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LEAD ME TO THE ROCK.

LEAD ME TO THE ROCK.

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BY THE Rev. T. W. hooper, D.D.


"DAVID was "a man after God's own heart/'
but David was a man of varied experience.
In his psalms we find evidence of the fact that he
was not always on the hill-top, but often down in
the valley. In the sixty-first psalm we find a
prayer which will well express the thoughts and
feelings of all saints : " From the end of the earth
I will cry unto thee, when my heart is over- -
whelmed : lead me to the rock that is higher
than I.'
BY THE Rev. T. W. hooper, D.D.


"DAVID was "a man after God's own heart/'
but David was a man of varied experience.
In his psalms we find evidence of the fact that he
was not always on the hill-top, but often down in
the valley. In the sixty-first psalm we find a
prayer which will well express the thoughts and
feelings of all saints : " From the end of the earth
I will cry unto thee, when my heart is over- -
whelmed : lead me to the rock that is higher
than I.'

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LEAD ME TO THE ROCK.
BY THE Rev. T. W. hooper, D.D.
"DAVID was "a man after God's own heart/'but David was a man of varied experience.In his psalms we find evidence of the fact that hewas not always on the hill-top, but often down inthe valley. In the sixty-first psalm we find aprayer which will well express the thoughts andfeelings of all saints : " From the end of the earth \ I will cry unto thee, when my heart is over- -whelmed : lead me to the rock that is higherthan I.''What better prayer than that can a Christian usewhen lie is beset by doubts as to his acceptance withGod ? It is not every Christian who has such an" assurance of hope." Satan so often " changeshimself into an angel of light/' and thus leads thesoul to hope for salvation before it has actually"cast itself upon the mercy of God in Christ/'that there are many who cannot truly say, " Iknow that I have passed from death unto life."10 LEAD ME TO THE ROCK.Satan has such a subtle way of infusiug spiritualgalvanism into dead souls, and thus seeming to" quicken them into a newness of life," while it isonly spasmodic and temporary, instead of lastingand eternal, that what an old minister once said istrue : ^' Some people's doubts are worth more thanother people's certainties.'' The fact that they aredoubtful implies a deep consciousness of sins, andthis is always needed before we can appreciate andapply the infinite fullness of Christ. There is agenuine '' assurance of hope," but the counterfeitof the true coin is in wide circulation. This hasa tendency too often to weaken individual effortand to cramp the energies of the soul. It has atendency to stir up spiritual pride and to lead to aforgetfulness of God as the ouly source of strength.Paul could say at one time, '' But I keep under mybody, and bring it into subjection : lest that by anymeans, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway." And at another time hesaid, " Forjyhen I am weak, then am I strong."If, then, God is leading you along through doubtsand darkness, and you are often brought to wonderwhether you are a Christian or not, do not be dis-couraged and disheartened. " Lead me to the rock that is higher than I." Let that be your daily
 
LEAV ME TO THE ROCK. Wprayer. If your doubts are founded upon a deepseuse of indwelling sin and personal unworthiness ;if you have them only when you look at your ownheart, and still feel that Christ is able and willingto save and waiting to save, struggle on, pray on,trust on. God is with you. The Spirit still dwellsin your heart, convincing you of sin and speakingto you of that " blood of sprinkling, that speakethbetter things than that of Abel." Let the goodSpirit lead you to that rock, and though your lifeshall be " one day," which to your own mind shallbe ^^ neither day nor night," but only twilight,yet "at evening-time it shall be light." Theseshadows that now come over you shall be sweptaway, and on the "Delectable Mountains" youshall stand in the evening of life and look outupon "new heavens and a new earth, whereindwelleth righteousness."Again, you feel that you have lost much of yourformer love for Christ and for holy things. Underthe pressure of worldly cares, or the fascination of wordly pleasure, you feel conscious of a real spirit-ual declension. Instead of growiug in grace, youare conscious of having grown in Avorldliuess andvanity. Religion seems to be gloomier than it ouceappeared. Religious worship is more tiresome.12 LEAD ME TO THE ROCK.The Bible is not so pleasing and profitable. Youdo not read it as a pleasure, but from a sense of duty.Secret prayer, this closest communion with God, isnot a delight, as it used to be, but it is only the con-straint of conscience that forces you, in a carelessand perfunctory way, to hurry over your stereo-typed form of petitions and thanks before lyingdown to rest or before entering on the unknownduties and trials of a new day.And thus, instead of widening the mark that sep-arates you from the world, you have been constantlynarrowing it and allowing it to be obliterated. Youknow that if a stranger were to judge by your dailywalk and conversation he would never suppose thatyou were a member of the Church. You knowyourself that you are not "showing forth thebeauty of holiness'^ by a consistent life. Youknow that you- are full of passions and principles,and follow habits and practices that are unbecominga Christian, one professing godliness, a follower of the meek and lowly Jesus.If you could see a duplicate of yourself, your
 
own character and actions in another body, youwould never suppose that such a person was pro-fessing to live under the injunction " Occupy till Icome," or '' Be ye holy, for I am holy," or " Ab-LEAD ME TO THE ROCK. 13stain from all appearance of evil/^ or "Whethertherefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do,do all to the glory of God."It is evident, then, that you are cold and carelessas regards your duty as a Christian. And yet youneed not despair, for there is still hope for you. Thesame sunshine that once melted your heart is seek-ing to penetrate and enlighten your soul. Thesame God whose blood once washed away your sinsis still ready to pardon, and his blood is as preciousas ever. It still cleanseth from all sin. The sameSpirit who once led you to Jesus is waiting to leadyou to him again. Then let your prayer be, " Leadme to the rock that is higher than I," and God willhear you and answer you, and " restore unto youthe joy of [his] salvation."Or, perhaps, while you have felt thus cold andcareless, neglectful and worldly-miixled, now youfeel penitent and sad ; you mourn over your de-parture from primitive piety, and long to feel areturn of those spiritual joys. Your heart growssad at the memory of your sins and your forgetful-ness of God. You have come to yourself, andare amazed at the distance you have drifted downthe current while in this w^orldly dream. You aredepressed in spirit, and while you resolve to repent14 LEAD ME TO THE BOCK.and reform, you break these resolutlous. Whenyou would do good, evil is present with you. Thelaw that is in vour members wars ao:ainst thespirit. The spirit seems to be willing, but theflesh is weak.You forsake one sin, and then another ; you leaveoff one bad habit, and then another. You try toread God's Word, but your mind wanders. Youtry to speak of your troubles to some Christianfriend, but before you are aware of it- an unholydiffidence leads you to change the conversation.You try to pray, but even on your knees thethoughts will wander and the heart does not feel.The Spirit seems unwilling to help your infirmitiesand teach you how to pray. And so, with Paul,

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