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self. Let each pull right earnestly | bark's head to the teeth of the storm, at his own oar, whether others pull , and toil in rowing, though the wind Tell or not. “Why beholdest thou be contrary. the mote that is in thy brother's eye, III. The Lord Jesus will sustain,
at considerest not the beam that is and in due time appear for his people, :n thine own eye? Or how wilt when he sees them toiling in rowing, tou say to thy brother, Let me though the wind be contrary. pa'l out the mote out of thine eye; He sees them ; whence? From und behold, a beam is in thine own the mount of intercession. ConTri Thou hypocrite, first cast out soling thought! Jesus goes to the the beam out of thine own eye; and mountain to pray, when he sends his ten shalt thou see clearly to cast out disciples to brave the storm. Therethe mote out of thy brother's eye." fore, however high the waves may
But in almost every Church there, rise, however bitterly the wind may 21e some, with whom the Church is blow, they are perfectly safe since Dat a matter of secondary interest, or Jesus pleads for them. Faith may ther connection with it something | say,– emily broken, but to whom the
“ With Christ on the mountain, Church is dear as their life. Others may come and go; these abide.
I'll smile at the storm.” Others may last in fair weatber; Yet why delayed he till the fourth these hold on through the storm. watch of the night? So he stayed Others may seek only their own com two days in Bethany after he had port, and leave the Church alone | heard that Lazarus was sick. So Then this object is not obtained; | he allowed them to toil all night and these think a hundredfold more of | catch nothing, ere by a miracle he the cause of Christ than of their own filled their nets with fish. He de07. Others may be affected by | lared, in order to humble them ; to
Talse or blame, and leave off rowing teach them their dependence upon if komebody tells them they do not himself; to test the reality and Branight, or if somebody else does strength of their faith. Lot row in time with them; these But he came at last; and though Putetere through evil report and at first they were afraid of him, how birough good report, for they seek blessed his coming was! Their trou10% man's approval, but only remem. ble ceased. and great success at. get that the Lord sees them. Let tended their efforts; the storm subsach rejoice that the Lord beholds sided, “and immediately the ship was with approval those who toil in row. | at the land whither they went." Let ng when the wind is contrary. He the oarsmen toil on patiently through Fatehes the service of his people the storm, for Jesus will come at byth delight at all times; when they last. “Let us not be weary in weli. Tuk on in smooth water, stimulated doing, for in due season we shall te their work by surrounding plaudits reap if we faint not." and manifest success; but with a Notwithstanding all their toil, the dreper satisfaction does he regard rowers in Christ's boat are to be utm, when he sees them with sweat. envied, not pitied. Others may be 33 bron toiling at their oars as the in smoother waters, but they are Tosing winds and waves seem to Satan's galley-slaves at best. The fistrate their work, and faith has dip of their oars may make pleasant a long tried by the night of | music; and even the gingling of allure; when with nought to encou- | their chains may not grate on the fake them but His bare word, “Go carnal ear; and Satan may so in
the other side," they set their | toxicate his crew, that they mourn
not their degradation. Yet they are change masters; and “if the Sun chained galley-slaves, after all, with shall make thee free, thou sualt be no joyous port in prospect; for their | free indeed.” Tous entering the boat must sink in the whirlpool of life-boat of Salvation, which never despair.
can sink, there will be the sure prosBut the Captain of Salvation comes pect of a haven of peace and joy, and looks with loving, tender gaze where there shall be no more toiling along these benches; and, poor in rowing and no more contrary chained soul, he offers to knock off winds. thy fetters if thou art willing to Haworth.
“Cleanse Thou me from secret faults.”—Psalm xix. 12. In the previous part of this verse, | plause rendered him by others are David asks a question, “ Who can genuine expressions of admiration, understand bis errors?” Well might whereas they are all ironical. Every: he make such an inquiry. Where one is lau_hing at him but himsell. is the man who understands himself? | Or how frequently you may see a To the common, every-day query, rich old miser who, after immense “Do you know me?" we might often moral pressure, puts down hall-%. appropriately reply, “Do you know guinea for some philanthropic or reyourself?" Very ignorant of him ligious institution, and congratulates self was the Psalmist when Nathan himself inwardly on his generosity, narrated to him the memorable par whereas his offering is, in fact, disable relating to powerful might and gracefully small. He does not “un. injured right. Very ignorant of him. derstand his errors." Few have such self was Hazael when he exclaimed, large mirrors as that they can gaze with indignant countenance and at the whole of their persons. Most angry voice, “Is thy servant a dog, of us have small ones, but they will that he should do this great thing?" permit us to see only portions of the Very ignorant of himself was Peter body-the face, the bust, or the hands. when, in mistaken confidence, le In like manner, few of us behold be said, “Lord, I am ready to go whole of our characters. God has with thee to prison and to death.” given us the capacious mirror of Very ignorant of himself was Saul of revelation in which we might look Tarsus when he thought to win the upon ourselves aliogether. Fuolishly, crown of sainthood by the persecution however, we prefer diminutive moral ot' the Church Not more fallacious looking-glasses, in which we see but in their self-estimate were they, bow. parts of the soul, portions of the life. ever, than are hundreds and thou Generally speaking, it requires Bands to-day. How often, for ex. sharp and frequent adversity before ample, you may see a pitiable , we come to have anything like a corcoscomb whose idol is dress, and rect acquaintance with ourselves. whose chief anxiety is “ wherewithal One of our British noblemen wrote he shall be clutlied," quite content truly when he wrote thus :with himself. He never seems to
“How little of ourselves we know suspect anything weak and foolish in
Till some affliction we bave felt, his conduct. Indeed, he fancies that
The lessons that we learn in woe the compliments paid and the ap. 1 May brace the heart as well as melt."
Very correct, especially the two first we frequently are, and what blun. lines. We can never discover our | ders we make about ourselves. power of endurance until it has been | Well would it be for us were this put to the test over and over again. all. It is not. Not only have we Some, for instance, fancy that be. “ errors" of which we are ignorant, cause they can bear small troubles hut sins of which, not we, but our well, therefore they can bear great fellow-creatures, are ignorant. We ones in the same way. How often have secret faults:"faults secret from does experience teach them the the world. In connection with the mistake they have made! Before a words of David let us think of this, cannon is sent out of the manufactory and of the course which it ought to it is proved. The trial is twofold. lead us to adopt. First, & single charge of powder is I. We all have secret faults. put into it. If it remains round after | Thank God there are secret excelits discharge, then a double portion lencies. is applied. It need hardly be remarked that occasionally the second
“Full many a gem of purest ray serene,
The dark unfathomed caves of ocean experiment proves fatal, and shatters
bear : the piece of ordnance to useless Full many a flower is born to blush fragments. Even so the patience
unseen, which endures a small tribulation
And waste its sweetness on the desert sometimes breaks down under a larger one. Others, again, imagine In the spiritual ocean there are that because they have conducted gems of holiness not exposed to pubthemselves with resignation under lic view ; in moral deserts there are great sorror, they can maintain an flowers of virtue seen by no eye but identical spirit when diminutive an- | that of Him who is in every place. noyances fall to their lot Not sel. beholding the evil and the good.” dom does time show into what an Public life has not a monopoly of error they have fallen. Yonder is a heroism. There are other deeds of noble borse. As it stands, fastened valour than those reported in newsto the gate, waiting the return and papers and paraded in books. Not a remounting of its rider, the sky few cottages are the scene of noble, darkens and a storm begins. But disinterested affection; workshops though the rain descends impetu have their unchronicled philanthro. onsly, the red lightning flashes, and pies ; humble firesides,'mean garrets, the wind lowls threateningly, the and the like ungenteel and unromanagacious animal is patient and un tic localities, could, if endowed with moved. By-and-bye the elements sperch, delight mankind with a reLTOF calm. The clouds disperse, and cital of praiseworthy endurances the sun reappears. Look now at the and achievements, of which society charger! Why does he paw the at large bas no record. Yes, let us ground, shake his mane, foam at the do poor humanity justice. Be the mouth, and plunge so violently ? For whole truth told. There is a bright some time you cannot discover. At au well as a dark side. “Not so bad length you find that a contemptible as we seem to be," is the title of a gnat oran insignificantgadfly is biting | drama that Sir E. B. Lytton wrote a him. The tremendous tempest failed few years ago ; and it is a title which tn terrify, but the paltry insect gives may be applied, let us hope, to not a excruciating pain. Our history is | few of our fellow-creatures. ever and anon analogous to that in- | Notwitbstanding, we do not see cident. The course of events is con- | nearly all the evil that there is in frinally teaching us how benighted each other. None of us are without
secret faults. Out for a walk, you | Lord," is a prayer occurring in one find lying on the grass, undisturbed of the psalms. St. Augustine tells it may be for a long time, a stone. us that for some time he could not It may be a curious stone, eccentric find out who this “evil man" was. in size or shape; it may be an in After much study, however, he dis. structive stone, teaching geological covered. “ Deliver me from myself, truths; or it may be a beautiful deliver Darid from David, Augustine stone, graceful in form, and attrac from Augustine.” Very similar was tive in colour. But just put your the confession of Socrates. When walking-stick beneath it; turn it up. he spoke out against the thirty Ah, what a number of repulsive tyrants of Athens, one of them asked reptiles and loathsome insects crawl | him, “Dost thou think that thou out! The stone of our thoughts, wilt be permitted to beard us, and not our words, our actions, sometimes re suffer for it?” “I know," replied sembles it. The outside is all right, | the great philosopher, “ that I shall but underneath there is that which sufler a thousand ills, but no ill so may well awaken our disgust. As in great as doing ill.” Well might going round a magnificent castle or Martin Luther declare, “I am more Jordly mansion, after passing through afraid of my own heart than of the noble rooms and splendid apartments, | pope and all his cardinals. I have enriched with the productions of within me the great pope-self." labour and skill, one is brought into The fact that we all possess "sea dim ghostly chamber, which is said cret faults" does two things. It to be haunted by the spirit of a mur | justifies God's word. The Bible says dered victim, so in surveying the boldly that we are “a seed of evil. palare of the soul, there is visible a doers," that “all bave sinned,” that dark place haunted by some linger the best are “ unprofitable servants." ing sin. However deep, pure, broad, Some complain of assertions like a river may be, now and then some these. They say that the Scriptures thing unsightly and unwholesome exaggerate man'e depravity. No. will be borne on its surface. The We do not see all the wickedness decaying carcass of a drowned animal, there is in the world ; if we did, we the wretched ragged relics of a should acknowledge the utter veramiserable and cast-off garment, or city of the sacred oracles. We must the refuse of a sewer or a manufac ever remember that the Old and New tory, will float past. The stream of a Testaments are written under the good life suffers in a similar way; . guidance of Him who has set "our moral offal and spiritual scum are not secret sins in the light of his coun. altogether wanting. Few of us would tenance.” As one has remarked, object to the application of a stetho. “God sends us a Gospel full of dark scope to our hearts by a medical words about evil. It deals with the man. Nay, under certain circum fact of sin as no other system ever stances, we should feel grateful to did. There is no book like the Bible him for it, and not withhold pecu for these two things for the lofty niary acknowledgment of our obliga. notion that it has of man as he may tion. But who of us would be willing be and ought to be, and for the no. to allow the use, were it possible, of tion that it has of a hat man is. It a mental stethoscope, by which the does not degrade human nature, be. thoughts, the feelings, and the wishes cause it teils us the truth about of the soul could be heard ! Not one. human nature as it is. Its darkest And why? Because we are consci and bitterest sayings about transous that we have “ gecret faults." gression are veiled promises." An.
“ Deliver me from the evil man, o | other end achieved by a remembrance
of our "secret faults” is this--it | they rob us of God's favour! The justifies God's dealings. Do you ask | sun is a very large body, many times hor the bereavement, disappoint- | larger than our earth. My hand is ment, and adversity which men are very small, who can say how much called to suffer are reconcilable with less than the orb of day? There is, the goodness of God P Partly, at in truth, no comparison between least, on this ground, that there is them. Notwithstanding, if I hold more sin in men than any being ex. my hand over my eyes, it is big cept God knows, and, therefore, a enough to hide from me all the sun's greater need of chastisement than is light. And a secret sin, small though commonly supposed.
it may be, is not too small to hide II. We should seek deliverance from from me the light of God's coun" gecret faults." “ Cleanse thou me tenance. While we wilfully harbour from secret faults." Why?
one evil purpose, the full approba1. Secret faults are faults. The tion of Heaven cannot be ours. Se. fact that they are hidden does not cret sins - how they rob us of peace ! diminish their guilt; they are none | “When I kept silence, my bones the less culpable because concealed. waxed old, through my roaring all It is quite true that the Spartans the day long." "He that covereth taught their youth to regard theft as his sins shall not prosper." A pebble a crime only when it was discovered, concealed under the sole of a sandal but we live not under a heathen but or a shoe, will make the pedestrian a Christian code. Let us remember walk with difficulty and pain ; nor this. Let no man allow himself to | will it be otherwise if we try to walk be deluded by the gross and puerile the path of life cherishing secret sins. talacy, too often indulged, that sin Secret sins-how they rob us of power * not so blameworthy and hideous in prayer! “ If I regard iniquity in if cot revealed. The evil of sin c n. | my heart, the Lord will not hear Fiata not in its consequences--though me.” The King of Denmark, as de. they are fearful enough—but in the | scribed by our great national poet, in ae: that it is committed against a | Hamlet, is a memorable commentary perfectly good God. If, therefore, | on these words. He tries to prav, my brother, in some dark recess of but the wrong he has done defeats Four heart, a pet vice or a favourite | his effort utterly. transgression is nestling, recollect
“Pray can I not, ut it is as bad, as inherently wrong,
Though inclination be rs sharp as will; 43 truly repulsive to God, as if, hav.
My stronger will defeats my strong in ventured from its hiding-place
intent; to the glare of noonday, it was And, like a man to double business watched by thousands and condemned
bound, by millions of your fellows!
I stand in pause where I shall first
begin, 2. Secret faults are so injurivus.
And both neglect. Owbat form of "Do thyself nɔ barm,” is the merci.
prayer il mandate of our common faith ; Can serve my turn?. . . but secret faults are pre-eminently My words fly up, my thoughts remain - Daneful in their effects on us. Ob.
Words, without thoughts, never to sive the word with which the text
heaven go." abens. David does not say, “Deper me," but “ Cleanse thou me."
3. Secret faults make us hypoYes, these secret faults pollute the critical. We seem better than we heart, render the soul unclean, so really are. Judas Iscariot had the
at it needs the washing of God's | " secret fault” of covetousness or Spirit and word. Secret faults-how growing hostility to Christ, and be.