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though I lived an abandoned life for many years after, yet the fear of having committed it, never entirely In the first of the Bible transla. left me, but caused frequent uneasi- tions in this kingdom, we find that ness, especially after I was brought verse in Exod. xv. 26, which in the to feel my lost estate, and for some after translation now used in chur. weeks before the Lord delivered me, I cles, is rendered, “ for I am the was continually tempted to say some- Lord that healeth thee;” is rendered, thing, blasphemous agaipst the blessed “for I am the Lord thy surgeon. Spirit, why, I could not tell, though it And there is somewhat very beautiappeared at times as though some- ful and striking in the name and of. thing would break from my lips. This fice of a surgeon, wben applied to the filled me with sore distress, yet the Lord Lord Jesus Cnrist. preserved me, and brought me to be. Let us look at it a moment. A lieve on his dear Son, and for some surgeon is, or ought to be, a man of time to rejoice in his love. I thought wisdom in his profession, of ability, my troubles were over, but another of promptness to administer relief, storm was at hand, and I expected and of a very tender and feeling my poor vessel must have sunk, for heart: and how very blessedly doth Satan told me, I had been guilty of the Lord Jesus Christ answer all this crime, by having such dreadful these points : yea, and every other thoughts against God; I sank in deep which can endear him as the Jehowaters for some time, till the Lord val Rophe to his people. appeared again, my God of hope, and Jesus is of singular wisdom in his then that cloud removed for ever. It profession; for he is wisdom himself. is now about thirty years ago.
“ In him are hid all the treasures of Should these remarks prove profit- wisdom and knowledge.” None inable to any poor tried soul, the Lord deed but the Lord Jesus Christ can will have the glory; the letter is ra- discover our multiform diseases, or ther prolix, but I could not explain make application of the suitable remy meaning in fewer words.
If you medy to all. think it worth inserting in your Jesus alone hath ability to heal ;
Spiritual Magazine " it is at your for nothing short of his blood can service.
cleanse from all sin, and his righYour's sincerely for Christ's sake, teousness gives strength to the singer. Potton.
And who so prompt to administer to the numberless wants of his redeemed? For he saith, he is always
near at band to help in time of need. QUERY. An anxious Inquirer would feel
And who so tender, so feeling, and very grateful to any of the Corre- of an heart to sympathize with his Zion's Casket," to people, as Jesus?
And who tben give an explanation of the 18th verse of doth not enter into the peculiar beau. the 5th chap. of the Epistle to the ty of this translation which is here Romans; and to state, especially so blessedly rendered ?
“ For I am from scripture proofs, who are meant
the Lord thy surgeon.",
Who doth, or will not, see a someby the all men spoken of in the first part of the verse, and whether the what peculiarly sweet, and applicable same words all men have the same
to the name, when Jesus saith, I am extent of meaning in the latter part the Lord, the Lord thy surgeon. of the verse, and likewise of the 6th Hail
, thou glorious Jehovah Ruphe !
Be thou the Lord that bealeth me! verse of the liiird chap. of Isaiah.
Christ's DEATH AND VICTORY.
Hebrews ii. 14.
Jesus his precious blood hath shed,
And put their sins away ;
He all their debts did pay.
Which to the church was due :
Amazing scene to view ! 'T is finished ! on the cross, he cried, Bowed his dear head, and groaned, and died,
That be his bride might save ;
Victorious o'er the grave.
Por his dear saints to plead ;
For whom he once did bleed.
Of Jesus' blood to make me whole,
Now lives to intercede.
My debts he there paid down.
Oh sweet, transporting sound.
To join the blood-wash'd throng ;
In one eternal song.
We there shall sweetly sing
Shall make heav'ns portals ring.
By faith we now can eat his flesh,
This feast he doth provide ;
Which flowed from his dear side.
• And the Lord looked upon
him Judges vi. 14.
Twas a dark time! Usurpers ruled the land; oppression walked Haughty and high, and when the fields were
reaped, The fields' possessors must in secret thresh, Lest tyrants steal their food. Thus Gideon
chose The wine-press for his barn; and while he
threshed Fearful, he saw a stranger 'neath an oak Watching him at bis labour. lid it not
My soul, what canst thou say to this, Art thou a heaven-born heir of bliss,
Called by.Jehovah's grace ?
Is Christ thy Hiding-place ?
To know him more and more.
Of thy own Spirit's f'ower. And what but God the Spirit's grace, Could show to me my wretchedness,
And make me feel my need
Derision to address the trembling youth,
well Urge many wherefores, and ask many signs ;. And touched with our infirmities, as much As when he shared them in our flesh, the
Lord, The Angel of the covenant, who oft In various forms, his Israel visited, and now A stranger 'neath the oak, rebuked him not,
But can you then to me reveal
From God's most holy word,
And am thus blest of God ?
Oh, yes, dear friend, this may be known,
Though all in Christ you claim ;
Keen hunger gives you pain.
But gave the answer, and vouchsafed the
signs, The signs be sought, and more propitious
still He looked on Gideon-
In green Eden's bowers, When first the clay was fashioned to a man, God breathed, and man became a living
soul. He who then breathed now looked, and equal
power Attends the glance, for it infused a might Sufficient for the promise ; armed with
which Gideon delivered Israel.
Tyrants, Lord, Cruel as Midian, with unsparing handFallen nature's base corruptions—me op
press: They rob me of my peace, and joy, and
Your utter helplessness you feel
To rove towards your God.
You wait still on the Lord.
The world, perhaps, may on you frown,
And you may feel distressed ;
But you are really blest.
Oh, happy soul, by you indeed
Rich treasures are possessed,
Yea, and you shall be blest.
They bar access to thee.' Look on me,
“Unto you therefore that believe, he is
Christians ! adore your sovereign Lord, Written after hearing a Sermon preached by And join in praise with one accord
the Rev. J. Hobbs, from these words, To him who died for you, “Yea, and he shall be blessed."
Amazing love, what heavenly light
Bursts forth upon our darkened sight,
Since we were born anew.
Amazing love, to condescend
To be the guilty sinner's friend,
And pay for him the price ;
And bear for us the avenging rod,
The weight of his just wrath.
Amazing love, how great, how free
He hung upon the accursed tree,
Despising all its shame;
At God's right hand triumpbant reigns,
His people all to claim.
Yes, for the gathering of his saints,
For whom he died, for them he waits,
Christians, awake, arise ;
May we on Jesus' side appear,
To mansions in the skies.
" For there are Three that bear record in heaven, the FATHER, the Word, and tho
Holy Ghost: and these Three are One."-1 John v. 7. “Earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints."-Jude 3.
Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience."-1 Tim. iii. 6.
BY CORNELIUS SHARP.
THE GOSPEL PULPIT. which this is to be brought about he
sweetly speaks in the 5th verse of the
psalm in which my text stands, THE SAINT'S REFUGE IN THE DAY OF
gather my saints together unto me,
those that have made a covenant Being the substance of a Sermon Preached
with me by sacrifice;" this gatherat Cave Adullam Chapel, Lower Nor. ing together is not merely a congre. wood, Surrey, on Sunday Evening, May gating together in numbers to hear the 11, 1845.
word, for there are thousands that meet in this way who have never
“made a covenant by sacrifice.” Hear “ Call upon me in the day of trouble, I the word of the Lord to such, “But will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify cursed be the deceiver which hath in Pa. l. 13.
his flock a male, and voweth and This psalm was penned by Asaph, sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt a man of God, but a man of like pas- thing ;” and it is evident there are sions as you and I ; in Ps. lxxiii. he thousands that have light sufficient complains of the power of unbelief, to deceive the child of God for a in this language, “I was envious at time, and be admitted into church the foolish, when I saw the prosperity fellowship, to partake of the outward of the wicked,” and so it continued symbols, but in doing this without working until he went into the sanc- faith they eat and drink damnation tuary of God, then understood he to their own souls. Hence we see their end; surely thou didst set it in the case which our Lord dethem in slippery places,” which sight scribes in Matt. xxii., of a certain humbled bis rebellion, and brought king making a marriage for his son, him down to behold himself as a who sent his servants to call them beast before the Lord. “Neverthe. that were bidden to the wedding, and less," he said, "I am continually they would come by no persuasion with thee, thou hast holden me by whatever, but rather persecuted the my right hand ; thou shalt guide me
servant; but by and by he sends with thy counsel, and afterwards re- his servants into the highways, saying, ceive me to glory.” The way in as many as ye find, bid to the mar. August, 1845.]
in this verse,
riage, as is described by the prophet what the day of trouble is. “In the
Gather my saints.' day of trouble call upon me,” it is a By and bye the king comes in to see time of real need, a time when heart the guests, and he saw there a man and flesh fails, when lover and friend which had not on a wedding garment stand aloof, when the soul is sinking -a solemn place this, my friends, to in deep waters where no standing is, be, in without a warrant—and when “ They that go down to the sea in he put the question, how he came ships, these do business in deep there, he was speechless; and so will waters." There must be a descending every soul be, that has not got the into the depths of our misery under testimony of God of their adoption the fall, before there is any ascendin that day when God comes to make ing up into the joy of the Lord ; up his jewels. The gathering then these depths, when discovered by the here spoken of means, “not by might spirituality of God's law, will cause nor by power (of man), but by my the soul to fear the wrath of God Spirit, saith the Lord,” and the way against him in a broken law, which in which this is done, is sometimes will produce real trouble, and it is by the preaching of the gospel, and of that nature, unless supported, it sometimes without the means; "the will sink him into black despair. wind bloweth where it listeth, thou The secret support or protection that heareth the sound thereof, but canst is granted in this place is not percepnot tell whence it cometh and whither tible to the poor soul, or his trouble it goeth, so is every one that is born would be lessened by it; but it is of the Spirit.” But it is evident that there, or such a one would under the Spirit does not work contrary to this trouble, be left like Saul, when the word, nor the word contrary to the his deceptive garb could no longer Spirit, for it is one object that the cover him, he first requested the Spirit and the word directs the poor prophet to honour him before the sinner to, viz., the sacrifice of he elders of the people; then he has re. Lamb of God that made the atone. course to a witcb, and at length to ment for sin; and their commission his own sword; therefore, this man's is, " bring my sons from far, and my trouble was nothing but the trouble daughters from the ends of the earth, of the world, or sorrow of the world I will say to the north, give up, and which worketh death, but godly sor. to the south, keep not back, and row worketh repentance, that need. here they shall hear the Spirit and eth not to be repented of. This trou. the Bride saying, Come, and let him ble is something like the apostle that is athirst come, and whosoever Paul's, when the Lord met him in will let him take of the water of life his journey to Damascus, he was freely, and
saith God in the felled to the ground, and smote with words of my text, “call upon me in blindness, and the arrows of God the day of trouble. I will deliver thee, stuck fast in his conscience so that and thou shalt glorify me.” In de. he could not rise, and here be would livering my thoughts upon these have kept, sinking lower and lower, words I shall, in the first place, show had not the Lord had mercy on him. what this day of trouble is ; Secondly, And it was the same with the jailor, I shall endeavour to prove a real cry when Paul and Silas were in prison, or call ; Thirdly, the object to whom singing praises, the Lord sent his the poor soul in this distress is die earthquake and shook the prison, and rected to ; and Lastly, I shall notice the jailor's heart too, so that he was the happy deliverance and its effect. in that trouble that he knew not
In the first place I am to show what to do, and the devil finding bim