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The Saint's Estimate of God's Lovingkindness.

The Saint's Estimate of God's Lovingkindness.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY HENRY J. BEVIS.



" Because thy lovingkindness is better than life my lips shall
praise thee.' — PSALM Ixiii. 3.
BY HENRY J. BEVIS.



" Because thy lovingkindness is better than life my lips shall
praise thee.' — PSALM Ixiii. 3.

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THE SAIT'S ESTIMATE OF GOD'S LOVIGKIDESS.BY HERY J. BEVIS." Because thy lovingkindness is better than life my lips shallpraise thee.' — PSALM Ixiii. 3.There is in this town a public record of the state of the weather during the month, and the true readingsof the barometer. If we were to keep a record of our prayers — if we were to write the prayers we haveprayed, we should keep a copy of the true readingsof the heart. We should see the depression on theone hand, and the elevation on the other, occasionedby the varied and varying circumstances which affectthe atmosphere of life. We should see that somedays were overcast and gloomy, and that a few werebright and sunny. We not only have a record of prayers in this " book of the heart," we not only seethe pulsations of the great suffering heart of man,but we have the titles of these prayers — ^the headingsof these psalms. This psalm is called ** A psalm of David when he was in the wilderness of Judah."This psalm was not written, this prayer was notprayed in court or camp, when David was theThe Sainfs Estimate of God* s Lovingkindness. 145favourite of Saul and the idol of the people; butwhen he was the fugitive and outlaw, when he wasin the wilderness, when he dwelt in the fastnesses of the mountains, or in dens and caves of the earth.There are some who think that this prayer wasprayed when David had left his palace and his city,and Was once more a fugitive in the wilderness, onaccount of the treachery and rebellion of his son
 
Absolom. He had lost much, but there is one Ipsshe specially deplores — ^the loss of the sanctuary, withits symbols of the Divine presence — ^the sanctuarywhere he had seen the power and glory of God ; butthough he had lost the sanctuary, he had not lostGod,What prayers have been prayed by men in thewilderness, — ^by men in the darkness and mystery of life, — by men in their perplexity seeking for guidance, — ^by men whose " souls were discouraged because of the way." What prayers from men in dungeons, — from men in darkened homes, — ^from men who said"that all God's waves and billows had gone overthem." Men pray better in darkness than in light,in adversity than in prosperity ; they pray then withtheir whole heart — they mean what they say. If you had written your prayers, and had affixed thetitles, you would find the heading of one, " A prayerafter I had fallen into some great sin." It wouldcontain the wail and lament of the heart, it wouldbreathe the truest contrition and reveal the sorrow146 The Saint's Estimate of God's Lovingkindness.of a broken heart. It would be your penitentialpsalm. You would find another headed, "A prayerafter backsliding." In it you would see the shameand humiliation which marked your return to God,and the fresh and earnest consecration of yourself toHis service. There would be singular tendernessabout it, for its words had been baptized with tears.Another prayer would have this title, "A prayer afterI had lost my child." You would note how brokenand tremulous the words were, as if your wholenature had been dislocated by the blow that hadstruck you down to the earth. You would findanother headed, "A prayer after I had recovered
 
from my sickness," and in it you would read thesewords, " Lord, by these things men live, and inall these things is the life of my spirit." Some fewpsalms you would find with this title, "To the chief singer on my stringed instruments," but these hymnsof praise would be almost lost in the litany of theheart.In this psalm the soul thirsts for God. Thereis in man an unconscious thirsting for God. Menare not prepared to admit that the world is all tothem. In the midst of its industries, honours, andpleasures, they are conscious of a higher natureunsatisfied and unfed. They want more than theworld's bread — ^they " cannot live by bread alone ;"they want the truth of God : they cannot quenchtheir thirst from the world's wells, — they want livingThe Saint's Estimate of God's Lovingkindness. 147water from the living fountain. You have been suc-cessful, you have come to a time of life when you seek repose; are you at rest? are you satisfied? Youwant something ; you want more than the world cangive. What is it you want ? You want God. If the yearnings of the soul were translated, you wouldsay, — light ! life ! love ! I want the infinite ;I want God.There are men who have a conscious thirst forGod. " God, thou art my God ; early will I seek thee : my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longethfor thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;to see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seenthee in the sanctuary. Because thy lovingkindnessis better than life, my lips shall praise thee." Doyou thirst for God? Can you say, "As the hartpanteth after the waterbrooks, so panteth my soul

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