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ponent parts, so far as the human mind is capable of comprehending its extent, may well call forth those expressive words of humble and admiring adoration, “O Lord, how manifold are thy works, in wisdom hast thou made them all, the earth is full of thy riches."8
The wisdom of God is exercised in the dispensation of his providence. In these there is indeed a depth that no created mind can fathom-a chain, the connecting links of which no human effort can develope. But God discerns the end from the beginning: all things are unveiled and open before the eyes of his omniscience; all events with their causes and results are seen and understood by Him. “He numbers the clouds of heaven," he hears the young ravens when they cry, he causes the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man.” “He divides to the nations their inberitance, separates the children of Adam ; determines the times before appointed, and fixes the bounds of their habitation ;” and notwithstanding the apparent contingencies of human actions, notwithstanding the intricate and disordered aspect of human affairs, the wisdom of God is guiding the wheels of his providence, and like the master spring of a stupendous piece of machinery, is working silently and secretly, directing, controlling, and governing the whole ; and the devices and movements of every individual among the countless myriads of animated existence, however free in its volitions, are all subservient to the wise designs as well as to the sovereign pleasure of Him whose name is Jehovah of Hosts, and “who doeth as he pleases among the armies of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth ;''m whose infinite wisdom in conjunction with his incontrolable power, and in connexion with his unsearchable goodness, having raised and set in motion, is still upholding and regulating the frame of universal nature ; producing by the modification of its first simple principles, effects as beneficial in their influ& Psalm civ. 24-h Job xxxviii. 37.- Psalm cxlvii. 9.–Psalm civ. 14 k Deut. xxxii, 1.- Acts xvii. 26.-m Daniel iv. 35.
ence as they are unlimited in their number_effects, whose ultimate end, an end inconceivably glorious, reaches beyond the boundaries of time to the countless ages of eternal duration, when the final purpose of God concerning all things shall be accomplished.
That purpose is unfolded in the volume of inspiration, a revelation containing wonders of greater magnitude than any in creation--mysteries of deeper interest than any in the involutions of providence: mysteries that "angels desire to look into"n_wonders, the celebration of which will inspire and animate the everlasting hallelujahs of heaven. “To the intent that unto principalities and powers in heavenly places,” might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, he has here pointed out a way which he has condescended to open, and made known a medium which he has been pleased to constitute, whereby he may be approached unto and beheld, not only by those holy beings who had “kept their first estate,”p but by the sinful children of a fallen parent, by those who having transgressed his commandments were justly shut out from his presence, and consequently cut off from communion and fellowship with their Maker. To these even, to these his goodness comes in its sweetest form of love, and the splendour of that uncreated essence, which by finite beings can never be fully comprehended, shines forth on them in the person of that Holy One, who is emphatically termed “The wisdom of God,” “The wisdom of God in a mystery,” a “mystery which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, but is now made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known unto all nations for the obedience of faith;": for “God who spake in times past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken by his son Jesus Christ,' who having appeared in the fulness of time to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself, God is declared to
* 1 Peter i. 12.- Ephes. iii. 10.--P Jude, 6.91 Cor. ii. 7.-* Rom. xvi. 25, 26.-~ Heb. i. 1, 2.mt Heb. ix. 26.
be a just God and yet a Saviour ;" “just and yet the justifier of those who believe in Jesus ;"v able and willing to extend mercy to the guilty, while the eternal laws of his immutable justice remain sacred and inviolable ; able and willing to purify and raise the sinner to the enjoyment of his presence and favour, while he “ the Lord of Hosts is exalted in judgment, and God that is holy is sanctified in righteousness.” The wisdom of God is therefore most eminently manifested in the work of redemption, and in the person of the great Redeemer Emanuel, God with us—who being the brightness of the Father's glory and the express image of his person, shines forth arrayed in his holiness, his righteousness, his mercy, and his truth, and every other attribute, which shedding their equal lustre in the full orb of the divine perfections, display the order, and unity, and beauty of the character of the ever blessed and glorious God.
Iota. u Isaiah xlv. 21.-Rom, iii. 26.-" Isaiah v. 16.
HYMNS AND POETICAL RECREATIONS.
NOW AND THEN; Or the Sufferings of the Present Time not worthy to be compared with
the Future Glories of the Christian.
Nature appall’d, aghast,
To meet such evils vast :
And Time's evanid aids can grant
No help to meet my need:
To be from sinning freed :
Superior to all other woes.
Oh! blessed promise from above,
“Sin o'er you shall not reign";
And that shall ease my pain :
And now, tho' toss'd by stormy waves,
They break upon the shore :
And billows beat no more:
Tho' light afflictions tend my way,
Yet weightier glories stiil,
And lead to Zion's hill :
Hence patient, then, I'll suffer toil,
Since Jesus mark'd the road, My sorrows can but last awhile, And future joy my pains beguile,
While pressing on to God: That joy, by Jesus crown'd, I see
Pledge of a blest eternity.
SONNET. How softly beautiful, how purely bright Are these last, lingering, unclouded days Of slow-retiring Summer ! yea, they raise Within my heart a strange yet sad delight Which other days give not. The soften'd light Pour'd through yon aged thorn-tree by the rays Of the fast westering sun,-and while I gaze, The tints for ever varying, invite The soul to deep reflection; for the Spring Now blends her bright hues with the slow decay Of Autumn-like the fair but faithless glow
Which I have seen so brightly colouring
Lord, thou hast given to me
Therein to honour thee!
His stated course to run ;
Already have begun.
Around me speaks thy praise?
To thee devote my days.
Of light to guide my path-
And still be thine in death.
In Christ alone I place my trust,
He will my surety be-
SUPPOSED TO BE WRITTEN BY ST. AUGUSTINE.
O FAIREST, purest! be the dove
The sacred page of God's own book