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strong crying and prayer for the influ- | ality, bless God! Are you stablished ences of the Holy Spirit, to convince, amidst the wanderings of faith, brought enlighten, strengthen, sanctify-in the out of the twilight gloom of hope and sorrows of a broken anda contrite heart fear, bless God! Are you strengthened -in the humility that is prostrate in in your weaknesses, settled amidst the the dust, in an obedience that is quick uncertainties, the mockeries of time and in watchfulness, prompt in zealous en- sense, bless and adore the grace of God. deavour, complying though all sacrifice, and with a sense of these benefits in in the faith thatcasts an unreserved con- common with an apostle, let there be a fidence on the atoning merits of Jesus, common ascription with the apostle that cleaves with a stronger grasp to the “ to Him be glory and dominion for cross from the conviction that it has ever and ever”—the glory of having found the only thing of security in the sought us out in all our unworthiness, universe, the only plank that can save of having called us by the Lord Jesus, from ruin in a world of desolating and amidst all our resistances and reluctandevouring waters, in self mortification, ces, of having poured before us the in holiness, a separating holiness of the riches of his everlasting gospel, in all walk in the love of God I have no our ingratitude and demerits, to him be other answer than this, and if I know dominion, let his true church extend, any thing of the spirit by which I am let the earth be filled with the know. led, the truth of the word of God ledge of the Lord as the waters cover which I preach, the answer will not the channels of the sea—let all peoples deceive you, it is the stake on which I consolidate into one people, who have cast mine own soul fully and fearlessly! the same baptism, the same faith, the
Fourthly. THE EFFECTS OF THE GRACE same hope of their calling, the same OF GOD UPON THE HEARTS WHICH RE
Lord and Saviour-let the material uni.
verse be only the extended plane of What are these but a bursting into the invisibile, resound with the same song, into expressions of adoration and hosannas, be covered with like hosts praise--but a pouring-up of holy gra- of singing and worshipping souls-God titude and joy for the gifts which make over all, and God the father of all being us to differ, which so distinguish and so honored and blessed by his one family enrich! Are you a pardoned sinner, of saints and angels ! Christians who bless God! Are you a liberated captive, are so not merely in the distinction of bless God! Are you an enlightened fool, the name but in the power of the thing bless God! Are you a received prodi- signified, add to your daily petitions at gal, an adopted stranger, bless God! the throne of all grace these your Are you a recovered backslider, a con- daily praises for its manifestations, vinced apostate, bless God! Is the rising from your knees as St. Peter rose gold purified from the dross of sensu. I with a hearty and a solemn Amen.
DELIVERED BY THE REV. THOMAS SCOTT, B.A.
(LATB FELLOW OF Queen's COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE,)
AT ST. MARY'S, ISLINGTON, JULY 20, 1831.
Isaiah, xl. 27--32.-“Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My xay is
hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God ? 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? there is no searching of his understanding. 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 cagles ; they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint."
There are two kinds of infidelity in | but listen to the voice of his actions, the world. The one principally con and he saith unto thee, “Tush! the fined, I will not say to the philoso- Lord doth not see, neither doth the phical, but at least to those who con God of Jacob regard it.” The theo. sider themselves to be philosophical, retic infidel, we condemn, but the the other universal. The one the in- practical we admire. Lo, these are fidelity of theory, the other of prac- the ungodly, these prosper in the tice--the one palpable and easy of de- world, and these have riches in pos. tection, the other insidious and little session-and surely their success and liable to suspicion—the one an infi. prosperity has often tended to foster delity which is execrated by those the same feeling even in minds to whom common discourse, whom the which the Spirit of God has in some opinion of the world, pronounces the degree taught what is truly good and moral and the good—the other which truly estimable. There are many who searches the souls of these moral and will look with the Psalmist at the these good men themselves, and there prosperity of the ungodly, and will say finds for herself a lodging, in the em- with the Psalmist, in no excusable disphatic language of Holy Scripture, pondency, " Lo, then, have I cleansed empty, swept, and garnished. The my heart in vain, and washed my very deist, the very theoretic infidel, hands in innocency." will allow the omniscience, the omni. But, oh, brethren, let us look furpotence of God, for thus much the ther, let us look deeper into the works wisest and the best even of heathens and ways of Providence, and we shall have held to be taught us by the order proceed with the Holy Psalmist, from of the universe, and by the distribution his unbelief, through his repentance to of pleasure and of pain ; but the man his exultation.
“ So foolish was I and of the world, the practical infidel, the ignorant, I was even as a beast before representative of the main body of our thee. Nevertheless, thou art always congregations, believes these truths, by me, thou hast holden me by my and yet believes them not; his tongue right hand; thou shalt guide me by confesses, but his works deny. Ask thy counsel, and after that receive me him, and he will tell thee, that God is with glory.
Whom have I in heaven all-wise, that God is all-powerful- but thee, and there is none upon earth
that I desire but thee. My flesh and Let us picture to ourselves a man who my heart faileth, but God is the fully believes in the omniscience of strength of my heart and my portion God—who is fully convinced that his for ever."
way is not hid from the Lord.
Let us In considering the subject of our endeavour to describe, first his dealtext, let us endeavour to show-Firstings with the world, and then his -THE NATURAL TENDENCY, NOT IN transactions with his own heart and THE UNGODLY ONLY, BUT ALSO IN with his God; and as we proceed, REGENERATE,
brethren, let each one of you deeply THE OMNISCIENCE AND OMNIPOTENCE meditate within himself, and first bear of God. Secondly—THE WISDOM AND witness with us that our description is THE POWER of God. Thirdly—That correct, and then examine himself and HE IS A GOD THAT HEARS AND COM- ascertain whether in describing the FORTS THOSE WHO CALL ON him. And real believer in the omniscience of God of these, on the two former we would we are describing him. In his dealtouch, but on the last we would dwell, ings with his neighbours let us look as for in it are practically involved the him. Let us suppose him a man of former, and he that waits upon his trade. Between the honest and the God will neither doubt the knowledge dishonest he well knows that, in the that hears his prayer, nor the power opinion of the world, there is a tolerawhich grants his petition.
bly wide interval-a kind of debateFirst—THE UNIVERSAL
able land, provided he keeps within TION TO UNBELIEF. “Why sayest which, he is in little danger of falling thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, under the censure of his fellow-men. my way is hid from the Lord, and my But how doth he act ? He keeps withjudgment is passed over from my in the bounds of the very strictest inGod?” And oh! merciful Lord, who tegrity—and why? because he believes knowest the secrets of all hearts, shut that his way is not hid from the Lord, not thy merciful ears to the prayer of and that though he might acquire thy servants, but grant that we, feel great accession of emolument and still ing the burden and the guilt of our be highly esteemed among men, yet unbelief, may evermore seek of thee an that there is a God in heaven who will increase of faith, and feeling that thou note all his actions and will recomart a spirit and knowest all things, may pense to him according as his work evermore worship thee in spirit and shall be. And how acts he in all the in truth, through Jesus Christ our domestic relations of life? In his faLord.
mily and in the world he is still the Let us consider our unbelief-con- same-he walks by the same rule, he sider whether we do in practice flatter minds the same things. With Abraourselves that our way is hid from the ham he hears his Maker saying to him, Lord, and our judgment passed over “I am thy shield and thy exceeding from our God. But how are we to as- great reward;” and with Abraham, he certain whether such be the case? The will command his children and his motions of our own minds we cannot household after him, that they walk in fully investigate ; but if even in our the way of the Lord. But let us look own judgment we have erred, we may at him more particularly in his transrest assured that we shall be brought actions with his own heart and with in guilty before God—“If our heart his God. His own heart most sedu. condemn us, God is greater than our lously doth he keep, for he knoweth heart and knoweth all things." that as God is a spirit, so over the
spirit doth he hold peculiar watch, shall he not hear, and he that made and that there is not a thought in his the eye, shall he not see?" soul but his Maker knoweth it. He But as the believer also will acknowis anxious not to keep himself from ledge that his belief is languid, with those sins which may depreciate his still greater confidence may we ask character in the eyes of his fellow- him why such should be the case. Is men, whose good opinion he yet there not a wisdom and knowledge in much values, but to conform all his the whole scheme of the Gospel which thoughts to the Divine law, having abundantly proves that it came from that awful sentence written upon his no finite author? Is there not in it very heart, “thou GOD seest me." an adaptation to the wants and malaSuch is the general sketch of the cha- dies of the soul, which sufficiently racter of him who knoweth that his shows that it has for its author one way is not hid from the Lord. A ge- to whom every working of that soul is neral sketch is all that we have time perfectly known? Nay, hath he not to give—but cursory, and rude, and so led thee by his spirit, so guided superficial though it be, it will be suf- thee in all thy wanderings by his ficient for our purpose, if in the grand grace, that thou canst not but know lineaments it be correct-it will be that he understandeth all thy thoughts, sufficient for our purpose, if it be so and all thine infirmities? To those who unlike the character of any of you, as know him not, to Edom or to Moab, to awaken your alarm and to induce he might perhaps ask the question and you to try and examine your own expect no answer, but for thee, his own hearts.
peculiar servant, how canst thou reply We will not go on at greater length -“Why sayest thou, O Jacob, why to demonstrate the general existence of speakest thou, O Israel, my way is hid this practical unbelief: we will assume from the Lord, and my judgment is that it is acknowledged. Oh! that we passed over from my God?" could as easily assume that it was la But let us in the Second place glance mented. We will assume the fact, and, for a moment at THE ACCOUNT WHICH in the language of the text, demand the GOD HIMSELF GIVES OF THE GREATreason of it. 'Why sayest thou, o
“ Hast Jacob, why speakest thou, O Israel, thou not known ? Hast thou not heard my way is hid from the Lord, and my that the everlasting God, the Lord, judgment is passed over from my God?" the Creator of the ends of the earth, Hast thou reason to belie-o that thy fainteth not, neither is weary; there God is weak, that He, like thyself, is is no searching of his understanding." contracted in his views, and limited in And well to Israel might the Alhis power? Oh! why believest thou mighty put the enquiry, “ Hast thou thus ? Doth the existence of the uni- not known?” He spake to his peculiar, verse and of the soul of man, the one so to his favoured people. In Jewry is wonderful as material, the other so God known-his praise is great in much more wonderful as that it is im- Israel. How could they but know his material-doth their existence teach attributes, to whom he had himself thee that his power is limited, and manifested his glory? And to us the that he planned this universe, and same upbraiding queries might well be saw that all its motions would, in per put. As a nation, he hath exalted us fect regularity, continue ; doth this both in temporal and in spiritual adteach thee that his knowledge is vancement far above any other nation small ? “He that planted the ear, of the world. And shall we disbelieve
NESS OF HIS
his power and his understanding ? | est it altogether. Whither shall I go “ Hast thou not known? Hast thou not from thy spirit, or whither shall I flee heard?”—but let us look more carefully from thy presence. If I ascend up to at the subject upon which we thus ap- heaven thou art there. If I make my pear to be ignorant—"that the everlast- bed in hell, behold thou art there. If I ing God, the Lord, the Creator of the take the wings of the morning, and ends of the world fainteth not, neither dwell in the utter most parts of the sea, is weary; there is no searching of his even there shall thy hand lead me, and understanding.” Nay, if we consider thy right hand shall hold me.” With the terms by which the Deity desig- Hagar in the wilderness, let us ever nates himself, and by which even the unite the thought of God with the infidel will allow that he has a right idea that we are under his eye-let us to designate himself, it will be impos- call the name of the Lord that speaksible for us to conceive that either eth unto us, “thou God seest me;" his power or his knowledge is finite. He and not in our afflictions only, but styles himself “the everlasting God, also in our joys let us remember that the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the we are under his eye-and every spring earth.” The expression “the Lord,” of joy, every well of comfort which in this place and in many hundred consoles us in the wilderness of this others throughout the Scriptures, is world, let us call with Hagar Beu. substituted for the word “ Jehovah,” lahairoi, the well of Him that liveth which stands in the original, and and seeth me. which the piety or superstition of the Pass we now to the Third part of our Jews forbad them to utter. This awful discourse, on which we would gladly name signifies in itself eternity in its dwell at greater length than either our fullest sense—both the eternity which time or your patience will allow, to never had a beginning, and the eternity consider How THE LORD EMPLOYS ALL which never shall have an end. It is | HIS MIGHTY ATTRIBUTES FOR THE CON. a word formed of the letters which,SOLATION AND REFRESHMENT OF H18 in the Hebrew language, are signs of PEOPLE WHO CALL UPON HIN. “He the present, and the past, and the fu- giveth power to the faint, and to them ture. This everlasting God, Jehovah, that have no might he increaseth the Creator of the ends of the earth, strength. Even the youths shall faint assures us that he fainteth not, neither and be weary, and the young men shall is weary, and that there is no search- utterly fall, but they that wait on the ing his understanding. In fact, it is Lord shall renew their strength, they almost needless to pursue further this shall mount up with wings as eagles ; subject. Omniscience and omnipo- they shall run and not be weary, and tence are almost inseparable from the they shall walk and not faint." very notion of Deity. Our only dif- We have seen something of the knowficulty consists in constantly and prac. ledge and the power of God, let us obtically crediting what we cannot avoid serve how he applies his power to the readmitting in theory. Let us then al- lief even of those wants and infirmities ways endeavour to remember that God which his knowledge has discovered. knoweth all our thoughts—that all There are two distinct classes of perpower is in his hands—that he hath sons to whom the epithets of the text full power to detect and to punish his will especially apply, who may with enemies, and to watch over and pro- especial propriety be denominated tect his friends. “There is not a word “faint and destitute of might;" those in my tongue but thou, O Lord, know-who convinced of their sin and natu