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can deceive himself as to how he has fulfilled every command ?), - even if we had done all, still we are unprofitable servants. Experience shows, that the less men do for Christ the more are they apt to boast. The holiest saints are the humblest, while he who only cleanses the outside says, “God, I thank Thee, that I am not as other men.” The proud Pharisee, who has done nothing but deceive others and himself, boasts; the holy, indefatigable, self-denying Paul, is, in his own eyes, less than the least. Which character of these two shadows forth yours, my beloved brethren ? Before
answer that inquiry before God, beg Him to remove felf-complacency, pray Him to teach you self-knowledge, beseech Him to enable you to answer truly and safely, and you will find that God refifteth- and who can stand against Him?-He "resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” The proud He knoweth afar off, but with the humble
He condescends to dwell. - To this man will I look,” He says, “even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.” Thus actuated, thus taught, dear brethren, under the cheering generalship of our Great Captain, and endued with strength which He alone can give, we may go forth conquering and to conquer. He approves, He strengthens. Our task may be great, our burdens heavy, even heavier than of Israel in Egypt, but in the might of the Lord we may and shall prevail ; we shall be delivered, and then we shall not only hear and read, but prove by happy experience, that God's strength is made
perfect in our weakness. If moved by the potent impulse of God's Holy Spirit, if constrained by the love of the Lord Jesus Christ (His love to us and ours to Him), it will be our happy lot to know also that we can do all things through His strength given unto us.
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the
counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of finners, nor sitteth in the seat of
the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord;
and in His law doth he meditate day and night.—Psalm i. 1, 2.
It is encouraging to observe that the opening of the Book of Psalms, like the commencement of the Lord's sermon on the mount, is a beatitude. < Blessed is
the man," writes the Psalmist; “Blessed are they,” spake Jesus Christ.
In what is called “The Reformers' Bible,” the following forcible and true description of the scope of the Psalms occurs
-(those who enjoy the high poetry and deep spirituality of Israel's melodies, will gladly hear quoted expressions which so well give utterance to the feelings of every devout Christian) :-“ The Book of Psalms is set forth unto us by the Holy Ghost, be esteemed a most precious treasure ; wherein all things are contained that appertain to true felicity, as well in this life present as in the life to come. For the riches of true knowledge and heavenly wisdom are set open
for us, to take thereof most abundantly. If we would know the great and high majesty of God, here we may see the brightness thereof shine most clearly. If we would seek His incomprehensible wisdom, here is the school of the same profession. If we would comprehend His inestimable bounty, and approach near thereunto, and fill our hands with that treasure, here we may have a most lively and most comfortable taste thereof. If we would know wherein ftandeth our salvation and how to attain to life everlasting, here is Christ, our only Redeemer and Mediator, most evidently described. The rich man may learn the true use of riches; the poor man may find full contentment. He that will rejoice shall know the true joy, and how to keep measure therein. They that are afflicted and oppressed shall see wherein standeth their comfort, and how they ought to praise God when He fendeth them deliverance. The wicked and the persecutors of the children of God shall fee how the hand of God is ever against them; and though He suffer them to prosper for