PRAISE TO GOD FOR REDEMPTION.
BY CHARLES SIMEON
Ps. Ixxii. 18, 19. Blessed he the Lord God, the God of Israel,ivho only doeth ivondrous tilings : and blessed he His gloriousname for ever : and let the tvhole earth be filled with hisglory. Amen and Amen.RELIGION, as experienced by the generality, isselfish and superficial : it consists almost entirely ina desire to obtain mercy through the Lord JesusChrist, and an endeavour, through faith in him, anda surrender of the soul to him, to flee from the wrathto come. The religion of the more eminent saints isof a more diffusive and ingenuous cast : it intereststhe soul in all that relates to God and to the world :it delights in heavenly contemplations : it surveyswith wonder and gratitude all that God has done fora ruined world ; and looks forward with holy joy tothose richer manifestations of his glory, which, by allhis holy Prophets and Apostles, he has taught us toexpect. Of this kind was the piety of David, whosePsalms display a noble, generous mind, occupied withthe honour of his God and Saviour, and deeply intenton the welfare of the whole human race. The psalmbefore us was written, primarily, to describe the king-dom of Israel, as it should exist under the govern-ment of his son Solomon. But, beyond all doubt, a622.1 PRAISE TO GOD FOR REDEMPTION. 545 jrreater than Solomon is here : and it is the Messiah's