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God's Inheritance Refreshed.

God's Inheritance Refreshed.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. J. BATTERSBY,



In the 68th Psalnty and at the gth verse, you will read
these words :

**Thou, O God, didst send a plentiful rain, whereby

Thou didst confirm Thine inheritance, when

it was weary."
BY REV. J. BATTERSBY,



In the 68th Psalnty and at the gth verse, you will read
these words :

**Thou, O God, didst send a plentiful rain, whereby

Thou didst confirm Thine inheritance, when

it was weary."

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GOD'S IHERITACE REFRESHED.BY REV. J. BATTERSBY,In the 68th Psalnty and at the gth verse, you will readthese words :**Thou, O God, didst send a plentiful rain, wherebyThou didst confirm Thine inheritance, whenit was weary."In the Prayer Book version, our text is rendered alittle differently: — *^ Thou, O God, sentest a graciousrain upon Thine inheritance, and refreshedst it whenit was weary." Both are choice translations, andconvey some very sweet and precious truths. Thereare several references in this Psalm to the dealings of the Lord with His ancient people Israel, as you read inthe 7th and 8th verses. ** O God, when Thou wentestforth before Thy people, when Thou didst marchthrough the wilderness : The earth shook, the heavensalso dropped at the presence of God : even Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel."Digitized by VjOOQICd8Then in the text : — '* Thou, O God, didst send aplentiful rain, whereby Thou didst confirm Thineinheritance, when it was weary.'' There is a strikingprophecy in this Psalm, respecting our Lord andSaviour, Jesus Christ. In the i8th verse, you read : — ** Thou hast ascended on high. Thou hast led captivitycaptive: Thou hast received gifts for men/' In themargin of some of your Bibles you will read : — " Formen "— ** In the Man"— that is, "In the Man," ChristJesus, God manifest in the flcvsh. In this WonderfulMan gifts were received from the Father that He mightbestow them upon men for the good of His Church.** Yea, for the rebellious also, that the Lord God might
 
dwell among them." For a fuller explanation andapplication of this portion of Scripture, you may readat your leisure the 4th chapter of St. Paul's Epistle tothe Ephesians where the Apostle shows how thispassage refers to Christ : — That He received the gifts,and bestowed them upon His Apostles and others, **forthe work of the ministry," ** for the perfecting of thesaints," for the edifying, building up, and completing of the body of Christ. (Verses 8th to 13th.) You readalso, in this Psalm, as in several others, many expres-sions of praise and thanksgiving for God's abounding -grace and goodness. Read the igth and 20th verses :** Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loadeth us withbenefits, even the God of our salvation. He that isour God is the God of salvation : and unto God theLord belong the issues from death." I need notenlarge further upon the Psalm as to its beauties, butI shall proceed to consider our text ; in which you willobserve : — First, God's inheritance : — ** Thine inheritance.'' Se-condly , God's inheritance abundantly favoured : ^^ThoUyO Gddj didst send a plentiful rain.'' And, thirdly, God'sinheritance confirmed and refreshed : — '* Whereby Thoudidst confirm,"— or refresh, — ** Thine inheritance, when itwas weary." I hope that under these divisions of ourtext we shall be able to bring out some of the spiritualtruths which are contained therein, or at least, — sug-Digitized by VjOOQIC99gested thereby. We shall have to rely upon Him Whogave the Word to teach us, and to guide us, and tohelp us to expound this portion of Scripture aright ?Consider : — Firstj God^s inheritance. What is it ? *' Thine in-heritance/' Literally, there is a reference, doubtless,to the land of Canaan, the land of refreshment, theland which flowed with milk and honey, — the promisedland of all good things to His people. You may readthe first few verses in the 14th chapter of Joshua, whichwill throw some light upon the subject under con-
 
sideration. The children of Israel inherited the landof Canaan by allotment. God allotted it to the differenttribes, as it is said: — **And these are the countrieswhich the children of Israel inherited in the land of Canaan." These countries were to be distributedamongst the tribes of the children of Israel for an'* inheritance to them by lot." ** By lot was theirinheritance^ as the Lord commanded by the hand of Moses, for the nine tribes, and for the half tribe.''The other two tribes and a half had received theirinheritance before on the other side of Jordan. Butthere was one tribe which had the Lord Himself forhis inheritance. I quote this Scripture to show youthat there may be and doubtless is a literal reference tothe land of Canaan in our text, and which land Godallotted to the children of Israel according to theirtribes. An inheritance means a possession obtained byallotment. God and His people mutually possess eachother by allotment. The Lord's portion is His people,and the Lord is their portion. And now I shall ventureto take the expression in our text: "Thine inheritance,"as meaning the spiritual and chosen people of God.** Thine inheritance." Thy people. Thy allotment.When I speak of th^ people of God, I do not mean thechildren of Israel nationally of ancient times, but Imean all the spiritual seed of Israel — all who arespiritually interested in the Lord Jesus Christ. Thereis Israel after the flesh, and there is Israel after theSpirit: and it is of the latter of these that I shallDigitized by V^OOV? It!100speak, as God's inheritance. I shall drop the literaand pursue the spiritual. And now I shall pointout to you one or two passages which bear uponthis aspect of my text. Israel is spoken of as theLord's inheritance, in the 4th of Deuteronomy, andthe 20th verse : ^* But the Lord hath taken you, andbrought you forth out of the iron furnace, even outof Egypt, to be unto Him a people of inheritance, asye are this day." And again, in the gth chapter of thesame Book, Moses pleads with God in his prayer for

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