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Advent Sunday.

Advent Sunday.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
Psalm cxx. 5, 6.

" I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in His word
do I hope : my soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that
watch for the morning, I say more than they that watch for
the morning."
Psalm cxx. 5, 6.

" I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in His word
do I hope : my soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that
watch for the morning, I say more than they that watch for
the morning."

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ADVET SUDAY.REV. G. ECKPORD GULL B.A.Granty we beseech Thee^ merciful Lordy to Thy faith-ful people pardon and peace y that they may he cleansedfrom all their sinSy and serve Thee with a quiet mind ;through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.Psalm cxx. 5, 6." I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in His worddo I hope : my soul waiteth for the Lord more than they thatwatch for the morning, I say more than they that watch forthe morning."GOD'S personal appearing has always been thegreat hope of His people.Sin brought darkness, spiritual darkness, over allthe world. God, Who is spiritual light, could nolonger dwell with man on earth : fallen man might jio longer move in the immediate presence of theHoly One. The direct light of God's countenanceno longer shonfe on man, but he became an outcast,"a wanderer on a darkened earth," feeling afterGod if haply he might find Him. Yet, as thenight of sin was settling down, even while the lightof God's presence was departing, a promise wasB•12 ADVET SUDAY.
 
given of a future morning. From the time thenight began there were some who looked forwardto the day, and ever since God withdrew Himself from man's sight there have been some who havelooked forward by faith to the time when He shouldagain reveal Himself. These have been alwaysthe children of the light and of the day, not becausethey have lived in broad daylight, but because theyhave longed for the morning, and because the trustin the coming dawn has been in them like lightitself keeping them from the works of darkness.Yet most men have walked in darkness, feeling athome in it, not longing for the light, or at leastthey have lived so, and have persecuted the chil-dren of light. Enoch, the seventh from Adam,prophesied of these how that the Lord would con-vince and destroy them with the brightness of Hiscoming.It is most touching to read, in God*s word, howthe holy ones have longed for light and for Hispresence who should deliver them from all theirpains, and fears, and sins. We all turn naturallyto the words of Job, when out of our darkness welong for the light we know will come. " I knowthat my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall standat the latter day upon the earth, and though aftermy skin worms destroy this body, yet in my fleshshall I see God, Whom I shall see for myself y andmy eyes shall behold, and not another^But the first coming of the Messiah was chieflylooked for by the saints of old, and in their greatyearning for His appearing, holy men of God spakeas they were moved by the Holy Ghost. To themit was the coming of the day. All the evils thatbeset the chosen people should then be done awayby the hand of the Lord Himself.
 
Let us hear the prophet Isaiah : " Judgment is"/ IVA/T FOR THE LORD." 3far from us, neither doth justice overtake us, wewait for light, but behold obscurity for brightness,but we walk in darkness. We grope for the walllike the blind, we grope as if we had no eyes, westumble at noonday as in the night ; we are indesolate places as dead men," and then the comingof the Messiah rose up before the prophet, andhe burst into song : " Arise, shine, for thy light iscome, and the glory of the Lord is risen uponthee ; for, behold, the darkness shall cover theearth, and gross darkness the people, but the Lordshall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seenupon thee." And we know that words like thesewere, indeed, fulfilled by the coming of the Saviour.He came " a Light into the world, that man mightno longer walk in darkness." He "brought lifeand immortality to light by His gospel ;" and sotruly brought the day to man, that St. John couldwrite, "The darkness is past, and the true lightnow shineth."And yet, brethren, it is not less true that we stillwait for the day.We cannot forget the change brought to us byour Saviour; but still we cannot count ourselves tohave attained that which men have always beenlonging for, we do not at all events fully possessthat enlightenment in which all things are clear,and in which we walk as conscious of God's light aswe are of the sunlight in summer.Our glances are still bent forward, we still livein hope, and the first coming of our Lord has given

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