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The Voice of God to His People.

The Voice of God to His People.

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BY REV. WILLIAM HOWELS,


Psalm lxxxv. 8.

" I will hear what God the Lord will speak : for
he will speak peace unto his people, and to his
saints: but let them not turn again to folly."
BY REV. WILLIAM HOWELS,


Psalm lxxxv. 8.

" I will hear what God the Lord will speak : for
he will speak peace unto his people, and to his
saints: but let them not turn again to folly."

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THE VOICE OF GOD TO HIS PEOPLE. BY REV. WILLIAM HOWELS,Psalm lxxxv. 8. " I will hear what God the Lord will speak : for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly." David seems to have been a type of the church, as well as of Christ: perhaps attention to this truth would place some passages of scripture in a more correct and striking point of view than that to which we have been accustomed. He was a man eminently tried — a man in whose history we find a variety of experience that renders him highly qualified for instructing the church of God ; while at the same time, in his exaltation to a throne, the numerous enemies he had to contend with, and the deep afflictions which he experienced, he was a type of Jesus Christ. We rejoice, therefore, in what he says : sometimes as the voice of the church of God, and at others the voice of the Messiah, his great vol. i. c 18 THE VOICE OF GOD and glorious antitype. He dwells here on the blessings of the covenant of redemption. " Thou hast been favourable unto thy land ; thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob ; thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people ; thou hast covered all their sin." The psalmist goes on,
 
dwelling on afflictive dispensations, seeking at the same time and finding a remedy where alone it was to be found. " Show us thy mercy, O Lord, and grant us thy salvation." He then says, " I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly. " Four things seem very naturally to challenge our consideration. In the first place, the saints of God. It is said here, " unto his people and to his saints." God has a people, and must, in a very high and important sense, have had a people from eternity. Had not this been the case, he never could have had a people in time ; sin would have triumphed completely, and the whole of the family of Adam must have been involved in everlasting ruin. Let none of us shrink from any truth that is revealed in the word of God. I am aware that many of its precious truths are shamefully cari- catured and abused. The remedy is easy; let us boldly receive every truth which God presents TO HIS PEOPLE. 19 to us, and retain it in his strength, determined rather to part with every thing dear to us, even life itself, than relinquish truth. In tracing (and we are warranted in tracing) all good to the Almighty, when we travel back to eternity on the wings of that light which God himself affords us in his word, we pursue his purposes, as far as we are concerned, with unerring accuracy. And why should we shrink
 
from a truth which involves our welfare in life, in death, and for ever ? It too frequently hap- pens that we blend error with truth, and in con- sequence of doing so, shrink as naturally from the latter as from the former. But God has se- parated them for us. Had it not been for the election of grace, no Saviour would have been provided for man ; and those who deny the doctrine attempt to sweep the sun from the fir- mament of heaven. Every argument brought forward against it militates directly against the distinguishing honour conferred upon the hu- manity of Messiah, in being united to the se- cond person in the Trinity. But it is said, if we admit election, we must trace reprobation to a decree of the Almighty. o such thing. Election and reprobation have not only different, but opposite sources. Whe- ther you consider the angelic hosts above — the spirits of just men made perfect — or the church c 2 20 THE VOICE OF GOD of Christ engaged in ceaseless warfare against the world, the flesh, and the devil here below — you must trace all the blessings they enjoy to the electing love of God; for election is the parent of all the good that the creature will ever know : but mark this striking difference, — election flows from eternity — reprobation commences only in time ; election is the parent of all spiritual good — re- probation is the child of spiritual evil ; election, with all its blessings, is to be traced to God — reprobation, with all its terrible curses, is to be traced alone to the creature. Had not God pur-

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