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The Tender Mercies of God

The Tender Mercies of God

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
REV. EDWARD D. GRIFFIN, D. D.



I will mention the loving kindnesses of the Lord and the praises of the
Lord, according to all that the Lord hath bestowed on ns, and the great
goodness towards the house of Israel whieh he hath bestowed on them, ao> cording to his mercies, and according to the moltitode of his loving kindnesses.
REV. EDWARD D. GRIFFIN, D. D.



I will mention the loving kindnesses of the Lord and the praises of the
Lord, according to all that the Lord hath bestowed on ns, and the great
goodness towards the house of Israel whieh he hath bestowed on them, ao> cording to his mercies, and according to the moltitode of his loving kindnesses.

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THE TEDER MERCIES OF GODREV. EDWARD D. GRIFFI, D. D.I will mention the loving kindnesses of the Lord and the praises of theLord, according to all that the Lord hath bestowed on ns, and the greatgoodness towards the house of Israel whieh he hath bestowed on them,ao>cording to his mercies, and according to the moltitode of his lovingkind-nesses.The prophet, when he uttered these words, ap-peared to labor under an ineffable sense of the ten^der mercies and loving kindnesses of his Grod. Hehad been contemplating the wrath with which Grodwould one day visit Edom when he should come todeliver his people from her oppressions. Immedi-ately he raises an interesting contrast and sets be-fore his eyes God's ^^ great goodness towards thehouse of Israel " in loosing their Egyptian bondsand conducting them through the wilderness. Inthis type as through a glass, he discovered the won-drous love which redeems the Church from moreoppressive chains, and supports her in her journey292 THB TEDBAto the heavenly rest. Under this view he seemedtransported, and in his rapture exclaimed, ^^ I willmention the loving kindnesses of the Lord and thepra'u es of the Lord, according to all that the Lordhath bestowed on us, and the great goodness to«wards the house of Israel which he hath bestowedon them, according to his mercies, and accordingto the multitude of his loving kindnesses."
 
Though we should not raise our eyes to the exalt-ed love which shines in the Gospel, still we shouldhave abundant reason to mention the loving kind-nesses of the Lord. Without any adviser or helperhe introduced us to rational existence, and raisedOB to intellectual enjoyment. By his unceasingcare, that existence is hourly supported. Our ta-ble is furnished and our raiment supplied by his be-nignant hand. ' We are blest with pleasant habita-tions and possessions ; we enjoy the delights of re-fined society, the blessings of friendship, and thelife and happiness of our friends. Our health issustained by a thousand minute and constantly re-peated touches of his hand to the various parts of our complicated machine. All the pleasures of imagination, of memory, of hope, of sympathy,and of sense ; all the magic charms which play onnature's face, are the gifts of his bounteous hand.By his watchful care we are protected from count-less visible and unseen dangers. By innumerableimpressions made on our animal spirits by his care-ful touch, we are put in tone to enjoy the objectsaround us. More numerous are his mercies thanthe stars which look out of heaven. On no section¦MERCIES OP GOD. 298of our life, — on no point of nature's works^—Hicarce*ly on a circumstance in our relations to society,can we fix our eyes, without seeing ^'the lovingkindnesses of the Lord." But when we lift ourthoughts to his ^^ great goodness towards the houseof Israel," our souls faint under the labor of ex*
 
pressing the praise we owe. Redeeming gracemost fully displays the richness and extent of hisloving kindnesses ; redeeming grace was the themewhich transported the author of our text ; and re*deeming grace shall be the subject of this discourse.To discover the heights or to fathom the depthsof this grace, exceeds the power of men or angels ;yet the view perhaps may be enlightened by someof the following reflections.In purposing and planning the great work of re-demption, the Eternal Mind was self-moved^ tin-counselled^ unsolicited. o angel interceded or ad-vised ; no man by his prayers or tears excited pity.Before men or angels had existence, the purposewas fixed and the plan was formed by boundlesslove, unmoved, unasked, untempted by any thingwithout but the foreseen miseries of a perishingworld.This love was wholly disinterested, having no re^ward in view but the pleasure of doing good. Whatother recompense could God expect from creatureswho have nothing to give but what they receive ?What other reward could eternal self-sufficienceneed ?This love is still more sublime considered as act-'ing towards inferiors. When love is not the mosttSi TBB TBVDB&pure, we daily see, k will OTerlook those who haveBO emineiice to engage respect On this accountthe condescending regard which some benevolentprince may pay to the poor and forsaken, is pecu-liarly affecting. What then shall we say when we

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