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satisfactory than the one I had selected. His way, after all, was a thousandfold more congenial, and precious, and satisfactory than my own. I speak this to His honour, and with a desire that there should, for the little residue of my days, be but one will between us—that will His! My will absorbed in His! Oh, that it could be so! Oh, that the fleshly will were so effectually and continuously subdued, that in all things one might be enabled promptly and unreservedly to say, “ Not my will, but thine be done;" but, alas ! alas! there are still and will be to the end of the race
e-the contendings, and the strugglings, and the striving to have the mastery of the old corrupt will of this poor, fallen Adam.
The very place and circumstances, beloved, under which I now write, are not of choice, but of necessity, from the fact of the Lord's having laid on me His chastening and afflictive hand, and giving me afresh to see that my own inclinations and energies are not in my own hand, or under control. No; I am a dependent upon Him for all, without whom I can do nothing.
But, with respect to the opposition to which I just now referred, how much have I seen it in regard to the Lord's work. After years' contention with the Lord, and when at last made willing to enter upon His work, the veriest mention of the probable pathway roused all the enmity of one's heart; but how entirely was that removed, and how sweetly was His power and His presence reaļized in that path. Though often walking and working in the dark, yet at intervals how sweet were the indications and assurances “ that the Lord was there."
The consciousness of this fact has long made me hesitate about saying, “ I will not take this course, nor submit to that.” I believe that that very hostility is a strong indication that that may be the very course through which the Lord intends to lead one. The.“ heart is to be brought down by labour," and then to exclaim, “ Here I am, Lord; do with me as seemeth good in thy sight."
There is another fact, beloved, with which my mind has often been deeply impressed : it is this—that with what the Lord, humanly speaking, has least to do, with that He has most to do; that where we are at greatest loss to trace His presence, there in reality He the more assuredly is.
But this has most to do with faith—not feeling ; nothing to be seen, nought that is clear or tangible, but a simple leaning upon and cleaving unto that which is neither seen by the fleshly eye, nor felt by a human hand, but a certain venturing upon a faithful, gracious, almighty arm. Oh, it is blessed to come here. It is a sweet resting-place. My God hath said it, and shall it not come to pass ?” “ And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good.”
In my little life—which hath been fraught with not a few changes-I don't think I was ever, in a single instance, brought thus to test and to try my God, in which He has not proved Himself faithful to the very last degree. · He has never been offended at my venturing to remind Him of His word, nor has He ever turned deaf ear to my cry; blessed, for ever blessed, be His great and adorable name ! 1. Another lesson have I learnt, beloved, in happy and heartfelt experience :
it is this that such has been the indulgence of my God, and so present a e help has He always been in trouble ; a God so
nigh at hand, and not afar off," that I can much more readily ask Him for anything than I dearest friend on earth. This may seem strange, but is it verily true. One of
the first lessons the Lord ever taught memand that, too, in connexion with my own dear father-was this, “ Cease ye from man.” Both by word and way, the Lord said to me, upwards of thirty years ago,
“ Look to me-- in me is thine help—my grace is sufficient for thee-thy bread shall be given thee, and thy waters shall be sure ;" and that is just the course He has pursued from that day to this. He has opened hearts and opened hands---not I.
There has been a ceaseless, gracious provision. Both in providence and grace I have been “ holpen with a little help;' but it has always been in such a peculiar manner as to bring me to say,
- This is the Lord's doings, and it is marvellous in mine eyes.'
Now that the sands of my short life are rapidly running through the glass, and I know that my years upon earth are very, very few, I do reproach myself greatly for not having kept a close and faithful record of my God's most gracious dealings. His indulgences have been so great, and His mercies so encouraging, that they deserve to be left on record for the glory of His name, and the encouragement of His dear children. And now, dear brethren and sisters, in conclusion I would say, Cheer
up ; fear not. You are in a wilderness, it is true, and compassed about with infirmity, and surrounded by many and deadly foes, but "greater is He that is for you, than all they that are against you.” The way you have been led, the time you have been supported, the fact that you are what you are and where you are, are but the combined earnest and sure and certain pledge, that
“He that hath led you hitherto
New Ebenezers to His praise."
casting all our care upon the Lord,” “rejoicing in the Lord, and having no confidence in the flesh."
I am, beloved brethren and sisters,
Yours faithfully and affectionately in Him, New Brighton, Cheshire, Sept. 20, 1859.
OUR NEW CHURCH AT BEDMINSTER.
ABSENCE from home during nearly three evening Prayer-meeting and Thursdayweeks of the present month, together evening Lecture, is also most cheering. with an amount of suffering in the head, The Lord hath in very deed appeared, which has made writing exceedingly try- and, in so short a time, made bare His ing, has prevented the publication of the holy arm, and given such sweet proof of particulars of the very interesting cere- His power as to fill us with astonishmony of laying the chief corner-stone of ment and holy admiration. the New Church at Bedminster. God Dear brethren, pray for us, that His willing, the account will appear next word may have free course, and be month. Meanwhile it gives us sincere abundantly glorified in the calling of pleasure to state, that not only is the sinners, the setting at liberty His cap; building of the Church progressing most tives, and the building up His beloved satisfactorily, but the attendance at the ones in their most holy faith. Amen Temporary Church is such, that on each and amen. Sabbath evening numbers are unable to
THE EDITOR. obtain admission for want of room; at 1, Devonshire Buildings, Bedminster, least athousand souls are accommodated. Sept. 26, 1859. The attendance also at the Tuesday
MEETINGS AND GREETINGS BY THE WAY.
«'MID scenes of confusion and creature com- My afternoon subject to the poor plaints,
prisoners to whom I had to minister, How sweet to my soul is communion with was taken from the second lesson, saints;
When we were without strength, in To find at the banquet of mercy there's room, due time Christ died for the ungodly." And feel in the presence of Jesus at home.” The very circumstances in which I was
PREPARATIONS FOR THE JOURNEY.- placed, as to the characters whom I was My reader will perhaps think my prepara- addressing, as well likewise as that tions were of a somewhat singular and internal pressure under which I was unusual kind. It was Saturday night, labouring, made the fact additionally and, just as I was about to retire, a precious, that it was "for the ungodly letter came to hand, asking me, in conse- Jesus Christ died; that it was quence of the serious indisposition of the
** Not the righteous, not the righteous, writer, to undertake certain duty on the
But sinners Jesus came to call." coming day. This would nearly double my labour for the Sabbath. Still, I could “This man receiveth sinners and eateth not refuse, inasmuch as my compliance with them.” Oh, it is sweet, under the would not only help a friend, but perhaps preciousness of this mercy, to take one's minister much profit to my own soul, as stand beside poor sinners, and there, as well as to the souls of others. I had a sinner, to receive of the power and recently, in the same sphere of minister-fulness of salvation, pouring forth from ing to poor fallen fellow-sinners, realized the heart of a once smitten but now risen in a peculiar way the presence and the and exalted Christ. Nought renders power
Christ so precious, as when there is the The Sabbath dawned, and I had not deep feeling sense of sin—the present long entered upon its work, ere I realization of want-that crushing of ncountered what of late I had felt to heart and total failure of human wisdom je a thorn in the flesh indeed-namely, and strength that shall render the appliextreme giddiness, so as to be scarcely cation of the blood and righteousness so. able to stand. With the amount of work timely and so unexpectedly precious. [ had before me, I knew I should stand There is a nearness of salvation then ; in need, in a very special way, of the the home and heart-application of it; sustaining hand of my God. I was the the wondrous suitability, and the more cast upon Him; I the more stood extreme sympathy of Jesus. A poor in need of His sustaining hand and sinner and a gracious Saviour brought delivering power. My morning subject into blessed contact. was Naaman and the simplicity of salva- Though it entails much suffering, and tion. If no one in the congregation is very humbling to the creature, yet I encountered the “but” with which that must say, it is withal a felt mercy to be interesting narrative is introduced, at able, with a crushed heart, a bruised soul
, least the preacher did. How often do a broken spirit, to be privileged to stand congregations overlook the bodily or and talk to a number of poor fellow-sinmental pressure with which a minister ners, and within prison walls testify to may be contending at the very time he the great fact, that “whilst we were is endeavouring to administer to their without strength, in due time Christ edification and profit. Perhaps whilst died for the ungodly.” It is sweet he is seeking to impart consolation to indeed under such circumstances to be others, none stand more in need of it reminded of His own words, “The whole than himself. Hence the heart is brought need not a physician, but they that are into requisition, and he ministers from sick; I came not to call the righteous, heart to heart. The word comes from but sinners to repentance; I was not the Holy Ghost, through the heart of sent but unto the lost sheep of the the preacher, with warmth, freshness, house of Israel.” Moreover, it is addi. power.
tionally sweet, when
permitted to behold
the word “telling," upon the heart of hold from them that walk uprightly." some poor literally castaway. It is so that out of a felt weakness one was sweet to trace the outward indication made strong-“strong in the Lord, and that there is the inward conviction in the power of His might." ** Yet there is hope," that some poor
Now what I meant by "preparations prodigal is resolving, " I will arise, and for the journey," was that humbling go to my Father; and will say, Father, process--that lowering discipline, which I have sinned against heaven and before just brought one down to a level with thee.”
the weakest, the humblest, and the most My last subject for the day was the feelingly unworthy of the household of closing verse of the 23rd Psalm, “Surely faith.° Yea, to be so humbled and so goodness and mercy shall follow me all fallen as not merely to be content to the days of my life, and I will dwell in commune with, but thankful to receive the house of the Lord for ever." The the veriest crumb of comfort and consoreader will understand the cause of such lation from the merest babe in the family. a choice of subject. It was just the felt Yes, if my thorn in the flesh did nothing need. Extreme weakness, the “sen-else, it sufficed for this, to make me tence of death”.in one's-self, the crowd- both willing, and anxious to commune ing in of fears and misgivings upon the with the little ones; and I presume was heart, combined to make one feel the the Lord's peculiar method of answering need of help and strength, and daily, my oft-repeated request, momentary deliverance from on high. This led to the claim of interest in and
“Let me well my vileness know, relation to the “Lord my Shepherd,”'
Keep me very, very low.” and the falling back upon His faithful- Next month I shall (if the Lord will) ness, strength, and covenant promise, report progress of my “ Meetings and that “He would give grace and glory, Greetings with the Brethren.” and that no good thing would He with
" THE PSALMS OF DAVID THE LANGUAGE OF CHRIST."
To the Editor of the Gospel Magazine. DEAR MR. EDITOR,—I fancy you have to Bathsheba.” This simply tells us carried
with you some of our Irish when David wrote it. It does not say hasty way of talking, when you say in that he was himself the speaker; and, your Number of the Gospel Magazine for as in the case of Isaiah lxi. 1, it does September, “THE PSALMIST'S LANGUAGE not necessarily follow, that the inspired MINE.”. I know your sound doctrine author wrote concerning himself. A too well to believe that you would speak legitimate subject of inquiry therefore of youself as free from sin (Ps. cxix. arises, Who is the speaker ? "Of whom .166-168), or as not having an evil speaketh the prophet this ? of himself, heart and corrupt affections, as Paul or of some other man?" Jewish tralaments (Romans vii. 23), but which the dition and apostate Christianity have so speaker in the Psalms disclaims (Ps.cxix. long, and so successfully taught, that 10,11; xlii. 1, 2). The man "after God's sinful man is the speaker in this Psalm, own heart," could not apply such lan- that the question, as between David and guage to himself.
know it is a very Christ, may be fairly tried in this place. general opinion, that in many of the Let us look at the internal evidence. Psalms, David speaks of himself, and, to the speaker in this Psalm is described meet this question fairly, I send you in a very remarkable and peculiar manner. some thoughts on the 51st Psalm, in. He appears to be one of those weary tended to show, that what is almost uni- and heavy-laden sinners, who look back versally attributed to David, can strictly upon their whole past lives as one unbe applied only to Christ.
interrupted course of transgression ; and The title speaks of this, as a “Psalm yet, strange to say, while he pleads of David, when Nathan the prophet guilty in the fullest sense to the first came unto him, after he had gone in division of the Decalogue, he asserts his entire freedom from all offences against cation; but sins committed by him of his fellow-man; verse 4, "I have sinned such deep dye demanded blood, and against thee, O God, but against the could be cleansed by blood alone. David only." He traces up his iniquities to standing singly and alone cannot be the sins of his parents, and having made to harmonize with the speaker in acknowledged uncleanness and imper- this Psalm. A greater, and One very fection, he seeks to be purified in rather different from David, must be first inan unusual way. Man's offences against vested as the character of whom the God require atonement, the shedding of Holy Spirit speaks; and then, upon blood; but the speaker here, though not another ground, may a place be found extenuating his offences, seeks pardon for applying this scripture to a mere by a much less powerful and efficacious man. remedy. He seeks to be treated as the Is the general tenor of the Psalm more healed leper who comes before the priest applicable to Messiah? The sins which to be declared clean (Leviticus xiv. 3, 4); the Lord laid upon Him were a sore or as the burnt-offering which was sancti- burden, too heavy to be endured. He fied, or rendered fit for holy purposes, thus speaks of them in various parts of as in 2 Chron. iv. 6. Amongst other scripture : they were as a flood of water reasons why he desires these favours, dashing in upon His soul; and as He one is, that he might teach transgressors, committed no sin against man, He could and be himself an instrument in turning say with truth, "Which of you convincsinners from the errors of their ways. eth me of sin ?"
“Behold,” he adds, Now, does this apply to David ? David " I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin was a believer. The prophet Nathan, did my mother conceive me." Born speaking by the voice of God, pronounced into the world of the seed of David, His that the sins connected with Bathsheba human parentage was derived through were put away. As a converted man and Thamar and Rahab, and had all the a child of God, he was "purged from infirmity of our common nature.
How his old sins.” Did he forget this, appropriate to Messiah is the purification then he was blind and lacked knowledge pointed out in verse seven. Messiah did (2 Pet. i. 9), and the passage was not not seek sacrifice; He was the sacriwritten for our learning ? The language fice Himself, and the washing He rethroughout the Psalm contemplates un- quired was that appointed for the burntpardoned sin--sin bearing down upon, offering (2 Chron. iv. 6): not to make and crushing the guilty with its weight; it clean, but to separate it to the holy and not pardoned sin brought to re- purpose for which it was intended. All membrance, and grieving and humbling other parts of the Psalm equally apply to the soul, under the pain of ingratitude Messiah. He earnestly
sought that His and disobedience to a good and gracious work of redemption, and His sorrows as God.
a sin-bearer should be finished; and He The language in the 4th verse is sin- looked forward with gladness to the time gularly inappropriate to David's case. when His life would teach transgressors He deceived and murdered a faithful their way, and when through Him sinand generous servant. He employed his ners should be converted unto God. influence as a king to injure a helpless David could never after be a teacher or
He made the leader of his an example. He had none of the requiarmy a partner in a cold-blooded murder. sites, public esteem and general correctAnd when he countenanced the lie which ness of life, which inspiration describes told him of the slaughter of Uriah, and as necessary to God's ministering serof many others, he wound up his offences vants. by exhibiting the grossest hypocrisy to One other portion, that which makes the instrument whom he had employed. mention of blood-guiltiness, would almost How ill it accords with the confession alone deci between Messiah and David. of sin in the mouth of David, to seek David could not be delivered from bloodthe remedy noticed in the 7th verse. If guiltiness; it might be pardoned, but David had only to lament the ordinary could never be recalled or done away. infirmity of human nature, he might His passionate cry, “O my son Absaask to be cleansed by an outward purifi- lom! would to God that I had died for