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happiness, and they derive it all from him. The knowledge he gives them “ rejoiceth the heart." He fills theni “ with all joy and peace in believing.” His

ways are ways of pleasantness, and all” his “ paths “are peace.” He lifts up “the light of his coun“ tenance upon” them, and this puts “gladness into “ their hearts, more than" the wicked experience “ when their corn and wine increase.” If they have seasons which


be called their night, or their winter; they are occasioned by his abfence; “ He hides * his face, and they are troubled ;” then they cry,

CO “when wilt thou come unto me?” Cold, languishing, dead before ; when He returns he brings prosperity; 6 he works in us to will and to do;" he enlivens every duty, and actuates every grace; quickened by his influences, our religion buds forth ; we “ bloffom as “the rose,” we are “ filled with all the fruits of righ“ teousness, which are by Jesus Christ unto the glory “ and praise of God.” “ The beauty of the Lord “our God is upon us.” Even here the change which divine grace accomplishes is truly marvellous; but we fhall “ see greater things than these;" that foul will soon be “presented faultless before the presence of his

glory with exceeding joy ;" that body too shall partake of the renovation, “it is sown in corruption, it is “raised in incorruption ; it is fown in dishonour, it is “ raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised

power ; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body." “ He will beautify the meek with s salvation.” Behold the sublimest image which even the imagination of David could seize ; but even this falls infinitely below the subject to which it is applied.

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After considering the magnitude of its body, the rapidity of its light, the force of its influence, and all the wonderful things which philofophers have told us ; hear our Saviour saying, “ He maketh his fun to rise " on the evil and on the good ;” and remember it is only one of his creatures, which he made by “the “ breath of his mouth ;" which he upholds “by the " word of his power;" whose inextinguishable fires he feeds; and which he commands with infinitely more ease, than you can manage the smallest lamp ; it is only one ray of his glory. The insufficiency of all metaphor requires a variety of comparison, and hence Dayid adds,

“ The Lord God is a SHIELD.” This piece of defenfive armour has been made of different materials. There have been shields of leather, of wood, of iron, of brass, and some even of silver and gold. Your shield, O christian, is DIVINE. He, to whom “ be

long the shields of the earth,” who lends the strongest all their strength, with whom“ nothing is impossi“ ble;" He is your Shield, a Shield always at hand; impenetrable by any weapon; capacious, encompassing, adequate ; for what part of the christian lies uncovered, unprotected ? His fubstance ? “Has He not made as an hedge about him ; and about his house, and about “ all that he hath on every fide ?” His reputation ? “He shall hide them in the secret of his presence from “ the pride of man; he shall keep them secretly in a “pavilion from the strife of tongues.” His body? “He keepeth all his bones, not one of them is bro“ken.” His foul ? “The Lord Thall preserve thee “ from all evil, he shall preserve thy soul.” The de

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fence of our health and of our estate is conditional; and is decided in subferviency to our spiritual and everlasting welfare ; but for the safety of the foul, God has absolutely engaged; this “ shall never perish.” Although the enemies that conspire to destroy it, are formidable and numerous, they shall all rage in vain. In the perfections, the word, the providence, the grace of God, we find ample refuge and security. O christian, while an apprehension of exposure, and a confciousness of weakness, is every day pressing upon your mind, and urging you to draw very gloomy conclufions, remember the assurance of effectual assistance and defence; by faith fee God placing himself between you and danger ; see Jehovah spreading himself all around for your protection; and fulfilling the promise, “as the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the “Lord is round about his people, from henceforth € even for ever.' “ For I, faith the Lord, will be un

to her a wall of fire round about, and I will be the « glory in the midst of her.” Ah! well

Ah! well may wisdom say, “ whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell fafely, “and shall be quiet from the fear of evil.” And well may you say, and “boldly” too, “the Lord is my

Helper ; I will not fear what man fhall do unto me." " The Lord is my Light and my Salvation, whom « shall I fear? The Lord is the Strength of my life, of “whom shall I be afraid ? Though an host should en

camp against me, my heart shall not fear; though “ war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.'

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II. Such God is; and what does He GIVE? " GRACE AND GLORY.” · The meaning, the impored;

tance, the dependence, the union of these blessings, deferve our attention.

And what is grace? It is the favourite word of inspiration ; and here, as in many other parts of Scripture, it intends divine allistance, and influence springing from the free favour of God. It is often expressed plurally; we hear of the graces of the Holy Spirit ; and some speak of them, as if they were so many little, separate, conscious agents, respectively stationed in the foul ; whereas it is one grand agency, restoring man to the image and service of God, and operating various ways according to the nature of the object; when it regards truth, we call it faith ; a future good, hope ; trouble, patience; and fo of the rest. And what is glory? It denotes splendour, fame, excellency display

and the sacred writers apply it by way of distinction to the transcendent dignity, and sublime happiness reserved in heaven for the righteous. “Thou shalt « guide me by thy counsel, and afterward receive me " to glory.” “I reckon that the sufferings of this «present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” 6. When he w who is our life shall appear, then shall we also appear

with Him in glory." These blessings are absolutely essential to our welfare; this the christian acknowledges. From the beginning of his religious course, he has been convinced of the necessity of divine grace, and his conviction grows with his days. He feels himself wholly unequal to the work he has to do, the race he has to run, the warfare he has to accomplish. "Nor can he live rapon the grace which he has received ; “ his strength"

must be renewed;" he must receive the continual

supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.” From the nature of his disposition he desires more grace; from the nature of his condition he needs more. He wants grace to sustain him in his troubles. He wants grace to subdue his corruptions, and to sanctify his tempers. He wants grace to preserve him “in the hour of temp“ tation.” He wants grace to quicken his languid affections," for his foul cleaveth to the dust. He wants grace to enlarge his experience, to render him useful to others, to qualify him for the various offices and relations of life, to “hold on his way,” to “en“ dure to the end ;* and, Oh! what grace does he want, to enable him to say when he looks forward,

yea, though I walk through the valley of the shad

ow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with “ me, thy rod and thy staff they comfort me !" Rejoice, O christian ; from yonder throne you shall “obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” The “ God of all grace" invites you near ; “ ask, and

ye shall receive, that your joy may be full”—“My

grace is sufficient for thee, for my strength is made “perfect in weakness.” “The Lord will give grace;” and thus the promise provides for the believer while in this world. But he is not to live here always; this is only the beginning of his existence; before him lies an opening eternity. And here the promise meets him with “ everlasting confolation," and assures him of “glory.” He knows that when his wanderings are ended, " he shall fit down with Abraham, and Isaac, 6 and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven ;” that after a few more painful struggles, he shall wear “ the crown

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