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and be ye saved, for I am God, and there is none else. Seek ye the Lord, while he may be found; call ye upon him while he is near; Let the wicked forsake his way; and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon
On the other hand, such as have fled for refuge to lay hold on the hope set before them,' are commanded to be joyful in their king.' He reigns, O believer, for thee. The stability of his throne is thy safety. The administration of his government is for thy good; and the precious pledge that he will perfect that which concerneth thee. In all thy troubles and in all thy joycommit thy way unto him.' He will guard the sacred deposit. Fear not that thou shalt
lack any good thing.'--Fear not that thou shalt be forsaken---Fear not that thou shalt fall beneath the ‹ arm of the oppressor. He went through the fires of the pit to save thee; and he will stake all the glories of his crown to keep thee. Sing then thou beloved, Behold God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid; for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
And if we have tasted that he is gracious, if we fook back with horror and transport upon the wretchedness and the wrath which we have escaped, with what anxiety shall we not hasten to the aid of our fellow men, who are sitting in the region and shadow of death. What zeal will be too ardent; what la bor too persevering; what sacrifice too costly, if by any means, we may tell them of Jesus, and the resurrection, and the life eternal! Who shall be daunted by difficulties, or deterred by discouragement? If but one Pagan should be brought, savingly, by your instrumentality, to the knowledge of God, and the kingdom of Heaven, will you not, my brethren, have an ample recompence? Is there here a man who
would give up all for lost because some favorite hope has been disappointed? or who regrets the worldly substance which he has expended on so divine an enterprise? Shame on thy coward spirit and thine avaricious heart! Do the Holy Scriptures, does the ex perience of ages, does the nature of things justify the expectation, that we shail carry war into the central regions of delusion and crime, without opposition, without trial? Shew me a plan which encounters not fierce resistance from the Prince of Darkness and his allies in the human heart, and I will shew you a plan which never came from the inspiration of God. If Missionary effort suffer occasional embarrassment: if impressions on the heathen be less speedy, and pow. erful, and extensive, than fond wishes have anticipated: If particular parts of the great system of operation be, at times, disconcerted; if any of the minis. ters of grace' fall a sacrifice to the violence of those whom they go to bless in the name of the Lord ; these are events which ought to exercise our faith and patience; to wean us from self sufficiency; to teach us where our strength lies, and where our dependence must be fixed; but not to enfeeble hope, nor relax dilligence. Let us not despise the day of small things. Let us not overlook, as an unimportant matter, the very existence of that Missionary spirit which has already awakened Christians in different countries from their long and dishonorable slumbers, and bids fair to produce in due season, a general movement of the church upon earth.' Let us not for one instant, harbor the ungracious thought, that the prayers, and tears, and wrestlings of those who make mention of the Lord,' form no link in that vast chain of events by which he will establish, and will make Jerusalem a praise in the earth. That dispensation which of all others is most repulsive to flesh and blood, the violent death of faithful missionaries, should animate Christians with new resolution. Precious in
the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. The cry of mayrtyred blood ascends the heavens ; it enters into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth,' It will give him no rest till he rain down righteousness' upon the land where it has been shed, and which it has sealed as a future conquest for him who ' in his majesty rides prosperously because of truth, and meekness and righteousness.'
For the world, indeed ; and also for the church, many calamities and trials are in store, before the glory of the Lord shall be so revealed, that all flesh shall see it together.' I will shake all nations, is the divine declaration, I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come.' The vials of wrath' which are now running, and others which remain to be poured out, must be exhausted. The ' supper of the great God, must be prepared, and his strange work,' have its course. Yet the Missionary cause must ultimately succeed. It is the cause of God, and shall prevail. The days, O brethren, roll rapidly on, when the shout of the isles shall swell the thunder of the Continent : when the Thames and the Danube, when the Tiber and the Rhine, shall call upon Euphrates, the Ganges, and the Nile; and the loud concert shall be joined by the Hudson, the Missisippi, and the Amazon, singing with one heart and one voice, Alleluia ! Salvation! The Lord God omnipotent reigneth!
Comfort one another with this faith, and with these words,
Now, ? Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Is. rael, who only doeth wondrous things. And bles. sed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and Amen!
PASTOR OF A CHURCH, IN MEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS.
JOSHUA xxiv. 15. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. ON the death of Moses, Joshua his favorite minister succceeded to the supreme command over all the tribes of Israel, and was constituted their head and leader. Under his conduct they passed over Jor. dan, attacked the nations of Canaan, and in the course of a few years, made a complete conquest of the country. This renouned general and ruler presided in the partition of the lands, and in settling their civil and religious polity. Through the whole of these great transactions, he approved himself to God and his people, exhibiting all those noble qualities of heart and understanding which rendered him worthy of his high station. When some years had elapsed, and Joshua was now advanced in age, and the time of his departure was at hand, he gathered all Israel to Shechem, that he might give them his farewell discourse, his last, solemn, dying charge. A scene more striking rarely occurs in history. How august was the assembly of a great nation, with its Elders, Judges, and officers, civil and sacred, all attending the man who had rendered them such various and im portant services! They now behold for the last time, the Hero, who had been foremost in every danger, leading their armies to battle through many successive campaigns, and under whose conduct, they had become masters of one of the finest countries in the
world, a land flowing with milk and honey.' Their eyes are fixed on the venerable patriot, whose noble disinterested exertions, whose wisdom and counsels had established them in the quiet possession of liberty, peace and plenty. Their attention is summoned by the aged prophet, who had long been the oracle of the Most High unto them, who had taught them the good knowledge of God, and how to serve him acceptably: This prophet now addresses them with his last message from the Almighty, Was it possible for them not to be affected with the farewell discourse of one to whom they were under such manifold obligations? They were affected, and at no time did this people discover a temper more susceptible of good impressions, than was that exhibited on the present occasion.
In a nervous and pathetic address, Joshua recapit. ulates some principal events in their history, in which the arm of the Almighty had been made, bare on their behalf. He reminds them of their small origi. nal, and of the divine favor and protection to their progenitors, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob down to the period when the family became resident in Egypt. He sets before them an account of the signal interpositions of heaven in their deliverance from the Egyptian bondage; the wonders wrought for them during their progress through the wilderness, and while making a conquest of Canaan and getting pos session of that good land. Having endeavoured to warm their hearts with a sense of these blessings from Jehovah, he comes to the main point, which is, to fix them in a steady adherence to his worship, and guard them against every species of idolatry. With great earnestness and affection he applies to them,
Now therefore, fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and truth;' adding in the verse of which the text is a part, And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom you will serve;