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"WHO GIYETH SONGS
WORDS OF COMFORT
SORROWING CHILDREN OF GOD.
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"God my Maker, who giveth songs in the night"—Jot xxxw. 10.
"And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises unto God,
THE RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY,
56, PATERNOSTER ROW; 65, ST. PAUL'S CHURCHYARD;
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Sorrow forms part of the common lot of mankind: but is pledged and promised to the believer. Its bitterness enters into every cup; but the hand of Divine Love infuses it, as a needful medicine, into that of the child of God. "Whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth." "Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you; but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.* The instincts of all nations connect the ideas of darkness and sorrow. Outward gloom seems a natural symbol of inward grief. In all languages
• Heb. xii. 6; 1 Peter iv. 12, 13.