OE LIKE CHRIST.BY THE REV. THOMAS WATERS, LAUDER.
¦• I am the rose of Sharon and the lily of the valleys. As the lily among thorns, so is mylova among the daughters. As the appie tree among the trees of the wood, so is my belovedunong the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his iruit was sweet tomy taste." — Song ii. 1-1.
Human language, even moulded by inspiration, completely fails to de-scribe the matchless excellencies of the Lord Jesus Christ. Hence, theHoly Spirit, to remedy in some measure this deficiency of language, em-ploys many sweet and striking images to shadow forth the glory and thegrace, the loveliness and the love of him who is the Son of the Highest,and the Saviour of man. In this sacred allegorical song, which morethan the breath of genius inspired, and which Solomon must have writ-ten with a pen dipt in the dews of heaven, and a soul baptized withdivine love* such figures and images abound — some taken from theexercise of pure and conjugal love, some from the simple scenes of pastoral life, some from the objects of nature around us — the plant of rarest value, the flower of loveliest hue, the tree with nourishing fruit,and refreshing shade.In alluring men to the Saviour, the Spirit of God manifests the mostmarvellous wisdom and love. For, first, As the souls of men are by na-ture enmity against Christ, before they can delight in his person, or reston his work, a power divine must be put forth upon them ; but thispower often moves so gently, and with such nice adaptation to the con-dition of man, and is veiled beneath such a variety of attractive figuresand illustrations, that the sinner, while drawn by Almighty grace, is asit were charmed by the beauty of a flow r er, or allured by the fragranceof a rose. "I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys." And,second, As when man was first created, he was placed in a garden, wherewere trees the most beautiful, and birds of sweetest note on every branch,and flowers that filled all Eden with delightful perfumes ; and while thecurse has in some measure withered and wasted the face of nature, thereremains enough of beauty on many a fair landscape and lovely flower,to shew the glory of man's state, when, amid the beauties of the primevalparadise, he held converse with his God ; and, as in the Bible, our viewsare carried forward to a paradise gained, far more rich and glorious thanthe paradise lost, where the full enjoyment of divine love and blessed-o. 118. — Lect. 13. vol in.158 FREE CHURCH PULPIT.ness is represented by such images as trees whose foliage never fades,