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thee, even in thy mouth." The same with Israel; they had not to make a pole, nor even to touch it; the dying Israelite had but to look at the brazen serpent. Oh! is there one here to-day unconverted ? Your mother, perhaps from the time you lay on the bend of her arm, has prayed : 6. Oh! that my child may live before Thee." Your father may be a righteous man, a living testimony for Jesus. Oh! sinner, sinner! that mother's kiss, that father's life, will be remembered in hell! Oh! to remember in time. Like a family in Hampshire ; the father died with the life-long prayer for his sons, unanswered; but when dead, his sons said, “ If he died unhappy (which he did) because of us, what shall we do?" Ah ! sinner, there is no dying of hunger, but on the very manna. Oh! to put out your hand and take it now. Now is the accepted time, now is the day of salvation."

The other thought is for us christians. In their last days in the wilderness there was nothing but Jordan between Israel and the Land. And we are just now in like position; we are nearing the glory,

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CONFLICT AND REST.

ROMANS VÜ.; Psalu i.

HERE is, I have thought, a sweet agreement,

along with a marked difference, existing be@ ,

tween Rom vii. and Psalm i. In the one, "I delight in the law of God after the inward man: in the other, “ His delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law doth he meditate day and night," (lie down in the green pastures, day and night," resting and feeding). In both cases it is the new nature, whose delight is in the law of the Lord, a nature divinely implanted, a nature according to God; and of course its delight is in Him who gave it, not only from, but for Himself. Oh ! how sweet to know, instinctively, that we have this nature ! that it turns again and again towards His holiness and His love, both which shine out in His law, for it is the law which commends His holiness; and it is the law which not only shews that we may, but directly tells us to love God, and this is just what the new nature would delight to do; not only to bave delight, joy, complacent joy; but the delight, the joy, is in the law. But why delight in the law ? Because it is the law of the Lord, and because His requirements are just what the new nature loves, and because the law not only permits, but enjoins upon us joy in God, delight in His holiness, and love for Himself. Are we not glad that we may thus spend all our complacency and all our love on the blessed Lord ? In both, therefore, it is the same principle, namely, delighting in the law of the Lord.

But then, associated with the delight in the law of Rom. vii., is the “O wretched man.” Associated with the other, Psalm i., is “O the llessedness of the man" who is like a tree planted by the river of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season ; his leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” The one speaking in Romans is “ wretched ; " the other“ blessed." • Blessed is JEHOVAH JESUS.

WANT a sight of Jesus,

Whose goings were of old; Who early in the ancient days,

Did oft His grace unfold, I want Jehovah-Jesus,

The true Beloy'd, to know ; Whose chief rejoicings were with men,

His best delights below.

I want that timeless Lover,

To whom 'twas good to see, In Eden bliss-its love, its joy

What His own Church would be;
Who saw in man's creation,

So perfect and so fair,
An image of th' eternal form

Which He Himself would wear.

I want the Man Christ Jesus,

Whom Godhead dwells within, Who all our griefs and sorrows bore,

Who died our death for sin. I want the same blest visage,

The same once suff'ring brow, That body broken for us here,

But bright with glory now.

I want the Lord once treading

On Galilean sea,
To gaze upon each wound He bore

When hanging on the tree.
I long Himself to worship,

Heaven's golden gates within, There own the sorrows which He bore

Whilst dying for our sin.

I want that Friend of Bethany,

Who in its home oft found A solace for His weariness,

(The place was holy ground.)

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