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therefore I am at rest." Just so it is with the saved sinner. He has the answer of a good conscience God-ward. God has promised that all who are in Christ shall be safe both for time and eternity. He believes that promise, flies to Christ, and is safe. Conscience may sometimes condemn; Satan may sometimes accuse, but he has been “justified by faith," and therefore is at
with God.” If we are in the ark, we may joyfully say, —
Rolling waves are all appointed,
Safe to bring us into port;
For their Father's blessed court.
“What though mighty waves and billows
Altogether do combine,
Of inheritance divine.”
Ange for the young.
“I WILL BE SURETY FOR HIM;" | out ?". A little boy, in the same class as OR, THE Two SUNDAY SCHOLARS.
the offender, said, “No, sir, don't turn
him out; forgive him this time and he'll We might be turned out of some be a better boy.” And the little fellow things and by some people without any pleaded for his class-mate with tears, and disgrace; if we suffer wrongfully for was sure he would be a better boy, and Christ's sake and take it patiently, it is at length said, “I will be surety for honourable to us and pleasing to God. him.” So it was agreed that he should (1 Pet. ii. 19). But to be turned out of be forgiven, once more and remain in the a good situation or from good society for school, on condition that his young friend our faults is really a very serious matter, would be surety for him. for, though the excluded person may
This little incident was the means of brave it out, and say, “ I don't care,” they working an entire change in the heart generally do care, and often, from a feel- and conduct of that bad boy. The idea ing of anger or something worse, go to that anyone should love him so much, greater lengths of wickedness till they and feel so much interest in bim as to be are quite hardened. An outcast soon his surety quite melted him, and he beloses self-respect, and that is really an came quite another boy: The Lord gave awful state to be in, and thousands have him a new heart, and he grew up a been brought into it, or rather have devoted and earnest Christian. Having . brought themselves into it by being obtained mercy for himself he was turned out of a church, a society, or a anxious about others, and ultimately Sunday-school. Many years ago, a Sun; went abroad as a missionary, to preach day-school superintendent was so annoyed Jesus to those who had never heard of and perplexed by one of his scholars that his name. He ever loved the little classhe consulted with the teachers what was mate who became surety for him, and for best to be done with the lad. One said, years they enjoyed much Christian fellow“ Turn him out, for he disturbs the whole ship together; but when the once naughty school ;” and another said, “ Turn him boy went from his native land, they had out, for he is a disgrace to us," and a to part, and in his first letter home, he third said, “Turn him out, for he is in- said, “I want my surety.” Ah, it is a curable,” and so all the teachers said, very serious business to be surety for “ Turn him out.” The superintendent another, and I would advise all my young said,
“ We will ask the children.” And readers to be very careful if ever they causing the boy to stand on a form where are asked to do so. Judah became surety all could see him, he told the children for his brother, and it was likely to cost what the teachers advised, and then him dear (Gen. xliii. 9; and xliv. 32). If asked the children, “Shall we turn him Benjamin had really been guilty, and
Joseph had punished the guilt, it would owed and suffered what they deserved, have all fallen upon Judah. “My son, and they, for whom he stood, repent of if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou their sin, strive to forsake it, and love hast stricken thy hand with a stranger, him him dearly, because he so loved them, thou art snared with the words of thy and they trust alone in himn for mercy. mouth.” (Prov. vi. 1, 2; and xi. 15). Do you love him? That is indeed a hard Many have fallen into that snare and heart which the love of Jesus does not
smarted for it” keenly ; therefore take melt; for when the justice of God would Old Jonathan's advice, and beware how have cast us out into outer darkness, the you become surety.
dear Saviour stepped in to save by his But you must have a surety or you suffering in the sinner's stead. I seem as can never enter heaven. The best of us if I could love him for saving others owe a great debt of obedience to God even if he had not saved me. My dear which we can never pay, and we deserve young reader, think on these things, and punishment at his hands for our sins, if you really feel that you want a Surety such as would sink us to hell. But for you may trust all with Christ. guilty and disobedient sinners Jesus be
OLD JONATHAN. came surety, and as such he paid all they
Pnge for the Afflicted.
STRENGTH FOR THE WEAK.
not receive ; because it seeth him not, “He is their strength in the time of trouble.” neither knoweth him.” But this, “ He," Psa. xxxvii. 39.
beloved reader, is the joy of your heart, EVERY child of God has his or her the ground of your hope, and the object peculiar burden. Our Saviour said, “In of your faith, if you have been brought the world ye shall have tribulation,” and to the footstool of His mercy, with the it ever has been and ever will be, more cry, “ God be merciful to me a sinner.” or less, the portion of His children while No other prop than this will do to lean journeying through this waste howling upon. He is the Father of mercy, and it wilderness, for as ye are not of the world is mercy you need; for it is mercy alone so you must not expect to find a home in that can save you from being lost eterthe world, but remember that “when nally. “He hath borne our griefs and the earthly house of this our tabernacle is carried our sorrows." O what love is dissolved, we have a building of God-a here manifested in bearing your sins“ in house not with hands, eternal in the his own body on the tree.” He, the heavens.” But as faith is sometimes Spirit of truth, who has taken possession weak, and sight is dim, we need props of your heart, and, notwithstanding all upon which we may lean and support the opposition from within and without our tottering frames, and these God has will go on and perfect that work which graciously granted. May we be enabled he has begun, until, at last, you shall be by the help and teaching of the Holy landed safe far beyond the reach of anySpirit to find out a few of them to the thing that would hurt or destroy. joy and rejoicing of our souls.
And this blessed He, the glorious Three The first word in the portion which in One, is our "strength in the time of has been given us is, “ He," the Alpha trouble.” Doubtless, dear reader, you and Omega, the beginning and the end know full well the time of trouble. Perof every desire of the child of God. haps you are ready to say, it is always a "Christ formed in you the hope of glory." | time of trouble. Be it so, what sweet enHe,“ the Father of mercies and God of couragement you have here ! " He is your all grace ;" He, who “ hath borne our strength;" then be not cast down, howgriefs and carried our sorrows.” “He ever weak you may feel yourself to be; the Spirit of truth, whom the world can- there is plenty of strength in your precious Husband for every time of need ;| rise high and threaten almost to overyea, his strength is made perfect in your whelm; but Jesus is with you, and all is weakness.
well. “ His way is in the sea, and his 6. The darkest path he'll lead thee through,
path in the great waters, and his footsteps And land thee safe in glory too.”
are not known;" but it is enough for thee, The enemy may be watching for
dear reader, to know it is his way, and
your halting, and be ready to say, “Ah, so would therefore " the right way which leads to we have it,” but an unseen arm is yours to
a city of habitation," and "what thou lean upon; an unseen eye is watching over
knowest not now, thou shalt know here
after." you, one that never slumbers or sleeps ; and a voice unheard by those around is “ Then we need not fear, though the passage be sweetly whispering to your heart, “ It is dreary, I; be not afraid.” Thus strengthened
Though sorrow at times makes the spirit bow and helped on, can you not, like Peter; Fur rest will be doubly sweet to the weary,
down; go forth on the waters to meet Jesus ?
And soon every cross shall be changed for a they may be waters of fierce temptation, crown.' affliction, and sorrow; the billows may
that obeyeth the voice of his servant, THERE is much caution needed in that walketh in the darkness, and hath speaking of this. There are causes which no light ?” (Isa. 1. 11). lead to spiritual depression, which are “Oh,” says the afflicted patriarch of purely physical, arising froin a diseased Uz, “that I were as in months past, as body, an overstrung mind,--a succes in the days when God preserved me; sion of calanities weakening and im- when his candle shined upon my head, pairing the nervous system. We know and when by his light I walked through how susceptible are the body and mind darkness.” Can we forget a more awtogether, of being affected by extreme ful and impressive example-ONE soarinfluences. “We are," says an able ing above the reach of all grovelling analyzer of human emotions, " 'fearfully humanexperience, but tells us, in his bitter and wonderfully made,' of that consti- “Eloi ” cry, that even He knew what it tution, which in our ignorance we call was to be God-deserted and forsaken! union of soul and body; we know little of Are there any whose eyes trace these what is cause and what is effect. We pages, who have ever undergone such a would fain believe that the mind has season ? Or, it may be, are undergoing power over the body; but it is just as it now? I stop not to enquire as to true that the body rules the mind. the cause ; indulged sin, omitted or careCauses the most trivial, a heated room, lessly performed duty, neglect of prayer, want of exercise, a sunless day, a worldly conformity. Are your feelings northern aspect, will make all the differ- alive-painfully conscious that your love, ence between happiness and unhappiness." | like that of many, has waxed cold ; aré But are there no cases of spiritual de- you mourning that you have not the pression arising purely from spiritual nearness to the mercy-seat that once causes ?
you enjoyed,- not the love to your We answer,
“Yes ; the Bible recog- Bibles and ordinances that you once had, nizes such." Spiritual darkness, absence -that a heavy cloud mantles your of all spiritual comfort and joy, is no spiritual horizon,-God's countenance figment of man's theological creed. It not what it once was, irradiated with a is a sad and solemn verity-the experi- Father's smiles,-nor heaven what once ence, too, of God's own children. Who it seemed, a second home ? iş among you that feareth the Lord, “Oh, thou afflicted, tossed with the tem
pest, and not comforted !” do not despond. (spiritual) death." Their life has been In these very sighings and moanings of nothing but shadow ; they cannot, thereyour downcast spirit, there are elements fore, mourn the loss of a sunshine they for hope and comfort, -not for despair. never felt or enjoyed. Well has it been They are the evidences and indications said, “When the refreshing dews of that the spark, though feeble, is not grace seem to be withheld, and we are quenched,- that the pulse, though lan- ready to say, 'Our hope is lost, God guid, still beats,—that faith, though still hath forgotten to be gracious,'this is that like a grain of mustard-seed, is still furnace in which one that is not a child germinating. “O thou of little faith, of God never was placed. For Satan wherefore dost thou doubt ?" It is that takes good care not to disquiet his chilvery shadow that has now come athwart dren. He has no fire for their souls this your soul, and which you so bitterly side everlasting burnings; his fatal mourn, which tells of sunshine. As it is teaching ever is, Peace, peace !" Go! the shadow which enables us to read exile in spirit, go like that royal mourner the hour on the dial, so it is in the amid the oak-thickets of Gilead ; like spiritual life. It is because of these him cry, “ As the hart panteth after the shadows on the soul's dial-face that we water-brooks, so panteth my soul after can infer the shining of a better Sun. thee, O God.” “ The wicked have no bands in their
J. R. MACDUFF.
THE COMMUNINGS OF CHRIST AND | Is like the hair of goats, that fearless feed,
In healthful flocks, on Gilead's mountain A Poetic Paraphrase, and an occasional Com- Sure-footed they, and comely to the view.t
steeps ;mentary upon the Book of Canticles. No. XIX. Thou art not bald of deeds of righteousness, By J. W. COLE, BRAUNSTON, RUGBY. Like those of whoin my servant Jaines once CHAPTER IV.
Who boasted faith, and had no works to show.ll Verse 1.-" Behold, thou art fair, my love ; be- Thy fruits sincere, thy charity's fair flowers,
hold, thou art fair ; thou hast dove's eyes Are vutward evidences, clean and strong, within thy locks : thy hair is as a flock of Of grace within, and heart that's right with goats, that appear from mount Gilead.”
God. Behold, my love, companions of my soul, Thy hair, thy works flowing from Christ thy Behold, again, must I pronounce thee fair:
head, Though, to the world, thy blemishes are known, These justify thy faith, 'fore God and man, And black unto thyself thou ofttimes seem'st, And fence thee from the world's reproach and Yet, unto me, most fair dost thou appear. I gaze not on thee with a human gaze, Making ashamed the false accusing foe, I louk upon thee with a look divine:
And silencing the ignorance of men.S Seen in myself, must affirm thee pure.
Thy outward fruits of inward rigliteousness, My love, thy eyes are eyes of gentle doves! Do well become the gospel of thy Lord, Within thy locks are they most fitly set,
Richly adorn the doctrines of thy God, Thy locks of modesty, and truth, and grace. And recommend the truth to seeking souls. Those flowing locks thy earthly glory are,* Conspicuous are thy locks, and ordered well, Which like a veil, around thy visage wave,
Drawing my fond affection to thyself, And hide thy blushing features from the world. Winning the admiration of the world. Thy eyes of understanding and of faith,+ I see thy glossy locks, I know thy works ; Beam with fond beauty, like the turtle's eyes: And all thy hairs are numbered by thy Lord. Constant and chaste, they roam not o'er the The cup of water cold, in my name given, earth,
The smallest action done for Jesus' sake, But glance, with ecstasy, towards the skies. Shall fail not to receive its meet reward. Quick they discern 'twixt error and the truth, Verse 2.-" Thy teeth are like a flock of sheep that However rude a garb the latter wears,
are even shorn, which came up from the washHowe'er deceitfully the first's arrayed.
ing : whereof every one bear twins, and none Thy graceful walk, thy conversation pure. is barren among them.” “Thy hair," the covering that thy life adorns,
| Prov. xxx. 29–31. ll Jas. ii. 18. $1 Pet. ii. 15. * 1 Cor, xi. 15. * Eph. i. 18.
1 Matt. x. 42.
Nor perfumes load the breeze:
archetypes of these.
" WHY STAND YE HERE ALL THE DAY
Oh! why do you idly delay?
To the vineyard to hasten away,
The burden and heat of the day.
The clusters hang thick on the vine,
The ransomed from earth should combine, Shall one sickle lie rusting and idle ?
Oh say, shall that sickle be thine ? Arouse thee, and gird on thy harness !
Why slumbers the zeal in thy heart? Who bid thee look on at the battle?
And not in that strife bear a part! Arise ! 'tis the voice of thy Captain;
Oh! faithless and cold that thou art.
The sun draweth on to the west,
And thy labour and toil shall be blest, When the night and the darkness shall herald
The season of peace and of rest. 2. C. S. S., Deptford.
March 8th, 1869.
THE PATH OF THE JUST. “ The way of the wicked is as darkness:" "But
Thy teeth are like the teeth of harmless sheep,
herbage, growing in the pastures green
OH, TALK TO ME OF HEAVEN
Each hand in glory beareth;
Each face in glory weareth.
In fearful agonies,
the path of the just is as the shining light.”
up the path of life;
Yet heeding not their strife.
Their devious paths pursue ?
And part, with no adieu.
* Prov. xxx. 14.
t Gen. xlix. 12.