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every consolation in this mortal scene of trial.
He who is grateful to God will be merciful to his fellow men; and they will love him in return; God Himself is Love, and has commanded us to love each other.
Riches are given by Him, not for our ownselves alone, but for universal benefit; happy is the man who provideth for himself everlasting habitations out of the Mammon of unrighteousness. Blessed is the liberal hand which scattereth to the poor gleaner out of his abundant harvest; blessed the man who grindeth not the face of the poor. Cursed is he who heapeth up riches to himself, not knowing who shall enjoy them; for God setteth up one, and putteth down another.
“The river of God,” says David in this beautiful Psalm, “is full of water: Thou
for so Thou provided for the earth.” There is a frequent comparison of the overflowings of His mercy to the rich streams of a river, in all parts of Scripture : one often used by our Saviour to illustrate His waters of eternal life.
And we have effectually shown that not to chance, mere accident alone, but to the all
that we may
seeing eye, and ever open hand of God, are we indebted for all the blessings of this life. Oh! when his fields are ripe for harvest, may the sickle of His wrath be turned away from us ; lest we be gathered up among the useless tares sown by the devil our great enemy, to be burned in unquenchable fire! No! my brethren in Christ Jesus ! let us produce fruits meet for repentance;
be gathered among the wheat into His garner !
For God will give to every one of us according to our works; works arising from faith in His promises, and entitled to justification through the promised merits of our Lord Jesus Christ: or works of evil from want of faith, which will bring upon us inevitable condemnation. God is merciful to all them who prove by uprightness their confidence in Him: God is just in punishing the disbelievers eternally. At the end of a long and calamitous war; for war, however glorious its termination amid repeated victories of our countrymen, is always a national calamity : every class of people suffered many deprivations. And, as my own experience has proved to me, none have endured more than the agricultural interests of this kingdom.
But our taxes are already much diminished, and will gradually be more so: the times are improving: the harvest is productively abundant. Our commerce and manufactures are increasing ; our National credit is such that gold is plentiful, and the regular exchange of the productions of this Country will infinitely increase our traffic with all other Kingdoms of the Earth. We enjoy peace and plenty : our people are healthy and strong : renowned for our national character, and enlarged hearts, and understandings, over all the World : and what more can we here desire ?
Let us all, each in his calling, do our duty honestly, soberly, manfully, in the sight of men, and angels. Let us never be ashamed of the Cross of Christ, but rather may we glory in that seal of Redemption impressed upon our infant foreheads; that seal by which we are devoted to the service of our bountiful Creator. What have we done to merit His unspeakable loving-kindness ; how can we make a fit return for all His mercies? Had we lived from the hour when the light of the sun first broke forth upon Creation; had we counted all the millions of the moon's appearance to rule the night, the sun to rule the
day: were we to live to all eternity: we can make no recompense to God. But He will accept the offering of a contrite heart; He will listen to our secret prayer, and to the prayers of those gathered together in His name: He will accept our gratitude, He will reward our love.
Thou, O God! art praised in Sion: and to Thee shall the vow be performed in Jerusalem. Thou that hearest the prayer : unto Thee shall all flesh come.”
By Thee the fruits of the earth are granted for our sustenance; for “ Thou waterest her furrows, Thou sendest rain into the little valleys thereof; Thou makest it soft with the drops of rain, and blessest the increase of it.”
“ In the beginning God created the heaven, and the earth and God said, let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself upon the earth; and it was so—and God saw that it was good.”— This was the information vouchsafed by God Himself to His faithful servant Moses, confirming the tradition handed down by Adam, and Eve, to their descendants; and proving that His Almighty wisdom has decreed a perpetual series of harvests as long as this World shall endure.
In God alone is the power of Creation, for He made all things out of nothing; and our Saviour exercised that power, thereby proving that He is God also in Unity, and Trinity; when He miraculously enlarged the few loaves, and fishes, into food for five thousand people. As He also did in creating wine out of water by His word alone. Man can invent, can make many things, out of materials formed by the hand of God; out of nothing man never can make any thing, but God created all things out of nothing. All the works of man perish like himself; the mighty pyramids of Egypt, acknowledged man's most ancient works, are decaying; and even the remaining inscriptions upon them are no longer a record of the builders. They seem to record the labours of the six hundred thousand Israelites, who made bricks in Egypt by command of Pharaoh.
Even on the rocks of India, and in the wilds of America, and in many unfrequented deserts of the Earth, there are letters engraven by the hands of men upon rocks, and stones, where men have ceased to live for ages.