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The Springs of Joy

The Springs of Joy

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By Robert F. Horton, D.D,

" Rejoice in the Lord alway: again
I will say Rejoice." — Philippians
By Robert F. Horton, D.D,

" Rejoice in the Lord alway: again
I will say Rejoice." — Philippians

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Oct 19, 2013
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THE SPRIGS OF JOYBy Robert F. Horton, D.D," Rejoice in the Lord alway: againI will say Rejoice." — PhilippiansPerpetual joy, and the praise whichcomes out of it, is enjoined by our religion ;and, therefore, we must suppose that it ispossible; but frankly it seems to be im-possible. Our keenest pleasures, we aretold by psychologists, are the release or thereaction from pain ; and it seems, therefore,as if joy unbroken would be joy unfelt.But these injunctions of our religion, if weare attentive to them, open our eyes to apossibility which is far above and beyondthe ordinary experience of human life.Observe the commandment is, " Rejoicein the Lord" It is not suggested that joy2 THE SPRIGS OF JOYin the world, in nature, in human life, or inhuman beings, can be perpetual andunbroken ; but that there is a higher truth,there is a realm of reality, which is liftedabove the things that are perceived by oursenses and the experiences which consti-tute human life. It is suggested that womay obtain such a relation to that reality,that even in the midst of the trials and diffi-culties and sufferings of life joy may enter,and may maintain its laughing waterswithin us, very much as in the city of 
Rome, whatever may be the heat, the dustand the disease that afflict the city, thewaters from the Sabine Hills, carriedthrough the aqueducts, come flowing anddancing and sparkling out of the innumer-able fountains ; so there is always joy andlight and music in the waters, which do notrise within the city but come from theeternal hills beyond. It is that kind of joythat we are to seek ; the possibility of it isimplied by the command to obtain it, andwe are to seek it in order to show it, toexercise it, in this present life.ow this point must be evident at once,THE SPRIGS OF JOY 3and no one will ever think of disputing it,that we can only maintain perpetual joy, asupernal joy, by living above the actualfacts and events of human life. If we areimmersed in the events and the facts of human life, completely immersed, therecannot be perpetual joy; there may be anoccasional touch of pleasure, there may beeven sometimes rich, transient delights,but human life is so constructed of caresand sufferings and sorrows that, if we areto live within it, perpetual joy is obviouslyimpossible. Very few days can pass forany of us without cares and anxieties, evenabout the mere way in which we are to live.Complications of business, distractions,intrusions, the worries of householdmanagement, a thousand things that areall unperceived and cannot be classified,come pressing in upon us every day, and
disturb our peace. The apprehension of the future, the anxiety for those we love,things which are perfectly natural andinevitable, will keep care always seatedbehind us.4 THE SPRIGS OF JOYPost equitem sedet atra Cura,always within reach of us; and, therefore,it is evident that joy cannot be perpetualunless it is drawn from a source that isabove care.Then, pain of body and of mind isalways within easy reach of us. Thestroke of sickness comes upon us — itis so sudden and unperceived that we cannever be sure that to-morrow will not findus laid upon a bed of pain. And perhapswe could bear that, but the thought isalways present with us that those who aredear to us, dearer than life, are exposedto sickness too ; frequently, these strokes of sickness fall and those who are precious tous lie helpless and suffering upon a bed of pain. Ah, you say to yourself, how is itpossible to rejoice.^ And if death comes,and those whom we love are taken fromus what possibility is there of joy? Joycannot be lasting when disease and deathare always within reach. It must be,therefore, perfectly evident that if joy isto be perpetual it must be derived from asource that is entirely above both deathand disease.

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