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as he looked on the irregularities and paradoxes its requests. “The Spirit himself maketh interof providence. But he went into the sanctuary cession for us, with groanings which cannot be of God, the Spirit helped him, and all was changed. uttered : and He that searcheth the hearts He cries, “This is my infirmity: surely Thou knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because hast set them in slippery places; they are as a He maketh intercession for the saints according dream of the night.' Does Satan seek to oppress to the will of God.' God's children often feel or beguile God's people ? the Spirit puts his ashamed of these incoherent, broken cries, these sword into their hand, suggests or brings to re- chirpings as a sparrow; but they are, perhaps, membrance some seasonable word, and the enemy | their most effectual prayers,-humbling to the flies. Look at Jesus ; He goes in the power of flesh, but honouring to the Spirit. How condethe Spirit, and hence his mighty works, and scending it is in the Holy Ghost to make us his weighty convincing words. He says to his dis- organs and instruments in expressing those deep, ciples, “It is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of earnest, everlasting desires for redemption, which my Father that speaketh in you.? Do the lusts are common to Him with the Father and the Son ! of the flesh war against the soul,-discontent, What an encouragement it is! what a consolaselfishness, impatience, unbelief ? the Spirit pro- tion! He is willing now thus to use us. Are duces the opposite graces,-meekness, patience, you not apt to forget his personality, and the gentleness, temperance, faith, love. God's people | interest He takes in the things of salvation ? Let thankfully acknowledge this. They say, 'In Him, and He will make you Israels,-powerful the day when I cried, Thou answeredst me, and with God, and so powerful with man. Let strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.' | Him lead you through Jesus into the presenceThus Christ fulfils his promise: My grace is chamber, and there help your infirmity, and you sufficient for thee.'
will return with your heart cheered, your face But more especially the Spirit helps in prayer. shining, to become blessings to all you meet. He shows us our state and character; opens up! Does not this also show the benefit and power more and more our sinfulness, dangers, ceaseless of social prayer? Christ says, “If two of you wants, and thus stirs up confessions, supplica- shall agree on earth as touching anything that tions, and crying, often with tears. He knows they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my and reveals the good things of God. He took Father who is in heaven.' Here it is not the part in the counsel of peace, and knows all the Spirit in one, but in many; it is the unity of the blessings of the covenant. He knows the pro- | Spirit, separate souls brought to oneness of acmises, for He dictated the very words by which cord; it is a triumph of grace; it is the meeting they are revealed to us. He knows the Son, and of many fires, which kindle and inflame one all his benefits. Hence the Apostle Paul prays / another, and so blaze up to heaven in holy ardour
that we may be strengthened with might by and devotion. There is no prayer without Christ, the Spirit in the inner man, that we may know the only way to the Father. But there is also the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, no true prayer without the Holy Ghost. All is that we may be filled with all the fulness of God.' cold, dead, and formal, when He is not in it. He sets the things of God before us in their How poor and empty all is, when it is only strange reality, power, and sweetness, and thus stirs us fire, the excitement of the flesh! We should be up to seek them with earnestness and persever- | very careful not to grieve, vex, quench the Spirit ance. He knows the set times to favour, the of grace and supplication. We too often suffer acceptable seasons, and can make us feel that the blessed fire to smoulder and be overlaid. we shall not have long to wait; and so we pray | Hence arises disinclination and inability to pray. with more fervour and assurance. Sometimes We can hardly drag ourselves to the mercy-seat; He produces desires that are too great for utter and when there, we have no liberty and enlargeance. The emotions are too big to find expression | ment, no lively hope and fulness of assurance. in human language. The channel is too narrow
Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with and shallow to give vent to all that fills and
| thanksgiving. Keep the fire always burning. swells the heart. Elijah speaks not at Carmel, let them not slip heedlessly, thoughtlessly by.
Improve occasions and opportunities for prayer; yet it is effectual, fervent prayer. Jacob speaks They will be constantly occurring in the grace not at Jabbok till he has conquered. He wrestles and providence of God; watch for them, and silently, till his seeming adversary cries, 'Let me diligently use them, in spite of the world, the go,' then he speaks. Hannah's lips moved, but
| flesh, and the devil. Seize them as the miner she uttered no words.
seizes the lumps of gold, and you will become Such Spirit-prompted, Spirit-guided, Spirit
fast rich unto eternal life. Your holy zeal and helped prayer, is always successful.
fervour will touch many a conscience; your
Though it | Come, let us pray,' will stir up many a sleeper; is often only groans, and sighs, and inarticulate while the supplication that follows will bring moanings, yet God hears, and knows, and grants down the blessing from on high.
THE INDIAN MERCHANT.*
ons E transcribe portions of Robert might be reminded that his heavenly Father had A B Brown's correspondence, written, not forgotten him.' . . .
as in former years, during frag-
busy life, and with a rapidly flow- to himself through life, none held a higher place ing pen :
in his estimation than the devoted missionary re'BOMBAY, 25th January 1853. ferred to in the following letter. As he still lives MY DEAREST - -You know the pre- and labours in Bombay, we forbear to indulge in judices of caste are strong here. Well, we lately well-merited eulogium, simply remarking that turned off the office tiffin boy, owing to the large Mr. Bowen is an American missionary who has quantity of soda water unaccounted for (but literally given up all for Christ. His labours doubtless stolen and sold); and not intending to among the heathen are abundant, and they are get any other in his place, we requested one of emphatically labours of love, unrequited and unthe sepoys (chaps that go messages) to bring the acknowledged by any earthly society, since he tiffin up to the office and put it on the table; but prefers to give his services without fee or reward, nothing would prevail on them to do this. To living upon a few rupees a month, and thereby carry a basket which contained beef or mutton removing one argument from the mouth of the was the essence of pollution ; and they would heathen, who are slow to allow the disinterestedrather lose their place than become defiled. So ness of their religious teachers. Robert owed the coachman, a man of a lower caste, has to do much, as he frequently acknowledged, to the high this degrading office; and the other day, when standard and deep spiritual views of this Chrishe was away, Messrs. Hunter, Brown, and Ryrie tian brother, whose appreciation of his character, had to put the tiffin on the table themselves, on the other hand, was also very high. In a showing that the prejudices of caste are not letter received since his death, Mr. Bowen writes, strong enough with Them to overcome the love of 'I have known many good men in Bombay, but tiffin.
none like him.' • We had a nice party on Monday evening. I
BOMBAY, 22d February 1833. had some interesting talk with Mylne, chiefly '... I shall begin by telling you that we had about prayer. He says, “If I am a child of God, Bowen dining with us last night, and I only wish I have a right to take every finger ache (the some reporter had been behind the scene, to take smallest thing) to Him ;' and spoke of the im- a note of his “ droppings,” for I feel sure they portance of doing everything with a reference to were far more precious than the worthy Mr. the will of God; also of realizing our adoption, W.'s. Let me try and recall one or two of his and need, at the same time, of constantly apply- remarks, as they float on the surface of my ing the blood of Christ to the conscience. On memory. ... these two last points I am sadly backward, but “I think I have before told you of Bowen's particularly the latter; consequently, I am often advice in studying Scripture,-to take a verse or burdened with a sense of sin, which should not two at a time, and ponder them, returning to the be, if all the guilt has actually been washed away. expressions again and again, when they are By constantly looking unto Jesus, however, I driven out of the mind. And in regard to the hope to attain this ; for I am sure we have de- | sufferings of our Lord, B. remarked that the clarations enough in the Bible to prove that God account of them is wonderfully detailed-every wants us to have a full sense of forgiveness, and little particular dwelt upon. He instanced the to feel assured that all our sins are completely verse,*" And they took Him and scourged Him," put away. It is a great thing to practise faith as affording abundant food for meditation,-the on the simple words of God, because there is a glory of the person thus roughly seized, then the day not far off, dear, when we shall probably lose ignominy and disgrace of the punishment, and all our evidences entering the dark valley; and | the suffering of it. Let us try this plan, dear, if we can only then fold up in our bosom some and give up the old one of reading a chapter or promise that we have lived upon, and prored in so in the mornings. We shall get more food, I our journey through the wilderness, we shall be am sure, by taking a verse and carrying it about able to cling with a firmer grasp to the rod and with us during the day. Another remark of staff of the promises when we are about to cross Bowen's was, that the thing that gives dignity to the swelling of Jordan. I can casily fancy dear one's existence, is the knowledge that so great Evans, who was so nervous on his deathbed that and glorious a being as God is interested in us,
uld not bcar the sound of any one's voice, and to such a marvellous extent that He never having his bed curtains hung round with Scrip leaves us for a moment, but gives us every breath ture texts, so that whichever way he turned, he | that we draw, keeping us as the apple of his eye.
What unbelief ever to doubt his love, when He * From a striking and stirring memoir, entitled Pas
has given such assurances of it! and given us, 8!lles in the Life of an Indian Merchant; being Memorials
besides, the greatest pledge Omnipotence could of Robert Brown. Compiled by his Sister, HELEN
offer that He loves us better than we do ourCoLyin. London: J. Nisbet and Co. 1806.
Oh, I wish you had been with us last night. | for it must be bitter experience indeed to see You would have been elevated when listening to those she loves hurrying to destruction. Here, Bowen discoursing on these wondrous themes, - | though, she can surely realize the sympathy of a meek, lowly, despised man; but oh, how | Jesus. Pray give her my very kind love, and happy! living in that miserable but in the Bazaar, ask her to study Rom. viii. 32. She will now holding converse with his God. Hunter is greatly get some new light on that passage. We have enamoured of him, the more so because he is very | all some cross to bear, some trial to suffer. Mine musical. Last night, before going away, he is an evil heart, which has been making some played an accompaniment on the piano to fearful discoveries lately of its depravity. ... Hunter's violoncello, “Weep not for Sorrow." | "You have chosen a good motto to commence You need not be surprised if you hear of both of the year with, and one that used to be a good us taking up our quarters with Bowen in the deal before my mind. Now, I look more to the Bazaar at Rs.10 a month! I wonder what - words of Jesus himself: “Let me hear thy would say! We must try and see more of the voice; for sweet is thy voice." “Eat, О friends, dear man, for his society is most improving, | drink abundantly, o beloved.” As M'Cheyne and I know not when I have relished an evening says, “We can't put greater dishonour on the so much. Still, we must watch against creature master of a feast, when a grand banquet is spread worship, and bear in mind that Bowen, and C., before us, than being content with a few crumbs and M., and N., are only reflectors, in a most under the table ; yet is not this the way we treat imperfect degree, of the glory of Christ. They ! the Saviour ? Oh, how much we lose by not are but candles : He is the sun. Let us seek asking! Let us take God at his word more than more acquaintance with Him, and in close and we have hitherto done." intimate communion, make known all our re- 'I must now be looking out for something to quests by prayer and thanksgiving. What en- read to the Parelle people to-morrow morning. couragement have we to do so! He says to us: I am thankful to say I have been somewhat “The companions hearken to thy voice ; cause stirred up of late, and have had some real delight me to hear it;" and again: “Let me hear thy in prayer and study of the Bible, particularly the voice, for sucet is thy voice." Wondrous words ! Song of Solomon. I would fain sit under the but the Song abounds with such, and I am only shadow of Christ, and find his fruit sweet to my now beginning to find it out. Let us drink deep taste, having the banner of love spread over me, into the spirit of this love-song, and ever listen
I and drinking out of his fulness. I seem never to to the Bridegroom's voice, opening the interview, have drunk yet. True, I have come ; but He “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away;" says, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me “ These things have I spoken unto you, that your and drink." Oh, let us obey the invitation, and joy may be full ;” and again : “ Hitherto have ye enter into very close fellowship with Jesus. He asked nothing in my name; ask, and ye shall | invites us, assuring us that “ we are in the clefts receive, that your joy may be full."
of the rock." We should not be much troubled • Poor C. H.'s case is a very sad one. It is with doubts, if we were on such terms as these part of the “ tribulation" she must pass through, with the Judge."
On no quality in the Christian's character do | tunate pilgrim, who has sunk beneath the burden there exist ideas so erroneous as ou charity. To l of accumulating misfortunes, is again enabled to be generous is not always to be charitable, but
proceed on his journey, then indeed has charity often to be uncharitable. Charity must not be
achieved a triumph. To help the struggling, to
strengthen the weak, to aid the willing, is the measured by its profuseness, but by its judicious
true object of charity ; but charity misplaced ness. There are few blessings which may not only fosters indigence. There is yet another thing become curses by being perverted; nor is charity | to be observed in charity-it must be assisted by an exception. The refusal of a favour may seem prayer. Little is the use of giving-little is the unkind; but to grant it may be still unkinder. use, indeed, of judicious giving-unless it is the The stern denial may be interpreted as springing result of an heartfelt sympathy with suffering, from an unfeeling and unkind heart; but is often and not the mere mechanical giving which is the the dictate of one wiser than our own, and of result of habit. Charity must be sincere : it one who saw more charity in the denial than in must be given not because we think we are doing the concession. If by being profuse in charity | an action which will merit applause in this world indligence is only engendered, it does but sap the and reward in the next. No, readers, such is tree it was intended to support, and create wants | not charity. It must be accompanied by prayer it was intended to relieve. On the other hand, -prayer that our feeble efforts in the alleviation by a discriminating carefulness in the distribution of suffering may be assisted by Him who, in his of charity, what suffering may be relieved, what incomprehensible wisdom, thinks fit to wound; care softened, what sorrow lightened! If hy and who, in his boundless mercy, may think fit holding out the timely hand, by the kindly en- | to heal. Reader, think before you give, and couraging voice, one struggling though unfor- | pray when you have given.
There is a class of preachers-we hope it is a l occasionally angry at their obstinate unbelief, small one-who come within the descriptive line without once being jocose or comical. The disof Cowper, of those who court a grin where covery was left to more modern times to visit they should woo a soul ;' aiming to say amusing an infirmary in a merry mood, that the diseased and funny things to move the risibles of their and dying might be diverted from their real auditors, seemingly forgetful that their vocation condition. If there is a 'time to laugh,' it is is something far more serious than this. A care- certainly not in the sanctuary, or when sacred ful study of the ministerial epistles of Paul would and momentous truths are to be enforced on the fail to discover any directions on the value of attention of dying sinners. Make merry over securing attention by keeping an audience in the prodigal returned, if you will ; it is out of jolly good humour. Paul himself was a model place while he is spending his substance in riotous minister in matter and manner. We hear of his living. A bishop should be gravely in earnest, earnest exhortation and persuasion of his con- | whether he occupies the pulpit or platform; suming self-sacrifice and real-of his weeping serious while he handles serious things; and and tears while beseeching sinners; but never tremble at the thought of putting sinners into of his effort to make his hearers laugh. He had | good humour with him or themselves by the too awful a sense of his responsibility in deliver-outflowings of an eccentric wit. What! it may ing his message, which was to prove a savour of be said, wonld you recommend ministers to be life or death to others, and of his anxiety to be stupid in the pulpit ? Surely this is not the free from the blood of all men. But where do alternative. He that would be in danger of bewe hear of his studied attempts to amuse ? He coming stupid in fulfilling God's solemn embassy habitually remembered the ministry of his Master, 1 to dying men, in a solemn way, may possibly who wept over the incorrigible, and was even have mistaken his vocation altogether.
The Treasury Hymnal.
The hymns are selected from Di. Bonar's "/Iymns of Faith and Ilope." The Letter-note Method of musical notation, by permission of Messrs. Colville fBentley, is introduced as a help to young singers.
SABBATH HYMN. Il'ords by HORATIUS Bonar, D.D.
Music from DR. MILLER. Met. 80 = 1
*** The letter is placed to the right when the note is sharpened, and to the left when it is flatlined.