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BY ALEXANDER PENROSE FORBES, D.C.L.,


PSALM XXXYI. 8.

" They shall be satisfied with the plekteousness of
Thy HOUSE;
BY ALEXANDER PENROSE FORBES, D.C.L.,


PSALM XXXYI. 8.

" They shall be satisfied with the plekteousness of
Thy HOUSE;

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HEAVE.BY ALEXADER PEROSE FORBES, D.C.L.,PSALM XXXYI. 8." They shall be satisfied with the plekteousness of Thy HOUSE;Our good God in His tender love leaves nomeans unemployed to win us to Himself. Hisown by creation and redemption, He wills notthat by our own folly and sinfulness, we shouldcome to ruin. He places clearly before uswhat are the consequences of disobedience,both in this world and in the next. He exhibitsto us in the dreadful judgments which He re-luctantly sends upon earth, what we must ex-pect if we commit iniquity. He reveals to usin His holy Word in the plainest manner, howdeep is His hatred of sin, and how it disturbsthe harmony and beauty of His government.168 Heaven,He has in mercy given us distinct visions of thelake of fire, and the never-dying worm— andabove all, in the revelation of the mystery of the Cross of Christ, the most forcible of all Hisother gracious arguments, He has shown howgrievous, how dangerous is sin.But it is not only to the fears of men thatHe appeals ; it is not in the capacity of a harshand unpitying Judge, that He sets before menthe terrors of His Providence. It is not merelyas the Maker of laws, and as their avenger, thatHe manifests Himself.* Rather He seeks todraw men by the cords of love ; appealing tothe rei^ains of that nature, originally madegood, when He at the beginning constitutedman in original righteousness, and in the giftof grace. He puts before him every motive that
 
can speak to his better feelings, and seeks towin him by affection. He so far raises theveil that hangs between mortal man and Hisown attributes, as to give him a glimpse of that unapproachable sanctity, and that un-speakable beauty in which He hath rested £ramthe beginning. He Jias exhibited Himself inrevelation, not only as Power and Might, butas M^x;y and Goodness, and above all, in thePerson of His only Son, and in the graces de-rived from Him unto His saints. He has ex^bibited His own perfections in imitable shape.Heavefi. 169He places before man the perfect ideal of thehuman race^ in the life and person of His Son^and shows how true happiness is to be most likeunto Him. He gives experience that the truestsatisfaction of the nature of man consists innothing but faithfulness to the end for whichhe was made, even the fiuition of Himself.He infuses a bitterness into the best joys outof Him, that men may taste and see that HeHimself is gracious. He strikes a chord in thedeepest harmonies of the human soul, corres-ponding with the what ear hath not heardabove, and above all. He has revealed to us,most plainly, the sureness, and the eternity,the brightness, and the bliss of that unspeak-able reward, which He hath laid up for themthat fear Him.Therefore, in this mortal life, where, if weare wise, we are ever searching our hearts, andrepenting of the sins, and ^amending our lives,and realizing the Passion of our good LoiiD, itis well for us to fix our thoughts on that [dace,where, for His merits we seek to fix our futurehome ; may He direct us to think rightly con-cerning it.What is life et^nal P It is something whichthe intellect of man cannot grasp for very blind-ness. ^^Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard,
 
neither hath it entered into t\^e \^^^ ^H. \s^ascL170 Heaven.to conceive the things which God hath preparedfor them that love Him/' Here we know noother sources of enjoyment, than those to whichthe senses and the mind introduce us. Wesee the country, and the spring, and the beautiesof nature, and the rich forest with its lofty treesand flowery underwood ; we see the landscapedecked with every hue of the light of heaven,and the bright stars and the glorious sun in hisstrength ; and the western clouds tinged withthe quickly parting splendour of his settingrays ; but what are all these to the joys thatare prepared for them who love God ? At bestthey are but shadows of these eternal realities ;they are not the realities themselves, but theytend to lead our minds to them, and to makeus bow down in adoration before the footstoolof Him who has lit the sun, and gilt the clouds,and clothed the forest, to manifest His hiddenbeauty to us, and to draw our hearts to Him.'^ Wouldst thou know, O man,'' says S. Ber-nard, ^^what is Paradise; know that in thatcelestial fatherland, there is^ nothing that dis-pleaseth thee, every thing that pleaseth thee."In the world's best pleasures, there is always asomething wanting — the rose has its thorns, andthe brightest day its darkness, and the autumnis followed by the chill winter. Life is one greatsorrow ; and who is there that has in its longHeaven, 171course escaped the pains of weakness, the griefsof poverty, the anxieties of possession, inwardheartrendings, fears, temptations, doubts of conscience, and the uncertainty of final accept-ance?But there in our real home, the blessed shall

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