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tary and hear the groans and heart-rending cries of the cruci: fied One. Comprehend, if you can, the deep, unfathomable love of the "Man of sorrows," as he prays for his murderers. Go often and linger long upon the mount of prayer, until you bathe your souls in the pure streams of Divine grace, and drink deeper than ever at the fountain of Divinu love. Charity never faileth: your bodies will be consigned to the grave; your earthly hopes and affections quenched in the darkness of death: but love to God never dies--it is life everlasting; and having ačcomplished its blessed mission in this world of sin and sorrow, it will put on immortality, and shine and rejoice forevermoro in the kingdom of heaven.
A SHORT SERMON.-BY THE EDITOR.
THE JOY OF ANGELS.
“There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repent
eth.-LUKE 15 : 10.
THE joy of angels is over the repentance and salvation of sinners. Such a view have they of the misery, guilt and doom of transgression, and of the amazing worth and preciousness of eterpal redemption by Jesus Christ, that the repentance of but one sinner renders all heaven joyful, and is celebrated by angels as an event of infinite int rest and value. Said the Lord of angels : " I say unto you, tí at likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons which need no repentance.” The recovery of a lost soul to God; the salvation of a sinner from the law-incurred penalty, from sin itself, and from the doom of an endless hell; his salvation by me: ns of that Cross which so honors God and sustains His law while it redeems and reconciles, is a stupendous achievement. Where, in the universe, can anything be found to equal it, in interest, importance, blessedness, true sublimity? The most thrilling events of a merely temporal, social or political character; the creation or destruction of material worlds and systems; the rise and fall of kingdoms; the setting up of new and the casting down of old dynasties : and all the pomp and honor and power and wealth of the world--lost or gained-all tl ese, in the siglit of Heaven, are of less importance than the rescuing of but one priceless, lost soul from eternal ruin.
It is for the Salvation of men that the thoughts of Heaven are mainly concerned. The sympathies, desires, hopes and anxieties of angels respect man as a sinner--a child of guilt and yet of hope -lost and yet within reach of salvation--under the power of death and yet immortal--on trial for life eternal-running a race for beaven or for heil! What men call the great events of time are trifles in their sight: what men call mean, emall, of no moment, they count grand, vast, chief, everything. As they wing their flight over this once fair but now blighted world, and survey its varied scenes--the din of its business, the glitter of its wealth, the pride of its greatness, the temples of its learning, the tread of its armies, and the war of its pavies, the tumult of the nations, and the crash of falling kingdoms-these are not the events which arrest their attention and excite their
THE JOY OF ANGELS.
interest; bat they do mark the falling tear of the penitent, and listen to the sigh of the contrite; they pause over the dwelling of prayer, ind mingle in the circle of devotion; they watch the sinner in all his goings, and register the number of the saved, and bear to heaven the joyful news when a soul is converted.
The angels take the liveliest interest in matters pertaining to man's salvation; they are anxious spectators of the race which he is running; the guardian and ministering spirits of the heirs of salvation; and rejoice over every “sinner that repenteth" with a universal and a great rejoicing. What a rebuke is this to the dullness and apathy and neglect of too many Christians !
The angels in heaven and Christians on earth have one and the same general interest, and grand theme, to enlist and call forth their love and service. And hence they should have a. fellow-feeling. The desire, the anxiety, the joy of angels oughtto be the desire, the anxiety, the joy of every good man.; Christians ought to look upon sinners with the pity of angels, yearn over them with tho tenderness and solicitude of angels, and joy over their salvation with the joy of angels. Redemption should so wake our sensibilities, and sway such a power over our minds and hearts that the sight of a fellow-sinner plucked from endless ruin and recovered to God and life, should give us the highest joy-thrill our being as N. thing else can do... Earthly joy, earthly gain, earthly triumphs, what are they all worth in the scale with an immortal soul, made in the image of God---made for happiness; glory and endless life--converted from the error of his ways and mude an heir of glory? When all beneath the sun has been reduced to ashes, that soul will rise to God, resplendent in moral worth and beauty, and shine forever in glory, as a star of the Redeemer's crown. The salvation of the meanest sinner thrt ever lived on earth, is worth all the treasures of tears and toil and blood, that the Christian church has ever poured out at the feet of Jesus.
Is this the feeling of Christians? Is concern for the sinner made the great concern of their hearts ? Do their souls melt and rejoice over a repentant sinner with a celestial feeling? Have we, as Christians, adequate views of the worth of the soul; of the extent of the ruin which sin has brought upon it; and of the need and preciousness of its redemption ? Is salvation the theme of themes with us? Does it set the heart on fire-inspire the tongue, nerve the soul, and command life's best and noblest service ? Alas! must we not confess to an apathy here that is the grief and sorrow of angels? We do not fully enter into the spirit of the thrilling 'scenes which are transpiring in this apostate and gospel world. We do not half feel for sinners who are perishing eternally on every band-in our streets, in our sanctuaries, in our own dwellings. We do
not wait and watch for the repentance of sinners, and pour out the full tide of the heart's gratitude and joy, when any are found' returning to give glory to God. We do not put our hearts in living contact with the cross of Christ, and fully fellowship its sympathy and travail and agony and joy and glory in the blessed work of saving sinners. Oh, that we had the spirit of Christ—the spirit of angels! Then would one great thought--the rescuing of souls from sin and death-ongro88 our minds, onlist every faculty and energy, and constrain a willing, undividod, untiring service for God and salvation.
The soul of man is of infinite value, or the angels of God would not take such an interest in its welfare. Its guilty and ruined state while perishing in sin is inexpressiblý awful, or its recovery to God and life would not thus thrill the heavenly world with joy. Ob, how would angels plead and toil and strive to save men if they were but permitted such an access to, and influence over them, as Christians possess! And can Christians bé stupid or neglectful, when angels are thus awake and would do so much to pull men out of the fire of perdition ? Can human or angelic efforts be better exponded than in behalf of man's salvation ? What are the grand achievements of art, science or arms—what the noblest enterprises of commerce or ambition, compared to the bringing of a single sinner to Christ? "Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way, sball save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins." Christian reader, take home this thought to your heart. Ponder it well. No other end is worth living for. Live for this. Let those sublime motives which ruled the mission and life of Jesus Christ, rule your heart and life.
“Before him went the pestilence."-HABAKKUK iii. 5.
No one can fail to be struck with the sublimity of this passage of Scripture. God is represented as passing from one land to another, accompanied with the symbols of His glory. Among those symbols was the Pestilence, preceding His coming, either as an emblem of His awful majesty, or of the ease with which he prostrates the tribes of men ; or as expressive of justice and judgment. Apart from the mere poetry of the representation, however, the main truth which seems to be taught is, the connection between the Pestilence when it visits the earth, and God; or, tbe pestilence as accompanying the divine Being in his movements among the nations. The thought is, that the Pestilence is not the work of chance, of fate, or of mere natural laws, but is somehow connected with the Divine administration of human affairs, and should be recognized as such : or, in other words, that wherever the pestilence is, there is God directing it for distinct and important purposes.
There are great inquiries which the Pestilence, in any form, is fitted to excite among men, and each one will pursue these inquiries with reference to his own proper department:-the physiologist, the moralist, the theologian. In regard almost to no visitations of Divine Providence to the world, are there so many questions that are still involved in difficulty and uncertainty, as in reference to the various forms of the pestilence. It may be added, also, that whenever it appears in the world, and in whatever form
* Preached in the First Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, on the day appointed to be observed as a National Fast, August 3, 1849.