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EXCELLENCE OF CHRIST'S GOVERNMENT.

EXCELLENCE OF CHRIST'S GOVERNMENT.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE

Ps. Ixxii. 6 — n. He shall come dotvn like rain upon the mown
grass ; as showers that icater the earth. In his days shall
the righteous flourish, and ahimdance of peace so long as the
moon endureth. He shall have dominion also from sea to
sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth. They
that dwell in the ivilderness shall hoiv before him, and his
enemies shall lick the dust. The kings of Tarshish and of
the Isles shall bring presents ,• the kings of Sheha and Seba
shall offer gifts : yea, all kings shall fall down before him r
all nations shall serve him.

Ps. Ixxii. 6 — n. He shall come dotvn like rain upon the mown
grass ; as showers that icater the earth. In his days shall
the righteous flourish, and ahimdance of peace so long as the
moon endureth. He shall have dominion also from sea to
sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth. They
that dwell in the ivilderness shall hoiv before him, and his
enemies shall lick the dust. The kings of Tarshish and of
the Isles shall bring presents ,• the kings of Sheha and Seba
shall offer gifts : yea, all kings shall fall down before him r
all nations shall serve him.

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EXCELLENCE OF CHRIST'S GOVERNMENT.
BY CHARLES SIMEON
Ps. Ixxii. 6 — n. He shall come dotvn like rain upon the mowngrass ; as showers that icater the earth. In his days shallthe righteous flourish, and ahimdance of peace so long as themoon endureth. He shall have dominion also from sea tosea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth. Theythat dwell in the ivilderness shall hoiv before him, and hisenemies shall lick the dust. The kings of Tarshish and of the Isles shall bring presents ,• the kings of Sheha and Sebashall offer gifts : yea, all kings shall fall down before him rall nations shall serve him.THE priesthood of Christ is that to which ourattention is principally called in the New Testament ;the Epistle to the Hebrews being almost exclusivelywritten upon that subject: but in the Old Testamentthere seems to be a far more studied exhibition of his kingly office. The whole Levitical law indeedtypically displayed his priestly character: but theProphets continually, in the most express terms, de-clared, that the person, who was to be " a child bornand a son given," should have " the government uponhis shoulder %" and that an universal and everlastingdominion should be committed to him^. The psalmbefore us is altogether occupied in describing thenature of his government, and the blessings whichshould result from it. There was doubtless somereference to Solomon, who was the first of the Is-raehtes that was both "a king, and a king's son*^:"but the language in many parts cannot with anytruth or propriety be applied to him : it can relateto none but Him who was greater than Solomon,
 
even to the Messiah, whose glory no words canadequately describe.The sublime passage which we have selected forour meditation at this time, will lead us to shew,I. The nature of Christ's government —It has generally happened, that those whose powerhas been most absolute have been most tyrannicalin their use of it ; and that they have sought ratherthe aggrandizement of themselves than the good of their subjects. But the administration of Christ,like the influence of the heavens, is,1. Gently operative —[" The showers gently descending on the parched ground,or the new-mown grass," insinuate themselves in a silent andimperceptible manner to the roots, and cause the suspendedpowers of vegetation to exert themselves with renewed vigour.It is thus that Christ, by his word and Spirit, renovates thesoul. He comes not with the sanctions of the law, which, likea Isai. ix. 6, 7. ^ Dan. vii. 13, 14. ^ yer. 1.618.] EXCELLENCE OF CHRISt's GOVERNMENT. 529an impetuous torrent or a desolating tempest, spread terrorand dismay : he descends to us rather in mild invitations andgracious promises, which, through the effectual influences of his Spirit, penetrate the recesses of the heart, and give lifeand ^^gour to the whole man. When once we are cut doioi,as it were, and made to feel our need of him, then he pours
 
upon us the riches of his grace, to soften the hardness of ourhearts, and to invigorate the withered faculties of our souls.As it was not by " the wind, the earthquake, or the fire, thatGod wrought upon Elijah, but by the still small voice," at thesound of which the prophet " wrapped his face in his mantle*^;"so it is with respect to the secret visits of our Lord. Whenhe is pleased to speak to us in the mild accents of his love,then the heart is dissolved in tenderness and contrition, orsweetly elevated in devout and grateful adorations.]2. Richly productive —[The sickly plants, when watered, raise up their droopingheads, and bring forth, each according to its nature, their properfruits. Thus, in the day of Christ's descent upon the soulsof the " righteous, they flourish :" and " peace," the first-fruitof the Spirit, " abounds within them." The image in the textbeautifully represents the change which is produced, when " aseason of refreshing comes from the presence of the Lord :" theperson thus highly favoured "flourishes" like the palm-tree;he becomes as " a tree planted by the rivers of water, thatbringeth forth fruit in his season : his leaf does not A\'ither ;and whatsoever he doeth, it prospers^." If the sun of pei'se-cution arise upon him, it does not now scorch him and destroyhis root ^5 but rather calls into activity his vital energies; andserves only to display with fuller evidence the communicationshe has received from heaven. Nothing now robs him of hispeace. Much as he laments his former iniquities, they nolonger disturb his peace, because the guilt of them is washedaway in " the fountain opened for sin." Nor does the prospectof death and judgment appal him, because " he knows in whomhe has believed," and that " there is no condemnation to themthat are in Christ Jesus." His rapturous joys may intermitand subside, but his peace shall continue " as long as the moon

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