THE DAY— THE SO G— A D THE LA D.

BY THOMAS BRADBURY

'* In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah' — Isaiah xxvi. 1. HE that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread " is the declaration of Divine inspiration by Solomon (Prov. xxviii. 19). This is blessedly true concerning the land of IHvine revelation and spiritual promise. He who tills that land shall have plenty of oread. The ^notation of this portion need cause no alarm, for it is not my intention to diverge from my loved employ of preaching God's free-grace, to my any burdens upoUi you either light or heavy. Burdens sufficient are experienced by Zioiv's pugrims who are travelling to that glorious rest which God has provided for them ; so there is no necessity for the ministers of the ew Testament, those who are "the messengersof the Churches and the glorv of Christ," to lay burdens upon the tried and tempted children of the living God. That is a precious Scripture in Psalm Ivii. 2 : "I will cry unto God Mos^ High that performeth all things for me." "The Worker, the Tiller, the Husbandman is God, according to tiie word of our Lord *o His sorrowing disciples : " My Fatner is the Husbandman " (John xv. 1). He sows His seeds of new covenant truth wherever He wills, and they are carried by the heavenly Wind, His own blessed Spirit, into those plots of good ^ound of His own preparing, where He will cause fruits of ri^teousness to abound by Jesus Christ. It has pleased Him also to sow Hght for the lighteous in many portions of His blessed Word (Psalm xcvii. 11). ew covenant tnith is couched beneath the letter of the Word, to be brought to si^ht ki His own set time of favour for the instruction and edification of His own people. Yes, in many portions of the written Word 9. nir-Ptam On P«ir»r. Digitized by LjOOQ IC

74 GROVE OHAPEL PULPIT. seeds of Divine truth are sown which shall yield abmidant fruit for the comfort and establishment of true Zionists. From these precious portions seed shall be conveyed to the ground of God's preparing, which He calls " An honest ana good heart" (Luke viii. 15). This is a heart of His own giving — ^a heart which has experienced the piercing power of the ploughshare of the Divine law — a heart that knows something of the crushing power of the harrow of tribulation breaking up and preparing the ground for the seed of God. Sometimes He sows, and in a comparatively short space of time His fruit appears. At other times He sows, and as the Divine Husbandman He patiently waits for the fruit which shall abound by His own skiU, wisdom, and power. We have a nice little patch of new covenant ground laid out before us in the portion I have read for our meditation this morning, and if it be His gracious will to reveal to us the precious things which can only be brought forth bjr the Sun, we must of necessity retire from this Elace with rejoicing hearts, blessing and thanking Him for the Ipirit of wisdom and revelation by whom we are privileged to enjoy the presence and preciousness of our Lord Jesus Christ. There are three things in the text which we will notice — L— The day—" In fliat day." II. — The song — ** Shall this song be sung." III.— The land—" In the land of Judah.^ I. — The day — " In that day." We read of many days in God's blessed Word. Turn to Gen. i. 5: "And the evening and the morning were the first day." This consisted of twentyfour hours. The evening being named first conveys a fand of spiritual instruction to the Spint-taught children of the living

God. In Psalm Ixxiv. 16, the Psalmist says, "The dajr is Thine, the night also is Thine : Thou hast prepared the hght and the sun." Look at Psalm civ. 19 — 23 : " He appointed the moon for seasons : the sun knoweth His going down. Thou makest darkness, and it is night : wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep foi-th. The sun ariseth, they gather themselves together, and lay them down in their dens. Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening." Those who are brought into i^iritual oneness with Christ in His sufferings know something of the experimental realities contained in that Psalm. When the Sun of Righteousness descends beneath our spiritual horizon, we are distressed and annoyed with the creepings forth of gloomy fears, dreary doubts, accursed unbelief, and wretched indifference. We also know the prowlings of conceit and pride, deceit and falsehood. Yes, we know something of those evil beasts described in Gal. v. 19 — 21. Look over them at your leisure, and if you are guided by Gt)d the ever-blessed Spirit, you will know and feel that your wretched flesh can produce nothing better. As we look through the blessed Book, we notice the record

THE DAT, THE SO G, A D THE LA D. 75 of many memorable days. That was a glorious one when JEHO VAH by His mighty hand and outstretched arm brought His ancient people Israel out of Egypt. " And it came to pass at the end of tne four hundred and thirty years, even the selfMome day it came to pase^ that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt" (Exodus xii. 41 and 51). The great day of atonement was a day of rest and rejoicing to all true IsraeUtes (Lov. xxv. 9). That was a remarkable day when God by His mighty hand delivered the Jews from the crafty plottings of cruel Haman. "The Jews had light, and gladness, and jojr, and honour. And in every province and in every city, whithersoever the king's commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast, and a good day" (Esther viii. 16, 17). That was a momentous day

when our blessed Lord and Saviour presented Himself before the powers of darkness, bearing His people's sins into the land of never-ending forgetfulness» and crying from the ends of the earth, '^ IT IS FI ISHED I " Salvation was an accomphshed fact — Satan was defeated — sin was put away — ^heaven was filled with rejoicing — hell with dismay — and to the elect of God throughout all time was secured, perfection in Christ, acceptance m the Beloved, and completeness in Him. There was another day, brought before us m Psalm cxviii. 24, from which Dr. Watts composed his precious hymn, — « TfaiB is the day the Lord hath made, He calls the hours His own ; Let heayen rejoice, let earth be glad, And praise surroimd the throne.'* But the hymn restricts the truth of God to one of the seven days of the week. Look at the words of inspiration: " This is the day which the LORD hath made ; we will rejoice and be glad in it.'" What day is thatt Is it a period of time confined within the short space of twenty-four hours ! ay ! It is that day, dispensation, or era existing from the moment Christ rose again from the dead as the living and accepted Surety of the covenant, to His coming again to take His people nome to Himself. It is this dispensation of grace during which His power and glory shall be revealed in the hearts of His people, drawing therefrom prayers for mercies designed and praises for blessings bestowed. Ab we look through the prophecies, especially those of the minor prophets, we shall find mese expressions oftentimes: " That dOT," " The day of the LORD," or, " That great day of the LORD." In each case the expression must be governed, understood, and explained b^ its preceding and succeeding context. Many of these portions are shrouded in mystery, for many of th^m refer to circumstances that are passed, or, it may be, to events which shall yet come to pass. If we look for a Uteral interpretation in many of these Scriptures, we^all fii^d ^.yitized by V^jC ^^^^^

76 GROVE OELAFEL PULPIT. ourselves in a labyrinth of confusion and uncertainty. But it is ours to look at them in a higher, a heavenly, and spiritual light. Every prophecy given to us contains a glonous spiritual promise of JEHOvAH to His eternally-loved, elect, and redeemed people. When we are brought by the Holy Spirit into a right understanding and apprehension of revealed truth, we receive that which teaches, edmes, and establishes our souls in covenant verities. We will notice a few Scriptures where this expression, " In that day," occurs. In one place we see a day of trouble ; in another, a day of deliverance : in one, a day of sorrow; in another, a day of rejoicing; in one, a day of darkness ; in another, a day of light ; in one, a day of distress and despair ; in another, a day of salvation and delight. In Isaiah ii. 12 — 17, the day is one of trouble, anxiety, and perplexity : " For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up, and he shall be brought low. And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and uie haughtiness of men shall be made low : and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that ^^." Turn to chap. iv. 1, and there you will see a description of a dreadful day I " And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying. We will eat our own bread, .and wear our own apparel : only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach." This is what I have ofttimes styled, " The Perfection of Hypocrisy," and this very perfection of hypocrisy reigns on every hand in this day of flaming profession. We see those who will feed upon fleshly free-will husks, gfird themselves with the rags oi their own fancied righteousness, and be called Christians, after the name of Christ, while their hearts are full of enmity against Christ, His salvation. His truth, and His people. All this is because it is anything but respectable not to be considered a Christian. Come to chap, xin. 6 : " Howl ye ; for the day of the LORD is at hand : it dhall come as a destruction from the Almighty."

You win find a very remarkable expression in Jer. xxx. 7: " Alas I for that day is great, so that none is like it : it is even the time of Jacob's trouble ; but he shall be saved out of it." ow Jacob was dead, buried, and lost to sight many long years before Jeremiah uttered this prophecy. The Jacob of this prophecy is a representative character, found in those persons fi|)oken of in Mai. iii. 6: " For I am the LORD, I change not: therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed." Turn to Joel ii. 11, 81 : " And the LORD shall utter His voice before His army ^ for His camp is very great : for He is strong that executeth His •word : for the day of the LORD is great and very terrftle : and who can abide it ! The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD come." Some of you may be ready to say. Oh ! you are leading us ix> portions of prophecies with which we have nothing Digitized by LjOOQ IC

THE DAT/THE mSfO, A D TBE LA D. 77 wbB^erer to do. Do not be too rash in your conclusion, my ffiends, for it is my defiore in every quotation I make to find eomelliing ther^ with which I have to do, and with which JEHOVAH may have to do with you in the testimony flowing from this exercised heart of mine. If you will look at Acts ii. Hi — 21, you will see how Peter, by the Holy Ghost, quoted this very prophecy to prove the descent of the H^ly Ghost in His convincing power upon the three thousand, who, in consternation and almost wild despair, cried out, " What shall we dot'' Mark yon! "The great and notable day of the LORD had eome " to tb«n. Eterncd realities stared them in the face. Ood^ IB Hia hatred and abhorrence of sin, was revealed to their won^ during hearts. JEHOVAH, in His fary, indignation, and wiath^ not on GtMspel ground, but on that of law with its curse» and condemnation, occupied their despaaring spirits. Conrmced<andt law-condemned sinners know by pain&l experienoe that tkai6 day is great, so that there is none uke udto i^ that it is tioe dary of Jacob's trouble : yet, blessed be God, he shall be saved out

of it^ Know ye anyming feelingly of such a day as this? Amoe^ in his fifth chapter, 20tii verse, says: ^ Shall no^ tine* day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark and no bri^tness in it? " Tell me, ye who know anything of the convicting powet (rf God the ever^blessed Spirit^ Waa mot tiiat a dark dav when He brought before you in terrible review the sins and foUies of your past life ? Ay, indeed it was* ALm> when He gave you to feel the plague of your own healrt, the enmity of vour carnal mind against God, and the rebelliousness of yoQT wnole nature against Him, despising His Word^ dis« carding His authority, and calling into question the glorv, honoor, (Sgnity, and sovereignty of His Christ. Then you eould' see aad feel sin to be exoeemng sinful, and dreaded the tenrotv of a sin-hating God^ knowing that you deserved to suffer His firown and fiery indignation in your own persons, and that left to yourselves niere was no standing for you in E[is sacred and solenm presence. 60 it is when the blessed Spirit comes home and reveals the matchless purity of JEHOVAH on old covenant ground. Daik, gloomy, and terrible is tiie experience of the awakened sinner^ so tliat Amos might well say, ''Woe unto yon that desire the dav of the LOBDI to what end is it to yout tiie* day of tiie LORD is darkness and not light.*' ow turn witih me to that glorious new covenant chapter, Zeph« iii., which has often been a precious one to me. But notice first of all chap^ i 14—^18: '^The great day of the LORD is near, it is neary and kasteth greatly, even the voice of the dav of the LORD^ tiie mif^ity nun shall crv there bitterly. That day is a day of wnitii, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and dasolationi a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick dadoiess. A day of the trumpet and alarm agamsl Ibe fieaced oUAm, and against the high tower&" It is the day qC

78 BROVE OHAFBL FJLFIT. the LORD'S wrath, from which neither silver, nor «)ld, nor any of earth's productions can ever deliver them. ow come U> chap. iii. 16 : "In that day." This is the day spoken of in our

text. " In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear tiiou not." Turn to Gal. iv. 26, and you see the Jerusalem spoken of: " But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all." Paul speaks of it in Heb. xii. 22 as "the heavenly Jerusalem." Christ caUs it, "new Jerusalem" (Rev. iii 12), while John speaks of it thus, " I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for ner husband" (Rev. xxL 2). In the da^ when Jesus comes witii His sweet " Fear thou not," the inhabitant of the s^ritual Jerusalem shall experience deliverance from terror, doubt, and dread. "And to Zion." What is ZSon? The people of God whom He has loved and redeemed. These He beautifies and adorns, making of them a glorious monument to Ao'w forth His grace, beauty, and power. These are all true beUevers. I do not say believers, for that title only occurs twice in our ew Testament. It is amazing to notice what capital is made of it by flesh-pleasing preachers m the present day. I will tell you honestly and candidly, when I hear a man frequently Qsin^ the word believer, I look at him and wonder where he is drifting to. God's children are set before us in His Book under a variety of titles, and are addressed bjr every other than that of beUever. If I were to address you this morning as a congregation of believers, I should almost ima^ne some of you would ^^nash your teeth with spiritual agony, because you experience m your souls the bitterness of unbelief, your want of trust and confidence in God, while you confess honestlv before Him, that, instead of believing^ou are more frequently unbelieving, and when you approach ^im, it is with the words of the poor man in the (Gospel nowing from vour exercised heart, " Lord, I believe, help Thou mine unbeUe£" It is blessed for us to know that all true believers are those who stand in spiritual and experimental union with the great and glorious Head, and are formed by Him into that ^and spiritual confederation and association which He singles, Zion. To these He says^ " Let not thine hands be slaok,^' OT faint. The day of deliverance to one is freauently the day of destruction to another. The day of Israel's aeliver^ anoe was the day of destruction to the Egyptians. See Psa. oxxxvi 13 — 15: "To Him which divided the Red Sea into parts: for His mercy endureth for ever. And made Israel to pass through the midst of it : for His meroy endureth for ever.

But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red Sea : for His xoeroy endureth for ever." Mercy upon Israel— judgment tqpon Bgypt. But it is cure to see two spiritual opposites experienced by the children of God on the settH une day. A dav of dark* ness, upon which the bright beams of tiie Sun of Righteousness ftirise* A day of distress, upon which dehvering grace is sweetily

THE DAT, THK SO G, AXD THE LA D. 79 ejq>erienoed. A day of dreary conviction resulting in spiritual regeneration. In the experience of the pangs of the new birth the cry is heard, " What shall we do ? " out ere the day closea, gladness and joy of heart are the lot of the children (Acts ii. 37 — 47). The sound of the midnight earthquake shatters to glecee the very soul of the Philippian jailer, who, rushing in to aul and Silas, cried, " Sirs, what must I do to be saved? '' But look at him that same ni^ht, he took the two persecuted disoipleB of the Lord, washed their stripes, made them as com* fortable as his loving heart could make them, ^* and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house " (Acts xvi. 26 — 34). Yes, the dav of the Lord is set before us tnroughout the Scriptures of truth as one of darkaess and light, death and life, distress and deliverance ; a day when sin is revealed by the law, and salvation realized by the Gbspel through the blood and obedience of Jesua otice the day as described in Isa. iv. After a description of the perfection of hvpocrisy, it says, " In that day shall the Branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the Fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely." That is Christ in His Divine and human natures. Christ, God-Man, the Saviour and Friend of His Church and people. ot tlie Saviour of these seven women, these spiritual admteresses, th ese wanton hypocrites, and profligate professors ; but, " for them that are escaped c^ Israel. And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy " — all those whom God has separated, selected, elected, chosen — '' even everyone that is written amone the living in Jerusalem," or, as you read in the margin, **to Ufim Jerusalem.''

Turn oyer the pages of your Bibles to Isa. xxv. 9 : *' And it •hall be said in that day^ Lo, this is our God ; we have waited for Him." This is the day when death is swallowed up in victory — ^the victory achieved by our blessed Lord on Calvary's height over sin, death, and hell. The day when He wipes all tears from the faces of His redeemed, and when He takes away the rebuke of His people from off all the earth. The day when He speaks '^ o condemnation " to their hearts, when no accusation of Satan can prevail against them, and when no weapon formed against them by men or devils can proqper ; " In Uiat day it shall be said, Lo,this is our God." Our God in covenant, ordering aU things well for us. Our God in redemption, perfonning all things for us. Our God in regeneration, working aU our works in u& '^ We have waited for Him " through the lon^ day of darkness, gloominess and distress. ^' He wifi save ua« otice the spirit of humility that characterizes these waiters^ They do not say. He has saved us ; but, '' He will save us." The fjEtct of His having saved them was to them His pledge that He would continue to save them, for, salvation experimentally realized by the living child of God, is a succession of deliverances from the first throroings of regeneration to his entrance into ..tized by Google

So Oi&OVii' €BMMtt FDLPIT. ^^» " He will save us : this is the LORD : we haye waited tor Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation. For in this moontain shall the hand of the LORD rest " in blessing npoti His peonle, and in judgment upon His enemies, " and Moe^ snail be trodaen down under Him, even as straw is trodden down for the dunghill. And He shall spread forth His hands in the midst of them, as he that swimmeth spreadeth forth his hands to swim.*' To swim, as an expert and strong swimmer cleaves the waves before him, and makes his way by tiie force of his powerful arm, 60 JEHOVAH by His own power will have BKs own way in the* midst of all the waves of opposition through which His people

have to pass, and with all tne surgings and seethings of corrupt tion which His tried and tempted ones are callea to endure.* " And He shall bring down their pride together with the spoilfir of their hand. And the fortress of the high fort of thy widte shall He bring down, lay low, and bring to the ground, evei^ to the dust." This judgment shall be experienced not only hy foes, but by friends. It is the day of the Lord when He comei^ in judgment upon the world inside, as well as upon the world out-' side. Corrupt and carnal flesh in its enmity to Zion and to Zion's Gk)d shall be disposed of by Him in His ri^teous indignation; while He will deal in judgment with my rehgious flesh, my consistent fleshy my fleshly experience, and all about me that pertains to the flesh. God wiU come down in judgment upon it all, lay it low, bring it to the ^ound, even to the dust '* In that day.^* This is the day spoken of by David in Psaw ex. 1—3 2 " The LORD said unto My Lord." That is, ** The LORD said unto my Governor." The Lord Jesus Christ is the Governor and Sovereign here. JEHOVAH the Father said unto Him, ^' Sit Thou at My right hand until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool This was accomplished in measure on the daj of Jrentecost, when our Lord Jesus Christ, risen, ascended, and flitting upon His mediatorial throne, was ruling all things in heaven and earth for His own. There are iliose who would have us believe that the devil at present reigns over our Lord, and has ilie advantage of Him. !But I don't believe them. You may depend uponit,tne Lord Jesus is reigning over all things and causfaigthem to work together for His people's good, so that the devil*, with all his cn^ and subtilty, cannot go beyond the length of of his tether, cannot do anythmg beyond the boimds of sovereign appointment, and cannot touch even the flesh of God's duUren contrary to the predestinating purpose of JEHOVAH. Em cannot hurt or destroy in any part of God's bcdy mouEDtsiiaf.r ^«The LORD shall send the rod of Thj si^eneth out of Zion."* That is, the glorious Gospel of ihe blessed God^ which is Bii power unto salvation to every one that beUeveth (1 Tim* i 11; Bom. i. 16). '* Rule Thou in the midst of Thine enemies. Thy people 8haU be willing in the day of Thy power." This wiUitifl>* neflli is caused by the love of God shed abroad in our h^arte by tbe

THE DAT, THB SOMO, A D TSB LA D. 61 Holy Ghost given unto ns. T^is " Wind bloweth where it listeth, and thon hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it Cometh, and whither it goeth: so is everyone that is bom of the Snirit " (John iii. 8). When the love of God is carried imperceptibly and irresistibly into a redeemed sinner's soul, that is to hmi the day of JEHOVAH'S power and the day of salvation. Look at that portion in 2 Cor. vi. 2 : " For He saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee : behold, now is the accepted time : behold, now is the dav of salvation.'' What is the day of salvation 1 It is not according to that wretched Arminian gloss and free-wiU perversion of this precious Scripture, which says that " ow is the time for any sinner to repent and turn to God." That will not do for me. When is the day of salvation! From the moment of Christ's entrance into glory *' a Prince and a Saviour to give repentance unto Israel, and forgiveness of sins," until the last bone of His body is caught up to reign with Him in glory. This is the accepted time. This is the day of salvation. '' In that day," as long as Christ appears before the throne of His Father on the ground of accomplished redemption, songs of reioicing shall be heard in the tabernacles of the righteous. Signs also shall be heard from the desert land in the day of darkness and distress, but by the power and grace of the glorious Liberator at God's right hand allZion's mourners shall be deUvered therefrom. *II. — The sono — "Shall this song be sung." It is cruel mockery to sing songs to sad hearts, and it is ecjually so to sine songs of sweet deuverance to souls experiencing spirituiu captivity. You see this in Psalm cxxxviL 1 — 4 : " By the nvers of Babylon there we sat down, yea, we wept when we remembered Zion." That is not simply the record of an historical fact concerning God's ancient Israel, but it describes an experimental reatit;^ in the history of all God's spiritual Israel, ay, of eveiy Israelite indeed in this place who has experienced the darkness of conviction and the dawning of love ** in that day.'' Such know something of weeping because of felt distance from Him they

love, and can enter experimentally into the spirit of this precious hymn : — " When I Iwten to Thy Word In Tl^ temple cold and dead ; When I cannot see Thee, Lord, All faith's Httle daylight fled,— Sun of glory, Beam again around my head/' That is the day we long and wait for. But let us look at the Psalm. ** We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof." o sweet music then. " For there they that carried OS away captive required of us a song." Many a poor child of God 18 earned away captive into the free-will camp, where their ^eshly enemies demand U song of rejoicing when the heart is sad and •orrow fo l beoause of felt distaoce from home. " And they Digitized by LjOOQ IC

82 GBOyS OHAPEL PULPIT. that wasted ub required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the sonm of Zion. flow shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land ? " or, " in the land of a stranger.** There is no singing songs of deliverance, joy, or peace while we are in the land of far dktances from a precious Christ whom our souls truly love. We will look through God's blessed Word at some of the songs therein recorded, and see if our hearts are in harmony with the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Leader of the praises of His people; for onlv those who are led by the power of the Holy Ghost can enter fully into ihe declarations of Divine judgment upon the enemies of Christ's Church and people contained in the various songs. Turn to Exod. xv. Moses sang, ^* I will sing unto

the LORD, for He hath triumphed gloriously." Moses took no credit to himself. " The horse and his rider hath He cast into the sea." " The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is His name. Pharaoh's chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea ; his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red Sea. The depths have covered them : they sank into the bottom as a stone." Listen I " Thou in Thy mercy hast led forth Thy People which Thou hast redeemed : Thou hast guided them in Thy strength into Thy holy habitation." Listen again ! " Thou shalt brmg them in, and plant them in the mountain of Thine inheritance, in the place, O LORD, which Thou hast made for Thee to dwell in, in the Sanctuary, LORD, which Thy hands have established, The LORD shall reign for ever and ever." Here we find rejoicing over enemies defeated, and jubilation in contemplatiuff the judffments of JEHOVAH upon the foes of His people. Come with me to Judges v. 31, and think of that denunciation of dear old Deborah, a mother in Israel, after her account of God's judgment upon Sisera, for it is not mine now to enumerate the many points in her song. " So let aU Thine enemies perish, O LORD : but let them that love Him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might." Look at the son^ recorded in the book of Psalms. There you meet with rejoicmg over vanquished foes, and songs of triumph over enemies destroyed. Come to the ew Testament, and what find we t Listen to the sweet song of Mary as she experienced and emoyed God's salvation in the person of the Son of her womb. Here she rejoices in the debasing of some and in the exaltation of others. '^ He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low de^ee. He hath filled the hungry with good things : and the rich He hath sent empty away " (Luke i 52, 53). Mark well the song of Zacharias in the same chapter. He sings of redemption by the Lord God of Israel for all His people. See I " That we bemg delivered out of the hand of our enemies, might serve Him witittout fear." otice the song which ascended from worshipping and adoring hearts as recorded in Acts iv. 23 — 30 : " And being let go, they went to their own company." I hke that I I like my own company, and I dislike the company of ^.yitized by VjC ^ ^^ ^ ^

THE DAT, THK 80 0, A D THE LA D« 83 any PhfliBtine or Amalekite when I would enjoy the company of my OocL ** And reported all that the chief priests and elaers bad said unto them. And when they heard tnat, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, Thou art God, which hast made heaven and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is.'* Read through the song and you will see God*B sovereignty overruling man's ein aeainst His Christ. Look at Bev. xix. 1 — 4. Here the veil which hides the heavenly country from our view is drawn aside, and the redeemed are seen round about the throne contemplating the wonders of redeeming love and reprobating judgment. As the smoke of eternal torment ascends before meir wondering gaze, they cry, " Amen, Alleluia." But our text reveals a song of salvation. Look at the Spirit's instruction as to the mode of this singine in CoL iii. 16 : " Xiet the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and ?>iritual songs, sineing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.'' his reminds me of that blessed account of spiritual sineing in Solomon's Song ii. 8 — 13: " The voice of my beloved 1 behold. He Cometh leaping upon the moimtains, skipping upon the hiUs. My Beloved is like a roe or a young hart : behold, He standeth behind our waU, He looketh forth at the windows, showing Himself through the lattice. My Beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, 1^ love, My fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone : the flowers appear on the earth, and the time of the singing is come." What singingt The singing of the Father, Saviour, and Spirit experienced in the heart of an eternally-loved one. " And the voice of the Turtle is heard in our land." ow, wrath and condemnation, distress and danmation, are gone, and nothing is seen or enjo;^ed but ajprecious Christ, with love beaming from His eyes, flowing from Bis heart, love bestowed from His once-pierced hand. Life, light, and libertjr are enjoyed, and I find myself in possession of the land of Divine revelation, spiritual promise, and covenant relationship. This brings me to notice —

ni.— 'mE LA D— ** in the land of Judah." This is the land which belongs to the Jews 1 But who are the Jews t I cannot believe they are those whom JEHOVAH has given over to judicial blindness, and who, according to the vain notions of some, are to be brought back to inherit the land accursed by the power of the infidel. Ah, my dear friends, as we are lifted up to enjoy the sweet liberty of the Gospel, to experience oneness with God in the land of Gospel li^ht and love, we glory in the £Btct that '^ he is not a Jew which is one outwardly, but he is a Jew which is one inwardly " (Rom. ii 28, 29). He is a Jew who has been brought throufi;h the day of the LORD, the day of Jacob's trouble, and who has experienced deliverance therefrom by the redeeming blood of om- Lord. Such are taught to ong the song of salvation in the land of JEHOVAH'S preparing,

84 GROVi; OHAPEL FULFIT. "an honest and good heart" (Luke viii. 15), "/n the land of Judah,^^ The name Judah indicates praise blended vnth prayers * Where there is praise to God for blessings bestowed, there is sure to be prayer to Him for a succession of them, even grace upon grace, faith upon faith, and visitation after visitation of the Covenant Three, with power and great glory, to our hearts. Come with me to Deut. xxxiiL 7 : " Hear, LORD, the voice of Judah, and bring him unto his people.'* Judah pleaded with his father Jacob to send Beniamin with his brethren into Egypt, saying, " I will be surety for him." Does not that lead vou td Jesus ? See how he pleaded with Joseph for Benjamin's deliverance : ** ow therefore,! pray thee, let thy servant abide instead of the lad, a bondman to my lord, and let the lad go up with his brethren " (Gen. xliv. 33). This is Jesus foreshadowed. In Rev. V. 5 we see Jesus as the Lion of the tribe of Judah, breaking the seals of Divine mysteries, and revealing their contents to the wondering gaze of those who are Jews m deed and in truth. ow turn to Heb. viL 14 : ** For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda." He was born of a lowly maid in Judah's royal tribe. He could say to the Father, " I know that Thou

hearest Me always " (John xL 42) ; this is the voice of Judah. •* He ever hveth to make intercession for them " (Heb. vii. 25) ; this is the voice of Judah. " We have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous" (1 John ii. 1); this is the voice of Judah. Look at the many prayers recorded in the Scriptures as flowing from the land of Judah ! David (2 Sam. vii. 18—29); Solomon (2 Chron. i. 10); Asa (2 Chron. xiv. 11, 12); Hezelaah (Isa. xxxvii., xxxviii.). Read these and see if you can find any oneness of spirit with them. Wherever the children of God are foimd in union and communion with such as these, there they possess the spiritual land of Judah — a land of covenant favour (Fbsl. Ixxxv. 1); a land of Divine revelation (Gen. xii 1) ; a lana which can never be aKenated, sold, forfeited, or cut off (Lev. xxv. 23); a land abounding with spiritual fruits and covenant blessings (Lev. xxvi 4); a land where God's salvation is nigh unto all the inhabitants thereof, and His glory in the midst of it (Psa. Ixxxv. 9). In the sweet experience of this the child of grace can sing, — " Oh ! I am my Beloved's, And my Beloved is mine I He brings a poor vile sinner Into His house of wine : I sland upon His merit, I know no other stand, ot e'en where glory dwellcth In Emmanuel's land." May the Lord add Uis blessing for His name's sake. Amen.

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