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Messrs. Editors-The following lines were suggested from the words, “Keep them,” being impressed with much sweetness on the writer's mind, such beauty and compassion shining through the Redeemer's intercessory prayer as had nerer been felt before. deem them worthy of a place in the Gospel Standard, their insertion will oblige, L-, June 10.
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"KEEP THEM FROM THE EVIL." --John xvii, 15. Keep them.” For whom did Jesus I give to them a heavenly birth, plead ?
A life that from my death shall flow. What love, what mercy in that prayer!« Keep them.” Thou wilt ; no power Ah, well he knew his people's need
in heaven Of his protecting, keeping care.
Or earth, shall pluck them from thy “Keep them,”—the objects of my love, hand: Chosen eternally in me,
To them eternal life is given,
Keep them.” Compassionate request! “ Keep them,”-my people, weak and Breathed from the lips of him who died: small,
He knew what hearts his saints possess'd, Who have no strength without my aid, Prone from his sacred paths to slide. Who find in me their “ all in all," Since I their debt of justice paid.
“ Keep them,” he prays: O boundless
love! Keep them," my Father; they are To plead for Adam's ruin'd race; mine;
And still he intercedes above, Save them from evil's dangerous way: And still imparts his sovereign grace. The world will all its powers combine, To turn their feeble steps astray.
“Keep them.” By power divine they
stand, “ Keep them,”— they are not of the Till Christ invites his saints above, earth;
To praise, with all the ransom'd band, Like me, they must its hatred know : “Redeeming grace, and dying love."
" THE COMPANY OF TWO ARMIES."
LINES, Written upon the death of Sophia Fitch, who departed this life, in holy triumph of soul and full assurance of faith in our blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus
Christ, November 10th, 1843, aged 41 years. Hark! what is this assails my ear? And now the joy no tongue can tell,The solemn sound of death I hear, She said, “I ne'er shall go to hell, A sister gone before:
For Christ, I know, is mine.” She's left this vale of tears below,
Satan a liar now she found,
Her life was hid in God;
Of Jesus' precious blood.
Aloud upon her bed she sung, His chariot wheels dragg'd heavily,
For God had loosed her stammering And thought they travell’d slow.
Nor could she then refrain: (tongue, Death waiting stood to take the blow; She's singing now above the sky, When God commission'd him to go, Where solid pleasures never die, He struck the deadly wound:
Exempt from grief and pain. She turu'd herself upon her side, Then gently breath'ā her last and died: And shouted victory through the Lamb,
O yes! she sang in Jesus' name,
Before she took her flight;
In realms of endless light.
Are happy, wave your hand:” A mourner here on earth below, She waved it forth without delay, Oppress'd with sin, with grief, and woe; Then quickly dropp'd her cumbrous clay, No tongue but her's could tell
And fled to Zion's land. The agonies she felt within;
And now her soul is set at large, She thought her heavy load of sin
Her Saviour's blood was her discharge, Would sink her soul to hell.
She views his lovely face;
Should find her portion there : “Salvation's all of grace.”
Who sometimes am afraid to die, There mercy was for her.
Be safely landed there! The Lord sent home his healing word, To conflict here with sin no more, Did life, and joy, and peace afford, But reach that blest immortal shore, With pleasure all divine ;
And victory shout like her. Great Totham.
But again; some will say, “My desires are so intense after Jesus, springing from a deep sense of need, and from some glimmerings of his excellent worth, that I cannot rest till I am persuaded of my soul's interest in his eternal love." Yours is love in the smoke; therefore do not fear; it will not go out; for God says he will not break the bruised reed; though its melancholy jarring is not so musical as the “voice of doves, tabering upon their breasts." (Nahum ii. 7.) “But,” say you, I long to enjoy a sense of his atonement in my con. science, and to find a heart-felt union with him, and a joyful love to him; to say as the spouse does, “My Beloved is mine, and I am his;' or with Petor, "Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now yo see, him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.'” (1 Pet. i. 8.) This joy that you have mentioned is love in the flame; be thankful for the former, but aim at the latter, that ye may" know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge." (Eph. iii. 19.)-Huntington.
“ Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled.”-Matt. v. 6.
“Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.”—2 Tim. i. 9.
“ The election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded."-Rom. xi. 7.
“If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.- In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”—Acts viï. 37, 38; Matt. xxviii. 19.
MEDITATIONS ON DEUT. XXXIII. 13-16, BY JAMES
OSBOURN, OF AMERICA.
(Concluded from page 263.) V. “And for the precious things put forth by the moon.” The sun and moon are here both mentioned in proper order. We all know that the sun has the pre-eminence over the moon.
The sun is larger than the moon, brighter than the moon, and of greater heat than the moon; and the moon receives all her light from the sun, which is the grand fount or.source of all light. Now the sun is said to bring forth, and the moon, the lesser light, to put forth. From the above we are shown how great the pre-eminence of our anti-typical Joseph, the glorious Sun of Righteousness, is over the moon, the church. He was before all things, he is over all things, and by him all things consist. In him the church lives, moves, and has her being; and all her light, heat, beauty, glory, and grace, flow from him, the Fountain and Source of all good. As this Sun freely brings forth these precious fruits which we have just glanced at, so the moon freely receives them, and binds them about her for ornaments; and being thus ornamented, beautified, and adorned, she is styled the perfection of beauty, and the joy of the whole earth. And as she so very liberally receives all from the Sun, she deviseth liberal things, and by liberal things she stands. Or thus: she freely, and without making any reserve, puts forth precious things to the sons and daughters of men.
And this is done in the preaching of the gospel, when Christ is exhibited, and the fulness and freeness of the grace, mercy, and love of God to perishing sinners are opened up. And here let me ask you, my sister, are there not many very precious things put forth by this moon at times? Have they not
says he, “
often caused the souls of the sorrowful ones to be glad, and to rejoice with joy unspeakable, and full of glory?
With regard to the glory of this moon, I would just remark, Paul tells us that the natural moon is not without glory: “There is,
one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon." And so Zion is not without glory. The clothing of this moon is said to be of wrought gold; her food, marrow and fatness; her place of defence, the munition of rocks; her ornaments, the hidden man of the heart, and a meek and quiet spirit; and the end of her race, the salvation of the soul. If all this be true, may we not bless the Sun “for the precious things put forth by the moon?”
VI. “And for the chief things of the ancient mountains." By the mountains here spoken of, we have brought to view the great transactions of eternity. The Father, the Son, and the Spirit consulting about the salvation of his chosen ones; the things then and there done; the arrangements made, the plan laid down, the steps that should be pursued, the events that should take place in time, and the end they should all tend to, may well be compared to mountains for stability and duration. In vain do men fight against the ancient settlements of the Trinity, as nothing that was there done will ever be counteracted, altered, diminished, or improved. As Infinite Wisdom adjusted all things for a certain end, so Infinite Wisdom will see that that very end be accomplished by those very things appointed for that purpose. And as these things were contrived before time began, and so fixed as to admit of no change, they are called "ancient mountains.”
By "the chief things,” we may understand the two grand objects which God had in view under all, and which he will never lose sight of, but will cause every event, either directly or indirectly, to be subservient to his grand design. And these two objects were, and still are, his own declarative glory, and the salvation of his church; and these are to be accomplished in that way which is perfectly conformable to his most wise and righteous decrees, counsels, and purposes. And that these are the chief things which occupy the mind of the Trinity, we may easily gather from the vast interest which each divine Person in the blessed Trinity takes in securing and bringing
That God the Father is greatly concerned for his own glory, and for the salvation of the church, is evident from the many things he has said and done. God the Son is also greatly concerned for his own glory, and for the salvation of the church, as appears from the many things he has said and done, and is still doing. God the Holy Ghost is likewise much concerned for his own glory, and for the salvation of the church, as is plain from what he has said and is now saying, and from what he has done and is still doing.
If the salvation of the church is one of the chief things that concern the almighty Father, how happy, bow blessed, and how safe must the church be! And if her salvation is one of the chief things that occupy the mind of Christ the Lord now in heaven, how highly favoured is she, and how humble and thankful ought she to be, since
them to pass.
his great concern for her cannot fail to end in a complete deliverance from sin, toil, and sorrow! And if her eternal felicity is one of the chief things that engage the attention of the Holy Spirit, and for which all his holy energies are employed, how can the prince of darkness prevail against her so as to deprive her of that everlasting rest, to bring her unto which is one of the chief things of the ancient mountains," or which engage the mind and the thoughts of a Triune God?
Come, my sister, if you are willing, and join with me in surveying these " chief things of the ancient mountains" with the rest of the blessings conferred on the land of our mystical Joseph; and after that, if you please, we will take a view of the lasting bills."
VII. “And for the precious things of the lasting hills." Are we not here led to contemplate the glorious covenant of grace, with all its sublime and munificent advantages ?
This blessed covenant is very lasting, as well as very full of mer. cies, which mercies are said to be sure. The covenant itself is said to be an everlasting one. With respect to the formation of it, it is declared to be “ordered in all things, and sure;" and with regard to its wealth, a man after God's own heart protested that it was all his salvation, and all his desire. This covenant was founded in love, and has for its security the oath and promise of God, which can never fail. It was made with Christ the covenant Head, and in the behalf of an elect world; and to them it has been, and still shall be made known: “The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will show them his covenant.” And most precious things does this covenant disclose to the heirs of promise, as they have well witnessed in all ages of the world. This covenant was ratified by Christ, who is the covenant Head, and who was given for a covenant of the people, and for a light of the Gentiles. It is called a covenant of peace, as Christ, by performing the conditions of it, established peace between his Father and those chosen in the covenant. And as Christ did this to the perfect satisfaction of his Father, his Father has not only said, “My covenant shall stand fast with him," and that his. mediatorial throne shall be established for ever, as the moon, but that he will, by the blood of this covenant, “bring forth the prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water.” And now that this covenant, and Christ, the Head of it, are as lasting as the hills, and seeing that they have continued from everlasting unto the present time, it is evident that there is no prospect of their ever coming to a close; for “of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with jugdment and with justice, from henceforth even
The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will perform this.” (Isa. Here again, my sister, I take the liberty of calling upon you. to assist me in ascribing glory to God in the highest, for establishing these lasting hills, and for the precious things they contain.
VIII. "And for the precious things of the earth and fulness thereof.” Surely we may conclude that the precious things here mentioned
for ever. ix. 7.)