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“ God's choice is safer than our own.
extensive. It regards everything you of religion), that the only medium of enneed, for time or eternity, for life or joying happiness in a world like this, is death. It will be allowed, that the grand by the exercise of faith and trust in God. thing is the soul. The first question to We cannot always have our own way; be answered, if a man is wise, will be, but God will always have His : and “What must I do to be saved ?” The rst thing he will endeavour to ascer
Of ages past inquire, tain is, where can I obtain pardon and
What the most formidable fate? renovation ? Where can I obtain a
To have our own desire." title to heaven, and meetness for it?“ Trials,” says the ChristianBut this trust in God will extend not
“ Trials must and will befall; only to the end, but to the way; not only
But, with humble faith, to see to our admission to “ the land flowing
Love inscribed upon them all
This is bappiness to me.” with milk and honey," but our travels through the wilderness, and our passage I have read of a good man in Scotland (I over the river Jordan. We shall with think it was in Grosvenor's “ House of Paul—(this is the grand deposit to which | Mourning"), who had been bereaved of he referred, and which he made his main an only son, for whom he sorrowed most concern)—be able to say, “I know bitterly. One day, after retirement, he whom I have believed, and am persuaded came down into his family, and said, “I that He is able to keep that which I have have had such communion and such encommitted to Him against that day.” joyment with the God who has afflicted But in a proper frame of mind, the Chris- me that I think I am now prepared to tian will not only be able to trust in Him lose an only son every day.' for help, but for everything else : he will It is this trust, by which God is so be able to say, 'I can trust Him with much pleased and honoured. The centumy body; I can trust Him with my rion displayed much humanity, much behealth; I can trust Him with my busi-nevolence, much humility, when he came ness; I can trust Him with my family; to our Saviour on behalf of his poor slave; I can trust Him with all my outward / yet our Saviour took no notice of these, concerns.'
yet said, “I have not found so great “Our cares, we give you to the wind,
faith, no, not in Israel." The SyropheAnd shake you off like dust :
nician woman showed much patience and Well may we trust our all with Him,
importunity on the behalf of her afflicted To whom our souls we trust."
daughter ; but our Saviour said to her, It is also very relieving. It is therefore “O
woman, great is thy faith ; be it unto said, - He shall not be afraid of evil thee even as thou wilt.” For faith was tidings : his heart is fixed, trusting in at the bottom of all the prayers
perthe Lord.” “Thou wilt keep him," it severance and importunity of the one; is said, “in perfect peace, whose mind is and of all the humanity, benevolence and stayed upon Thee, because he trusteth in humility of the other. Abraham had reThee.” They that trust in the Lord ceived a promise from God; but the way shall be as Mount Zion, which cannot of the accomplishment of it had diffibe removed, but abideth for ever.” culties—natural difficulties—yea, natural The state of the believer, therefore, impossibilities. But these never weighed you see is absolutely secured. But to with the mind of Abraham ; no, he would realize it in his experience, so as to en- rather believe that the course of nature joy the comfort of it—this depends upon should change, or that a miracle should the proportion of his confidence in God. be performed, or many miracles, than that It is by this alone, that the Christian is God should be untrue who had spoken. enabled to live on high, above the storms And therefore he “staggered not through which discompose these lower regions ; unbelief, but was strong in faith, giving or, if he is tossed on the deep, he knows glory to God.” And there is nothing by the High Admiral of the seas, and that which you can give Him so much glory. He will glide along on the bosom of every Why, I may appeal to your feelings : storm, and say, “Le of good cheer : it is there is nothing by which you deem I; be not afraid.” Oh ! Christians, you yourselves so honoured as by confidence must know now (especially those of you reposed in you ; and the more implicit who have been many years in a profession and the more absolute this confidence is,
And he spares
the more binding and sacred you feel your The first regards His kindness. The responsibility. And were you to take ad- Lord is good.” He is essentially goodvantage of such confidence reposed in you immutably good-infinitely good. The to betray it, you would be deemed a villain good of all the creation is derived from and a miscreant. Some of you may re. Him : they are only so many beams from member the Athenian, who was condemned this Sun, or
so many drops from this to death by his fellow-citizens, because, Ocean. “ He is good to all,” says the when a dove fled into his bosom from the Scripture, “and His tender mercies are pursuit of a hawk, he took advantage of over all His works ;” and “the eyes of all the confidence (if I may so express it) of wait upon Him,” and “He satisfies the the poor trembler, to deprive it of its desire of every living thing." life--(why, I think yon good woman But His goodness does not appear here would have hanged him). And can you in its highest form. And the reason is, suppose, that God, who invites us to flee because these creatures never forfeited His to Him for refuge from all our storms and care and kindness; they answer the purdangers, will, when we do so, take ad- pose of their original creation. But it is vantage of it? That be far from Him-otherwise with us, who have rebelled from as far as the east is from the west. NoHim. We are transgressors from the “ Retreat beneath His wings,
womb;' we deserve, that as “ children of And in His grace confide ; This more exa!is the King of kings,
disobedience,"Hiswrath should come upon Than all your works beside.”
And yet, such is His marvellous lov
ingkindness, says David, that even “the Having thus characterised the trust of children of men put their trust under the His people, let us look at God, and see shadow of His wings. WHAT HE is. Read the preceding verses : them and preserves them; He provides “God is jealous, and the Lord revengeth; for them, and “gives them richly all things the Lord revengeth, and is furious; the to enjoy." What a world has He fitted Lord will take vengeance on His adversa- up for them ! What sights for their eyes ! ries, and He reserveth wrath for His what sounds for their ears! what relishes enemies. The Lord is slow to anger, for their appetites! Yet if He were to and power, and will not at all stop the beauties and bounties of nature acquit the wicked: the Lord hath His and providence, we could but exclaim with way in the whirlwind and in the storm, the apostle John, “ Herein is love ;' in and the clouds are the dust of His feet. what ? “not that we loved God, but He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, that God loved us, and sent His Son to and drieth up all the rivers : Bashan lan- be the propitiation for our sins.” Oh! guisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of this ensures every other blessing. “He Lebanon languisheth. The mountains that spared not His own Son, but delivered quake at Him, and the hills melt, and the Him up for us all, how shall He not with earth is burned at His presence; yea, the Him also freely give us all things ?" This world, and all that dwell therein. Who involves every other. He is “ in all." can stand before His indignation ? and By Him we are “ blessed with all spiritual who can abide in the fierceness of His blessings in heavenly places.” anger? His fury is poured out like fire, How good is He, who not only, withand the rocks are thrown down by Him." out our desert and without our desire, Why, such a description as this, would be provided for us such a Saviour, but has enough to plunge us all into despair, were disposed, and enabled us also, to avail ourit not for one word in the middle of it-selves of Him; who has called us, not only "The Lord is slow to anger :” and for by his Word, but by His Spirit ! Why,” our text at the end of it-" The Lord is may the Christian askgood, a strong hold in the day of trouble ;
Why was I made to hear Thy voice, and He knoweth them that trust in Him." And enter while there's roon ; Oh! what a contrast our text forms with
While thousands make a wretched choice,
And rather starve than come ? this representation of Him! It comes in like a calm after a thunder storm ; or
“ 'Twas the same love that spread the feast,
That sweetly forced us in ; as an inviting spring comes forth after the lowering and the dreariness of winter.
And perished in our sin." Three things are here spoken of the The second regards His power. The blessed God.
power of God, without His goodness,
Else we had still refused to taste,
would only drive us into despair. But, of affliction ? Why, then, He is your after His goodness is ascertained, we can strength" to support and deliver. He never hear too much of Jlis power ; for does not always release His people from nothing can be more animating, when it their afflictions; but you may see in the meets our weakness, and is our resource history of His people (and you may refer in distress. And therefore you will ob- to many cases in your own experience), serve it is here said, “He is a stronghold how He can sustain under them, and how in the day of trouble.” He does not He can comfort you in all your tribulakeep His people from trouble, but He is tion. He did not release Paul from “the their refuge and their relief in it. The thorn in the flesh,” though Paul was day of trouble is supposed to be looked for very importunate for it; he besought by them; they ought always to reckon the Lord thrice”--that is, repeatedly, earupon it, and not to think the occurrence nestly: but He said, “My grace is suffiof it strange. But He is a “stronghold in cient for thee;" and Paul after a while the day of trouble ;” or, as it is in the was perfectly satisfied that the trial should margin, “ He is their strength in the day remain, since the “strength" for it was of trouble.” So we will take it.
ensured to him. Most gladly thereFrom wlience does this “ day of trou- fore,” says he, “will. I glory in my infirble” arise? Does it arise from danger ? mities, that the power of Christ may rest Why, then, He is their “ strength” for upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in defence; and however they may be as infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, sailed, however numerous or powerful in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's their enemies may be, they may encou- sake ; for when I am weak, then am I rage themselves in the Lord their God,” strong.” “It is not to be supposed,” says aid say with David, “The Lord. is my Mr. Newton,
" that Christians are light and my salvation; whom shall I walk to heaven upon carpets, but rather fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; that they are to meet with thorns and of whom shall I be afraid?” “ Though briars.” Now the promise is, “ Thy shoes an host should encamp against me, my shall be iron and brass ; and as thy day, heart shall not fear: though war should so shall thy strength be.” rise against me, in this will I be confi- Whatever your affliction, therefore, may
“ In all these things we are more be, you will always find God at home in than conquerors through Him that loved the evil day. He is “a very present help
in the time of trouble ;" He is “ a strongOr does the “day of trouble" arise hold in the day of trouble.” from duty ? Then He is our “ strength" The third regards Hisknowledge. “And for assisiance. Where is the Christian He knoweth them that trust in Him." here this morning, who has not often been Does He not know those who do not trust oppressed by a sense of his inability to in him ? Yes, He does : whatever properform the work required of him ? Who fession of religion they may make, He has not, while thinking of plucking out a sees through these.
“ His eyes are upon right eye, or cutting off a right hand, the ways of man, and he pondereth" all while walking by faith instead of walking His goings. There is no darkness nor by sight, living while on earth with a shadow of death, where the workers of ini"conversation in heaven”—and" looking quity inay hide themselves. at things which are unseen and eternal” This knowledge, therefore, seems, you —where is the Christian, who, when he say, to be no privilege, if it be common to glances at this, has not exclaimed, “ Who the righteous and the wicked. But it is is sufficient for these things?". Why, a privilege; and it affords no common satisthe work looks fitter for an angel than for faction to the mind of the Christian to re
And it is so; but you have more flect, that under all the misconceptions of than the ability of an angel for the per- friends, or the reproaches of enemies, He formance of it; your "sufficiency is of “knoweth them that are His;” that when God.” See what He has enabled His he is suspicious of himself and wishes to people to do, when He has called them to be searched thoroughly, the Lord knowit; Abraham offering up his son Isaac ; eth him; that “the Lord knoweth his Daniel entering the lion's den; and the frame, and remembereth that he is but three Hebrew children, the fiery furnace. dust;" that He “knows his soul in ad
Or is the “ day of trouble" the result 'versity ;' that He knows all his walkings
through the wilderness; that He knows God of iny salvation: my God will hear all the moral maladies of the mind, me?" and knows therefore what remedies to Plunge your very souls in these allapply; that He knows where to afflict, refreshing views of a covenant God; and when to afflict, and how to deliver, always keep fully and clearly before the
to make all things work eye of your mind His goodness, His together for his good. Is not this a pri- power, and His friendship. Some of you vilege, a source of satisfaction? Why, itis have been at the mouth of the grave this the knowledge of God, which lays the foun-morning, leaving there the remains of dation for His universal providence. As your beloved relations and friends. We the prophet says—“The eyes of the Lord have this morning interred two pious worun to and fro throughout the whole men; one a widow, leaving a son and a earth, to show Himself strong in the be- daughter : the other a mother, a loving half of them, whose heart is perfect tor and beloved mother—a wife, a loving and wards Him.”
beloved wife, after a connexion of nearly But kuowledge here does not intend half a century-one who has been a memmere perception or intelligence ; it is ber of this church more than forty yearsoften used in the Scriptures for approba. who was to the end not only "sincere,” tion, for complacency, for due acknow- but “ without offence,” and “ adorned ledgment. Therefore it is said, “ If a the doctrine of God her Saviour in all man love God, the same is known of things," and against whom a dog cannot Him;" that is, he is approved of and de- move his tongue. Under these losses, lighted in. Therefore it is said, “ The you who are bereaved, remember you do Lord knoweth the way of the righteous," not sorrow as those who have no hope. because He upholds him and takes plea- You have two sources of relief: you have sure in him ; while the way of the un- not only an assurance that God will be godly shall perish.” The meaning there with you “a stronghold in the day of fore is, (and it is nothing else, admit it trouble;'but you have also the assurance fully into your hearts,) that you are ac- that they are with llim, and therefore cepted in the Beloved :" the meaning is, that the separation is only temporary ; that He is well pleased with you for His that a period of re-union will soon come; sake: the meaning is, that He “ takes that they who are gone before you, are pleasure in them that fear Him, in them waiting for you to receive you into everthat hope in His mercy:" the meaning is, lasting habitations;” that you will join that their prayer is His delight, that their them in the “rest that remains for the alms are the odour of a sweet smell, that people of God” in the temple above, from their services are “spiritual sacrifices, ac- which you will go no more out. 'The ceptable to God by Jesus Christ;" that Lord increase our faith. And, O Lord, God stands in an attitude of the most per work in us to will and to do of Thy good fect friendship towards them, and says of pleasure ;' and accomplish in us them, as He did of Abraham, I will the good pleasure of Thy goodness and bless him that blesseth thee, and curse the work of faith with power ; that the him that curseth thee.” What, then, re- name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be mains for “ those that trust in Him,” but glorified in us, and that we may be glorito say with the Church, “ Therefore will fied in Him.” Amen. I look unto the Lord, I will wait for the
Beview of Books.
THE ANTIQUITIES of Egypt. With a to the unseen hand of Him, who has
particular notice of those that illustrate guided it in its way. This Institution the sacred Scriptures. With nume- has travelled far beyond the range exrous Engravings. pp. 236.
pected by the friends of its childhood; Religious Tract Society.
it has proceeded onward side by side This is one of that superior class of with society ; it has become "call things works, to which the Religious Tract to all men, that by all means it might Society has been gradually led, obedient save some ;” and now it is a thing, of
which Christian England may well be was burning; and though but a little proud.
band, they have been honoured of God In the elaborate and beautiful work to “light up a candle in England," that before us, we have first of all a narrative now giveth light to all the house." of the Scripture references to Egypt; and Far from this generation be the ingratithen an account of its climate and mo- tude of forgetting to honour these men. numents. We pass on to an inquiry into What would England by this time have the state of the arts of design among the been, but for a few men, whose names ancient Egyptians—the recovery of the would not fill half of one of these pages! mode of reading the hieroglyphics--and The memoir of one of these is now the construction of the language and before us, together with seventeen of writing of ancient Egypt. We have his sermons; but as we intend in two then an examination into the religion of or three future numbers to supply some the ancient Egyptians, and their belief considerable extracts from the work, acconcerning a future state. This brings cording to our space from time to time, us to “the traces of the early history our present notice of it will be brief. of Egypt:" and lastly comes “the monu- Mr. Housman was born in 1759, and mental history of Egypt.”.
died in 1838. Where he passed the Closely connected as this now" basest larger portion of his life, the title page of kingdoms” has been with the condi- tells ; but before he settled there, he tion of God's chosen nation, its early met with much of that opposition, which history must ever be deeply interesting was then alınost every where displayed
But the whole subject is here against Evangelical preaching. He was treated with a master's band. The vo. Mr. Simeon's first convert; and was lume gives us a condensed account of playfully called by him his “eldest son.' all that has been ascertained upon the His zeal in promulgating the essential matter, and points out how the hasty doctrines of the Gospel first deprived speculations of European scholars, after him of a Cambridge Fellowship, and the discoveries made during the French afterwards exposed him to no small deexpedition in 1798, have been corrected gree of slight and contumely, which he by more deliberate research, and the appears to have borne patiently and well. supposed contradictions of the Mosaic A brief cessation of these trials, howrecord have vanished as the light of truth ever, he enjoyed while at Leicester, advanced. These things rejoice our which was then blessed with the minishearts; our Book may seem displaced trations of the Rev. T. Robinson, as it
a little learning,” but depth of was afterwards with those of the Rev. knowledge brings us back to it; and E. T. Vaughan ; Mr. Housman was Mr. now, if our wise men discover that which Robinson's Curate for twelve months, seems irreconcileable with it, why, our and afterwards officiated for the Confaith can wait.
frater or Chaplain of Wigston's Hospital
in that town. But in 1794 he removed Tuc LIFE AND REMAINS OF THE Rev. permanently to Lancaster, where he
Robert HOUSMAN, B.A.; the founder built St. Anne's Church ; and there he and for above forty years the incum- laboured, till called to his eternal home. bent Minister of St. Ann's, Lancaster; This Memoir is one of the most inand formerly Curate to the Rev. T. teresting pieces of biography, that have Robinson, M.A., of Leicester. By issued from the press of late years.
It Robert Fletcher Housman. pp. is exceedingly well written; and traces ccclxxx. 276. cl. bds. Price 10s. this honoured man, with great distinct
Simpkin and Co., Stationers' Hall Court. ness, through the eventful period of his Wiru the venerable Watts Wilkinson, sojourn upon earth. It is pleasant to we seem to have lost the last of the see him gradually disarming opposition, faithful few, wlio in the past century pro- emerging from troublous into peaceful claimed in the pulpits of the Established times, and at the last surrounded by Church the lost estate of man and the grateful and affectionate neighbours and riches of the grace of Christ. There friends, and enjoying the episcopal prewas darkness over our land, and the sidency of a Sumner. clergy for the most part were content to The sermons are plain, practical exhave it so; but here and there the light | hibitions of the great truths, by which