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The Temple of the God of Truth.

The Temple of the God of Truth.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE

2 Chron. xxxvl 23.

"And he hath charged me to build him an house in Jerusalem, which
is in Judah. Who is there among you of all His people ? The Lord his God be with him, and let him go up."

2 Chron. xxxvl 23.

"And he hath charged me to build him an house in Jerusalem, which
is in Judah. Who is there among you of all His people ? The Lord his God be with him, and let him go up."

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THE TEMPLE OF THE GOD OF TRUTH.BY REV. F. W. FARRAR, D.D., F.R.S.ARCH DEACO AD CAO OF WESTMISTER; ADCHAPLAI ORDIARY TO THE QUEE.2 Chron. xxxvl 23."And he hath charged me to build him an house in Jerusalem, whichis in Judah. Who is there among you of all His people ? The Lordhis God be with him, and let him go up."You have just heard these words in the Second Lessonof to-day, and the thoughts which they suggest seemapplicable to the present position of us all. The Israel-ites were returning to their home. Difficulties anddangers on every side encompassed them ; but whateverthose difficulties and dangers might be, their one duty,their one ambition, their one purpose, their one hope,was to build a temple to the Lord their God. It was tobe for them an effort, at once strenuous and sacred, atonce united and individual.I. It was to be a material temple that they were tobuild. This is the first conception which men alwaysform of the habitation of God — places set apart to Hishonour, hallowed by the associations of His worship ;places like the chapel in which we are met to-day, — theoutward beauty of which we desire to make a symbolof the love and honour which we owe to God, butwhich, I trust, every one of you will still more earnestlydesire to honour with love and reverence — to haUow byseriousness and godly fear. God may be near you inM.S. p
 
210 IK THE DAYS OF THY YOUTH. [seem.every place ; but nowhere nearer to your boyhood thanin this your school-chapel. If daily, as you enter, eachof you will kneel low on your knees before God's foot-stool, entreating Him to banish from your cleansed soulall low desires, all dreamy reveries, all guilty thoughts,that the words of your mouth and the meditations of your heart may be acceptable in His sight; — if youdetermine, from the first, faithfully to fulfil the simpleduty of joining with your own lips in the hymns andresponses, and by the Amen of serious hearts, makingeach prayer your own, — then here most assuredly, to theinfinite help and blessing of your lives, will you beenabled day by day to see more and more brightly theFace of God ; and pure Faith and meek Charity andevery " hovering angel girt with golden wings," willhere take you by the hand and waive off each basertemptation, till, in your own earthly lives, you havefound a place for the temple for the Lord, an habitationfor the mighty God of Jacob.II. But though you may best seek Him here, you mayfind God everywhere. The Most High dwelleth not intemples made with hands. This great glorious worldis His. The sky is His, with its driving clouds, withits sunset colourings, with its overarching canopy of stainless blue. The trees of the forest are His, withevery moss and lichen that inlay their gnarled boughswith silver and emerald, and the flowers that nestleat their feet, and the birds that sing among theirbranches. This long summer which you have allenjoyed is His, and the autumn with its raiment of gold and purple ; — and the sea is His, and He madeit, and aU that moveth therein. " What you see aroundyou is not — as the obtrusive ignorance of fanciedwisdom has often so arrogantly proclaimed to us — 
 
xxii.] THE TEMPLE OF THE GOD OF TRUTH. 211is not dull, dead matter, not blind and formless law,but the translucence of a divine energy, the work of Him who layeth the beams of His chambers upon thewaters, and maketh the clouds His chariot, and walkethupon the wings of the wind. The darkened and un-spiritual intellect, wise in its own conceit, may distenantcreation of its God ; but the fact that there are blindeyes does not disprove the reality of the light. Theproof of that Light is simply that it shines ; nor doesit need other evidence save its own existence. Thematerialist may proclaim to us that to him all is dark-ness, but the senses are not man's only teachers, andthe humble and the spiritual-hearted shall feel in thisuniverse of God no dead combination of chance atoms,but a'' Sense of something far more deeply interfased,Whose dwelling is the light of setting suns,And the round oc^an and the living air,And the blue sky, and in the mind of man ; " ^and that something is none other than the presence cf the Lord his God.III. But though to all who know and love Him Godis the Soul of the visible universe, and we " climb bythese sunbeams to the Father of Lights," He hath anearer and a truer temple still. The earth hath Hemade, indeed, for the children of men, and it shineswith His handiwork ; but it is spirit only that can knowspirit, and God's truest temple is the upright Iieart andpure. I look around upon you all — upon these youthfulbodies into which God lias breathed the breath of life,and v»rhich so have become living souls. I look aroundme, and I say — Some may be neglected, some desecrated ;in the shrines of some there may be secret idols,

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