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God Will Not Forget His People.

God Will Not Forget His People.

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THE REV. C. SIMEON, M.A.


Isai. xlix. \i — 16". But Zion said, The Lord hath Jhrsake?i me^
and my Lord hath forgotten me. Can a ivoman forget her
sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son
of her uombP Yea, they may forget: yet will not I forget
thee. Behold, 1 have graven thee upon the palms of my
hands ; thy walls are continually before me.
THE REV. C. SIMEON, M.A.


Isai. xlix. \i — 16". But Zion said, The Lord hath Jhrsake?i me^
and my Lord hath forgotten me. Can a ivoman forget her
sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son
of her uombP Yea, they may forget: yet will not I forget
thee. Behold, 1 have graven thee upon the palms of my
hands ; thy walls are continually before me.

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GOD WILL OT FORGET HIS PEOPLE. THE REV. C. SIMEO, M.A. Isai. xlix. \i — 16". But Zion said, The Lord hath Jhrsake?i me^ and my Lord hath forgotten me. Can a ivoman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her uombP Yea, they may forget: yet will not I forget thee. Behold, 1 have graven thee upon the palms of my hands ; thy walls are continually before me. WERE the glorious truths of Christianity allowed their due operation on the hearts of men, this world would be a scene of universal peace and happiness : *' the heavens and the earth, the mountains," and the valleys, would form one harmonious concert, all sing- ing aloud for joy at the glad tidings of redemption through the sufferings of our incarnate God. But •the great mass of mankind disregard the tidings as ** a cunningly devised fable ;" whilst multitudes who •profess to believe them, derive no comfort from them, by reason of the corrupt state of their own minds, and the hard thoughts which they entertain of God. In the verse preceding our text, we see what reason there is for joy; but in the text itself we are told, how lamentably the proper influence of the Gospel is counteracted by the mistakes and errors of God's professing people, which yet he is endeavouring by all possible means to rectify. We here behold, I. The Church's complaint againt God — The complaint, in its primary sense, may be under- stood as uttered by the Church in Babylon, where her state was indeed most disconsolate. Moreover, in the present dispersion of her members, which has now continued so many hundred years, we may find a further ground for the complaint, that she is for-
 
saken and forgotten of her God. St. Paul, aware that there was in appearance some reason for such an apprehension, states the question, " Has God cast off his people?" and then, by an appeal to fact, he establishes the truth which is asserted in our text, in opposition to it*. But * Rom. xi. 1 — 5. 519,] GOD WILL OT FORGET HIS PEOPLE. 379 But it is in reference to individuals, and not to the Church at large, that we shall consider the complaint. It is common for persons under the Christian dis- pensation to adopt the language of our text. We will therefore state, 1. The occasions that most generally give birth to it — [Among the various causes of such a desponding appre- hension, the first to be noticed is, A long continuance of some temporal affliction. Little as we think of God in a state of prosperity, and little as we are inclined to mark his hand in the earlier stages of adversity, when we have long been oppressed with trials, our mind almost of necessity reverts to him as the author of them ; and that too, not in a way of meek submission, but in a way of murmuring and discontent. Thus did the Church in David's days : she complained that God had cast her off''; and adduced all her trials as proofs of her assertion ''i and then, as though God were asleep, and had altogether forgotten her affliction, she intreats him to " awake, and arise" for her relief*^. Thus also did Job, though on the whole a perfect man, sink at last under his troubles, and be- come the accuser of his God^ And perhaps, if we inquired diligently into the first causes of despondency, we should
 
generally find that it has originated in temporal afflictions, which have put the soul off its balance, and disposed it to en- tertain hard thoughts of God. Another occasion of such apprehensions is, a long continu- ance of guilt upon the conscience. After we are sensible that we have sinned, we are frequently a long time before we can himible ourselves before God as we ought to do : and whilst that hardness of heart continues, it is impossible but that we must be harassed with much disquietude. Thus it was with David, after his sin in the matter of Uriah: " When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long: (for day and night thy hand was heavy upon me:) my moisture is turned into the drought of summer'^." That " iniquities will separate between us and our God, and cause him to hide his face from us," is certain^: but we are not therefore to conclude, that he has forsaken and forgotten us ; since, however he may " speak against us," as with the voice of an enemy, "he does earnestly remember us still; yea, his bowels are troubled for us," till, by our humiliation and con- trition, we open a way for him to exercise, consistently with his own " Ps xliv. Q. ¦-• ib. ver. 10—14, 22. *¦ ib. ver. 23—26. ' Job Hi. 23, 24. & vi. 2-4. ' P^. xxxn. 3, 4. K Jsai. lix. 2. 380 ISAIAH, XLIX. 14 — 16. [510. own honour, his tender mercy towards us ^ evertheless, till that reconciliation takes place, the distress of a soul that

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