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Mourners in Zion.

Mourners in Zion.

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BY JOSEPH ELLIOT

JEREMIAH said— "Know therefore and
see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that
thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God." A
sad proportion of the feelings of humanity in
this sinful world have been and are of a sor-
rowful character ; but sorrowful feelings are
far from being confined to mourners in Zion.
BY JOSEPH ELLIOT

JEREMIAH said— "Know therefore and
see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that
thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God." A
sad proportion of the feelings of humanity in
this sinful world have been and are of a sor-
rowful character ; but sorrowful feelings are
far from being confined to mourners in Zion.

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MOURERS I ZIO. BY JOSEPH ELLIOTJEREMIAH said— "Know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God." A sad proportion of the feelings of humanity in this sinful world have been and are of a sor- rowful character ; but sorrowful feelings are far from being confined to mourners in Zion. What mourning in Sodom and Gomorrah when the Lord "rained on them brimstone and fire ;" and in Egypt when "there was not a house where there was not one dead ; " and in Babylon when "one post ran to meet an- other, and one messenger to meet another, to shew the king of Babylon that his city was taken at one end ; " and in Jerusalem when " the city was destroyed, and the sanctuary and the people brought into desolation ! " And many are the sorrows of thousands far 148 Walks about Zion. from God, wandering as sheep without a shepherd, liable any moment to stumble on dark mountains, and He down in sorrow never to be turned into joy. Let not then the children of Zion whilst only on their way to perfection think it " a strange thing " that they are ever liable to more or less sorrow as they are becoming pre- pared for the better land, where the days of their mourning shall be ended. " Many are the afflictions of the righteous," and very di-
 
versified are their sorrows. Some have to bear bitter sorrows, as those of the deeply afflicted father who exclaimed, " O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom ! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son ! " Many are the mourners over the removal of endeared Christian relatives, like Martha and Mary who sorrowfully said, " Lord, if Thou hadst been here, my brother had not died." ot a few mourn over those outside " the gates of Zion " — as did David Mourners in Zion. 149 when he said, " Rivers of water run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law," and Paul when " he ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears." But they who are referred to in Scripture as mourners in Zion are mainly those that mourn over their own state ; and three of such classes are the following : — I. They who have become awakened to a realization of alarming deficie)icy. For years they may have been coming before God as his people come, and sitting before Him as his people sit, and hearing his words, and ap- proaching his table who says, "do this in re- membrance of Me." But they have been of a negative character — sadly neglecting the sec- ond part of the charge, " Depart from evil and do goody They have not been living a life of active response to the claims of the divine Redeemer, They have been trusting that
 
they were not in the broad way, but they have not been cultivating a daily concern to ad- 150 Walks about Z ion. vance in the narrow one. They have had the idea that they were in the h'ght, but they have not been " walking in the light as chil- dren of the light and of the day." They have not been seeking "to be spiritually minded," to "press toward the mark for the prize." They have not been realizing any heartfelt interest in the extension of his kingdom who said " He that is not with Me is against Me ; and he that gathereth not with Me scattereth abroad." They are alarmed as they awake to see their portentous deficiency ; and not only are they solemnized but grieved in spirit as they ponder the words, " Woe to them that are at ease in Zion," Amos 6:1. o tongue can tell how thankful they should feel to be brought to such a realization of their state. To many of such the question occurs, Am I a Christian at all? And should any reader of these lines be conscious of utter uncertainty in that great matter, to such the principal thing we would say is this — whether Mourners in Zion. 1 5 1 or no there has ever been any good thing in you towards the Lord God, the wise course would be to begin anew. " ow is the accepted

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