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tector? It is a clear case, it seems to me. Be- favour of the practice, this alone would be suffi sides, fathers are directed to bring up their cient. I think it is Jay who says, that a family children" in the nurture and admonition of the without prayer is like a house without a root Lord.” But can they do this while they pray -it has no protection. Who would like to live not with them and for them? I do not know | in such a house ? how we are to comply with the apostolical exhortation to pray “ everywhere," unless we
UNEXPECTED FRUIT. pray in the family, as well as under other circumstances.
I WELL remember û sermon preached some years Is any one in doubt whether the practice or
ago, and with which at the time the preacher felt
thoroughly dissatisfied: perhaps, if he bad spoken omission of family prayer will be the more
the truth to himself, he would bave owned that his pleasing subject of retrospect from the dying
dissatisfaction arose from the deep sense that he felt bed or the eternal world ? Parents should
of his own incapacity, and the poverty of his own not forget that presently will come the long ideas and illustrations in that sermon. He came deferred and greatly dreaded season of taking down from the pulpit humbled in his own eyes, and the last look and the last leave of those whom cast down in spirit, feeling in how inefficient a mantheir decease is to make orphans. Oh, then,
ner he had ministered to the wants of a crowded
congregation. One sentence, however, of Holy what a sweet thought it will be to enter into
Scripture had been constantly brought before his the dying meditation, that they have been in
hearers; and secret prayer had not been wanting on the daily habit of bowing down with their chil- the part of the preacher, that the Lord God would dren in prayer, and commending them to the send down his Holy Spirit and give effect to bis care and grace of their beavenly Father, and own word. The words I allude to-and they we
rere that they may now indulge the confident hope
| those of the text-were from the 32d chapter of that he will infinitely more than supply the pa
Deuteronomy, and part of the 47th verse: “It
is not a vain thing for you, because it is your life." ternal place which they are to leave vacant !
On the following morning, a letter was put into But what need of more argument? I suspect the preacher's hand. It came by the post. It was every body secretly admits the obligation of short, and evidently written by one unskilled in family prayer. I judge so from the trouble letter-writing; but its few earnest words were ela many are at to apologize for the neglect. It quent with the importunate anxiety of a soul newly tries them not a little to satisfy even themselves awakened to a sense of its own priceless value, and with an excuse. The usual plea is inability.
to the consciousness of guilt to which no remedy had
been as yet applied. The writer asked for guidance They have not the gift, they say. What gift ?
and instruction, and spoke as one bewildered and Can they not collect their family together night
distressed, helpless, and almost hopeless of relief. and inorning? Have they not so much autho The conclusion of the letter was peculiarly touching. rity in their own house as that ? And then can “Oh! sir, do not turn away from me, for it is not a they not read a portion of Scripture to them; vain thing for me, because it is my life !” A few and, kneeling down, express their common de. words were added by way of postscript, requesting sires to God. The beginning of almost every
that a reply might be sent by the post, directed to
two initial letters, Post-office, — A reply was good habit is difficult. The most of those who
immediately sent; but the reply was rather in the make this apology presume on their inability.
shape of an inquiry, requesting to know more of the They say they cannot before they have tried.
writer of the letter, whose sex and position were not But until they have tried, they do not know declared. Another letter soon followed: it began whether they can or not. What if some have with these words :-“I am a poor servant girl.” And tried once and failed? One failure should not
after speaking of her extreme ignorance, and of her dishearten them, nor two, nor even twenty.
deep anxiety, the following short account was given. Besides, how do those who presume on their
“ Last Sunday I went to church in the morning, and
I laughed all the time; I went to church in the inability to conduct family worship know what |
afternoon, and I slept during the whole service. ] assistance they might receive from God, if they
went to your lecture, sir, in the evening, and then it were to make an humble and faithful experi pleased God, for the first time in my life, to show me ment?
that I was a poor, lost, miserable creature." The If any one shall condescend to read this who
words of the letter were ill-shaped, and the page does not pray in his family, I advise him to
seemed disfigured by them; but there was a natural
flow of language, beautiful from its earnest and commence immediately. He knows that he
touching simplicity. If I remember rightly, no name will never be sorry for it, if he does; but he is
was yet given, and no clue afforded by which I might not so sure that he may not be sorry for it if discover the abode of the writer. But I now felt he does not. If there were no other reason in that I might be far more useful to my unknown corARE NOT MY DAYS FEW?
respondent if I could see and converse with her-if | The thought of it embitters his comforts, and keeps I could hear from her own lips her difficulties and him always subject to bondage. And could this her doubts-than if we continued to correspond by
have been the natural state of man as he came from letter. But in this I was mistaken. She complied
the hands of his Maker? The Deist meets with this
fact as well as we ; and, as he cannot deny it, let with my request, and called upon me. But she who
him account for it under the empire and agency of a could write with so much ease, and express her feel. Being who is omnipotent benevolence." Revelaings so readily on paper, had scarcely a word to say, tion gives us the only rational and convincing account bat was abashed and silent, proposing no question
—“The body is dead because of sin."_* By one for herself, and answering those I put to her with a
man sin entered into the world, and death by sin;
and so death hath passed upon all men, because all reserve which I found it impossible to overcome. have sinned.” It is not " a debt due to nature." It During an acquaintance for many years, this manner is the consequence of a judicial and penal infliction : continued. She has written to me from time to “ For all our days are passed away in thy wrath." laime. and in her letters she is able to express herself | We are not struck with this, because we are accuswith the same natural flow of language. But from
tomed to the result; and it gradually takes place. that evening-when the word of God won its way to whole world at once, we should not have questioned
But could we have seen the deluge destroying the her heart, and the Spirit of God impressed its vital the provocation of God by some mighty cause. But truth there, awakening her whole soul to a sense of where is the difference, as to punitive justice, wheits eternal interests, quickening her conscience with ther all the criminals are executed together or led the deep conviction of her lost and sinful state, and forth one by one? Are not my days few? causing her to realize that night the message of God
Do not, then, render them fewer. “What!"you are
ready to exclaim, "are we in danger of turning self. to her soul, and to know that it was not a vain thing
murderers ?" Yet how many are continually reported to her, because it was her life"-a change, as re as having destroyed themselves! But violence is markable as life from the dead, took place in her ; not the only mode of shortening life. One of our and she continued from that time in one quiet most eminent physicians has affirmed, that "the course of consistent godliness. She was one of an
board destroys more than the sword." Another has
said, “Though all men are mortal, not one in a thouungodly, but respectable family, and had been till
band dies a purely natural death." Many enervate then careless and light-minded. Nothing has been
themselves by lying late in bed, and living, if it demore remarkable in her ever since, than her unvary serves the name of life, in lazy inactiveness, as ining seriousness and her modest propriety of manner. jurious to health as to virtue. Envy is the rotten. The bow had been drawn at a venture, but the arrow,
ness of the bones; fretfulness and anxiety corrode; directed by God's unerring hand, had reached its
anger and malice consume. It is needless to men
tion intemperance and sensuality, the effects of mark; and by what was literally the foolishness of
which so often lie down with the sinner in an early preaching, an immortal but perishing creature had
grave. Godliness has the promise of the life that been made wise unto salvation. It is a rad, sad proof now is-by freeing us from the malignant passions, lof the presumptuous imorance of some professing ( which are always injurious to ourselves, as well as to themselves to be wise in the present day, that they
others, and by inducing the affectionate and benevo
lent ones, which are always beneficial-by the peace attempt to throw discredit upon preaching" God's
it sheds abroad in the bosom, and the hope and great ordinance," as Cecil has well called it, to bring contidence it authorizes and inspires, as well as by souls to himself. There is scarcely a portion of the surrounding us with the care of Providence : it is, as inspired word more full of solemn grandeur, more David calls it," the health of the countenance ;" awfully impressive, than the commission given by
| and justifies the admonition of his son—" Fear the
Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to the great apostle Paul to his beloved son in the faith,
thy navel, and marrow to thy bones." Are not my towards the close of his Second Epistle to Timothy
| days few ---his last epistle_“I charge thee before God, and Why, then, moderate your attachment to every the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and thing that depends upon their brevity. Who would the dead at his appearing and his kingdom-preach set their heart on that which is not? Who would the word." “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing
load with treasure a vessel rotten or full of holes ?
All the admired distinctions and possessions of the by the word of God;" " for it is by the word of God,
world are very uncertain in themselves, and often which liveth and abideth for ever, that man is born
leave us; but if they continue with us, we cannot again;" 6 and this is the word,”'adds the apostle Peter, continue with them. We brought nothing with us * which by the gospel is preached unto you." into the world, and it is certain we can carry nothing (1 Peter i. 23-25.)-Rev. C. B. Tayler.
out. Yet, stripped and naked as we shall go, go we
must: and the time of our departure is at hand. Oh! “ ARE NOT MY DAYS FEW?" Job x. 20. what shall we think a few days bence of those pur. Nor years, months. weeks--but days. Life is to suits which now so much engross us! “ To-morrow be reckoned by daye. Are not my days few? They
we die :" and what will it signify whether we are are so in every respect-relatively-comparatively
carried to the grave from a cottage or a mansion, or absolutely. It will not be necessary to prove this.
leave behind us much or little ? Endeavour to think No one denies it. No one can deny it. Yet how
always, as you will feel soon. “Brethren, the time inuch depends upon the proper use of a truth so
is short : it remaineth, that both they that have wives obrious, and a reflection so simple! Are not my
be as though they had none; and they that weep. dave few ?
as though they wept not ; and they that buy, as But how came they so? All men die, but not
though they possessed not; and they that use this willingly. Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath
hath | world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world will he give for his life: but he caunot continue it. / passeth away." Are not my days few ? He hates, he dreads death. It is the king of terrors.
Then let us well employ and improve them. This is what Moses prayed for: “So teach us to number served by a merciful dispensation of Providence! our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." This is evidently an incontestable sign in favour of And what is wisdom? This must be determined by the Catholic, Apostolical, and Roman religion. The circumstances. What is wise conduct in one man
monk of Orval was like the great prophets of the may be folly in another, because of their different relations and circumstances. But it is easy to deter
Old Testament, and whoever dared dispute the aumine what is wisdom in a man who numbers his thenticity of these predictions, was an abominable days, and finds them to be few; and who has, dur heretic, deserving the most awful chastisement. ing their continuance, an all-important interest to The thing went on very well for some time; but as secure, and has no other opportunity. If he is
the journals had commenced a fierce discussion on
the guilty, it must be wise in him to seek forgiveness; if ne is lost, it must be wise in him to seek salvation;
the subject, the Bishop of Verdun, in whose diocess and if he be unable to save himself, it must be wise the prophetic book had appeared, was forced to open in him to apply to another, who is appointed for the an inquiry. And what was the result of this exvery purpose. And, in our case, such a one there is amination ? Alas! the end of the affair was less his name is Jesus. He is mighty to save. He is
agreeable than the commencement. It was proved willing to save. Instead of complaining of your
that these pretended predictions were tbe work of an application, he only complaing of your neglect-“Ye
impostor; that this impostor was a priest named will not come to me that ye might have life.” Many have tried his power and his love, and recommend B- , curé of D- ; that he had forged a false ed him from their own happy experience. He is manuscript; that he had pretended the existence of now on the throne of grace. But he will not be an imaginary monk-in one word, that it was a pure always there. He will soon ascend the tribunal of trick. The prophecies were written after the evente, justice. Seek him while he may be found, and call
and the author had only taken the trouble to imitate upon him while he is near. Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
the style of the sixteenth century. This part of our subject branches itself into another Great was the shame of the priest convicted of line of duty. As you are to gain good, so you are to having been guilty of so disgraceful a fabrication, do good-and this, too, is equally enforced by the and deep was the confusion of the devotees who had fewness of your days. Life is yours; and it affords
believed it. The curé had to undergo a severe you one privilege above the saints in light. It is the
penance, and the bishop confessed that he had been opportunity of beneficence-of relieving the poor, of instructing the ignorant, of converting the sinner. sorely distressed by this affair. The men of the But remember two things: their days are few, and world made it the subject of their wicked jokes. therefore they will soon be gone beyond the possibi- ! This circumstance teaches a lesson useful to all.' |
This circumstance teaches a lasso lity of receiving relief; and your days are few, and
| I am persuaded that if all the prodigies of which
a you will soon be placed beyond the possibility of af
Popery boasts had been subjected to a stricter exfording it. Wing your zeal, therefore, with the thought—" The night cometh wherein no man can
amination, the result would have been the same. work.”
Gratuitous suppositions, lying inventions, fabulous There is a way of lengthening life. It is not by | narratives, forgeries, are the only terms applicable duration, but by diligence. It is by “filling our
to the miracles of Rome. Will this church never days." It is by doing much business in a little time.
renounce these pious trauds, which procure for it Some live longer in a week than others do in a year. -Rev. W. Jay.
only ephemeral triumphs, and turn eventually to its
hurt?- Evangelical Christendom, May 1849. A LYING WONDER. The ecclesiastics of Rome have circulated in France,
THE OLD AFRICAN. the last few years, a little book entitled Prévisions THERE was an aged woman, named Litsape : she had d'un Solitaire de l'Abbaye d'Orcal. The preface lived during the reign of four of the kings of her states that this work was composed by a monk in tribe. In the year 1835, she was baptized and enroll1544: that it lay buried in the dust of a library, ed among the members of the Church of Christ, and and that, at length, it had been published through to the day of her decease she continued a warm. the diligence of a priest.
hearted, zealous, and consistent disciple of our blessOn opening this volume (astonishing and marvel- | ed Lord. During that period of ten years there was lous circumstance !) the reader finds clear and minute no part of her conduct to excite an unpleasant emopredictions of the principal events of the French tion in the minds of her teachers. “Some years Revolution, of the reign of Napoleon, and of the pre- ago," writes the Rev. Robert Moffat, "her only son sent time. But, according to the preface, these pre. | and his wife, with whom she lived, and on whom she dictions had been written 300 years. Hence, by an | was dependent, left the station of Kuruman, and argument quite logical, this monk must have re they employed every argument to induce the vener, ceived, from on high, prophetical inspiration.
able woman to leave with them. Their importunity This produced a lively sensation among the devo- | was the more remarkable, as she was almost helpless. teng, both male and female, of the papal church. and viewed by the heathen as a nonentity, or in These good people lifted up their hands to heaven in their language-a dry old hide.' Her son and admiration, and said that Rome possessed still the daughter, both unbelievers, still persisted in their gift of miracles. Mark well the necessary effect. endeavours to take her away, but nothing could inHere is a man, who predicted, three centuries ago, duce her to alter her resolution. Her replies were every thing that has happened in our country! And noble-'I can be happy any where if Jesus is only this man a holy monk! And his work has been pre there; if I can only hear his voice! You tell me
PASSAGES FROM AN OLD AUTHOR.
149 I shall die of hunger here: I shall trust my Saviour She was truly a brand plucked from the burningfor that. He cared for me, he fed me, and clothed a trophy of the power of the everlasting gospel; for me, during many, very many years, when I knew she had been a sinner of no common order--a kind bim not, and thanked him not! and will he not take | of priestess of the unmeaning rites of beathenism. care of me now that I love him? You know I love Her faith was simple as it was sincere; and, considhim. Leave my God, and the people of God, for ering her great age when she was aroused to a gense Satan! No! Let me die where I am, and let me of her danger, I was frequently surprised at the exdie of hunger too, rather than leave the service and tent of her knowledge, and the clearness of her the people of my Saviour. He feeds my soul. I views on divine subjects."-Rev. C. B. Tayler. shall not die but live!!!
Finding her immovable, they left her without a PASSAGES FROM AN OLD AUTHOR. sigh; but other emotions possessed her soul. “You,"
1. A FOUNDATION FOR FAITH. addressing her son and daughter, “ will soon forget
Is thy faith a temptation-quenching faith? Many me, but I will not so soon forget you; for while you
say they believe : yes, that they do! They thank sing and dance with the heathen, I shall be weeping God they are not infidels. Well, what exploits canst for your souls, and praying for you, my children!” thou do with thy faith? Is it able to defend thee in Her grand daughter, who with her husband Magame
a day of battle, and cover thy soul in safety when were believers, took her to dwell with them, and
Satan's darts fly thick about thee? or is it such a her bome was beneath their roof till she died. Her
sorry shield that it lets every arrow of temptation
pierce thy heart through it? Thou believest, but mind was ever alive to divine things, and she appear. still as great a slave to thy lust as ever. When a ed to put the highest value on every word coming good fellow calls thee out to a drunken meeting, thy from God. She was never absent, even in the sea laith cannot keep thee out of the snare, but away thou sons of her greatest debility, from public worship.
goest, as a fool to the stocks. If Satan tells thee thou Latterly, having entirely lost her eyesight, she would
mayest improve thy estate by a lie, or cheat in thy
shop, thy faith stands very tamely by, and makes no totter along with a staff in one hand, and groping
resistance. In a word, thou hast faith, and yet drivwith the other, to hear the words of Jesus Christ. est a trade of sin in the very face of it. O God for. She rejoiced that the sense of hearing was still left to bid that any should be under so great a delusion, to her, and that she could still hear her Saviour's voice.
carry such a lie in their hand, and think it a saving
faith! Will this faith ever carry thee to heaven, “ She always appeared," says Mr Moffat, “ to have
which is not able to bring thee out of hell ? for there her heart full of love to her Redeemer. Wherever
thou livest while under the power of thy lust. she was, or at whatever hour of the day or night, “Will you steal, murder, and commit adultery, and she poured forth of the good treasure of her heart. swear falsely, and come and stand before me?"She was all peace and contentment."
(Jer. vii. 9, 10.) If this be faith, well fare the honest “The night before her dissolution I remained
heathens who escaped these gross pollutions of the
world, which you, like beasts, with your faith lie with her several hours, expecting each to be her last
wallowing in. O venture not the life of your soul on earth. I was conversing with those present about with such a paper shield; come to Him for a faith her probable age. She heard us and she spoke. I who is the faith-maker; he will help thee to a faith am not old,' she said; I only began to live when that shall quench the very fire of hell itself, though first knew and loved the Saviour. My former life
kindled in thy bosom, and divide the waves of the was a nothing-a dream. I was asleep till a stranger
lust in which now thou art drowned (as once he did a stranger the sea for Israel), that thou shalt go on dry land to
+ came to me-it was Jesus. He cried, Awake! awake! | heaven, and thy lust not be able to knock off thy I awoke, and beheld his hands and feet which my wheels of thy chariot. But if thou attemptest this sins had pierced, and then I cried with horror-my with thy false faith, the Egyptian's end will be thine. heart died within me. I said. Let the anger of the “By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by Lord destroy me, for I have slain his son.' I felt Il
dry land, which the Egyptians essaying to do, were
drowned."--(Heb. xi. 29.) Though true faith gets was a murderer! I felt I was made of sin! I was
safely through the depths of temptation, yet false faith not a worm, but a serpent. My heart died- I became will drown by the way. But perhaps thou canst tell us as a corpse. The eagles of heaven saw my body-- better news than this, and give us better evidence they were descending to devour it ; but Jesus came for the truth of thy faith. Let us therefore hear again, and said, Live!' I asked her if she had
what singular thing hath been done by thee since
thou hast become a believer. The time was thou any misgivings in the certain prospect of soon enter
wert as weak as water; every blast of temptation ing into life, in the unseen and deathless state? blew thee down; thou wert carried as a dead fish She replied with great ardour, “How can I doubt, with the stream; but canst thou say, since thou hast when Christ has done all for me? I am not my own,
been acquainted with Christ, thou art endued with a I am part of his body.' I spoke of the uniningled
power to repel those temptations which before held happiness enjoyed in heaven in the society of saints
thy heart in perfect obedience to their commands?
Canst thou now be content to bring thy lusts, and angels: 'Yes,' she added, “but it is the presence which once were of great price, with thee, as of the Saviour that makes that happiness! Could those believers did their conjuring books (Acts xix. I be happy were he not there? No.' She appeared 19), and throw them into the fire of God's love in to have no ebbs and flows of feeling. From the
Christ to thy soul, there to consume them? Possibly abounding fulness of her heart her mouth spake.
thou hast not them at present under thy foot in a She was much in prayer. Her lamp burned with a
full conquest; yet have they begun to fall in thy
thoughts, and is thy countenance changed towards steady flame, throwing a lustre on every thing around them to what it was? Be of good comfort, this is her, till it died away in the pure day of heaven. enough to prove thy faith of the royal race. “When
Christ cometh," said the convinced Jews, “ will he Judah, they shall not be found; for I will pardon." do more miracles than these which this man hath -(Jer. i. 20.) done?"-_-(John vii, 31.) And when Christ comes by faith into the heart, will he do greater works than III. THE CALCULATIONS OF CHRISTIAN HOPE. these thy faith hath done ?
“Ought not Christ to have suffered these things,
and to enter into his glory?"-(Luke xxiv. 26); as 11. HOW FAITH MEETS DESPAIR.
if Christ had said, What reason have you so to mourn, FAITH gives the soul a view of the great God. It and take on for your Master's death, as if all your teacheth the soul to set his almightiness against sin's hopes were now lost? Ought he not to suffer ? Was magnitude, and his infinitude against sin's multitude; | there any other way that he could get home, and and so quencheth the temptation. The reason why | take possession of his glory that waited for him is the presumptuous sinner fears so little, and the de heaven? And if you do not grudge him bis prefer spairing soul so much, is for want of knowing God as ment, never be so inordinately troub great; therefore, to cure them both, the serious con onwards to it, though through the miry lane of sul. sideration of God, under this notion, is propounded, fering. And truly the saint's way to salvation lies “ Be still and know that I am God"-(Ps. xlvi. 10) in the same road. Rom. viii. 17, "If so be that we as if he had said, “ Know, () ye wicked, that I am God, suffer with him, that we may be also glorified towho can.avenge myself when I please upon you, and gether," only with this advantage, that his going becease to provoke me by your sins to your own con | fore hath beaten it plain, so that now it may be fusion.” Again, “ Know, ye trembling souls, that I am forded, which but for him had been utterly impass God; and therefore able to pardon the greatest sins, able to us. Athictions understood with this notion, and cease to dishonour me by your unbelieving that they are as necessary for our waftage to glory thoughts of me.” Now, faith alone can thus show as water is to carry the ship to her port (which may God to be God. Two things are required to the right as soon sail without water as a saint land in heaven conception of God. First, we must give him the in without the subserviency of afflictions), this well unfinitude of all his attributes; that is, conceive of him derstood, would reconcile the greatest atiictions to not only as wise, for that may be a man's name, but our thoughts, and make us delight to walk in their infinitely wise;. not mighty, but almighty, &c. Se company. This knowledge Parisiensis calls one of condly, This infinitude which we give to God, we the seven beams of divine knowledge, for the want of must deny to all besides him. Now, faith alone can which we call good evil, and evil good, think God realize and fix this principle so in the heart that the blesseth us when we are in the sunshine of proscreature shall act suitably thereunto; indeed, there perity, and curseth when our condition is overcast are none so wicked who will not say (if you will be | with a few clouds of adversity; but hope hath an eye lieve them that they believe God is infinite in his that can see heaven in a cloudy day, and an anchor knowledge, and omnipresent, at their heels wher | that can find firm land under a weight of waters to ever they go-infinite in his power, reeding no more hold by: it can expect good out of evil. The Jews open to effect their ruin than his speaking it; but would their windows when it thunders or lightens, expect. they then in the view of these go and sin so boldly? ing, they say, their Messiah to come at such a time They durst as well run their heads into a fiery oven to them. I am sure hope opens her window widest as do it in the face of such a principle. So others in a day of storm and tempest: (Zeph. iii. 12), “I believe God is infinite in mercy; but would they then will leave in the inidst of thee an afflicted and poor carry a hell fiaming in their bosoms with despair, people, and they shall trust in the Lord.” And while they have infinite mercy in their eye ? No; it Micah vii. 7, “ Therefore will I look unto the Lord: is plain God appears not in his true greatness to such. I will wait for the God of my salvation : my God Despair robs God of his infinitude, and ascribes it to
d ascribes it to will hear me." See what
will hear me." See what strong hold hope's anchor ein : by it the creature saith his sin is infinite, and takes, and it is remarkable, if you observe the place; God is not; too like those unbelieving Israelites, Ps. | because all things were at so desperate a pass in the cvi. 7, “ They remembered not the multitude of his Church's affairs, " Therefore," saith the saint "I will mercies, but provoked him at the sea, even at the look, I will wait.” Indeed, God doth not take the Red Sea;" they could not see enough in God to serve | axe into his hand to make chips; his people when he their turn at such a strait; they saw a multitude of is hewing them, and the axe goes deepest, they may Egyptians to kill, and multitudes of waters to drown expect some beautiful piece at the end of the work. them, but could not see multitude enough of mercies It is a sweet meditation Parisiensis hath upon Rom, to deliver them. Thus the despairing soul sees a viii. 28, “We know that all things work together multitude of great sins to damn, but not an infinicude for good to them that love God;''- Where, O my soul, of mercy in the great God to save him. Reason, alas! | shouldst thou be more satisfied, free of care and fear, is low of stature, like Zaccheus, and cannot see than when thou art among thy fellow-labourers, and mercy in a crowd of sins. It is faith alone that those that come to help thee to attain thy so much climbs the promise; then, and not till then, will the desired salvation, which thy africtions do! They soul see Jesus; faith ascribes mercy to God with an work together with ordinances and other providential
Isaiah lv. 7, “He will abundantly par- dealings of God for your good, yea, thy chief good don :" multiply to pardon-80 the Hebrew. He will and thou couldst as ill spare their help as any other drop pardons with our sins, “ He will subdue our ini means which God appoints thee. Should one find, quities, and thou wilt cast all their sins into the on rising in the morning, some on his house-top teardepths of the sea." This is faith's language; he will ing off the tiles, and with axes and hamniers taking pardon with an overflowing mercy. Cast a stone in down the roof, he might at first be amazed and trouto the sea, and it is not barely covered, but buried I bled at the sight, vea, think they are enemies come many fathoms deep. God will pardon thy greatest to do him mischief; but when he understands they sins, saith faith, as the sea doth cover a little pebble. are workmen sent by his father to mend his house A few sins poured out upon the conscience, like a and make it better, which cannot be done witbout pail of water spilled on the ground, seems a great taking some of it down, he is satisfied to endure the flood; but the greatest poured into the sea of God's present trouble, yea, thankful to his father for the mercy, are swallowed up, and not seen. Thus, when care and cost he bestows on him : the hope of what “ the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for," the advantage will come of their work makes him very Scripture saith "there shall be none; and the sins of willing to dwell a while amidst the ruins and rubbish