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wearing robes, but arms which had been used by the king.”
Psalm ix. “THE strain so continually changes, that it is difficult to give an outline of it methodically arranged; we give the best we can make. From verses 1 to 6 is a song of jubilant thanksgiving; from 7 to 12, there is a continual declaration
of faith as to the future. Prayer closes the first great division of the Psalm in verses 13 and 14. The second portion of this triumphal ode, although much shorter, is parallel in all its parts to the first portion, and is a sort of rehearsal of it. Observe the song for past judgments, verses 15, 16; the declaration of trust in future justice, 17, 18; and the closing prayer, 19, 20.”—Spurgeon.
SAFE IN THE ARMS OF JESUS.
Music by THOMAS HARBOUR, B.M.
WESLEYAN SUNDAY-SCHOOL MAGAZINE.
“ NOTHING BUT A TEACHER!" NOTHING but a teacher! There are people who will say this with a sneer.
But what nobler thing is there to do in this world than to teach—to teach anything that is really useful -especially to teach moral and religious truth? It is a dignified calling enough, some think, to teach men the secrets of nature, to communicate a knowledge of physical laws, so that we may learn how to travel faster, to cheapen the production of food and raiment, and to diminish bodily disease. Yes, so it is; but unless man is only a mere refined species of brute, there is other teaching more important to his welfare and giving greater dignity to the teacher.
Grant what some writers insist on, that no progress can be made beyond the world's present knowledge in metaphysical and moral truth; yet every successive generation must be brought up to this point, or the civilized world will rapidly degenerate. It is a noble task to bring forward the young into equality with their fathers, even were there no progress.
Such considerations go to show that“nothing but a teacher” is a very unwarrantable sneer; that not only secular teaching, but religious teaching, and special schools for this purpose, are among the most indispensable wants of society.
But much more. The noblest character and the loftiest intelligence ever beheld on earth, the most beautiful and useful life ever spent in this world, were those of a teacher. Remember that, O teacher! if at any time you are tempted to think little of your calling. He was a Teacher, and of religious truth exclusively. The political condition of His country was peculiar and deplorable, suited to awaken the greatest concern in a patriotic heart, and He shows that He felt such concern; but He never turned aside to teach politics. It was true then, and it is true now, that corrupted politics are but one stream from the common fountain of national immorality and irreligion. We must treat the symptoms, no
VOL. IX. NEW SERIES.—July, 1874.
doubt; but the main thing is to strike at the root of all this national disease.
If you are an earnest teacher of religious truth, you are doing what the world most needs you are following in the very footsteps of Jesus.—John A. Broadus, D.D.
GOLDEN TEXTS FOR AUGUST, 1874.
August 2.-—"And there was given Him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve Him: His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.”—DANIEL VII. 14.
August 9.-“For Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of Thy hands; Thou hast put all things under his feet.”—PsALM VIII. 5, 6.
August 16.—“The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.”—PsALM XC. 10.
August 23.—“How excellent is Thy lovingkindness, O God ! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Thy wings.”—PSALM XXXVI. 7.
August 30.—“But Thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth."-PSALM LXXXVI. 15.
THE LITERARY BEAUTIES OF THE BIBLE.
BY THE REV. E. BAYLIS.
As the ocean makes clouds, feeder of all out of its own supplies. and the clouds give rain, and Sir William Jones, who was rethe rain makes rivers, and the markable for his acquaintance with rivers run back into the ocean languages, has said that, "the again, so is the Bible amongst Bible, apart from its inspiration, books and living teachers. It is contains more true eloquence and the great lender to others whilst it sublimity than all other books in borrows from none, it is the great the world.”
THE LITERARY BEAUTIES OF THE BIBLE.
The words of God are remarkable and My thoughts than your or their simplicity, mightiness thoughts.” “He delighteth in and sublimity. The dignity of mercy,” and hence the question, words ought always to be in pro
" Who is God like unto portion to the dignity of sentiments; Thee ?" it is so in the Bible: greatness and The Bible stands alone in the ease are beautifully blended, and subjects it reveals and its methods the greatest things are said with of setting them before us. Here the greatest ease. Concerning we see no shaping of words to creation we read, “And God said, complete a sentence or make a Let there be light; and there was climax; no use of inappropriate light." The whole sentence is expressions to make a little subject composed of words of one syllable. look great. We find dignified words Again we read, “ He stretcheth used to express dignified sentiout the north over the empty ments: language and sentiment place, and hangeth the earth upon always corresponding, whether nothing.”
the subject be God's supremacy The representations which God throughout the universe, gives of Himself as the Friend of whether it have reference to the sinners, the Fountain of mercy, and infinite condescension of Jehovah, the God of Love, are such as none “ Who remembered us in our low but Himself could have given. estate; for His mercy endureth for The gift of His only-begotten and ever.” The Divine Book in its well-beloved Son to die for sinners teaching always stands before us stands alone amongst all displays in grandeur and nobility, symof compassion and love. His in- metry and grace. The men whom vitations to sinners contain all that the Author of the Bible employed language can express, and figures to make known to their fellowcan illustrate. “Come now, and creatures the “things of God," let us reason together, saith the were like a vessel so full as to be Lord : though your sins be as ready to break under the weight of scarlet, they shall be as white as its own contents. They had “the snow; though they be red like burden of the Word of the Lord,” crimson, they shall be as wool.” which was sometimes like fire in His declarations regarding His their bones, and hence they were willingness to forgive and forget “weary of forbearing.” In relieving the sins of a lifetime when they themselves of their load they felt are repented of and forsaken, are the poverty of human language, as calculated to raise and sustain wanting in strength and expresin the breast of the seeker all siveness, and hence their minds confidence and expectation. “For ran through nature and human My thoughts are not your thoughts, life to find suitable figures and neither are your ways My ways, illustrations to set forth their saith the Lord. For as the heavens meaning. The difficulty of the are higher than the earth, so are Bible is to obtain appropriate exMy ways gher than your ways,
pressions to make spiritual realities
evident to human minds in bodies pleaded His cause with the imof flesh and blood.
penitent. See Lot and his wife
and their two daughters leave the The account of the Deluge is city. The Lord rains
Sodom calculated to fill the mind with and Gomorrah brimstone and fire awe. In reading it we see the from the Lord out of heaven. wickedness of mankind in the age Lot's warning is verified: the of Noah growing till it was popular people cry for help, but in vain; and universal. But “vengeance every street is in flames; every delayed was vengeance increased.” building is burning; escape is God's day of reckoning with a impossible ! the cries of the people world without His fear came. The are hushed in the silence of death; punishment was as wide as the the smoke of the cities, as seen by criminality of the people had been. observers, ascends as the smoke of Noah and the members of his a furnace ! household had “the fear of the Abraham's history comes next Lord,” and he was commanded to before us, and because he was a “prepare an ark to the saving of his different character from those we house.” Now see the fountains of have noticed, we see in his life the great deep broken up, and the other manifestations of the Deity. windows of heaven opened! river We see how God delights to bless meets river, sea meets sea, ocean
those who love and serve Him. meets Houses, towns,
Abraham is called “the friend of hills, trees, “tops of the moun- God," of the Deity Who proclaimed tains,” are not seen because the Himself to him as 'the Almighty waters prevail.
The cries of a God.” We see between God and perishing world are drowned in Abraham earth friendship, the common tomb. In due time intimacy, confidence, fellowship Noah and his family leave the ark and union. and begin the new world by offer- The story of Joseph is so beautiful ing sacrifice. And the rainbow, that no novel was ever written as we see it from time to time, tells equal to it in pathos and tenderness, us that God will not again drown tone and tendency. Who has not the world.
wept when reading “the history The destruction of Sodom and of Joseph and his brethren"? other cities is another event of the same class. Lot's neighbours had A Book which reveals to us such forgotten the deluge and its lessons. personal matters, we expect to address Sin in Sodom was rampant till the us in corresponding language.righteous soul of Lot was vexed to And is there any other book in witness it. The guilt of the people existence which speaks to us like rose from Sodom to heaven, and the Bible? It speaks to those who cried in the ears of God for ven- have mind and soul to attend to geance. God again arose to judg- its weighty matters. It calls to us ment, but now it was “the God to “stand still and consider.” It that answereth by fire” that exhorts us to reflection, com