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“ The whole earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” Delight in Him as the “ Son of Man”_soon to be here in His glory as such—with the countenance of a man, but now no longer marred; with the hands, not of a labouring, but of a glorified man. His feet are the feet of a man, and will stand with ours amidst the streets and avenues of heaven, and on Mount Zion with “the hundred and forty and four thousand redeemed from the earth."

Delight in Him as the “ Son of God;" for on the ground of the divine in Him you come to have a righteousness which is divine, “the righteousness of God." And, in virtue of that, as we have lately seen, you have the love of the Father-an ineffable love, not the love of God merely as your Father, but the love of the Father as Father in relation to His Son. What love is this! And not love only, but heirship and inheritance the kingdom and the glory. And it is here, in Christ, for ever glorified in Himself, and glorifying to His Father, that God Himself finds His delight! and His rest—a rest never to be broken. As one has beautifully said, “God had a rest in Paradise, but Adam broke it; He had a rest in Canaan, but Israel broke it.” The Eden-rest and Canaan-rest were both lost; but where is His rest now ?--where but in Jesus, and in us, in Him. As another has said, “He labours among all worlds, and among all beings, but He rests, keeps His Sabbath in His Son; and of His saints, in Him, He says, ' Here will I dwell.

But I must not linger here. Let me pass to the promise. “Delight thyself also in the Lord, and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart."

You must understand that the Psalmist cannot mean the desires of the heart at enmitythe corrupt heart; but he means that the Lord will give you all the desires and prayers of that heart which, in the believer, is of His own creation.

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We are the subjects of two wills, and, so to speak, of two hearts; a will and a heart still prone to unbelief, and a will and a heart towards God. In such sense, we have “a new heart, and a right spirit,” and, instead of being regulated by our old bad will and heart, we are regulated, or should be, by these. If you look at this, it will explain to you many a perplexity in your Christian life. The two natures are like opposing laws, which war each one for mastery. “He shall give thee the desires of the renewed and gracious heart.Is not this wonderful latitude for blessings? Well has it been said, believers are the only persons who never can live up to their property. Oh, then, let us throw the reins on the neck of all gracious desires! The promise is absolute. He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” But now for something very experimental here. I often think of John Newton's words

" I ask'd the Lord, that I might grow

In faith, and love, and every grace.”

You remember the sequel. He says, “ The Lord, indeed, did answer me--did give me so to grow

“ But it was in such a way,

As almost drove me to despair."

Ah, yes; let me, too, testify a little here; for I have asked for growth, and He cut down a gourd; I asked for holiness, and He took down an idol, I asked for yet more, and in the result I have had, amidst broken cisterns and fallen idols, to say, “The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away ; blessed be the name of the Lord." And is this the answer? How else could He purge us, or wean us, or bring out our hearts in love, or faith in His promises, or reveal in us the graces of His Spirit ? Our graces, like evergreens, grow most in the low vale of affliction, even as stars are most luminous and lovely when nearest the horizon.


Many a time the Lord has answered our desires, but it has been in such a way as we had never expected. Let me witness again. I remember, in my early ministry, how I longed after truth. God has given oh, that it were more prized !—this, the desire of my heart. I remember, seventeen years ago, writing a tractate, * in which I longed to see an awakening in religion. And how the Lord has given us to see it in 1857, in the transatlantic world, and in '59 and '60 and '61, in our own loved land! I have often said that should the Lord give me to see what we have now for years seen, I would say, “Now, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, for mine eyes have seen thy salvation.” But whilst we thus speak, do we boast? If our souls do boast, we make our boast in the Lord. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord, for He does give the desires of our hearts. I can say it, and many of you can say it. Let us bless Him. God is a glorious worker. The river of God has been full of water. Blessed for ever be the name of the Lord.

Dear needy ones! the promise is an unqualified promise—one which can cover the desires of your whole life. There is nothing good that you might not have. Beloved, can any of you, after such a promise, say, “ I am poor, having nothing and getting nothing.” Look at it again. " He (the Lord Himself) shall give thee

“ the desires of thine heart.” He will give holiness, and grace, and happiness, and heaven; and, beyond and above all, He will give Himself. I have said, if we delight in Him, we shall have our desires, and accordingly may know whether we do delight in Him. If barren of spiritual blessing, of rest, and peace; without joy in the Divine life-then, beloved, look at it-draw your own conclusion. God is true, and “He cannot deny Himself.” If you “ delight in the Lord, He will give the desires of your heart.” I turn again to the unsaved. You have no delight in the Lord. You have never seen the Lord God merciful and gracious. I remember the two coverings of the tabernacle. There was the gorgeous cloth of blue, mingled with gold, covering the place where God's holiness, God's righteousness, God's grace, God's love all reigned for the salvation of Israel. I remember what was over the cloth of blue and gold. There was the badger-skin over it. The ordinary eye—the stranger—the foe outside never saw that inner garb of cloth of blue, and adorning of gold. Do you understand this ? What I I want to say is, that the carnal mind, the natural man, the sinner in his sin, has never seen the Lord Christ. Oh, sinner, have you to-day seen the Lord passing by, “ forgiving iniquity, transgression and sin,” by no means clearing, but saving the guilty, through not clearing the Son of His own love ?

* “ The Irish Harp on the Willows."

Oh! let me, through the Word, throw back the outer covering from over the glory of the Lord, and reveal to you the Lord Himself-Jesus, who gave His life a ransom for the guilty

Ah, poor desolate one, how tenderly I could address you. You are saying, " Some have all they want, and I have nothing; nothing in my domestic circle; I am not happy in my nearest ties, I am not happy in my home, or in my children, or in my business, or in my profession; I am not happy in my religion even; I feel as if marked of God to be destitute and desolate.” Ah, poor sinner, if thou wert the Queen, and without the Lord, thou wouldst not be happy. Thou fanciest if thou wert happy in thy business, home, and children, thou wouldst be happy indeed. But it is not so. It still would be-_" There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked ;

none, none. But behold the Son of God as dying for the wicked, and the wicked, on believing have at once a ground of delight, and are no longer treated by God as such.

I have said I do not like additions to the Word ;

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when the Lord says, “ I came not to call theri ghteous," man must needs put in the word “ self,and say he came not to call the self-righteous! If that be the case, melancholy plight we are all in. For there is not a sinner living but is full of self, aye, of self-righteousness too. Ah, no; He came not to call the righteous. Why? Because there are none "righteous” to callno, not one. He came to call the sinner, yea, the selfrighteous sinner, if you will. He died for the guilty. And now He comes to you, by His servant, to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance. Oh, may the Master of Assemblies just now teach each sinner to say-If that be the Gospel, then how suited it is for me, for I am not righteous ; if anything, I am selfrighteous !It is a gospel for you! The self-righteous are lost, the self-righteous are sinners, the self-righteous are guilty. He came to save the “ lost,” He came to reconcile the “ sinner,” He came to "put away sin," He came to die for the “ guilty.” Behold, then, the Gospel of our salvation! Oh, believe me, if you see it, and can take it, and embrace it, you have now, this very hour, the first gleam of that delight of which we have spoken. Blessed gleam ! to spread endlessly and infi

! nitely ; and blessed Lord, source of that gleam!

With Him shall my rest be on high,

When in holiness bright I sit down-
In the joy of His love ever nigh-

In the peace that His presence shall crown.
66'Tis the TREASURE I've FOUND in His LOVE,

That has made me a pilgrim BELOW ;
And 'tis there, when I reach Him above,

As I'm known, all His fulness I'll know.
And, Saviour, 'tis Thee from on high

I await, till the time Thou shalt come,
To take him Thou hast led by Thine eye,

To Thyself in Thy heavenly home.
Till then 'tis the path Thou hast trod,

My delight and my comfort shall be ;
I'm content with Thy staff and Thy rod,

Till with Thee all Thy glory I see."

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