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A Song, A Solace, A Sermon, and A Summons

Dec 29 THIS one hundred and thirty-sixth Psalm was constantly sung in the Temple by appointed singers, among whom the names of Heman and Jeduthun are mentioned. These we are told, in the Book of Chronicles, were chosen to give thanks unto Jehovah, whose “mercy endureth for ever.” This continued service of song, was most fitting, for, if Jehovah’s mercy endureth for ever, our praise should endure for ever; if his goodness...

Psalm 136:1

King's Gardens

Dec 28 THERE have been many very famous king’s gardens, such as those “hanging gardens” in Nineveh, wherein Sardanapalus delighted himself, and that remarkable garden of Cyrus, in which he took such great interest, because, as he said, every tree and every plant in it had been both planted and tended by his own royal hand. Imagination might bid you wander among the beauties of the celebrated villas and gardens of the...

Nehemiah 3:15

The Great Mystery of Godliness

Dec 21 THE apostle had just reminded Timothy that the church of the living God is the pillar and ground of the truth, and he had pressed it upon him to behave himself aright in the midst of those faithful men to whom the Lord had committed the gospel; and, lest by any means the youthful minister should think that the treasure committed to the church was of little value, he declares...

1 Timothy 3:16

Wanted, A Guestchamber

Dec 15 As far as we know, out of the many thousands who had come to Jerusalem from the utmost ends of the earth to keep the passover, none were left unaccommodated with a guestchamber except our Lord Jesus Christ. Jerusalem at the time of the passover was one great inn; the whole of the houses were occupied not only by the regular tenants, but by their friends from the country parts...

Mark 14:14

The Rose and the Lily

Dec 7 HERE are sweet flowers blooming serenely amid this wintry weather. In the garden of the soul you may gather fragrant flowerets at all seasons of the year; and although the soul’s garden, like every other, has its winter, yet, strange to say, no sooner do the roses and the lilies mentioned in the text begin to bloom, than the winter flies and the summer smiles. Outside in your garden, the...

Song of Solomon 2:1

Sermons from Saintly Death Beds

Dec 1 JACOB did not yield up the ghost until he had delivered the last sentence of admonition and benediction to his twelve sons. He was immortal till his work was done. So long as God had another sentence to speak by him, death could not paralyse his tongue. Yet, after all, the strong man was bowed down, and he who had journeyed with unwearied foot full many a mile, was now...

Genesis 49:33

Saving Knowledge

Nov 23 THE matter will turn, this morning, upon those few words, “If thou knewest the gift of God.” The woman of Samaria, who was met by our Lord at the well, was an object of electing love, but she was not yet regenerated. One difficulty alone lay in the way: she was an honest ingenuous spirit, willing to receive the truth, perfectly willing to be obedient to it; but ignorance lay...

John 4:10

Christus Et Ego

Nov 16 IN great ranges of mountains there are lofty peaks which pierce the clouds, but, on the other hand, there are, here and there, lower parts of the range which are crossed by travellers, become national highways, and afford passages for commerce from land to land. My text rises before my contemplation like a lofty range of mountains, a very Andes for elevation. I shall not attempt, this morning, to climb...

Galatians 2:20

The Secret Spot

Nov 9 THERE are frequently great difficulties in identifying the persons of  men, even when they have been distinctly seen. Our police courts have  given us, during the last few weeks, most serious evidence that men  may be utterly deceived as to the identity of individuals. They may  be prepared, and honestly I believe, to take oath that such-and-such a  person is the man whom they saw discharging firearms or throwing  stones,...

Deuteronomy 32:5

God's Foreknowledge of Man's Sin

Nov 2 THE ancient people of God were most vexatiously stolid; and although the Lord taught them very plainly and repeatedly, line upon line and precept upon precept, here a little and there a little, yet they would not understand his will. More especially, in order to convince them that Jehovah was the only true God, and that the gods of the heathen were no gods, he was pleased to send them...

Isaiah 48:8