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Sermon on Psalm Thirty Six

Sermon on Psalm Thirty Six

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE

W. J. STRACEY

"For with Thee is the well of life: and in Thy light shall we see light."

Psalm xxxvi. 9.

W. J. STRACEY

"For with Thee is the well of life: and in Thy light shall we see light."

Psalm xxxvi. 9.

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SERMO O PSALM THIRTY SIXW. J. STRACEY"For with Thee is the well of life: and in Thy light shall we see light."Psalm xxxvi. 9.fTIHE whole of this psalm consists of a contrastbetween the greatness and goodness of God, com-pared with the littleness and folly of sinful men. Thereare very grand expressions of God's greatness and good-ness in this psalm ; such as these : " Thy mercy, Lord,reacheth unto the heavens ; and Thy faithfulness untothe clouds. Thy righteousness standeth like the strongmountains : Thy judgments are like the great deep.Thou, Lord, shalt save both man and beast ; how ex-cellent is Thy mercy, God : and the children of menshall put their trust under the shadow of Thy wings."" For with Thee is the well of life : and in Thy lightshall we see light." A living author says on this verse :"These are some of the most wonderful words in theOld Testament. Their fulness of meaning no com-mentary can ever exhaust. They are, in fact, the kerneland the anticipation of much of the profoundest teach-ing of S. John."*ow it is a very obvious and plain truth which these* Dr. Perowne.THE GIVER OF ALL GOOD THIGS. 1 03few last words contain, if we think about them; butprobably many of us have often heard and read themwithout thinking: much what their meaning; is. " Forwith Thee is the well (or fountain) of life." It is adirect acknowledgment that God is the Author and
 
Giver of all that we call "life" in this world. His life-giving power pervades all things in the world. He istheir well or fountain. Thus in the beginning, we aretold, God " breathed into man's nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul;" and thus life inall of us is a gift of His own essence, the true pro-perties of which we can never really understand in thisworld. Life from God pervades everything. It is notonly we — mankind — who have our life and being fromGod — so that as our Lord replied to Satan's first sug-gestion of evil, " Man doth not live by bread alone,but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouthof God" — but it is equally so with all else around us.The beasts, both small and great, which abound in alllands, and all little insects and creeping things whichlive and multiply innumerably and unfailingly, "thefowls of the air, and the fishes of the sea, and whatso-ever walketh through the paths of the seas" — all thesehave their life given them by God, preserved to themby God, and taken away from them by God when Hesees fit. " Consider the fowls of the air," said our Lord ;" they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather intobarns ; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them." And104 PSALM XXXVI.it is only by His direct knowledge and permission thatthey die ; for our Lord says, " Are not two sparrowssold for a farthing ? and one of them shall not fall onthe ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, yeare of more value than many sparrows."And so, if we go still lower down in nature, it isGod who breathes upon all inanimate nature the breathof life, making the trees to grow, and " the grass uponthe mountains, and green herb for the service of men ;"" visiting the earth, and blessing it : making it very
 
plenteous. Thou waterest her furrows, thou sendestrain into the little valleys thereof: Thou makest it softwith the drops of rain, and blessest the increase of it.Thou crownest the year with Thy goodness ; and Thyclouds drop fatness." Thus it is that God is in everyway, and to everything, " the well of life ;" in whomalone we all do " live, and move, and have our being."But with us, brethren, men upon earth, there are, itmay be said, three great divisions of life — each alto-gether different from the other — each of which mayrightly be called by itself "life," and of each God is" the well or fountain."First, there is the life natural, that being of whichall human nature alike partakes by being born into thisworld. There is no difference in this respect betweenChristians and those who are not Christians. AlmightyGod is the well of life to all mankind alike. He is theTHE LORD AD GIVER OF LIFE. 105one universal Father of all. He hath made of oneblood all nations upon earth. In this way with Himthere is no respect of persons or nations. All alike, too,are born under the curse of sin ; so that He can havemercy upon all through Jesus Christ our Lord.And in Him begins the next great stage or divisionof man's life ; viz., the life spiritual — man's regenera-tion — that recreation and restoration in us of the imageof Him which was lost to us in the beginning, but isrecovered to be ours in the Church of Christ. This isa life beyond, above, beside, additional to, and higherand better than the natural life. And as God theFather is the prime Author and Giver of the latter, sothis new life is more especially in each of us the work of the Holy Ghost, "the Lord and Giver of life." It is

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