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THE

GOSPEL MAGAZINE

AND

PROTESTANT BEACON.

"COMFORT YE, COMFORT VE MY PEOPLE, BAITH YOUR OOD."

"ENDEAVOURING TO EEEP THE UNITY OF THE SPIRIT IN THE BOND OF PEACE."

'JESUS CHRIST, THE SAME YESTERDAY, AND TODAY, AND FOR EVER. WHOM TO
ENOW IS LIFE ETERNAL."

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LONDON: W. H. COLLINGRIDGE, 'CITY PRESS," ALDERSGATE STREET, E.C.

PREFACE.

* Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things. And blessed be His glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen, and amen. The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended." Brethren beloved, this precious Scripture has pressed upon us in regard to our again addressing you by way of Preface. The fact of another volume of this work being completed—and that no less than the hundredth—has filled us with astonishment, in the recollection of what our God has done. Hence we feel the portion above quoted to be so exactly adapted to our own state of mind at the present time. We see so much ground for magnifying the wisdom and the love and the mercy and the condescension of our God, in that He has so long and so graciously smiled upon this feeble effort to set forth His kindness towards His people in the person and through the work of His own dear Son, that we cannot but ask you to unite with us in seeking to bless and praise and adore Him.

The Lord Jehovah having manifestly so early in his eventful life taken the Psalmist in hand, he looks back upon all the way by which the Lord his God had led him with wonder and admiration. It was the fact that he had been raised from obscurity—separated from his brethren—had been the least in his father's house, that caused his after-career to stand forth in the more marked and blessed way. His very changes—his onward and upward progress—caused the Lord's hand in regard to the Psalmist to appear the more conspicuous and blessed. Had there been less change, there would have been proportionately less of the Lord's interposition. Had he had fewer enemies, less dangers, and not so many difficulties, there would not have been nearly so keen a sense of the Lord's guidance and care; but, inasmuch as nearly the whole of the Psalmist's path had been compassed with enemies

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