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Prayer for Christ

Prayer for Christ

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Prayer also shall be made for him continually. Psalm Ixxii. 15.

Prayer also shall be made for him continually. Psalm Ixxii. 15.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Feb 16, 2014
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PRAYER FOR CHRIST REV. JOHN HARRIS, D.D.Prayer also shall be made for him continually. Psalm Ixxii. 15. David, having received certain premonitions of his ap-proaching end, had now resigned the throne of Israel to Solomon his son ; the elders and nobles of the land had recognized and had sanctioned the change. Trans-ported with joy at the event, he pours out his soul in prayer for the youthful king and the subject people. But, " behold, a greater than Solomon is here." Wrapt in a divine enthusiasm, the psalmist ascends to a loftier theme, and sings the glory of Messiah, and the mag-nificence of his future reign. The text is a prediction, reminding us, in the first place, that the Bible is distinguished from every other hook^ professedly divine^ by the grandeur^ and authori-ty^ and tone of. its promises^ and by the multitude and splendour of its predictions. Human philosophy may be said to have had three creeds, which might not im-properly be distinguished as the creed of the past, of the present, and of the future. The books of Pagan antiquity sung only of the golden age past — of scenes of pastoral simplicity and happiness never to return,
* It may, perhaps, be desirable to inform the reader that on the last aabbath in every successive April, sermons on behalf of Christian Mi«-sions are delivered in each of the Wesley an Methodist chapels in London 9 130 ^PRAYER FOR CHRIST: while for the future they could say nothing — their bur-den was despair. Then came the creed of the pres-ent. As early antiquity faded from view, man became prepared for the philosophy of Epicurus, for the Op-timism, which professes to be satisfied with things as they are, and which, instead of aiming at human im-provement, acts on the animal maxim, " Let us eat and drink, for to-morrow we die." But to this has now generally succeeded the creed of the future, a philosophical belief in the perfectibility of the species, a persuasion that man is at length on the high road to perfection. Now it would be easy to show, that each of these views is only a perversion of some funda-mental truth contained in the Bible ; but then it will be found, that in the Bible those truths exist in combi-nation, and that every thing, which is there said of the
past or of the present, is said expressly for the sake of the future. Thus the contentment with the present, which is inculcated, is not that kind of satisfaction, which hopes and asks for nothing better, but that which springs from a comprehensive view of the divine plans for the renovation of the world, which admires those plans as the wisest and the best, and which thus pre-pares us to be patient and persevering instruments in the hand of God for their fulfilment. Then again, if the Bible tells of the past, if it sings of a " para-dise lost," it is only to prepare us to hear of a bet-ter " paradise regained." Yes, the Bible is the true and perfect hope ; it builds on the future, and the chorus of all its songs is of a glory yet to come. But if (it may be said) human philosophy is begin-ning to calculate on the future, it is at length moving in harmony with the word of God. This, alas ! is and its vicinity. These engagements form a portion of the Missionary services, celebrated at that season of the year. Dr. Harris had delivered his sermon called " The Witnessing Church," at Queen Street, on the preceding Friday, and in conformity with the customary arrangement that the preacher at Queen Street, on the Friday, should officiate at the City Road chapel on the follow^ing Lord's day morning, he preached there the sermon now under the eye of the reader.— Ed.

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