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Fear and Faith.

Fear and Faith.

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"What time I am afraid, I will trast in thee." — Psalm Ivi. 3.

"What time I am afraid, I will trast in thee." — Psalm Ivi. 3.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Oct 21, 2013
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FEAR AD FAITH.BY MELACTHO W. JACOBUS, D.D., LL.U."What time I am afraid, I will trast in thee." — Psalm Ivi. 3.The Psalmist, in the text, commits himself be-forehand, for all his seasons of alarm, to a uniformand an unshaken confidence in God. The powerof such a principle in the life of any man mustneeds be amazing.If one had a drug for all his pains and fevers andflesh wounds, so that the application of it wouldalways give him ease and work a ready cure, howmust it affect his mortal history 1But beyond these actual afflictions, fears arecommon to us all. And if these all could be al-layed at once by some sovereign appliance, howblest were the bosom that could carry in itself thewondrous efficacious balm ! How immensely anyof oiu' lives must be relieved to wipe out, at once,from our emotions the whole list of alarms tem-poral and spiritual, secret fears, sudden frightsand overhanging terrors! How the past historyof any one here must have been quite anotherthing, if those brooding apprehensions and drearyforebodings that have made up so much of ourexperience, could have had no place !216 FEAR AD FAITH.Observe; the Gospel message is not merely "behealed^'' "be saved,'' but, ''be not afraid, it is I, /ear
not'' When you consider how the news of troublemay be borne to you on any breeze, what a stretchof security is that to cover with the promise orto embrace in the description of a believer. " Heshall not be afraid o^ evil tidings; his heart is fixed,trusting in the Lord." And when you know some-thing of what it is to have the pestilence stalk abroad through your streets or in your neighbor-hood, smiting the people with panic, to hear thesweet assurance coming to you in such terms asthese — "Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror bynight nor for the arrow that flieth by day, nor forthe pestilence that walketh in darkness, nor for thedestruction that wasteth at noonday." This is sucha balm as the world can not give.This language in the text is not that of a mereresolve — the result of some theoretic speculation,or of some temporizing policy, or of some self-suffi-cient impulse. It is the outbreak of devout com-munion with God — fresh in the experience of ivJiathe is for a trust, and it is a solemn, personal pledge,left with the divine party as the fruit of most sol-emn personal intercourse and understandings.It is the testimony of one whose common faithhas grown so strong, through ordinary, every-dayexercise as to feel quite prepared for trying sea-sons. It requires one to have trusted in dailymatters to rally an adequate trust for sudden andsevere occasions. The lone tree that would bidethe tempest needs to be rooted and strengthenedFEAR AD FAITH. 217under many ordinary winds. It is no solitary actof faith that is requisite. It is the believing spirit.
Observe, then, why he seizes upon his seasonsoi fear that are to come again as they have nat-urally come before. It is not the feeling of thecoward sinner, who never flies to God but whenhis fright comes on. It is not the cold and slug-gish plan of a false professor who bespeaks God'sattention for such times of terror, and cares not forhim beside. It is not the presumptuous confidenceof a man who composes himself in the generalgoodness of God for seasons of adversity. It isthe feeling of a ripe believer who has just comeout of some sore alarm, and because he has foundGod a very present help in trouble, has at oncehuilt an altar tJiere and called the place by thatname and written this inscription, like Abraham'son the mount, " The Lord will provide."You know something of what it is to have com-mercial revulsion desolate your business circles,prostrating your most established merchants, strik-ing down your most trusted dependences, dryingup your best Avorldly resources, all of a sudden, itmay be — all in one tremendous crash.Consider, then, first of all, that this trustingspirit which so braces itself against fear, is wellsuited to the grounds of our hope.We have learned by many an experience to dis-ci'iminate between objects of confidence. ot allpersons or things, alike, can win our faith. Godhas given us himself for our trust — all his re-sources, all his attributes; whom no casualty can218 FEAR AD FAITH.overtake, whom no fortuity can disappoint, whomno power can baffle, whom no demands can ex-

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