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things is the life of my spirit: so wilt thou recover me, and make me to live.
Behold, for peace I had a great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.
For the grave cannot praise thee; death cannot celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth.
The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth.
The LORD was ready to save me: therefore we will sing my songs to the stringed instruments, all the days of our life, in the house of the LORD.— Isaiah xxxviii. 9–20.
66 The Writing:”-as it were, an Extract from the pri. vate Diary of this pious King ; in which he was specially guided by the Holy Spirit. In it we see Hezekiah, 1. Bemoaning himself on account of-Life shortened, Pain suffered, Spirits sunk : yet, 2. Extolling his God and Saviour for - Restoring Love, Pardoning Mercy, and Usefulness prolonged. This “ Writing” is very suitable for the sick, the infirm, and the dying ; but especially for those who have been “recovered from sickness.”
It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning : great is thy faithfulness.-Lamentations ïïi. 22, 23.
Give us this day our daily bread.—Matthew vi.Il.
And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.—Mark i. 35.
And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. - Luke vi. 12.
Thus did Jesus rest from past labours, and prepare for new. In the instance, especially, mentioned by St. Luke, his prayer was preparatory to one of the most solemn events recorded in the Gospels; that of setting apart his Disciples to their office. He was praying for the evangelizers of the whole world!
Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning ;
And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that, when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.
Blessed are those servants, whom the lord, when he cometh, shall find watching : verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.
And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.
And this know, that if the good man of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would
have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through
Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.-xii. 35–40.
I must work the works of Him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.John ix. 4.
Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord.—Romans xü. 11.
To have all that practical mechanism in business, which precludes irregularity and ensures efficiency; and yet to diffuse throughout the transactions of every day such a spirituality of mind as proves that we are not merely chief wheels in a machine, but conscientious agents for life and for eternity-is a combination of qualities constituting the highest rank in the service of God on earth. Many possess one of these qualities, without much of the other :-spirituality, without a talent for business ; or a talent for business, without deep spirituality ; motive, without system; or, system without exalted purity of motive. He who would every day make this his motto, “Serving the Lord," must covet earnestly both these gifts.
And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.—xiü. 11, 12.
But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none;
And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not ;
And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away.--1 Cor. vii. 29–31.
See, then, that ye walk circumspectly; not as fools, but as wise,
Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians v. 15, 16. - “Circumspectly”—that is, with a careful survey of 1. All the obligations of the Christian character;--2. All the dangers incident to our course, especially in perilous times ; and, 3. All the helps which the blessed Spirit of Christ holds forth to us, while we use the appointed means of grace; namely, reading and meditating on Scripture, prayer, and taking counsel with experienced servants of God.
Circumspection such as this shews the truly wise man. For who but has experienced great evils from what seemed to be but a small mistake? We cannot, then, be too cautious. “Not as fools”—who soon tire of watchfulness, deeming it over-scrupulosity; saying, “It is a little matter -why give it so much thought ?”.
Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which ye received of us.
For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you ;
Neither did we eat any man's bread for nought ; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you:
Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.
For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
Now them that are such, we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.
But ye, brethren, be not weary in well-doing.2 Thessalonians üïi. 6—13.
Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day.—1 Timothy v. 5.
The feeblest and most weary of God's family, wielding the strongest spiritual weapons !-thus filling up sad, lonely, sleepless hours with joys and triumphs less known before ; interrupted, as they were, or abated, by caring for the things of the world, to please another. Extreme old age, thus sanctified, is cheerful. (See Luke ii. 36–38.)
But exhort-one another daily, while it is called To-day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.—Hebrews iï. 13.