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most blessed. So if we will be blessed, teach every creature"-roseslowly from in the worship of Jesus, we must not amongst them, spread his pierced hands galę keep the law," but “draw near". in benediction, and was received from in love and joy; we must not only their sight by the clouds. They “beworship in the use of "stated means," held His glory as it had been the glory but also of “ means" unstated, at times | of the Only-begotten Son of God.” no: set and in places not appointed. Though such “special seasons" may Some err in praying only when they reveal to us more of Christ's love than are "mored”; many err by the strict His power, the result is the same; to Lise of a kind of devotional Bradshaw, gaze steadfastly towards Heaven and which wofully checks the natural im worship Him there. The pages of Holy pales to special entreaty. A deep sorrow Writ are illumined with a heavenly or sol despair should bend the knee light, and we thank “ the Light which in supplication; great gladness and lighteth every man.” The sin conhigh hope should fill our mouth with fessed becomes sin pardoned throuz h 27ghter and our tongue with singing. the merits of His sacrifice, and we call There is no need of matin chime or upon our souls “and all that is within yaspor ball, but, plying our daily tasks, us to bless His holy name.” The sitting by our firesides, speaking with heart's strong desire is satisfied by the friends, or rambling in the fields, we gifts of his care, and “ we pay our vows find our wants and therein find the unto the Lord, we render unto Hm call to priser. Let us not wait till songs of deliverance.” The displays of "prayer-time," but then and there, His loving-kindness make us bow in Fhile the heart is musing and the fire adoration; the nearer He comes to us birns, speak with our tongues. Like a the farther He seems to be above us; Just between meals to the hungry, the more He shows his exceeding lovo the bread we ask for shall be given the more we perceive His exceedin: o be found exceeding sweet. For, greatness; and the richer his blessings when Christ leads us out to Bethany the more unsearchable are IIis riches. le blesses us there.
Verily He hath heard us. “Oh come II.- In such "special seasons ” Christ
let us worship and bow down, let us BA Jusul nuch of his worthin 88, and we
kneel before the Lord our Saviour." Egy truly worship Him.
III. - IVe should return from such We honour the good and the great; “ seasons” to our coinmon work with, we canonize the saints and commemo grent joy. ate the heroes. He is most “wor How gladly would the disciples have capful" who is most saintly and most tarried at Bethany in that holy rapAmy.c. It is both as “ the Lamb slain” ture and bright reverie - steadfastly sad the "Lion of the tribe of Judah" gazing up into heaven! God's own 926 we worship the Saviour.
angels broke the spell, and dismissed Christ had been recently showing them to their anxious work of waiting uch of His goodness to the disciples. at Jerusalem. is loving discourses before His passion The lark cannot always “sing at od His tender sympathy after, especi heaven's gate," she must drop silent ady to Peter and Thomas, had assured | into her lowly nest of withered bonts Jam that “having loved His own, and coarsest spear-grass, to feed her uch were in the world He loved unfled red brood. The clouds that aro Sen to the end.” Now, He applied marshalled in majestic order before the to Himself all that was written in sun, filled with his glory and robed oss and the Prophets concerning in his light, must be broken up to do e Messiah, renewed the promise of their work on earth, feeding flowerets' We Comforter, assumed the tone of roots, giving springs to hill-sides, emand as if the whole world were streams to valleys, Ireshness to the - "Tarty at Jerusalem,” “Gomeadow grass, and juice to fruit. “The
light of ancient France"--" that most light on the tops of the scarce visible wonderful and perhaps most exquisito" | mountains, rouses and draws us formaiden, Joan of Arc-said of her ward with “great joy." visions that they were sent “ to teach IV.-We should return from such her to govern herself.” So, if the seasons to our usual worship with more Christian soars on wings of faith, with zest. They “were continually in the songs of praise, he must drop back | temple praising and blessing God.” again to homely duties; if he has some In our cool and calculating way, Fe foretaste of the excellent glory and should have been ready rather to omit Paradisaic bliss, he must be shorn of it than observe our customary religious for the sake of daily work; and if the services. These were more noble, and “heavenly vision” is granted, he must | Christ's special favour's did but make be obedient to it and learn from it how their worship more fervent and more to govern himself. The disciple must! sincere. Of the many who went up to go back from his Bethany of ranturo the temple to pray, none were more or repose to his Jerusalem of tot and i vort than the few followers of the fear with great joy. These ir Mehdi, ucified Nazarene. This should be seasons” remind him of a homo e Dore, the rule of all Christian life. Ita and promise him a blessing on his 'opcial seasons” should not only sojourn here. They tell him that send us to our daily work with gladpresently he shall · serve day and ness, but to our usual devotions with night in the temple," and bird him eagerness and zeal. Such times are learn that service now. They give him Į the main checks to a miserable, earthly the earnest of the inheritanco, and rouine; without them worship bedirect him to prepare for its enjoy- | comes mechanical, and emotion sinks ment by careful use of what he his, to mere sentiment, instead of rising and by honest labour where he is. They close to the heart of the Redeemer. sing of being “forever with the The spirit of such seasons spreads like Lord,” and whisper to the pilgrim, the dew on Hermon, it falls on Zion “Lo, He is with you alway. They too--speak of “no sorrow,” “no night,', “ From Hermon to Mount Zion pouring and “no sin," whilst they check the
His fertile rivulets, rising sob and wipe away the falling
And all engreening and enflowering toar. They are eloquent of the Divino
Thone pleasant ruountainets." perfections, and encourage us to every
When Christ leads us out to Some duty by the love of the Father, the
Bethany of repog, or rapture, we are power of Jesus, and the endowment of
remiudod how I called us from si the Holy Ghost. The curious artistic
and folly to Hims of the Holy and tha work of Bezaleel will be easy, and the
Wise; how he brought us from the gates of Gaza will lie lightly on the
darkness of death to Himself, the shoulders of Samson, if the Lord put
Light and the Life; how He lived ald His Spirit within them. There is not
suítereid, died and rose again for u; less to do nor less to suffer after such
how He is the same loving Lord to blessings, but we can do more and
leal disciples: and how when the ti suffer more when thus “blessed with
of earth's work is over and the all spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus.”
formal service of this life is done, Be The reason is very simple and quite will receive us to a peaceful, valid. “We have no continuing city
home, where work is always worship, here, we seek one to come,” not wait and worship is ever of love. In such for it, nor loiter towards it, nor dawdlo | memories and hopes we cannot be near it, but seek it-by the sacrifice of | “go back to Jerusalem with great jot, praise and remembering to do good.
and be continually in the temple We are pilgrims, and every glimpse of praising and blessing God." our far-off' home, though, but a passing Kingsbridge, Devon.
BY THE REV. A. TESSIER. * They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Ziun appeareth before God."A. laxiv. 7.
The reader will at once observe, on reading this psalm, the love that its author had for the tabernacle of God. “How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lnlof hosts ; my soul longeth, yea even fainteth, for the Courts of the Lord.” When Balaam, from the mountain's summit, saw the tents of Israel pitched in the mains of Moab, he said, “How goodly are thy tents, () Jacob;” but what should a believer say of God's own tabernacle-the place where He is Forshipped and adored, and where his presence abides! The Psalınist loved to go up to the sanctuary, for it was there that the smoke of the burntofiering for sin went up to heaven, and there believers assembled togetherthere were the priests in their flowing robes there the law of God was read and expounded, and there in the holy place was the Shekinah--the glory of God, the visible manifestation of the presence of God among His people. Let Christians learn by this to take an interest in the house of the Lord ind in its services, so full of beauty and of consolation.
It is supposed by some that reference is made by the Psalmist to various companies of the Israelities going up to the solemn feasts held at Jerusalem, the one company meeting with the other, and swelling to a inighty band as therapproach the hallowed spot. There from the north from snowy Lebanon, ald from the west from the fertile plains of Carmel, from districts desolate, and from thickly-populated places--all congregate together at Jerusalem to pirship God. This is a beautiful illustration of the progress that Christ's Church has made, and will still make, in the world, going on from strength o strength, until “the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign for ever and ever.'-Rev. xi. 15. dibers think it refers to those renewals of strength which the pilgrims got on their way as they journeyed on to Zion. We have, then, an exquisite Iture of the journey of believers to the heavenly Jerusalem, and the grace Jorded them on their way, by which they renew their strength, until at Aast they are blessed with the beatific vision.
I. Let us take a glance at Zion'S PILGRIMS. It seems to me that this psalm is just such a song as the pilgrims of Zion Kould sing as they journeyed along. Sirging would make the labour of Invelling lighter, as in the marching of the soldier to the martial music. I thek I hear them singing
“ Bless'd are they in Thy house that dwell,
They ever give Thee praise;
In whose heart are Thy ways." au Christians ought all to be singing birds. Their joys are greater than dere sorrows, and they have no night without stars. “Let the children of
Zion be joyful in their King.” We will now notice some of the peculiaritie of these pilgrims.
They have to journey through strange places. God leads them by a wa that they know not, and in paths they do not understand. Many singula scenes are observed by them, and they are strangely varied. How peculia are the dispensations of Divine Providence! They have their visions wid Jacob, who lay on the plains of Bethel, and beheld glories that night hat) not when all her starry train appears. With Elijah they go to the brook, an listen to the music of its flow; and with bim, a wilderness is traversed, an beneath the shade of some tree they could almost sinful y wish to die, as he di A spiritual life is peculiar to the people of God, who can only understand it and when they read the experiences of the saints of old, they feel at once bond of brotherhood with them, for their feelings and experiences accon so much with their own. The ways that Zion's pilgrims tread are known i none but believers whose hearts have been renewed and whose footsteps bar been turned from those forbidden paths in which, as unbelievers, they 013: walked, an] though these are new paths to them, they are common to al who love the Lord Jesus Christ.
They do not stop for long at any resting place by the way. There an arbors of refreshment, choice bowers where they rest, and are sheltered from the hot scorching rays of the sun; where generous fruits hang upon the fruitful trees, and the stream glides along inviting the thirsty traveller to stop and drink. But here they must not step for long. They are pilgrims and can only rest in Zion. They are warriors, and musi use the sword and the shield. With the din of battle sounding in their ears, and dire contice raging, can they rest ? No! let all the pilgrims of Zion remember, that this is not their resting place. Did Jesus rest till he had finished His work, and shall we rest before our work is completed ? Arise, then, awake, O sleeper the night is dark, the tempest is rising, and the big billows threaten destruc tion. Now is the time for duty! “Be not slothiul, but followers of the who, through faith and patience, inherit the promises."
Their minds are not carried away by what they see on their journey. Chris is to them more precious than rubies, and His name more exhilarating than worldly delights. They have the sun, and shall they be attracted by th feeble glimmering of a star? They have in Corist an ocean of bliss, an shall they be taken up with every stream ? The power of the world is no so great to attract them now that they have found Christ the pearl of grei price. They will not let Him go to gain a hold of a thousand worlus What are the treasures of earth to heaven's treasures, and its beautiful scene: and landscapes to the glories of that place that knows no change fron summer to winter? What! shall Zion's pilgrims be attracted by every vali and passing show, and shall their eyes be drawn off celestial visions to vies the transitory scenes of eartlı ? The apostle tells us that he “ looked, not it the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen ; for tle things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen 10 eternal."
They are encouraged by the thought of others who have trodden the scene mond before. Their track is not a desolate one, trodden but by themselves Lone. They are only walking in the footsteps of the flock.” Old Jacob sied his life a pilgrimage, and acknowledged how few, but sinful, his days had been, Gen. xlvii. 9. The ancient patriarchs confessed that they were "but strangers and pilgrims on the earth.” We discover that we are not
toe, either in the peculiar sorrow or joy that we experience as believers. The pilgrims now are on the rock with David, who sung when there, high
above the waves that dashed against it, “And now shall mine head be tied up above mine enemies round about me”; and they are with come in the valley, when he cried, “Why art thou cast down, () my soul ?”. 15-5 co to the place of battles, where severe conflict hath been, and there, via Deborah, they sing. “O, my soul, thou hast trodden down strength.” We then, who are the pilgrims of Zion, are going just the same path that
iets hare trodden; we have passed the place where arrows of conviction te shot, and we have also come to that happy spot where broken hearts are wound up again. We know the place now of holy song, for we have gone Iven the place of skulls to Tabor and to Olivet; and, like a soul liberated from its clay prison, we have sung with Paul triumphantly, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ ?” There is but one way for the pynteous to enter into Zion, and all who are going that way are companions
the good old saints who have gone before. Let us then be warned by their miscarriages, encouraged by their constancy, taught by their example, espired by their heroic deeds, and cheered by their triumphant songs as Ley journeyed on to Zion.
II. Their RENEWAL OF STRENGTH BY THE WAY.
y renewal of strength, but this is affordeıl them, for it is said, " They go frow strength to strength.” They are not overstocked with a supply, but they have it according to their day- they have it for the night with its de su pests, and for the day with its clear sky and calm. They have resting Pace, as well as fighting grace. Grace for the time when they are in the
di valley of the shadow of death, and for the delightful season when !" feast on dying love," on the holy mount of communion.
ogress is one of the laws of the new life in the soul. We do not stand Stille but " go from strength to strength.” The Apostle John recognizes as when he says, “I write unto you little children, because your sins are Craven you for His name's sake. I write unto you young men, because ye wad Te overcome the wicked one. I write unto you fathers, because ye have Cun Him who is from the beginning." 1 John ii. 12, 13. Christ shows, l.at the kingdom of God in the soul, is first as the blade, then the ear, after at the full corn in the ear. Mark iv. 28. The sapling does not always
main such-unable to endure the sharp blasts that sweep over the earth, 1.31998 to a strongly rooted tree, whose strength defies the fury of the Sariwind. The child remains not always an infant in the arms of its nurse,
uws to a man of strength. You would scarce think that such a weak Blender babe would grow to such a Hercules ! How precious then is We promise to the pilgrims of Zion, that “they that wait upon the Lord