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for your righteousness—you look to the intercession of Christ, as the medium of all blessing-and you take the holy life of Christ for your pattern and example: CHRIST IS YOUR ALL. How is it then, have you faith, or no faith? Oh, how much depends on your answer to this question, for “he that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; BUT THE WRATH OF GOD ABIDETI ON HIM.” John iii. 36.
Ye souls condemned by Sinai's law,
And sunk in deep distress,
From Christ our Righteousness.
The name his saints confess :
The Lord our Righteousness.
A spotless wedding dress,
In Christ our Righteousness.
No more should doubts depress :
The Lord our Righteousness.
THE WAY TO BE WEALTHY AND
“They that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.”—Ps. xxxiv. 10.
To be in want is painful, especially to be in want of some things. Originally man had no wants, every thing was provided for him, and presented to him in abundance. But when man sinned, he forfeited his inheritance, and was reduced to poverty and degradation. Now want is common, it is universal. Where shall we go, to whom shall we speak, to find a person who has no wants ? However many mistake wishes for wants, and while the Lord has promised to supply all his people's wants, he has no where promised to gratify all their wishes. Wants are painful enough, and oftentimes hard to be borne, but wishes are more so. Let us now,
Look at the painful condition of many. They are in want, and in want of good things. Some want good things for the body, as food, raiment, health, home, or friends. Poverty is a sore evil to the flesh. It is a heavy cross. To a proud spirit, it is a crushing burden. But the number of those who want good things for the soul is greater. What multitudes there are who are con. demned for sin, and need a pardon who have troubled spirits, who need peace—who have polluted hearts, and need purity—who have anxious spirits, and need pleasure and who have aspiring minds, and want nobler prospects. For the want of these things, they are unhappy, they have no settled rest, no solid peace. And the worst feature of the case is, they know not their wants, or what is necessary to make them happy. If they did, they might soon be raised above their wants, for here we have,
The divinely prescribed way to rise above want. “They that seek the Lord, shall not want any good thing." The way to be wealthy, is to seek the Lord, for the blessing of the Lord it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it. If we would escape from want, we must seek to know the Lord. He has revealed himself in his word. He has manifested himself in the person and work of his Son. He discovers himself to the soul, by the teaching and operations of his Holy Spirit. It is not enough to hear of God, to think of God, to speak of God, or even to pray to God; but we must know God. Know him so as to yield the heart to him. Know him so as to confide in him, and delight to obey him. We must seek to please him.
Every thing we do, either pleases, or disto pleases, the Lord. Man by nature never
troubles himself about pleasing God, but if the Spirit of God dwells in us, the grand end
of life, and the principal aim in every action bswill be, to please God. The highest encomium
that could be passed on Enoch was, that before his translation, he had this testimony, that he pleased God. Let us please God, and then it is of little consequence whom we displease. We should seek to enjoy God. God in Christ is the source of all real happi. ness. There is in God, every thing to make us happy. If therefore we know God, and seek to please him, we shall be made happy by him. His presence, his word, and his grace, will make us happy any where, and under any circumstances; and will enable us to say, “Whom have I in heaven but thee, and there is none upon earth, that I desire beside thee." Seeking to know, please, and enjoy the Lord, we have,
A positive assurance given us, that we shall not want any good thing. This assurance is given us by a man of experience and observation, who could say, "I have been young and now am old, yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread: he is ever merciful and lendeth, and his seed is blessed." It was given under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit of God, and therefore may be implicitly depended on. Those who seek the Lord may be sick, or poor, or tried, in a variety of ways; but the Lord will send them supplies, or give them the grace of contentment, so that they shall not want. How little we really want, therefore the apostle says, “Having therefore food and raiment, let us therewith be con. tent." And again, “Be content with such things as ye have, for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” They shall not want any good thing. That is, whatsoever is really good for them at the time, and under the circumstances--or what. soever will promote their holiness and happi. ness, shall be conveyed to them. Therefore with confidence we say, “Look to the gener. ations of old, did ever any trust in the Lord, and were confounded.” Or with the suffer. ing Saviour, “Our fathers trusted in thee, they trusted, and thou didst deliver them."
Those who seek the Lord are sure of sup. plies, for four reasons. First, the Lord is able to supply them. “The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof." He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we can ask or think. Second, he is disposed to supply them. “Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. He knoweth our frame, he remember. eth that we are dust." Third, he has promis. ed to supply them. “The Lord God is a sun and shield, the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” “ My God shall