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thirsteth, such is the invitation of the prophet, come ye to the waters.* If any man thirst, saith our blessed Lord, let him come unto me and drink.t And the Spirit and the bride say come ; and let him that heareth say come : and let him that is athirst come; and whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely. I These waters flow for the solace of a weary world ; and when the whole world shall repair to them they will not be exhausted.

And as we notice the abundance of these consolations, signified by the rivers of water; so also do we remark the perfection and the permanence of them in the shadow of a rock.

The shadow of a tree would be very grateful to the exhausted traveller ; but it is pervious to the storm and the heat : its leaves may wither, and its roots decay, and ere long, instead of protecting others, it will itself be cast down. The Messiah is as the shadow of a rock, which defies alike the wind and the sun, and remains under all circumstances, fixed and immoveable; of a great rock, which affords complete and extensive protection.

(1.) Hence observe the great love which was manifested to fallen man in the gift of the Messiah.

* Isa. Iv. 1. + John vii. 37. | Rev. xxii, 17.

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The love of God may be traced in the works of creation, and in the ways of Providence. We can scarcely fail to observe, even in the most partial and cursory view of the things which exist around us, that we have to deal with a most benevolent Being, who has made it His care to consult the happiness of His creatures; and that this, notwithstanding all the disorder introduced into the world, is the design which He purposed in the formation of man, But when we consider the sorrows incident to the condition of fallen and apostate man-sorrows to which the whole range of creation and Providence afford no adequate relief--when we reflect upon the consequences of sin, arising even in this world from man's disobedience; when we advert to the agonies of a wounded spirit, the terrors of death, the apprehensions of judgment, the anticipation of that wrath which shall then pursue the guilty, and bear in mind that from all these things we may find a refuge in the Redeemer; when we add to these reflections, that not only has He rescued us from positive misery, but that by His Spirit He sustains and consoles us, converting even sorrow into an occasion of joy, and enabling us to behold death itself, and the solemnities of the

great day, with hope rather than with alarm ; when we learn from the records of divine truth, and from our own experience, that the consolations which He communicates are effective under all the trials and sufferings to which man in this earthly pilgrimage can be exposed, what a view does it give us of the tender mercy of God in Christ Jesus. We, who had no claim upon the divine bounty, have thus become partakers' of the greatest and most extensive blessings; blessings, apart from which life would frequently present nothing but a melancholy blank, without comfort for the present, without hope for the future. And at what a price were these benefits procured! It was by the death of the Son of God; it was by exposing Himself to the storm, that Ile has become to us a hiding-place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest ; it was by enduring in His own person, and without a shelter, the fiercest heat of persecution, that He has become to us as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land! So great is that love, so wide that mercy, which we discover in the way of salvation by the Lord Jesus Christ.

(2.) With what humble gratitude should we avail ourselves of the blessings thus graciously vouchsafed !

We read of these things, and we profess to believe them. Not a person is to be found, acknowledging the Christian revelation, who does not admit that Jesus Christ is a Saviour in every way suited to the necessities of man, and that with Him, and with Him alone, is to be found adequate consolation under all the pains and troubles of mortality. But how few seem to come to Him for these benefits! You see men conflicting with the wind and the tempest, as if there were no hiding-place; pursuing their parched and sultry road, as if there were no rivers to quench their thirst, no rock to offer them its friendly shade. You see them harassed with the troubles of life, and vexed with its anxieties, dejected and depressed by a thousand circumstances which they cannot avert, but not even thinking of Him who would give rest to their souls; eagerly inquiring who will shew us any good, * but never seeking for the light of that countenance which can alone impart it.

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* Psalm iv. 6.

scorsa whea arget nec Es sce, dan trust ia His cec.staterers, and resize tice the basis of peace? How much, Estrerea, in these particu'ars are Christians freccess wanting to themselres ! How Lue Grparatirely do many of them realize the truth of the description here giren of the Messiah! How often while they omit to avail themselves of the privilege, might they run into this refuze and be safe! How often might they repose under this great rock and drink of these living waters!

May we learn to behold our blessed Redeemer in the light in which He is here presented to us! May we be duly sensible of the overflowing fulness of His grace, and at all times, and under every emergency repair

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