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THE CLOUD AND THE SUNSHINE.pdf

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY DUNCAN MACGREGOR




2 Sam. xxiii. 5.

' ' Altliotigli my house be not so with God ; yet he hath
made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things,
and snre : for this is all my salvation, and all my desire,
although he make it not to grow."
BY DUNCAN MACGREGOR




2 Sam. xxiii. 5.

' ' Altliotigli my house be not so with God ; yet he hath
made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things,
and snre : for this is all my salvation, and all my desire,
although he make it not to grow."

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THE CLOUD AND THE SUNSHINE.BY DUNCAN MACGREGOR 2 Sam. xxiii. 5.' ' Altliotigli my house be not so with God ; yet he hathmade with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things,and snre : for this is all my salvation, and all my desire,although he make it not to grow."THESE were the last words of David — the words he uttered before his spirittook its flight to join the general as- sembly of the redeemed. The wordsof the dying are heard with breathless attention.We listen reverently to the voice we shall soonhear no more. And they are long remembered.To this day we remember Jacob's dying wordsas he calmly gathered np his feet into the bed,"I have waited for thy salvation, O Lord."We remember Moses' grand farewell words ere(54)THE CLOUD AND THE SUNSHINE. 55he went up to tlie top of Pisgali to die, " Happyart thou, O Israel; who is hke unto thee, Opeople, saved by the Lord!" We rememberthe heavenly smile that played on old Simeon'sface as he took the Babe in his arms and said,
 
" Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart inpeace, according to thy word : for mine eyeshave seen thy salvation." And who can forgetPc'tul's dying testimony? In his cold cell atRome, with the four walls of a dungeon aroundhim, and a bloody death before him, his eyekindled with the light of heaven as he wrote, " Iam now read}' to be offered, and the time of mydeparture is at hand. I have fought a goodfight, I have finished my course, I have kept thefaith. Henceforth there is laid up for me acrown of righteousness, which the Lord, therighteous judge, shall give me at that day : andnot to me only, but unto all them also that lovehis appearing."Our subject is the dying testimony of Da-vid. Let us deeply ponder the words spokenon that calm, bright death-bed. Wo havehere :56 THE SHEPHERD OE ISRAEL.I. The cloud upon David's liouse — " Althoughmy house be not so with God."II. The sunshine in God's covenant — "Yet hehath made with me an everlasting covenant,"etc.I. The clo^id upon David's liouse.Every saint has a cloud of some kind hang-ing over his house. God's dealings with hischildren resemble the coat of many colorswhich Jacob gave Joseph as a proof of hispeculiar love. Crosses and comforts, trials andtriumphs, dark dispensations and bright, are in-
 
terwoven with divine grace and skill into amany-colored web. David was no exception.What a splendid career he ran, and yet howcheckered! A shepherd-boy in Bethlehem, heis anointed by Samuel as Israel's future king ;he slays Gohath and achieves a deathless name ;he becomes the king's son-in-law ; he is on thesteps of the throne. Then Saul's jealousy pur-sues him ; he is hunted as a partridge upon themountains ; for seven years he is a poor, home-less wanderer, with but a step between him andTHE CLOUD AND THE SUNSHINE. 57death. He ascends the throne, and the Phihs-tmes, Moabites, Edomites, harass him by turns ;the sons of Zerniah plot against him ; his hfe isone continual storm of battle, — then comes hissad fall, followed quiclily by the awful outbreaksin his family and the revolt of Absalom. Andas his sun sets among dark clouds, he says witha heavy sigh, " My house is not so with God."Not as I wished it to be. Not as I fondly hopedit to be. Not as I often prayed it might be.Three elements conspired to make the cloudupon David's house very dark.1. The state of his family. The man afterGod's own heart had trained his children in thefear of God. We have his charge to Solomonon record, " And thou, Solomon my son, knowthou the God of thy father, and serve him witha perfect heart and with a willing mind."(1 Chron. xxviii. 9.) The wise king tells howcarefully his father had trained him, " I was myfather's son, tender and only beloved in thesight of my mother. He taught me also, and

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