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“ A good understanding have all they that do his con.
mandments."-Ps, cxi. 10.
That wisdom, Lord, on us bestow,
From every evil to depart;
To stop the mouth of every foe, " The ark of the covenant."-NUMB, X. 33.
While, upright both in life and beart,
The proofs of godly fear we give,
And show them how the Christians live.
He only knows God aright, who knows how to
obey him, and obeys accorling to his knuwledge of Be like Yoah's dove which he sent forth--see that! hini. All knowledge without this makes a man bu you find no rest for the sole of your foot anywhere like Nebuchadnezzar's image-with “ a head of gold, else; turn your back upon all other arks of men's
and feet of clay." Some know, but to know; sobe devising they are all insufficient to save you from know, to be known; some know, to practise what the fo 1. Make not an irk of the absolute mercy of they know. Vow to know, but to know--that is God out of Christ; seeing he declares a crucified curiosity; to know, to be known-that is vain glory Jesus to be the only channel of his mercy. Make but to know, to practise what we know-that is not an ark of Church privileges, as your good educa- | Gospel duty.' This makes a izan a couplete Chris tion, almission to scaling ordinances, &c.; for the ark tian; the other, without this, makes a man alus, did not save Slob, nor tie altar's horns save Joab, and jut but almost, a Christian, nor the temple sive Jerusalem. Make not an ark of your gifts, kuowledge, pray ra, duties, mora! honesty,
TUESDAT. or self-righteousnesz; for the flood, when it coines,
“ Unite my heart to fear thy name."-Ps. Isxxvi. II. will dech all these to pieces. Suppose those of the
A heari thy joys and griefs t feel, old world had uit other ships as like the ark as joj
A heart that cannot faithless prove. sible, or hail de to higher towers of their own cun
A heart where Christ alone may dwelltriving, the dulce would have destroyed them all;
All praise, all meekness, and all lore. there was no siety for them but in Noah's alone. Concerning the heart, God seems to say as Joseph So whatever arks you devise to five you from wrath, of Benjamin, * If you brirg not Benjamin with you, if a crucified Christ, the ark oi Goil's building, be you shall not see my face." Among the Heathens, slighted, the food will sweep away all your own arks when the beast was cut up for sacrifice, the first as the “refuge of lies.”—- lüliwuid.
thing the priest looked upon was the heart, and if
that was unsound and naught, the sacrifice was reSATURDAY.
jected. God rejects all duties (how glorious soever “ The redemption of the soul is precious."-Ps. xlix, 8. in other respects) offered him without a heart.Happy soul, that, f.ec fim liarms,
Z.CH. ii. d. things:-1. A precious Christ; 2. Precious Promises; 3. Precious Faith. Now, the preciousness of all these
On every side God stands,
And for his Israel caris; lies in their usefulness to the soul. Christ is precious,
And safe in his alınighty hands as being the Redeemer of precious souls; the Pro
Their souls for ever bears. mises are precious, as making over this precious
I have met with an excellent story of a religius Christ to precious souls; Faith is precious, as bringing young man, who, being at sea with many other pas a precious soul to close with a precious Christ, as he
sengers in a great storm, and they being half dead with is held forth in the precious promises. O take heed that thou art not found over-valuing other things, fear, he only was observed to be very cheerful, as if
he had been but little concerned in that danger. One and under-valuing thy soul. Shall thy tiesh, nay, of them demanding the reason of his cheerfulness, thy beast, be loved, and shall thy soul be slighted
Oh," said he, “it is because the pilot of the ship Wilt thou clothe and pamper thy body, and yet take
is my father.” Consider Christ, first, as the King ! no care of thy soul? This is as if a man should feed
and supreme Lord over the providential kingdom; it his dog, and starve his child. “ Meats for tha belly, and then as your Head, Husband, and Friend, and and the belly for meats; but God will destroy boch thou wilt quickly say, “Return unto thy rest, O my it and them.” O let not a tottering, perishing car, soul.” This truth will make you cease trenbiing, cass have all your time and care, as if the life and salvation of thy soul were not worth the while :- Tid.
and cause you to sing in the midst of dangers.Mead.
"Enter in at the strait gate "-Matt, vii. 13
This is the strait and royal way
That leads us to the courts above :
Here let me ever, ever stay,
Till, on the wings of perfect love,
I take my last triumphant fight, must pass into an everlasting state, God, the impar
From Calvary's to Sion's height. tial judge, will require an account at our hands of all
The gate which leads to life is a straight gate. our talents and intrustments. We must then account therefore we should fear; it is an open gate, there for time, how we have spent that; for estate, how fore we should hope.-Brooks. we have employed that; for strength, how we have laid out that; for afflictions and mercies, how they Edinburgh: Printed by John JOHNSTONE, residing at 1: have been improved; for the relations we stood in Windsor Street, and Published by him at 2, Hunter here, how they have been discharged; and for sea Square. London: R. GROOMBRIDGE & Sors. sons and means of grace, how they have been hus gow: J. R, M'NAIR & Co,; and to be had of any Book banded.-Ibid,
seller throughout the Kingdom.
THE CHRISTIAN TREASURY
GEORGE ARCHIBALD LUNDI E.
EORGE ARCHIBALD LUNDIE was a son of the society to which he was so soon to be introaanse, and was born at the close of December duced. When at college, George undertook 819. His father was minister of Kelso--a the charge of a Sabbath class, composed chiefly odly man, whose name is still blessed in the of wild and regardless boys, whom it was a listrict of his labours. George was trained by very difficult matter to manage with either uim “in the nurture and admonition of the satisfaction or advantage. It was suggested to Jord;" and, “by the good hand of God upon him by friends that he might find more pleasrim,” grew in grace as in years. Even when a ing and pliable subjects for his instruction, and :hild, he was the unwitting means of awaken that thus much of the exhaustion and anxiety ng a soul to seek after the great salvation. which attended his exertions might be spared. Laving been sent away one day in the stage But he would not listen to the suggestion; his oach with his nurse to the sea-side, he sud- answer was always ready : “Shall I forsake lenly remembered, when on the road, that he them for my own ease, because they give proof iad come away forgetting to say his prayers; of having more need of teaching than others ?" ind, regardless of the presence of strangers, he And he continued to study and labour till it immediately fell down on his knees, and sup- was too plain that pulmonary disease, originatplied the omission. The conscience of a fellow- ed, it is thought, by the transition from the traveller, a young woman, was struck. “Here,” crowded state and heavy atmosphere of the thought she, “is a babe rebuking me. Ilow school-room to the damp, chill, night air, had seldom in all my life have I tried to pray?" and taken hold of his constitution. So decided, we are told that it pleased the Holy Spirit to indeed, and inveterate was the form in which employ this incident as the means of beginning the disease at length appeared, that not only a good work which he perfected. The young was it declared necessary for him to remove to woman returned from the sea-shore deeply another clime, but the usual places of resort in concerned for her salvation. George's parents such cases
8—Madeira, &c.—were pronounced were called to visit her during a lingering sick- unsuitable. A long voyage and a longer soness, and had the inexpressible delight of see- journ were required; and, accordingly, it was ing her, before she died, embracing with all determined that he should proceed forthwith faith and joy the Lord Jesus.
to Australia. This was the occasion of many George was early and suddenly deprived of a sore pang both to his own warm and affechis father. He had gone out to meditate one tionate nature, and to the loving friends from day in the garden, by which his manse was whom he had to part. But, as his mother resurrounded and made fragrant; and there the marks : “The farewell had one balsam-- it was Lord “met him," and “took him” away. It not for ever.” And their anxieties were somewas George who discovered the lifeless body, what alleviated by the fact that he would have which for better company the soul had left, as companions on the voyage a beloved brother and who first carried the intelligence to his and his wife, who were then going to Australia. mother; and it was he, we are told, who clave He sailed on the 26th of April, 1839, and to that mother by night and by day through all arrived at Sydney towards the close of Septhe pangs of early widowhood, and also at the tember. His heart had been grieved during removal from the dwelling with which were the voyage with the ungodly conversation of associated so many fond and touching reminis. the wicked. “There are more than two hun.
dred souls on board," writes he, “and I someHis school education having been finished, times fear, were our fate to be like Sodom's, he entered as a student in Glasgow College, there would not be found ten righteous to save us. designing to study for the ininistry. And had There is one light in the darkness-a good old Providence seen meet to spare him for the man, named Armstrong, who conducts family prosecution of his studies, one cannot but worship in the steerage, and is called Jesuit, feel, while reading his memoirs, that he had hypocrite, &c. How I long to be with you on qualifications, natural and gracious, which Sabbaths! how I long for a quiet chat with any would have fitted him eminently for his Mas- of you! how I long once more to hear a good, ter's work. But there were even “ better stirring, soul-reviving sermon!” After leaving things in store for him.” As Robert M'Cheyne Rio Janeiro, a mutiny occurred among the expresses it, “ The Lord took him from the crew, "arising from the detection of inisconteaching of professors to give him a few private duct in one sailor, who was joined by other lessons himself;" and thus to fit him for that turbulent and discontented spirits, and which No. 52.
February 20, 1846.
led to midnight alarms, the use of fire-arms, knees and prayed fervently for a long time, sobbing and of multitudes of words of blasphemy. Such most violently. Gradually I became pacified, whether
more from having gained some degree of submission a scene, to a youth educated amid the proprie.
to the will of God, or from the idea that I might go ties of a Christian home, was afflicting; and the
now and be a teacher for a while, and then return more that his frame was not in a condition to
home to complete iny imperfect education, and be encounter agitation and hurry without in- ordained, I cannot tell. I hope the former was, in jury.” liowever, he availed himself eagerly of some degree, the cause. various opportunities which occurred for speak
He resolved to go; but the thought of the ing “ words in season.” Those of the passen- missionary work in which he hoped to be gers or crew who were confined by sickness he engaged weighed heavily on his spirit. He ! visited, speaking earnestly to them of their had a deep sense of personal unworthiness; souls, and reading to them the “ words of and this, together with a knowledge of his own the Book." His kindness did not always weakness and inexperience, discomposed and meet with the deserved response; but he per distressed him. But he was enabled “to look severed, trusting to the promise. After a dis
to the hills whence came his aid," "O God," couraging visit to a boatswain, who did not
he said, “I look to thee; thou wilt not send willingly receive his visits, he writes : “ What
me to thy vineyard unprepared; thou wilt not can I do? How reach that poor man's heart? permit me to go unarmed; give me thy Spirit Perhaps God intends to show me more clearly
to quicken me; give me deep contrition, ardent that he alone can change the heart : Not by love, and growing faith and confidence in thee." might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith
The vessel in which he sailed was the Carr. the Lord.' So be it, Lord; increase my faith; den, which had just arrived from Erromanga, and O prepare that poor man for the change and was carrying to the islands the sad intellithat seems not far distant !” His bodily weak- gence of the martyrdom of Williams. He left ness, and the thought of the noble work on Sydney on the 10th of February, 1840, and which he had been prevented from entering, reached Tutuila on the 14th of March. He ofteu depressed him, although they never occa- gives a vivid account of the stunning effect sioned a murmur. Thus he says: “I felt the produced by the news of Williams' death ; and weakness of iny chest very much in reading all he saw of the character and conduct of the and speaking to the boatswain to-day. I trust people filled him with the most pleasing imGod is not going to silence me more still. O pressions. “You may imagine my feelings," how I sometimes long to be able to proclaim he writes, “when standing in the midst of a the Word of Life! Yet my zeal continually congregation of reclaimed savages, hearing them gives way to carelessness. God grant me now sing with all their might the praises of Jeto seek and find a thorough conversion, and hovah, seeing them stooping the head, and ardent love! Ilow pleasant a Sabbath and daily reverentially covering the face, while there was class of children would be! But I am debarred scarcely one wandering eye during prayer; and from all this-God's will be done--but I let during sermon they seemed to devour the word me have a constant and ardent desire for his
as it dropped from the preacher's lips. Here a glory!"
woman sobbed out against all her efforts to reAt Sydney his health did not improve. He strain herself, and there a man wiped the unenjoyed greatly the ministrations of Mr Saun- bidden tear from his swarthy cheek, so lately ders, a Baptist minister there; and his soul marked by all that could express a wild and was much refreshed. But “the flesh was ferocious heart, but now meek, and humbled, weak.” After some time, it was proposed by L'and subdued.” There had been, or rather Mr Saunders that he should join three mission there was, a revival in Samoa. Five months aries who were at Sydney on their way to their before the Church numbered only thirty indi | stations in the South Sea Islands, the climate viduals, and that after five years' labour; but i of which was declared to be so wonderfully there had come a day of the Spirit's power, salubrious, that there had not been an instance and now there were two hundred baptized, of a consumptive patient going there without and hundreds anxiously inquiring. Such a being restored.
George did not well know state of things delighted above measure the what to think of the proposal.
heart of George Lundie. His own soul received 0 (he writes) what various and jarring thoughts a portion of the shower, while it is to be feared crowd my mind! Others have recovered, and I that the excitement which what he saw occamay. Is this the hand of God opening to my sioned to him, and his anxieties and endeavours view a field of usefuluess, which has been so sadly closed? Is this the scheme to make me his active in various ways to aid the good work, were too servant still, after I had almost lost hope? But
much for the weakness of his body. then, shall I set off and enter upon the labours ap “ Bread cast upon the waters" returns “after pointed for me, without the hope of ever again re many days.” Archibald Murray was the name turning to my country, and seeing those after whom
of a youth who had been well known to the my heart yearns day and night?...: . In spite of family of the Lundies in Kelso. His health, past speculations on the possibility of never returning, I have found the reverse has been the hope on
too, had failed, and he left, as a missionary which i have feil in reality, though I knew it not. for a warmer climate. “He closed the last I thought my poor heart would break. I fell on my | domestic Sabbath evening service with the be
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH-GEORGE ARCHIBALD LUNDIE.
reaved family who were to quit the beloved gladly set himself to assist his brother missionmanse of Kelso next morning; and two or aries—for now he might be regarded as one of three years after, when his studies were com them—in the work of preaching and conversapleted, and he revisited his friends ere his de- tion. On Sabbath, the 6th of September, he parture, he passed his last days with that family preached his first sermon, and found at the in Edinburgh, and took leave of George him- Monday's examination that he had been pretty self and his little brother on the pier of Leith.” well followed and understood. The exertion, They little thought that they were to meet however, was followed by a spitting of blood again on one of the islands of the Pacific. Yet and pain in the lungs, which compelled him to so it was. Mr Murray was inissionary at Tu- desist. But “he must be about his Father's tuila; and in him George Lundie found a friend, business;" and soon afterwards Mr Murray and in his house a home.
having been appointed by his brethren to ocAfter his arrival, the revival of which men cupy the place of voyaging visitor, which Mr tion has been made continued and increased. Williams filled, George Lundie was left with His letters give a most thrilling account of its the whole superintendence of the congregation progress. Not only in Tutuila, but in the other at Tutuila. He was not able to preach; but he islands of the group, the Spirit wrought prepared weekly sermons, which he put into the mightily. During the public services, especi- hands of native teachers, who delivered the ally during prayer, whole congregations were substance of them to the people. It was an shaken. Strong men were carried out weak onerous and responsible charge; but the Lord and insensible; women, by dozens, “ convulsed | blessed his endeavours, and the good work and struggling, so as to drive about five or six prospered. The following are extracts from inen like trees in the wind.” At evening his journal at this time :worship, every family was a scene of weeping; Sabbath, March 7.- Taito delivered the morning and many passed sleepless nights. “I was up discourses, with great carnestness and energy, to a all night," writes George, “with a member of large and deeply interested congregation. In the afterthe family who was very ill; and, with the ex noon I was, on the whole, much pleased with Teava's ception of half an hour after four v'clock, I address. The feeling of the morning was wanting, heard prayer and weeping without intermis- should I be for such assistants in the work ! Though
but all its attention was in exercise. O how thankful sion. At half-past four, all seemed again to they do not always meet one's expectations, and very leave their restless beds; and from that hour often take off the edge from the ideas that have been till breakfast-time, the place once more re most relied on as calculated to impress the hearers, sounded with prayer and praise, and dreadful they speak what they feel, and feel what they speak, wailings.” Nor was it mere excitement.
and they often add an idea most appropriate and The views of the awakened were singularly the morning. The thought of my total untitness for
excellent. I myself felt exceedingly discouraged in clear and scriptural; and they did not rest till my station, the absence of this people's beloved pasthey had found sure and abiding peace. A tor and my beloved friend, and many other things, remarkable and healthful feature of the re- coupled with much.bodily debility, so overcame me, vival was this—that when the mere terrors of that I could not refrain from much weeping in in the law and the threatenings of God's wrath structing Taito for his discourse, and had the utmost were proclaimed, comparatively little impres- I seem to feel that if I had a single eye to the glory
diilicuity to keep from it during the morning worship. sion was produced. It was when the exceed of God, I should be happy. ing sinfulness of sin was exhibited, together Tuesday.-1 beld our monthly missionary prayerwith the exceeding love of God, in the cross meeting last evening, having been absent the week of Christ, that the hearts of the multitudes before. The spirit displayed by those who took were moved. It was not mere terror with share in conducting it was of a most interesting and wbich they were filled because of threatened night, at family worship, we experienced a refresh
promising kind. The attendance was large. Last punishment; but rather horror, and self-con- ing season; all were very solemu from the first, and demnation, and loathing because of iniquities became gradually more so, till I think every one was which required such a sacrifice, and because in tears. I felt it cheering; as also this evening's of ingratitude, which, when such a sacrifice service. One or two of the thoughtless ones look had been made, had regarded it with indiffer- anxious to-day. O for a mighty shower ! ence or aversion.
But the work, which, besides study and It was not to be expected that scenes so mental excitement, required frequent journeys, wonderful should fail of producing a powerful compled with the time and labour spent in giveffect on a Christian so young and so suscep- ing medical advice to the natives among whom tible of emotion as George Ludie. Accord an epidemic had appeared, proved too much ingly, we find that the interest which he could for his spent and feeble frame. IIe was soon not help, and which no child of God could help, completely exhausted — his short course was taking in the revival, and the eagerness which nearly run. Mr Slatyer, a missionary stationed he felt to do something for his Master at such at Leone, having come over to Tutuila, found a time, induced him to prosecute vigorously lim so weakly and waning, that he refused to the acquirement of the Samoan language. In hearken to his pleas for being left where he about five months he had mastered it suffici. was, and “ forced him away to share the friendently to be understood, and he immediately and ly sympathies of his own domestic circle.” The
remainder of his affecting story will be bust you are very kind; that is as » by dear Dober told in the words of vir slayer and of Mrs Fold Eate dutze it. On vitiar in sc Murray, who, with her husband, arrived before after meeting, I found Lin Loch elassie :
conversed in whispert Herzbed because he died :
so as to late it, and Christ so as to love kin" Wher ke 25 with us, we were in the exceedingly and with exquisi:ely teader feings of the exceed
On adxter o zion he spoke in terratrceg teres painful circumstances of 'st being able either to
The tean nded do decide on or pructure proper raedicins. (aroniy ing sintuness of sin. resort was to do what we could with the assistance enaciated checks, while he said: "I se cos iniof inedical books, and cast ourselves on the provi- nitriy rizi: it is that Jesus seculd lare all the city dence of our hetvenly Father. On the 12th June, but this tase beart would l.in rub of LS I wrote to Mr M.Donald of Savaii, the only doctor and appropriate part of the glory to itse: then atoong the man brethren, urinz hin, if he mentioned a sermon of Edwaris on the Teatro dared venture to cross fifty miles of open sea in a sin; he very much wished me to read it to be wall boat, to come to our assistance. . He was ab
But I declined, fearing it too great a mental exercis sent in a tendance on a member of the mission in for him; and he felt with me. critical circumstances. Our affliction now seemned, 1. There were times when he scen.ed quietly to tora yea, ts, beacy indeed. I longed to administer in Jesus, when I used to read to him at something to our dear friend which might alleviate. He seerned to drink in some sweet serious of t. or check the progress of disease, but in vain. | late Mr Summers of Bristol. The Bible was bus
He took little food. 'Had we been in pos. I principal companion during his last ronths susjon of greater variety of articles of diet, and such ! he read portions of " Baxter's Saints Rest," an. as are adapted to invalids, he would, I think, have “Payson's Life." taken more; but this was one of our painful trials.
Mis Murray mentions that he tras sized ts for a Mrs Slatyer used all the skill she could command to mptoms on the 15th September, while sas 2: prepare euch things as we thought he would like. table. He said: “I am very near the swelling e After six in the morning, I used frequently to take Jordan.", Mr Baker, the young melical man, arin his cup of arrow-root to his room, and often to feed the faithful Matthew. were unremitting in their athim. He would get up to breakfast as long he was
tendance on him night and day. Next morning be able, and after it, though clothed as warmly as pos- said: “ How thankful I ought to be that the Loru sible, he was regularly visited with a fit of extreme
has granted me relief from pain! I never knew what cold. Towards eleven the cold gave place to high pain was till yesterday.” He told Mrs Murray, tha: and parching fever. As soon as this was alleviated on the previous day, just before he was seized with a little, I used to read to him while he lay on his bed, the violent pains, he felt more comfortable in his mind and frequently engage in prayer with him. These than he had done for some time past, but still not as seasons he often enjoyed.
he should wish to feel. Then he told her he wanted On the 14th June ( administered the ordinance
to talk a little of worldly matters; gare directions of the Lord's supper, which was the last time he about his property, and some little remembrances attended the house of God. He came simply to the which he wished to have sent to his dear relatires sacrament, not having strength to attend the pre- That evening he was easier in body, and expressed a vious gervices, but being anxious once more to com
wish that it might be so also with his soul. memorate his Saviour's dying love.
On the morning of the 17th, death seemed fast On the 17th, the chiefs and most of the male approaching: When Mrs Murray inquired about his members of the Church at Pagopago came to visit mind, he said: “ I am dreading the last conflict very him, and to testify their afiection for him. Only much. I fear I shall not have strength to bear it. about a dozen of them were permitted to see him, She repeated some appropriate promises, and erand these proved too much for him. Many of them pressed a confident hope that the Lord would be with wept tenderly on meeting with him again. He at him. He asked Mrs Murray to read him a chapter, 1 tempted a word or two of afiectionate exhortation, and she selected the Ilth of John's Gospel. As sbe but was too much overcome to proceed. They re- read, he interrupted her, saying: "I am feeling ciprocated his afiection by the tears they shed, and something that I trust will do iny soul good. I have saw from his emaciated looks, as he lay on the soia, been thinking of the pain I was in the other day; and that they should share in his affectionate labourg
if that was so great, what must the pains of hell be: among them no more. Their prayers for him were
I have been thinking also of what Christ suffered and unreinitting and earnest, and the memory of him
endured for me. Oh,” he said, “ I have got quite a ! among them is blessed.
new view--quite a new view! I will try to think of i . . He could set forth the fulness and free this love." After a while Mrs Murray read a hymo in nens of salvation to others, but yet would exclude relative to the sufierings of Christ. He remarked: himself. What he related to me one morning will
“ What & sweet hymn! Jesus is mighty-O yes give you a correct impression of what seemed to be He is all mighty. O it is all of grace-rich, free the most frequent state of his mind. He said he grace !” Mrs Murray read a hymn relative to the had that morning, while dosing on his pillow, a pe- glories of heaven. When done, she asked if he had. culiar view of the dispensation of God's mercy. It
not a hope that he should soon enter into these seemed as though the divine mercy were let down glories. He replied that he had such a hope. Aiter from heaven, like a vast overhanging canopy; none
this he was almost speechless till the time of his were excluded from taking shelter under it, and death, which took place on the following morning." every one seemed to get under it; “ but I could not. I felt that I longed to creep under it, and take
He was buried at the outside of the west refuge, but I seemed excluded. I could not get • “Missionary Life in Samoa, as Exhibited in the Journals under."
of the late George Archibald Lundie, during the Revival in The following extract from my minutes is a sample Tutuila in 1840-41. Edited by his Mother." We need no of many conversations I held with him :-“July 17.
say that we cordially recommend the entire work to the per. Yesterday, the time was sweet that I spent with dear usal and attention of our readers We have not, for a long brother Lundie. I read and prayed with him, and time, met with a book which has interested or affected us he seemed to enjoy it. I was wiping the perspira The above is a mere outline of its more prominent tion from his forehead, when he said: “Thank you,