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Royal Emblems for Loyal Subjects..pdf

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" And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun ris-
eth, even a morning without clouds ; as the tender grass springing
out of the earth by clear shining after rain." 2 SAMUEL xxiii. 4.

" And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun ris-
eth, even a morning without clouds ; as the tender grass springing
out of the earth by clear shining after rain." 2 SAMUEL xxiii. 4.

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Royal Emblems for Loyal Subjects.BY CHARLES H. SPURGEO" And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun ris-eth, even a morning without clouds ; as the tender grass springingout of the earth by clear shining after rain." 2 SAMUEL xxiii. 4.ASTEK" despots fleece their subjects to anenormous extent. Even at the present dayWe hardly wish to be subjected to thedemands of an Oriental government; but inDavid s time a bad king was a continual pestilence, plague, and famine a bane to the lives of hissubjects, who were under his caprice ; and spoliationto their fields, which he perpetually swept clean toenrich himself with the produce thereof. Hence, agood king was a rara avis in those days, and couldnever be too highly prized. So soon as he mountedthe throne, his subjects began to feel the beneficent influence of his sway. He was to them " as when theeun riseth." The confusion which had existed underweak governors gave place to settled order, while therapacity which had continually emptied the coffers of the rich, and filched the earnings of the poor, gaveplace to a regular system of assessment, and men knewhow to go about their business with some degree of certainty. It was to them " a morning without clouds."02 Types and Emblems.Forthwith, trade began to flourish ; persons who hademigrated to avoid the exactions of the tyrant came
back again; fields which had fallen ont of tillage, because they would not pay the farmer to cultivate them,began to be sown ; and the new ruler was to the landas " clear shining after rain, which makes the tendergrass spring up."I fear we do not value, as we should, the constitutional government which it is our privilege as Britonsto enjoy. Let us look where M r e may we need notsaj to the east only but to the west also we wouldnot wish to change the government under which welive so happily. Let us gratefully acknowledge toGod his tender mercy, and his goodness, in sparing 119alike from the refractory elements of a republic, and theprodigious exactions of a despotism, and for giving usto dwell in a quiet and peaceable kingdom, whereinwe can sit "every man under his own vine and underhis own fig-tree, none making him afraid." We maysay, I am sure, of Her Majesty who is set over us in.the order of Providence, that she has been " as the sunwhen he riseth, as a morning without clouds." Underher generous sway our country has been verdant. As" the earth by clear shining after rain " bringeth forththe green herb, so have our institutions fostered ourtrade and commerce by the good-will and graciousprovidence of God.But, it is not my object at present to enlarge uponthe secular benefits that have fallen to our lot ; thoughI should not think it unworthy of the Christian ministerto pursue a theme which calls for so much gratitude toGod, and might foster so much good feeling among, our-Royal Emblems for Loyal Subjects. 63Belves. We might make one another feel that there arevast mercies we enjoy which would be more esteemedif better known. Just as the Bible speaks of Christ s
unknown sufferings, so many of the bounties that wedaily enjoy have become so common that we are oblivious of them ; and, therefore, I might call them our unknown mercies. It well becomes us to lift up our voicesand hearts to heaven, and thank God for the happy land,and for the happy age in which the lines have fallen tous. Still, I take it that David was not so much speakingof mere political rulers as of Christ Jesus, King of kingsand Lord of lords, whose sway is always gracious andfull of good-will. May his kingdom come ! " Behold, Icome quickly," he crieth from heaven ; " Even so, comequickly, Lord Jesus," respond those whose love inspirestheir worship. His kingdom is "as the sun when itriseth, as a morning without clouds ; " and, when it shallhave been perfectly established upon the earth, all menshall know that the Son of David, whom once they re jected, is he by whom God would make all generationsto be blessed for ever and ever. May we who havewaited and watched for his glorious advent live whenhe standetli in the latter day upon the earth, and maywe constitute a part of that glorious harvest, the fruitwhereof shall shake like the cedars of Lebanon. Thuswe look for the day wherein the Lord shall come inthe clouds of heaven.David says of Christ, "He shall be as the light of the morning when the sun riseth." This he is as king,already, in his church, and as the rightful monarch inthe individual heart of the believer. Wherever Christcomes into a soul, it is as the light of the morning when64 Types and Emblems.the sun riseth. The light of the morning is joyous,then all the birds begin to sing, and the earth whichis silent at night, save when its stillness is disturbed bjstormy winds, or bj 7 wild beasts, or by riotous drunkenpeople, becometh vocal with songs from many mouths ;

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