy day,
Thine hour is passed away!”