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The Blessing of Peace.

The Blessing of Peace.

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UPPER CANADA TRACT SOCIETY


The Lord shall give His people the blessing of peace. PSALM xxix. 10. (P.B.V.)

UPPER CANADA TRACT SOCIETY


The Lord shall give His people the blessing of peace. PSALM xxix. 10. (P.B.V.)

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The Blessing of Peace.UPPER CAADA TRACT SOCIETYThe Lord shall give His people the blessing of peace. PSALM xxix. 10. (P.B.V.)THE Psalmist has been describing one of those terriblestorms which sometimes sweep over the wholelength of Palestine, from Lebanon and Sirion,even to the wilderness of Kadesh when, suddenlybreaking off in his powerful description, by a transition as beautiful as it is sudden, he draws for hishearers a lesson of comfort and of peace. And sowhile at one moment we seem to hear the verynoise of the warring elements in such words as, It is the gloriousGod that maketh the thunder . . . the voice of the Lord is mightyin operation, the voice of the Lord is a glorious voice. The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedar trees . . . the voice of the Lord shakeththe wilderness, yea the Lord shaketh the wilderness of Cades thenext moment there comes, like a gentle whisper from Heaven, tosoothe and reassure us, The Lord shall give His people the blessingof peace.I. Of all the blessings (and they are very many) which the goodGod so freely bestows upon us His children, there are few more to bedesired than peace. Peace, says one, is God s own child. Andtherefore the Son of God, at that solemn moment, when, His earthlywork finished, He was soon to return to His Father s throneand when, being about to leave His little flock to enter upon thegreat struggle between good and evil in the world, which mustcontinue while time shall last, He had prayed, not that they shouldbe taken out of the world, but that they should be kept from theevil leaves with them, as a legacy to sustain them in all dangersand to carry them through all temptations, His own peace. * PeaceI leave with you, My peace I give unto you ; not as the world giveth,give I unto you.250OUTLIES O VARIOUS PASSAGESAnd again, when Easter brightness has chased away the gloom of Calvary, we hear the threefold benediction uttered, * Peace be untoyou !
 
As long as the world shall continue to disappoint those whohave most trusted it, as long as the joys of earth shall continue toprove but fleeting, as long as the sweets of earth shall continue toturn to gall and bitterness, when fulness has succeeded freshness, so longshall man with his unreasonable soul, and the germ of immortalitywithin him, continue to yearn for something more than the last excitement and the latest novelty; something more solid and enduringwhich shall satisfy the hunger of the soul ; something which he looksfor in vain in the world and worldly pursuits, for the simple reasonthat the world cannot give it.A mind at rest, quiet of conscience, peace at the last, these are notthe world s to give. And in the hour of trial, or in moments of solemn thought, awakened by the changing seasons, the setting stars,the falling leaves, the approach of winter, the death of friends, whenwe turn to the world for comfort, the world meets us with a coldphilosophy which chills our very souls.II. What the world offers is to what God offers * what the wayside pool which to-day s rain has created and which to-morrow s windand sun will evaporate, is to the boundless sweep and the solemnmystery of the eternal sea !But we may thank God that although we are inclined to think sometimes, when life is very dark, when the burden laid upon usseems greater than we can bear, that true peace is the prize of thosealone whose warfare is accomplished the blessed resting dead ; yetGod promises and God gives to toil-worn, sin-laden men and women,even in this life, real, lasting peace. Thou shalt keep him in perfectpeace whose mind is stayed on Thee/ The mind, that is, of one whois dead to the world (not to its duties and its lawful claims, but toits allurements and attractions), and whose life is hid with Christin God, whose life is a hearty striving to do the Will of God of patient endurance, of cheerful acceptance of the bitter with the sweet,of calm, strong love and trust,* That One above,In perfect wisdom, perfect love,Is working for the best.The life in which is the blessed sense of entire self-surrender to God,this is the life which knows * the blessing of peace, a peace whichnothing in this world can disturb, so still, so deep, so settled is it.J. B. C. MUKPHY.

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