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and reveal Thy presence ; come, Lord, with all Thy quickening power into our midst, deliver us, and save us for Thy name's sake.” Thus Israel cried of old, and thus Israel has to cry frequently now, but when the deliverances come, we feel that we would not have been without the trial of darkness, because of the blessing of light which follows.

We learn that “our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth.” Another petition of the Psalmist's is this, “Return, we beseech Thee, O God of hosts. It is clear from these words that the Psalmist knew the Lord, and had before felt His presence.

Now there was the hiding of His countenance. David had an experience of this sort, as we learn from his words. “ And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved. Lord, by Thy favour Thou hast made my mountain to stand strong." Here is the enjoyment of God's presence and favour. But what does he say in the words which follow ? “ Thou didst hide Thy face and I was troubled” (Psalm xxx. 6, 7). Here then is an experience which agrees with that of Asaph, and with the children of God generally. “Return, we beseech Thee, O God of hosts ! Examine portions of the 77th Psalm. We have a petition in our Services—“We beseech Thee to hear us, good Lord.” When the Holy Ghost moves a man to utter these words, they are real prayer. Prayer does not consist of so many words dropped from the lips, but it is the expression of the heaven-born desires of the heart. When prayer is right, the Spirit of God is moving and working within. All real prayer God hears and

Believers know that although God is the Holy One dwelling in the high and lofty place, yet He dwells also in “contrite and humble spirits, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones (Isa. lvii. 15). “Return, we beseech Thee, () God of hosts : look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this vine.” Visit it, we beseech Thee. Thou didst visit Noah, and saved him and his family from perishing by water. Thou didst visit Abram and saved him out of the land of the Chaldeans. Thou didst visit Lot and saved him. Think Lord of Thy visits to Jacob and Joseph, and to Thy people Israel when in Egypt, and how Thou didst deliver them. "Look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this vine,” thy people ; the vineyard which Thy right hand hath planted, and the branch that Thou madest strong for Thyself.” They are Thy people. Lord, Thou hast loved them, cast them not away from Thy presence for they are Thine. Visit them with Thy salvation. They are being consumed with fire like refuse, they are cut down. “When Thou hidest Thy face they perish at the rebuke of Thy countenance, O Lord.” Lord in mercy look down from heaven upon Thy afflicted Israel, and behold them with an eye of pity, and visit them with Thy great salvation, and then will they offer unto Thee the fruit of their lips and the thanksgivings of their hearts which are always acceptable unto Thee through Jesus Christ our Lord.

There is a very remarkable petition in the 17th verse. Hand be upon the Man of Thy right Hand, upon the Son of Man Whom Thou madest strong for Thyself.” I scarcely think that these words refer to Israel, but to Israel's Saviour, the God-man, Mediator, Jesus Christ. Let Thy hand of divine justice be upon Him and not upon us.

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He is the Man of Thy right hand, and Thou hast made Him strong for Thyself. He is strong to meet all claims of justice. O Lord God look to Hinn for satisfaction, and not to us. Again let Thy hand of grace be upon Him ; He is the Branch on whom the Spirit of Jehovah rests. He is filled with the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, with the Spirit of counsel and might, and with the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. Israel pleaded Jehovah Jesus at God's right hand. He that comes to God through Him is not cast out. Whom have I in heaven but Jesus to speak a word for me? If any one of us sin we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous

Now what are the Psalmist's conclusions ? “ So will not we go back from Thee.” Knowing that if Thou wilt look upon Him, we shall breathe freely, being in Thy Hands. As long as the Lord keeps us we are well kept. We cannot keep ourselves. “ Hold Thou me up, and I shall be safe” (Psalm cxix. 117). “ Draw me, we will run after Thee” (Song of Sol. i. 4). Do Thou work mightily in us, and then we shall desire to have sweet communion with Thee. “Quicken us, and we will call upon Thy Name.” I shall now speak upon the second petition in our text.

" Cause Thy face to shine."

In the 1st verse it is—“Shine forth ;” in the 3rd verse, “ Cause Thy Face to shine ;

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“ Cause Thy Face to shine.” O for the smiling countenance of the Lord God towards His poor, broken-hearted children! I think this reminds us of the 89th Psalm where we read of “the joyful sound.” And 6 Blessed is the people that know” it. They know the covenant of God, and His favour. They enjoy His presence and His protection. “ In Thy Name shall they rejoice all the day: ard in Thy righteousness shall they be exalted. In Thy strength is their boast. Thou art their defence.” This is what Israel's God causes His children to enjoy. And this is their portion for ever. In keeping with this it is, that God commanded His people Israel to be blessed by Aaron and his sons. “On this wise, ye shall bless the people of Israel, saying unto them, the Lord bless thee, and keep thee; the Lord make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee. The Lord lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. The Lord make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto They should abound in happiness, and joy, and peace.

When a person realizes that he is walking in the light of God's countenance, and that he has the comforts of the Holy Ghost in his own soul, he feels that his prayers are turned into praises. I think this is a secret, known only to God's children, that there is a time when we can pray only, and not praise at all ; and that there is a time when we can praise only and not pray at all. There is a time for every purpose and for every work under heaven. It is a blessed time when our prayer is turned into praise. “ Turn us again, O Lord God of hosts, and cause Thy Face to shine upon us.

THIRDLY, consider ISRAEL'S DELIVERANCES. • We shall be saved.Three times this expression occurs in this Psalm. “ We shall be saved.” Here we have comfort and strong consolation in knowing that a smiling countenance brings healing, health, and salvation. This word saved is rendered in three different ways in the Scriptures. We shall


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be saved,” as in the text, that is delivered. Also “. we shall be saved," that is preserved.

we shall be saved,” so as to obtain the victory. Present deliverances, future preservation, and final victory. All these ideas are included in the expression “We shall be saved.”

Present deliverances. Just take the first part of the 107th Psalm. The persons spoken of are the Lord's redeemed. “ Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy." “These have been gathered out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.” Then in the 4th verse he describes them as travellers. They are travellers and pilgrims in a foreign land. “They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in,” but they seek “a city which hath foundations, whose Builder and Maker is God” (Heb. xi. 10). “Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them. Then -in the midst of their distresses, poor pilgrims “they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them out of their distresses." This is just what the Lord does. They are then described as captives, such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being in affliction and iron. They rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the Most High. The Lord then brought down their heart with labour. They fell down and there was none to help them. Now they feel their distresses and their troubles. “Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and He saveth them out of their distresses.” Then they are likened to sick men. The Lord makes His children sick of themselves and of everything about them. “Fools, because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted. Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat ; and they draw near unto the gates of death.” Then in their sick and lost condition “they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and He saveth them out of all their distresses.” In the next place they are described as mariners, or sea-faring men. Well, “they that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; these see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep. For He commandeth and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths : their soul is melted because of trouble. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits' end." What trouble for the soul to be tossed after this manner ! Bitter cries are heard : “ Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and He bringeth them out of their distresses.” The Psalmist winds up by saying : "Oh that men would praise the Lord for His goodness," —bless the Lord for all His deliverances, and for His wonderful works to the children of

The Psalmist knew that we shall be saved, for it is the Lord Himself who delivers us from our low and lost estate. If we are spiritual travellers, spiritual captives, and spiritually sick of sin and self, and are spiritual mariners, there is no distress, nor prison, nor sickness, nor storm, nor tempest, out of which the Lord will not deliver

His deliverances are great and many. But salvation has in it future preservation. It is said in the 2nd Book of Samuel, the 8th chapter, and the 6th verse :-“ And the Lord preserved David whithersoever he went.” The word "preserved" is


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the same as that translated “saved " in our text. We are told that “the Lord "_saved, or—“preserved David whithersoever he went.” This is just what we need : the Lord to preserve us in our going out and coming in ; also in our downsitting and in our uprising. O Lord, Thou alone art the Preserver of men ! Thou art the Keeper of Thy people Israel! Preserve us, we beseech Thee.

This word is translated “victoryin the 98th Psalm. “O sing unto the Lord a new song ; for He hath done marvellous things : His right Hand, and His holy Arm hath gotten Him the victory.Victory ! Victory !! Victory !!! Through our Lord Jesus Christ. This is what we call final victory. Thus, then, God gives us present deliverance, future preservation, and final victory, through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Give ear, o Shepherd of Israel-shine forth, Thou that dwellest between the Cherubims. Stir up Thyself and come and save us.

Look down upon us, behold us, and visit us with thy salvation. Let Thy hand be upon Christ Jesus, the Man of thy right hand, and pity thou us. Quicken us, and we will call upon Thy Name, for it is lovely—“ Turn us again, O Lord God of hosts, cause Thy face to shine, and we shall be saved.” And now unto Thee, O Father, and unto Thee O Son, and unto Thee, O Holy Ghost, be ascribed all the honour and the glory of our salvation, for ever and for ever.-- - Amen!!

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St. Paul's Epistle to the Colossians, the 3rd Chapter, and the latter part

of the 11th Verse.

“BUT CHRIST IS ALL, AND IN ALL.” THE Apostle in this chapter gives three distinctive features of a Christian's life. The first is-meditation on heavenly things ; the second is—mortification of corrupt desires and doings ; and the third is the manifestation of spiritual graces. In the concluding part of the chapter the apostle points out Christian conduct between believers ; between believing husbands and wives,—between believing parents and children,-between believing masters and servants, and counsels that whatsoever they do, they are to do it heartily, as unto the Lord, and not unto men. The first distinctive feature is, meditation on heavenly things. This is contained in the first few verses of the chapter. The apostle proceeds upon the supposition that those to whom he wrote were real Christians, “ If ye then be risen with Christ.” If they were not risen with Christ. If they were not born of God. If they were not Christians in reality, then the whole chapter falls to the ground. But the apostle regards them as living Christians, and addresses them as such, saying, "Seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth

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