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holy joy and holy pleasures for holy inhabitants : but the Christian's chief joy will be to be with the Lord Jesus, to behold His glory, and to join in that song of salvation to our God and to the Lamb,—“Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God and unto the Lamb, for ever and ever.” And, brethren, who will join in that fong? Those who have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Redeemer's facrifice; those for whom His facrifice and mediation have procured pardon ; those whom His Spirit hath purified and made holy. Remember, again, you must be prepared in heart for heaven's joys, as well as heaven's joys pre
you. “ Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with
exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power,
both now and ever. Amen.” (Jude, 24, 25.)
OUR FATHER'S ROD.
Before I was affliated I went astray : but now have I kept Thy word.-Pfalm cxix. 67.
THE harp of Israel's sweet Pfalmist ever awakes responsive chords in the hearts of God's true servants; and when they peruse in David's inspired compositions his evervarying experience, they behold, as in a glass, a corresponding counterpart to their own. It is this which renders the Book of Psalms fo valuable to the Chriftian-this which applies them to the soul, with a deep
power and mighty force, which scarcely, if at all, belongs to any other composition. Here he finds that he is a member to a true brotherhood; that in the Jewish Church and people were sentiments held and uttered kindred to all that is high and noble in hearts energized by the love of the Redeemer. Our possession of the Book of Psalms, in common with the ancient people of Israel, and our equal reverence with them for its sublimities, together with the fact, that to them, humanly speaking, we owe them (as, indeed, all the Divine oracles); and that, as these psalms are appointed to be read in churches, so are they read and sung in fynagogues, adds an additional weight to the lasting gratitude due from the Church of Christ to that people, and a strong ground why, above Turks, infidels, and heretics, they call for our special fympathies and efforts. « Their brotherhood