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By Rev. Louis Albert Banks, D.D

Psalm xxxvii. 1-19.
By Rev. Louis Albert Banks, D.D

Psalm xxxvii. 1-19.

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EVERYDAY LIFE MADE EASY.By Rev. Louis Albert Banks, D.D
Psalm xxxvii. 1-19.It is very easy to see that, according to thePsalmist's idea, the way to bring peace and com-fort into every-day life is to go forward coura-geously to meet its duties, with the assurance thatGod means kindly toward those who are doingright and are steadfastly doing his will. The onlysafety in this world is in courage. Cowardice isthe greatest danger. Some people go mincing theirway along, examining cautiously every step theyare to take, as tho they thought God had hordesof wild Indians ambushed in the thickets along thepath of life to suddenly swarm out and tomahawk them. Such an idea of God would be more true of the devil than of the perfect Father who is revealedto us in the Bible. If we go along the way of lifefeeling and acting as tho the whole world wereagainst us, and that we have to pick out our ownway and take care of ourselves, then we have a surerecipe for misery. When we get it into our hearts174Bvcr^Das Xife /IftaDe Bas^^ 175that it is not the devil's world, but God's world, andthat he has not deserted it, but is still in it causingall things to " work together for good to them thatlove God," we can afford to go on without frettingbecause of "evil-doers." We can see wicked menfjrospering and good men passing through hoursof trial, and yet know that the " all things " willwork out their righteous result in the end. Someday we shall diligently seek after the wicked manwho prospered for a time, and he will have disap-peared; and we shall see the good man, who fora while was passing under the cloud, with his faceshining like the sun, and the rainbow of God'spromise spanning the cloud through which he hasbeen safely led.Another way to make every-day life easy is tokeep the heart in tune with God's will. God al-ways wants us to do right. We shall always havediscord when we are conscious that we are doingwrong. But if we will simply ask what is right,and try to do that every day without any compro-mises in the matter, or any quibbling over it, weshall find that our hearts will sing a very pleasant
tune. Nothing can ever seriously disturb us exceptthe consciousness that we ourselves have donewrong. No storm of trouble can beat about us sofiercely that angels may not visit us in its midst,as they did Paul on shipboard, or Jesus in the176 B llJeac's prai^ers/lftceting tTalha.garden of Gethsemane. No dungeon can be sodark that God's messengers will not find their wayinto it, and no prison walls are so solid but he canshake the doors open. In the midst of every try-ing experience, if the heart is at peace with Godthere will be sweet music there that will more thanmake up for any outside trials. Keep the heartright, and you are sure of melodies of happy medi-tation that will make the most toilsome day full of pleasant things. Some one sings:"There's a cricket within the Christian's heart.And a pleasant song sings he ,Let him sing of the mercy and love of GodThat hourly falls on theeLet him whistle them out full loud and clear,And never be drowned in sorrow's tear,But all through the dark of trouble's night,Let him chirp and sing till the morning light !"Another way to make everj-day life easy is tobe quick to make amends for any blunder intowhich we may have fallen. "We are very human,and are as prone to make mistakes as the sparksare to fly upward. Some people's mistakes neverseem to hurt them much, they repent of them andget out of them so quickly. I have seen a horseso nimble-footed that it would stick its foot into abadger-hole while going at full gallop and get outso quickly that it would not stumble, while anotherwitli less sense and agility would run its leg in upto the knee and turn a somersault, to the great risk not only of its own neck, but of its rider's. Thereare two kinds of people illustrated by this figure.Some people are like David, who was a man afterGod's own heart not because he never blundered,but because he was quick to repent and confess hissin and take a new tack. How many times whenwe find we have misjudged a friend, and throughsome misunderstanding have taken a wrong po-sition, if we at once confess it we may make itall right, while if we go on stubbornly holdinga wrong position because we do not like to seem
changeable, we darken not only one, but manydays. A German soldier, an ensign, made a blun-der during some maneuvers of troops which werebeing inspected by Frederick the Great. Thatpassionate king ran after him, stick in hand, thathe might beat him. The ensign got away and jumped a ditch, leaving the king on the other sidestill brandishing his cudgel. The colonel of theregiment came up to the king and said : " Sir, theyoung ensign doubtless committed a blunder. Ihave just received his resignation from yourmajesty's service. I am sorry, for he was really agood soldier, but he can take no other step." Theking said: "Send him to me." The ensign came,expecting to be beaten, or possibly sent to prison.12178 21 l^eaj's ipraiscrs/lReetlng tTalfis,On his entering his presence the king said : " Hereis your captaincy, sir, which I tried to give you thismorning, but you ran away so quickly I could notcatch you." How much better it was for the kingto turn it that way than to stubbornly hold outin the wrong, and, besides doing an unjust andfoolish act, lose a good soldier.In addition to all these things, in order to makeevery-day life easy we shall every one of us haveneed of forbearance and patience. To restrain thequick word and hold it back so that it does not getsaid, will save many an uncomfortable half-hour.It may rankle in the heart for a minute, but if youset your teeth together and do not say it, the per-son who has vexed you, not knowing you wanted tosay it, will not be hurt, and five minutes later youwill thank God for your restraint. Most of usneed to pray the prayer of the hymn :" Sweet Patience, come f Not from a low and earthly source —Waiting, till tilings sliail liave tlieir course-Not as accepting present painIn hope of some hereafter gain —Not in a dull and sullen calm —But as a breath of heavenly balmBidding my weary heart submitTo bear whatever God sees fit jSweet Patience, cornel"
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