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quietness, who then can make trouble? and when he hideth his face, who can behold him? If he but say, Peace, be still, there shall be a great calm.
Having, therefore^ suchagraciousand almighty Redeemer, let me entreat you to flee to him for free pardon; for full redemption. Imploie his omnipotent aid to banish every fear, to silence every doubt; and he will bring you off more than conqueror. The arms of his mercy are ever extended for the reception of sinners. He waits to be gracious. In him are safety and everlasting strength. He is the eternal God: he is the sinner's refuge—the hiding place—a sanctuary in the day of trouble.
Should you say, I am weak and helpless; let me ask with the prophet, 'Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.' Now, is it possible to sink when upheld by Omnipotence? Can you faint under the benign influence of almighty succour? No, this is impossible: for thus saith the Lord, ' I am with thee; be not dismayed, I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness— In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.' Surely, Vords more animating and consolatory cannot be easily selected: they ensure safety in the most perilous situation, and support under the most pressing difficulties; and were it not for such exceeding great and precious promises, the trembling sinner might sink under the weight of his guilt, and fall into absolute despair.
But the Lord, who is rich in mercy, hath given ample ground for consolation to the soul that is burdened with guilt and struggling for deliverance. He hath provided and revealed a Saviour who is not only able, but willing to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him. No supplicant was ever driven from his throne, or sought relief of him in vain. The Pharisees did not utter a disgraceful, but a delightful truth, when they said of Christ, in a way of reproach, He receiveth sinners. The wretched and forlorn, the helpless and the hopeless, will meet with a kind reception. 'The Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.'
Are you weary and heavy laden? is conscience burdened with reiterated charges of guilt? do you find yourself unable to support the ponderous load? if so, ' Cast your burden upon the Lord, and he sh^ll sustain you.' Flee to this compassionate deliverer, this friend of sinners. Attend to the endearing declaration of his own lips: 'Comb unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto youf souls.' Encouraging language this. Surely it must rouse dejection from her torpor, and lay a foundation for hope in the most abandoned profligate on earth. Nothing can be more applicable to his wretched condition, nor better adapted to administer relief.
The Saviour's right of dispensing &uch incomparable blessings originates in himself. No worthiness, foreseen in the creature, induced him to leave the mansions of glory to become the surety of sinners. His bearing that delightful character, and performing the arduous work pertaining to it, proceeded from his own sovereign grace. He voluntarily undertook the office of mediator; and in his condescending to this work, 'made himself of no reputation; took upon him the form of a servant, and humbled himself unto death, even the death of the cross.' By this expiatory death, he finished transgression, and made an end of sin; satisfied all the claims of law
and of justice on his people; blotted out the *hand writing of ordinances that stood against them; and brought in an everlasting righteousness for their complete salvation. But this is not all that the divine Jesus hath done: he hath not merely cancelled our obligation to punishment as sinners—he has made ample provision for delivering his followers from the power of guilt, and the dominion of sin.
These are privileges, the conscious enjoyment of which would beggar all description. Your present fears may, perhaps, urge you to conclude that you shall never participate of these inestimable favours. But why not?' Is the Lord's hand shortened, that it cannot redeem? hath he no power to deliver? At his rebuke, he drieth up the sea, and maketh the rivers a wilderness.' The Lord will not 'despise the day of smairthings. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench—He will bind up the broken hearted; proclaim liberty to the captive; and open the prison to - them that are bound—He will bring the blind by a way