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ed them through all eternity, if he had noť borne it for them : But this he did ; and the tempest was so infinitely fierce, that it laid him flat on the ground, filled his soul with agony, and made him to sweat, as it were, great drops of blood falling down to the ground, Luke xxii. 44. Nay, so terrible was the blast, that on the cross it made him to cry out, “My God!
my God! why hast thou “ forsaken me?" Matt.xxvii. 46. but at length he cried out, “ It is finished !” (the horrible tempest which his flock otherwise should have borne was all spent upon him) he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost! John xix. 30.
“ Bless the Lord, then, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,” Psal. ciii. 2. Let all his flock on earth join with those in heaven, saying, “ Unto him that loved us, and wash" ed us from our sins in his own blood, and “ hath made us kings and priests unto God “ and his Father; to him be glory, and do“ minion for ever and ever. Amen.” Rev. i. 5, 6.
YONDER comes the glorious king of day, in stately steps of majesty, from his chambers in the east, like a bridegroom, as the Psalmist beautifully describes him, or “as a strong
man rejoicing to run his race," Psal. xix. 5. Dame Nature, glad at his approach, welcomes his return with a cheerful countenance, and spreads wide her blooming arms to receive his salutary embraces, and dries up the dewy tears from her lovely cheek, which she had shed in his absence during the night, and now smiles pleasantly around. From the time he returns to her with his lengthened day at the vernal equinox, his fructifying beams make her prolific, till he again in Autumn retires beyond the line, to perform his winter's journeys: then she becomes barren, unless through her laxedness a few untimely births appear in our fidik and gardens : I except the snow-drop
and crocas, these stated harbingers of spring.
And is all creation, both animate and inanimate, glad at the rising of the sun ? What infinitely more reason hath the new creation, even all true believers, to rejoice, when to them the Sun of righteousness ariseth with healing under his wings?
When that sun arose, I beheld the mists of the morning dispelled from the hills, and all the sky become clear. In like manner, when the Sun of righteousness sheddeth forth his benign beams in the heart of sinners, the mists which Satan raised there quickly evanish, and all the soul becometh clear and serene. The joy which the believer experienceth in such a season, who hath been long under the hidings of God's countenance, is only known to himself, and cannot fully be described.
When the sun arises, the royal Psalmist
“ The beasts of prey gather them“ selves together, and lay them Jown in “ their dens : and man goeth forth uño his or work and to his labour until the even
ing," Psal. civ. 22, 28. So when the Sun of righteousness shineth into the heart of a sinner, Sátán, who is compared to a roaring lion, that goeth about continually, seeking whom he may devouř, i Pet. Ť. 8. (and greatly doeth so in the sad night of desertion) is compelled by his cheering beams, to withdraw from the poor soul, with unbelief, hard thoughts of God, and despair, which are incomparably more cruel than beasts of prey: and the man goeth to work the works of God, even to “ believe in Christ “ Jesus whom he hath sent,” John vi. 28, 29, “ whom to know is life eternal," John xvii. 3.
When the sun arises, men see clearly around them, and every object appears in its native dye. In like manner, when the Sun of righteousness ariseth on the soul of a sinner, the eyes of the understanding are enlightened to behold sin in its proper colours; that it is highly offensive to God, and that which he abhors only; truly hateful in itself, and eternally destructive in its consequences; also the justice of God, the purity of the law, and man's utter inability to keep it; his lost and undone state by nature, and the remedy which God hath provided for him, namely, the blood and surety righteousness of Christ, who is not only a sun to enlighten, warm, and cherish, but also a shield of protection from the wrath of God, and defence against all his enemies, who will “
give grace and glory, " and no good thing will he withhold “ from them that walk uprightly," Psal. Ixxxiv. 11.
By the beams of the sun the earth is made warm, and she, like a tender mother, nourishes the infant spring; the grass and herbs grow up together; and the daisies of the field, with the rest of the early flowers, look forth with a feeble, yet pleasing countenance, declaring the winter is past. So, by the salutary beams of the Sun of righteousness, the affections are warmed with gratitude to God, and all the graces of the Spirit grow up and flourish ; and faith and hope, in lively exercise, shew the sad winter of desertion is over.
It is by the light of the sun alone that man can see that glorious luminary; so it is only by the light which the Sun of righ