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entered the home circle. The husband and
two children, whose smiles made home bappy,
were sleeping in the graveyard near by. As
her bereavement, her lonelivess, her blighted
prospects, recurred to her mind, she exclaimed,
almost with a spirit that questioned its Maker's
goodness, Does niy beavenly Father really
care for me?” A servant girl, who perhaps
scarcely knew she was doing anything for the
Master, passed by the window singing :-
Though waves and storms go o'er my head;

Though strength and health and friends be gone;
Though joys be withered all and dead;
Though every comfort be withdrawn-

On this my steadfast soul relies,

Father, Thy murcy never dies." The cadences of those beautiful words, borne on the still summer air, found an echo in that stricken soul. She rose from her reverie of sadness, wiped away the falling tears, and looking not toward the silent tomb where bodies were crumbling to dust, but to the spirit-land whither her loved ones had gone, she said, with a faith she had never before known : “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him.”

THE HUMAN CRY AND THE DIVINE RESPONSE. PSALM lxxi. 18. Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not. ISAIAH xlvi. 4. Even to your old age, I am He; and even to your hoar hairs will

I carry you : I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver

you. I. THE CRY OF THE AGED SAINT IN The promise guarantees God's conTIME OF DISTRESS (Ps. lxxi. 18). 1. stant presence. To direct by His Aged saints are sometimes in distress. wisdom; to protect by His power; The Psalmist was, and others often to comfort, strengthen, and sustain by are.

Secular embarrassment, personal His Spirit; to supply all need by His or family affliction, spiritual trials, &c. all-sufficiency; to support in death by 2. Such distress has a tendency to His rod and staff (Ps. xxiii. 4). weaken their confidence in God. To 2. The security of this glorious promise. be God-forsaken implies utter loneli- (1.) The character of God-Almighty, ness, helplessness, friendlessness, hope- Faithful, &c. (2.) The mediation of lessness, agony.

Christ. "If God forgets His people, II. THE RESPONSE OF THE COVE- He must forget His own Son who NANT-KEEPING GOD (Isa. xlvi. 4).

stands continually before Him as a This promise to Israel is especially ap- lamb newly slain, pleading, "Father, plicable to every aged Israelite. remember my people.” (3.) The pro

1. The purport of this gracious promise. mises of His Word. “I will." Tried -God's perpetual presence with His and proved in the experience of His people (Heb. xiii. 5). He will never people, abandon them to the caprice or malice Learn : Contentment with the allotof their enemies, or leave them to be inents of providence. Confidence in the sport of circumstances. He will God (Heb. xiii. 5). Courage in view ever succour them under their trials. of death (Ps. xxiii, 4). Alfred Tucker.

OLD AGE TRANSFORMED. xlvi. 4. And even to your

da I. Long life is promised as a blessing for enjoying the pleasures that remain (Ex. xx. 12, &c.) Desired by most to them (2 Sam. xix. 35). 5. The men, yet shrunk from by many of children who were their joy then causes these in their meditative hours. of anxiety and sorrow (Gen. xlii.; Why? Because they see that to most Lev. x. 1-3; 2 Sam. xv. 30, xviii. 33). people old age means-1. Diminished 6. Solitude continually increasing. 7. strength of body and of mind. 2. Exclusion from the services of the Physical infirmities and pains. 3. sanctuary (Ps. xlii. 4). 8. Diminished Increased needs, and yet diminished capability for usefulness. 9. A feeling 4. Increasing incapacity that those round about them would be

old age,

resources,

glad to get rid of them.—In a word, circumstances most needful for our TIME AGAINST THEM, more and more! true welfare. (2.) All the inward disSo it may be with us, if we reach it. positions that will make us conquer

II. How are we to strip old age of ors over our circumstances. (3.) The these terrors, and transform it into a happiness that comes from ability to pleasant evening of life?

glorify God-in a different way, but 1. A life of usefulness will go far as really as now.—This is a great towards it. But it is not safe to trust promise, but God can fulfil it (Jer. to this exclusively and too confidently. xxxii. 19). And He will do it. Note Men are ungrateful. They are also the facts of which we are reminded, in mortal. The generation we can now order to help us to trust in Him. (1.) serve is passing away, and that which He made us, and having done this will will then be round about us may know not be likely to forget us, as children nothing of us.

do the top they have made with great 2. A life of financial success will eagerness and glee. (2.) He has cared not accomplish it. The wealthy aged for us ever since He did make us: are apt to be haunted and irritated by “Borne by Me from the birth, carried consideration 9.

by Me from the womb !” And in His 3. God only can enable us to accom- friendship there is no fickleness (Jas. plish it. It can be done only by i. 17). laying hold of the promise of the text. Make the friendship of God now - What a great promise this is? In

In (H. E. I. 1457, 1458, 4246). Never it God engages to be our friend-(1.) let it go. So if old age is reached by until we have grown old; and (2.) when you, you will find that you have indeed we have grown old. --Its fulfilment solved the problem of transforming it means the securing for us—(1.) The into a season of true blessedness.

age, ga.

THE CHRISTIAN'S OLD AGE xlvi. 4. And even to your

old A life devoted to the service of God thousand proofs that " all things work is a treasure of bliss, as abundant as together for good,” &c. the wants of the soul, as enduring as IV. In the continued possession of his its immortality. The aged Christian life's chief good. Not so is it with the must be happy,

ungodly. But that which the godly I. In contemplation of his past con- man chose many years ago as the chief duct and influ nce. While there is here portion of his soul, is still the light and and there a page of sorrow in his his- joy of his being. Even amid the intory, it is contemplated as a whole with firmities of age, his cup of happiness gladness. It contains the record of must be full. long years of allegiance and service

" Age is not all decay; it is the of many a purpose which had its ripening, the swelling of the fresh life origin in a love that embraced both within, that withers and bursts the God and man; of many a scheme of husk.”—G. Macdonald. usefulness, &c. Happy the man ! V. In the near prospect of realising

II. In the contemplation of the blessings his life's brightest hopes. Not so the which have marked his history. Bless- aged transgressor. To the Christian ings both of providence and grace. the brightest and happiest period in

III. In the contemplation of his life's his history. history, because of the lessons it has served Aged disciple of Jesus! be proto teach Life is a school, and experi- foundly grateful.-J. Guernsey: The ence is a teacher. He has learned by a American National Preacher.

THE ALL-SUFFICIENCY OF GOD.

(Sermon to the Young.) xlvi. 4. And even to your

old

age I am He, &c. This is one of the promises of God. works,--the creation of a Christian A minister in the last century collected out of a mere man. all the promises of Scripture, and pub- II. What will God do for us in future ? lished them in a book by themselves, He says, “I will bear, I will carry, I so that the Christian might consult will deliver you." This implies weakthem at all times and in all states. A ness and inability in us, support and wise thing to do.

assistance from Him. Did you ever The promise of the text will show see a little child hanging upon its you, if you live to be old, how God mother's gown, crying to be carried, will be your friend in that needful and the cry answered with a kind word time, if you put yourself in the way

of

and many a kiss? It is thus God bears the promise. " What do you mean and carries His children in their jourby putting ourselves in the way of the ney, when fatigued with trials.-God promise?” This. If you are children delivers us in trouble. A state of of God through Jesus Christ, all His trouble is a state of trial. It is menpromises are your inheritance and tioned to the honour of Job in his estate. His promises are made to His great affliction, that in all this he friends ; His threats to His enemies. sinned not, nor charged God foolishly. If a man forgets God, and disobeys God delivers us also by trouble (Psa. Ilim all his lifetime, it would be foolish

cxix. 67). to suppose that God intended His pro- III. How long will God bear, carry, mises for him ; it would be encourag- and deliver us? To old age and hoary ing him in his sin, and others who are hairs. The Scripture calls age the like him. Let us proceed with the needful time, and the evil days, when text by way of question and answer. the heart shall say, “ I have no plea

I. What has God done for us already ? sure in them.” Then we are naturally He tells us, “ I have made you.” He deprived of many who took an early seems to mention it with pleasure, interest in our welfare. Where are then let me think of it with gratitude. the father, the mother, the friends, Is my body fearfully and wonderfully whose counsels guided our youth? They made? Have I not an intellectual are gone, and we must soon follow part, which distinguishes me from the them. Then, in our loneliness, we brute creation? Have I not a soul shall need the friendship of God. If which shall never die? You are pay- you would have it then, you must seek iny attention, but it is not your bodies it now, in your childhood, and live in which are doing this. The inhabitant it in your youth and your manhood. within peeps out at the windows of Cardinal Wolsey, the Minister of your body, sees and hears, is collect Henry VIII., was deserted and dising knowledge on which it may live graced by the king in his old age. In and be happy when the house of the the agony of his mind the Cardinal body totters with age, and is crum- exclaimed, “Had I but served my bling into dust. The Psalmist says, God with half the zeal I have served “He has made me and fashioned me; my king, He would not have forsaken He has made me what is called a man. me in my old age.” Serve God now, But there is a higher sense of the ex- in the place of your service; and if pression, “I have made.” Has He you live to be old, He will perform made you a new man? (2 Cor. v. 17). to you the promise of the text; even Have you

had a second birth ? (John to hoary hairs He will carry you, He iii. 3). This second creation far ex- will deliver you.George Clark, M.A.: ceeds the first; it is the best of God's Sermons, pp. 415–423.

Even to your

LESSONS OF THE CLOSE OF THE YEAR.
xlvi. 4.

old
age,

dec. The end of the year brings home science should be prepared. It is well to us the fact that we are getting to have pleasant guests in the house, older.

when we

must stay almost wholly I. Acknowledge the fact of advancing within doors. age. Not, if you can help it, in cast- III. Ask all proffered comforters and ing off the duties you owe to the guides if they will stay by you in old world and the Church.

Not by get

age.

“Even to,” &c. There is no ting hard, gloomy, uninterested. Still, use for a pilot who will not conduct with a heart as young as ever, and you to port; of a guide who will even younger, look the fact of advan- leave you at the most critical part of cing age in the face. It is cowardly , your journey. Business, pleasure, &c., and unwise to blindfold yourself be- do not meet that essential condition, fore a fact, however unpleasant it God does, and He alone. He “made,

and will bear.” He redeemed, and will II. Provide for advancing age. Men lead to perfect rest and joy. do so in many respects. They insure, IV. To those who are already old. &c. These are well, but they are ex- Remember that old age is near the conternals. Now, old age is driven more fines of another world. Prepare !—The and more in upon itself. Clearly, Homiletical Library, vol. i. p. 319. then, the mind and heart and con

may be.

GOD INCOMPARABLE.

xlvi. 5. To whom then will ye liken Me ? &c. I. THE DOCTRINE TAUGHT BY THE His believing people are the special PROPHET. Evidently that God is in- objects of His munificent grace (1 comparable. He is so

Tim. iv. 10). They have “ a peace 1. In the splendour of His perfec- that passeth all understanding" (Phil

. tions. He is self-existent, omnipotent, iv. 7); a "joy unspeakable," &c. (1 &c. (Exod. xxxiv. 6, 7; Ps. lxxxiii. Pet. i. 8); a hope blooming with "im18; P. D. 1502, 1508). “Who by mortality and eternal life” (Rom. xv. searching," &c.

13); and the glory reserved for them “ This awful God is ours,

is so great that "it doth not yet apOur Father and our Love,

pear” (1 John iii. 2). He will send down His heavenly powers, II. THE SENTIMENTS IT SHOULD INTo carry us above.”- Watts.

CITE IN US. 2. In the universality of His do- 1. The deepest reverence for God (Ps. minion, “ Created beings have only a Ixxxix. 7). Where this does not prelimited and confined sway, but God's vail, there is no true worship. kingdom 'ruleth over all.;"

2. The profoundest attachment to 3. In the transcendence of His bene- God (Ps. xviii, 1). ficence. He is "abundant in goodness 3. The sublimest confidence in God and truth " to all, even to the un- (Ps. xlvi. 1-7). He is infinitely worthy thankful and evil (Matt. v. 45), but of our confidence.- Alfred Tucker,

THE CHARACTER AND SINFULNESS OF IDOLATRY.

xlvi. 5-9. To whom will ye liken Me? &c. Its prevalence has been common to 1. it is the greatest dishonour that every age and to every people.

can be put upon God. It is the open I. THE CHARACTER OF IDOLATRY. denial of His supreme authority and exclusive claim on the worship of His recorded in His word, exhibit the decreatures. It is the utterance of a testation in which it is held in the falsehood against all His attributes. divine mind (Jer. xiv. 4, xvi. 18; The number of the gods worshipped Ezek. viii. 6; 2 Chron. xv. 8; Ezek. is a lie against His unity; their cor- xvi. 26 ; 1 Pet. iv. 3). His hatred of poral character is a lie against His it appears in His prohibition of it pure spirituality, &c.

(Ex. xx. 3, &c.), and in the threatened 2. It is connected with all that is punishments connected with it (Deut. debasing to the mind and character of vii. 2-5, &c.) its votaries. This debasement is its 2. In God's earnest and repeated ennatural effect. Its worship is vicious. treaties to the Jews not to commit it Its system of human sacrifice-de- (Jer. xliv. 4, &c.) These entreaties gradation of woman and the sacred are the expressions of-(1.) His regard institution of marriage - infanticide. to His own glory. He is jealous of Hence idolaters are degraded in intel- His honour. (2.) His compassionate lect, polluted in heart, miserable in life. desire for the welfare of those to

II. THE SINFULNESS OF IDOLATRY. whom He speaks. He does not look This appears

with unconcern upon them. 1. In God's hatred of it. His per- CONCLUSION.— These considerations fections require Him to hate it. His furnish the strongest motives to mislanguage concerning it, and His con- sionary enterprise and zeal. —J. Johnduct towards those who commit it, as ston, M.A.: Sermons, pp. 336-360.

THE TWO-FOLD REVELATION OF GOD.

(For Trinity Sunday.) xlvi. 9, 10. I am God, and there is none else, &c. Between the Old and New Testa- in any part of it, announce his own ments there is essential doctrinal existence. It is already known. “The agreement. The older revelation pre- invisible things of Him from the pared the way for the newer, while creation are clearly seen--even His the newer is the fulness of the older. eternal power and Godhead.” The New Testament writers assume But nature cannot teach everything the Divine inspiration and authority we desire to know respecting God. of the Old. They refer to institutions, It leaves us longing for further inincidents, and historical characters in formation which it cannot supply. the Old as illustrating, confirming, or Divine revelation supplies it. God enforcing their own instructions. has condescended in His Word to

The Jew and the Infidel would reveal Himself. What may be gathered possess an immense advantage, if the froin the two parts of Scripture re. two parts of Scripture were in essential specting the Divine nature ? disagreement. If they made opposite I. THE DIVINE UNITY. When rerepresentations of the Divine character, velation has been absent, men have both could not be true. The Supreme glided into polytheism and idolatry. would not contradict Himself about To the numerous effects of Divine Himself. In the literature of the day power they have assigned separate we sometimes meet with references to divinities. Finding themselves ignothe God of the Jews as different from rant and sensuous, they have persuadel the God of the Christians; so that it themselves that worship can be best is worth while to show that they are maintained by representations of these one and the same (H. E. I. 633–635). divinities in wood, stone, silver, and

The Divine existence is assumed. gold. Hence the testimony of Judaism When a sovereign makes a treaty to the unity and spirituality of the with a distant nation, he does not, Divine nature (Deut. vi. 4 ; Isa. xliy.

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