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worldly covetousness, or heated with fleshly desire, was she not walking in the cool shade of holy retirement, all becalmed, as one who hath found rest in the stillness of Divine Love? Therefore was she filled, beyond any thing that she could ask, or think. As she said: "He hath filled the hungry with good things." I was poor in spirit. My heart was not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty : neither did I exercise myself in great, or wonderful matters. I sought but to love God, and to be loved of Him. And "He hath regarded the low estate of His handmaiden." "He that is Mighty hath done to me great things." Eternity only will reveal how many of such unworldly souls there have been in the world. Every age has a little flock of them. They are God's flock. I wonder not, that He calls them by every tender name; for all the titles of love and endearment in the world, cannot express His love to them.

III.—The Lord's great desire is towards man. His delights are with him. It is His meat and drink to serve him. He is as one weary of His journey in this dry world, till He finds a soul that has need of Him. Then He finds Heart-rest, and "meat to eat," of which even His disciples are ignorant. Again, the fig-tree to which He cometh, desiring

to find fruit, is man. The soul in which He finds nothing related to His desire, presently withers away. On the other hand, if while sitting at His feet, you find the appeasement of every deep desire in your nature, then, with you, He is no more a weary traveller, but at home. Love longs to be desired. The great heart-ache of love, is, not to be desired. To be desired is Love's heaven. With what satisfaction must infinite Love regard desire in the creature! You cannot conceive that satisfaction, but you can muse thereupon. Perhaps as you muse, the holy fire may kindle in you. The desires of all creatures towards Him are but His desire after them, moving in their hearts. ""Tis His Spirit's rising beam." Unless His Love be the life of it, our religion is a stranger to Him, and He is a Stranger to our religion. This is that precious oil without which, in spite of our knowledge and our prayers, our faith and our zeal, we shall be classed among the foolish virgins.

IV." Let there be meat in My house," saith the Lord. The outward services of the Church may be carefully observed, and yet under these very services, God may be complaining that He is robbed, that no meat is brought into His House. "Bring an offering ;"-not your bodies, not your

consciences, not your words only ;-bring your hearts. Bring them disengaged: if you bring them pledged to the world, and absorbed in the cares and pleasures of this life, it is the same as if you brought them not. Until you give yourselves to Him, God will never have His end, nor will you ever have salvation. Nothing can be done for you, till the desire of your heart centres in God your Saviour. The one demand of His Love, is, "Give Me thy heart.” If you give Him all that you possess, and withhold your heart, He will persist: "You have robbed Me." If your affections are held back from God, your flourishing worldliness is a curse to you,— your very soul is a curse to you.

For your sakes,

as the very beginning of His eternal blessing,— God asks your love. "Let there be meat in My House."

V. O beautiful mystery, that creatures should yield meat unto God; and that this should be His method of giving them meat. God returns our love, laden with a hundred-fold increase. The windows of heaven are opened, and its blessing poured upon us, in proportion as our hearts are directed thitherward.

See, how the clouds, which water the earth, draw their supplies from the earth. The dull

vapour ascends, the sun, moon, and stars impregnate it, and it returns back again as fertilizing rain.

The planets are dependent on the sun, for light and heat. By solar influence, they live and flourish. But do they not also feed the sun? constantly generating atmospheres, constantly, draws up to himself?

Are they not which he, as

Are not the

planetary evaporations as fuel to his fire? And are they not returned with a wondrous increase of vital energy?

Are not these things parables? It is most essential that the sun baptize the planets in his beams. It is needful also that the sun be baptized in their atmospheres. Remember you nothing like this, as signifying the relation between the Lord and His creatures? "Then cometh Jesus unto John, to be baptized of him. John forbad Him, saying, I have need to be baptized of Thee." The latter is truly essential, but the former also is not to be dispensed with. What are the prayers and praises of God's creatures, but the breath of their inmost being ascending to Him? Is not Jesus still in the act of coming to His disciples, to be bathed in their inmost affections? In all senses, natural and spiritual, the law holds good, that: "Unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again." "Whoso offereth praise glorifieth

Me." And God glorifieth them who glorify Him. No one will surely say, that "the sacrifice of praise" is not a real offering. It is just because they are most real, that "spiritual sacrifices" are "acceptable to God." After His own Nature, nothing is so real as the affections of His creatures who love Him. Their love is the banquet of His Love, and His Love is the banquet of their love.

VI.-Eating and drinking enlist, and refresh our freest affections. We are never more genial than at a meal, or a temperate feast. The soul comes fully into the body, the body becomes soul, the soul becomes body. Both soul and body

dilate, and are in their most generous mood at a feast the constantly opened mouth is a sign of the condition of the whole nature. God, therefore, invites us to join Him at a feast. For He desires to give Himself to us when our entire being is most open, most cheerful, most natural. "Eat, O friends, drink, yea drink abundantly, O beloved." "Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine." Let us neither deny it, nor disguise it, that God desires to eat with us. Jesus neither did any thing, nor said any thing, while tabernacling with men in the flesh, which does not represent the affections and relations of God to us. "With desire, I have desired

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