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A RISEN AND PRECIOUS CHRIST.

" And as they thus spake, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and saith urito

them, Peace be unto you.”—Luke xxiv. 36. WHAT an eventful day! what choice Observe the delight Jesus takes in moments, rich in blessing, that first His people. On that day He showed Sabbath brought to the church! Before Himself to Mary; He smiled on Peter, such scenes all earthly good sinks into and bound up his penitent, broken heart. the shade. In this verse we are intro. He went with the two to Emmaus, and duced into a company of believers just now He meets the infant Church, and brought to the faith of Christ's resur- enriches it by His grace. Could He not rection, in all the freshness of new con- say, “ All my delight is in the saints," verts. Cleophas and his friend are just &c. And, blessed be His name, He arrived to tell the eleven of their won-pours His love in the heart, so that it is drous walk, rich in deepest interest; in a degree mutual. The bride says, how a stranger won their hearts, and expounded to them, as they had never

“My best beloved to whom the wing heard before, the things the prophets

Of my affections dee, had foretold of Messiah. And how,

Is sweeter than the sweetest thing, when arrived at their destination, they

Of heaven and earth to me. prevail on Him to stay; and then they “In vineyards fair of Engedi, found it was their dearest Lord.

Are camphor clusters sweet; But ere they tell their glowing tale, How infinitely more is He, they find their friends rejoicing in a In whom I am complete. risen Saviour; they, too, have a tale of love to tell. Peter has seen him, and

“Still fresh in view I may design, then these add their rich experience ;

His dying love to me;

Like myrrh and camphor, sweet and fiue, " They told what things were done in

New bleeding from the trce.
the way," &c. “And as they thus spake,
Jesus Himself stood in the midst." | “By faith I eat the clusters prest,
That is just His way; they talk of Him;

And drink the blood He spilt; and, lo, He appears ! as if He thought, Of all love-banquets here's the best

Atonement for my guilt. “Such had my bride's inviting frame, E'en in my absence been ;

To me this bleeding love of His No longer could I hide the flame,

Shall ever precious be ;
Of my affection keen.”

Whatever He to others is,

He is all in all to me. And now they are happy. A minute's alarm, dispelled by His voice, and peace And when the believer speaks, thus and joy fill their minds; for Jesus was Jesus answerswith them: that is enough. He, too, had come from Emmaus. But when,

“ What! is thy heart a bed of rest; and how? He had now a resurrection

A room reserved for me? body, not subject, as before, to the laws

Behold, I come to be thy guest, of matter. It could enter closed doors,

And vent my heart to thee.” or ascend through the air.

A SERVANT OF THE CHURCH.

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AN EXTRACT,

My soul, thou art now as a bird in forsake it, and swim to the shore of the shell; in a shell of flesh, which will eternity. Therefore, O everlasting creashortly break and let thee go. This ture, see, and be sure, thou content not feeble vessel of the body will certainly, thyself with a transitory portion!ere long, be split on the rock of death; Arrowsmith. and then must thou, its present pilot,

" THE PSALMS OF DAVID THE LANGUAGE OF CHRIST.”

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To the Editor of the Gospel Magazine. DEAR BROTHER IN THE LORD, I do for, grievous sin--sin culminating in pot often commence a controversy; “ blood-guiltiness” (ver. 14). And the though, indeed, I have not of late been title tells us that it was written by able to keep out of controversy in your David, after he had himself fallen into pages. But in the present instance I most grievous sin; the most aggravated feel constrained to make a few remarks feature in his sin being the treacherous upon the letter of the Rev. R. H. Rr- murder of a faithful servant. Is it not LAND, which appears in the current the natural, yea, the inevitable conclunumber of the Magazine; remarks sion, that the repentance of the Psalm is written, I trust, in the spirit of Chris- repentance for the sin alluded to in the tian love, and with due respect for your title? If not, is not the title strangely venerable correspondent.

calculated to mislead the reader? Does I had not now to learn for the first it not, in point of fact, mislead ninetytime the nature of Mr. RYLAND's theory nine out of every hundred readers? of the Messianic interpretation of the Where is the simple-minded child of Psalms, having long been acquainted God; unacquainted with commentators, with his interesting book, "The Psalms and having no favourite theory to saprestored to Messiah ;' in which, as in port, who doubts that the experience of his present communication, that theory this Psalm is David's own experience; is, I cannot help thinking, carried some that it is, as Dr. ANDREW BONAR obwhat too far. As regards the letter-to serves, “as if God had printed the diary which I shall strictly confine my remarks of David, and, in order to humble him, -the attempt "to show that the lan- handed it to the chief musician, that all guage of the 51st Psalm can strictly he Israel might know his bitter repentapplied only to Christ,” is certainly, to ance ?” use a somewhat vulgar expression, “to But, according to Mr. RYLAND, the take the bull by the borns;" for in internal evidence of the Psalm is against truth, if this can be proved, no other this opinion. In the first place, « The Psalm will give us much trouble. I speaker .... while he pleads guilty in must express my conviction, however, the fullest sense to the first division of that Mr. RYLAND' has not proved his the decalogue, asserts his entire freedom point, and that the language of the 51st from all offences against his fellow-man; Psalm cannot possibly be applied to ver. 4, 'Against thee only have I sinChrist at all.

ned. And hence the language of this

' Let us, first, look for a moment at the verse "is singularly inappropriate to title, “ A Psalm of David, when Nathan David's case, This objection arises, I the prophet came unto him, after he had apprehend, solely from the fact that gone in to Bath-sheba.” This,” says Mr. RYLAND overlooks the very necesMr. RYLAND, “simply tells, us when sary distinction between “sin,” and David wrote it.” Here it is admitted (1.) crime or injury. “Sin,” the apostle

That David was the writer of the Psalm; John tells us," is the transgression of and (2) That he wrote it under the very the law(1 John iii. 4). As such it is peculiar circumstances alluded to in the committed against the Lawgiver. But title. These admissions involve a good the law of which sin is the transgres. deal. Why, we would ask, were those sion, is not man's law (the breach of circumstances mentioned at all, unless which would be crime only) but God's they throw light upon the character of law; and therefore sin is really only the Psalm ? And if the speaker is not committed against God. A trespass David, but Christ, what possible light against God's law is sin; a trespass does the mention of David's sin afford against the law of the land is crime; us? Again, the Psalm is the fourth of and a trespass against our neighbour, those called "penitential;" it expresses individually considered; is injury. The in the strongest possible language the same acts may indeed be, and very

fre. speaker's consciousness of, and sorrow' quently are, both sins and injuries. The

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acts of David, which we are speaking of, be reconciled to us. Who can venture were so; deeply and grievously had he to open his mouth in God's presence injured Uriali, as indeed he seems to unless he be assured of His fatherly acknowledge in the 14th verse; but still, favour? And pardon being the first his sin was committed only against God. thing we should pray for, it is plain "He felt,” to quote the words of there is no inconsistency in having a Calvin, "that God was the Judge with persuasion of the grace of God, and yet whom he had to do, that conscience hailed proceeding to supplicate His forgivehim to His bar, and that the voice of man ness. In proof of this, I might refer to could administer no relief to him, how- the Lord's Prayer, in which we are ever much he might be disposed to for- taught to begin by addressing God as give, or to excuse, or to flatter. His our Father, and yet afterwards to pray eyes and his whole soul were directed to for the remission of our sins. God's God, regardless of what man might pardon is full and complete ; but our think or say concerning him.”. The faith cannot take in His overflowing mere fact that David says, Against goodness, and it is necessary that it thee only have I sinned,does not there should distil to us drop by drop: It is fore warrant the inference even that he owing to this infirmity of our faith, that held himself entirely free from all we are often found repeating and reoffences against his fellow-man, and peating again the same petition, not certainly he nowhere “asserts " this. with tlieview, surely, of gradually soften

But, secondly, it is objected, that ing the heart of God to compassion, but though David was a sinner, he was a because we advance by slow and difficult pardoned sinner, and therefore had no steps to the requisite fulness of assurneed to seek anew for pardon. "The ance." I think, therefore, that there is prophet Nathan, speaking by the voice little weight in this objection to the of God, pronounced that the sins con- Davidical interpretation of the 51st Psalm. nected with Bath-sheba were put away.' But, once more, Mr. RYLAND says, But “the language throughout the “Man's offences against God require Psalm contemplates unpardoned sin- atonement, the shedding of blood; but sin bearing down upon, and crushing the the speaker here, though not extenuatguilty with its weight.” To this I ing his offences, 'seeks pardon by a much answer; true, Nathan had pronounced less powerful and efficacious remedy, the Divine absolution of David's sins, He seeks to be treated as the healed but we are not told that David's faith leper who comes before the priest to be was in such lively exercise that he could declared clean (Lev. xiv. 3, 4); or as immediately apprehend that absolution. the burnt-offering which was sanctified, As old KEACH says, A man may be or rendered fit for holy purposes, as in forgiven his sins in the court of heaven, 2 Chron. iv. 6." I do not know that I and yet not be forgiven in the court of altogether catch the meaning of these his own conscience. And yet the court remarks. Space will not allow me to of God is the superior court; what does enter here into an examination of the it matter if it is not ratified by the typical significance of the cleansing of lower ?. As some truly believe and yet the leper (Lev. xiv.) But this much at know it not, so they may be forgiven least is plain, that of the two sparrows all their sins and yet know it not.” mentioned (verses 4–7), the one that This is, mainly, the view taken of David's was slain represented Christ dying for case by CALVIN. On the 7th verse of our sins, and the one that was let loose this Psalm the great Reformer says, Christ rising again for our justification. “Our faith is weak, and we cannot at Nor, I think, does Cowper mistake the once apprehend the full extent of the meaning of this most interesting and divine mercy; so that there is no reason instructive ordinance when he singsto be surprised that David should have

* Dipp'd in his fellow's blood, once and again renewed his prayers for The living bird went free; pardon, the more to confirm his belief in

The type, well understood, it. The truth is, that we cannot pro- Express'd the sioner's plea ; perly pray for the pardon of sin, until we Describ'd a guilty soul enlarg’d, have come to a persuasion that God will And by a Saviour's death dischary'd."

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At all events it is to be observed, that in sest reasons for dissenting from the this case, as also in that of the institu- exclusive Messianic interpretation of the tion of the Passover (Exod. xii. 22), Psalms is, that it virtually deprives the which may also be alluded to by the church of all part and lot in this most Psalmist; the use of the hyssop was blessed book. If I were asked wherein simply to sprinkle the blood of the sacri. I considered the prime excellency and fice-blood which, as we may learn from peculiar value of the Psalms to consist, Heb. ix. 13, 14, and 18-22, was typical I should at once reply, in the language of the blood of the great Surety Himself, of one who had drank deeply into their and the application of which is accord spirit; in the fact that they contain ingly spoken of by St. Peter, as “the the words of God's Spirit taught to the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ” souls of His servants, when they were (1 Pet. i. 2). The language of the 7th exercised with the most intense expeverse of this Psalm does not therefore riences, whether of conviction, peniignore, but, as in the opinion of the most tence, and sorrow, or faith, love, and eminent commentators, makes express joy; and are fit, therefore, not only to reference to that great Sacrifice by which express the same most vital moods of alone sin is atoned for. Having thus every renewed soul, but also powerful examined, and, may I add, disposed of, to produce those broad awakenings of

I Mr. RYLAND's objections to the Davidi. spirit, to create those overpowering cal interpretation of the Psalm, I shall emotions, and propagate that energy of not follow him in his remarks on the spiritual life in which they had their general tenor of it. I have simply to birth.” But, if the experience of the say that, to my own mind, the applica- Psalms is exclusively the experience of tion of the language of the 5th verse, Christ personal, and not also of Christ

Behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and mystical; then, indeed “the Psalmist's in sin did my mother conceive me;" and language" cannot be yours or mine. If of the 14th verse, “Deliver me from we are to seek for “ Čhrist alone,” and blood-guiltiness, O God;" to Christ, not for “Christ and His Church,in seems little short of blasphemy. I could this book of Psalms, then do its rich not, I dare not, so apply it. I feel the and varied treasures of spiritual expe, most perfect conviction that, as Dr. rience become to us practically a dead Bonar observes, no such circum- letter; something to be admired and stances as these could ever have in them wondered at, as we admire and wonder aught that corresponded in the remotest | at the glittering crest of some lofty and manner to any circumstances in the life snow-capped mountain, to which we of the Surety, David's Son. On the know no human foot can ever reach; contrary, so far is this Psalm from being but not to be felt, as the experimental fitted to express the work of the Surety, language of the Psalıns is felt, in every that it seems introduced at this point in quivering nerve of the awakened conorder to lead us to look back on the science ; or to be realized, as it is realformer songs of David, and to say of ized, in all the varied moods of the what was set forth therein, “Surely this renewed heart; or to be enjoyed, as it David, who bere appears as a leper all is enjoyed, in all the rapturous emotions over, with a heart as vile as the worst of the soul exulting in the liberty whereaction of his life, cannot be the David with Christ makes His people free. of whom such glorious things were for- I remain, dear Brother, merly spoken'

Very faithfully yours, I will only add, that one of my great- Liverpool.

W. MAUDE.

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THE NEW BIRTH.

WHEN our heavenly oculist opens the purity and the spirituality of the our eyes, what do we see ? We see our law of God; and we cast ourselves upon state by nature, we see our sin, we see His clemency, His mercy, and His our danger; and then it is we also see grace.--Smithers.

DR. M'NEILE ON REVIVAL PRAYER MEETINGS.

The number of communicants in Dr.paraphrase of self-application, and then M'Neile's congregation is so great, that he said :he has felt it necessary for some years “Avail yourselves of this—here are to shorten the morning service on the the cries for mercy, and pardon, and holifirst Sunday of every month. He has ness, of which you hear in these revivals, done so by substituting a short address only in more chaste and chastened lanfor the sermon.

After the reading of guage. Now, this is the time. There the Nicene Creed he goes into the pul- cannot be a more appropriate season for pit without changing his surplice, and such united prayer than when we draw delivers an address, varying from five to near to have our souls strengthened and fifteen minutes in length, and then pro- refreshed by the body and blood of ceeds with the Communion Service. This Christ, as our bodies are by bread and has been his custom for five or six years. wine. Last Communion Sunday he said :

· Another object of our prayer-meet“Our Lord and Saviour. Jesus Christ ings is to entreat our gracious Father has commanded us to preach. There to bestow the best blessings upon others, fore we preach. He has promised that on the whole church in this land, and in His Word shall not go forth void. There- all lands. Here, again, let us avail our. fore we preach in hope. He has com- selves of our services in this house, and manded us to pray." Therefore we pray. cry in good earnest for all estates and He has promised answers to prayer. conditions of men, for kings-especially Therefore we pray in hope. By answers our own gracious Queen--for magis. given, graciously and largely given, in trates, for Jews, Turk, infidels, and America and in Ireland, He has now heretics, for all who call and profess animated our hope, and quickened our themselves Christians. petitions, that, as it is with others, in all "Imagine a prayer-meeting in which that is true and genuine, so it may be the officiating minister, while deprecat

ing a list of evils in this evil world, was "I am willing, more than willing, interrupted by the whole assembly liftthat we should have opportunities more ing up their voice with one accord, and than ordinary for uniting in such prayers. saying, "Good Lord, deliver us, and Hence our meeting last week. 'Hence again and again, 'Good Lord, deliver the announcement of a similar meeting us.' And when lie proceeded to enunext week. But there is another thing merate and entreat blessing, after blessI am anxious about, and that is, that ing, imagine the whole assembly breaking our stated services in this house should in upon his petitions, and reiterating become more than ever prayer-meetings; We beseech thee to hear us, good that there should be more fervour, more Lord.' deep and solemn earnestness, more in- "Let no man say that, having such ward wrestling with God, more, heart- services in our church, we require no work thrown into our church service. other meetings for prayer. Oh yes we

"One great object at our prayer- do. For think for a moment how our meetings is to promote humble and services are treated. The words are earnest confession of sin, to implore there, indeed words of truth, and Almighty God for Christ's sake to grant faith, and love, and power-but where us forgiveness, and, by this and all His is the spirit-where is the life? They other goodnesses and lovingkindnesses, have well said all that they have spoken! so to constrain us in love that we may Oh! that there was such a heart in serve Him truly all the days of our life. them! An altar is duly raised, the Now, just attend to this, which forms a wood is cut and laid upon the altar, and part of the services we are about to a bullock upon the wood, but, alas !

there is no fire under.' What we want Here the rev. doctor read the General is fire under. The coldness is felt. AtConfession in the Communion Service, tempts are made to banish it, and to giving a very brief, but very solemn, kindle up our sacrifices by sighs and

with us.

engage in.”

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