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nothing; my thoughts, scattered, or impelled by passion, have not reached their goal. Sometimes, on the other hand, in a crowded assembly I have held my mind in solitude, and God has silenced the turmoil in my soul, and taught me that it is not the difference of places that works the good thought, but it is God who moves and guides the chariot of the soul wherever he prefers.
Philo JUDÆUS. H, let my converse, Lord, with Thee,
From bonds of errors set me free;
Grant me the power, the right to see,
the Bod we Worship.
I am the Everlasting ; that is my name : and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.—Isaiah xlii. 8.
WHAT Being do we worship? It is the Being to
whom our reason points, in whom the heart takes refuge; it is the Being whom the philosopher and the searcher of nature ultimately acknowledge as the cause of causes. About the gods of the heathen you cannot know anything unless you know their history; but the God of Israel is high above all that happens on earth or in heaven. Suppose the Bible were lost, and all the literature appertaining to it likewise, and no Israelite left to bear his testimony—what would ensue? Human thought would immediately set out to seek Him; for the human mind cannot abandon Him. How far surpassing the highest human intelligence is He, and yet how near to us! He is the God of the oppressed, and not of the oppressor; He is the God of the weak, and not of the overbearing; He is the God that hears the cry of the downtrodden, and arms His messengers with power to deliver them.
it not told you from the first :
He faints not, tires not ever ? He still is merciful as erst,
His goodness waneth never. Then trust to Him in all your way, He knows not darkness nor decay.
Singing Hymns to Bod. .
I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise shall ever be in my mouth. O praise the Lord with me and let us magnify His name together.-Psalm
The chiefest and divinest hymn (to God) should be for His having given us the power of understanding and of dealing rationally with ideas. Nay—since most of you are utterly blind to this—ought there not
to be someone to make this his special function, and to sing the hymn to God for all the rest ? What else can a lame old man, like me, do but sing hymns to God? If I were a nightingale, I should do the work of a nightingale; if a swan, the work of a swan; but being, as I am, a rational being, I must sing hymns to God. This is my work; this I do; this rank—as far as I can -I will not leave; and I invite you to join with me in this same song.-Epictetus.
THIS is a lesson we all need to be perpetually re
minded of, viz:—that the only pathway to the delights of true religion lies through self-control and selfconquest. We cannot attain our freedom as God's dear children in any other way. And it was only because Epictetus had learned how to conquer himself, how surrender his own will to the will of God, that poor as he was, slave as he was, lame as he was, despised and persecuted as he was, nevertheless he was the happiest of men, At what an enviable height he stands above us poor grumblers, when he says, “I must sing hymns to God—this is my work—this I will do."
Come then and sing with us your gladdest songs, singing not only with tuneful voice, but in the music of a high and noble life, and in the harmony of a soul at perfect peace with God and with men; singing not only with the lark in the sunlit sky, but when beaten down by the storms of early misfortune and when entering the dark valley of the shadow of death“I will fear no evil for Thou art with me."
that love the Lord, And let your joys be known; Join in a song with sweet accord, And thus surround His throne.
Intellectual Worship of God.
With my soul have I desired Thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early - Isaiah xxvi. 9.
WHEN you are alone by yourself, when you are
awake on your couch, be careful to meditate in such precious moments on nothing but on the intellectual worship of God; approach Him and minister before Him in this true manner, and not merely in thoughtless emotion. . But our heart can be constantly with God even whilst we are in the society of men. . . Let us pray and beseech Him that He Himself may clear and remove from our way everything that obstructs our approach or forms a partition between Him and us, albeit those obstacles are mostly of our own creating.
Moses MAIMONIDES. ATHER! replenish with Thy grace
This longing heart of mine, Make it Thy quiet dwelling-place,
Thy sacred inmost shrine ! Forgive that oft my spirit wears
Her time and strength in trivial cares, Enfold her in Thy changeless peace,
So she from all but Thee may cease!
the Deeper Sense of Gratitude.
-Now, our God, we thank Thee and praise Thy glorious name. But who am I and what is my people that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? For all things come of Thee, and of Thine own have we given Thee.— From the prayer of dedication by David.—1 Chron. xxix. 13, 14.
OSES has shown that we should all confess our gratitude for the powers we possess.
The wise man should dedicate his sagacity, the eloquent man his speech, to the praise of God; the physicist should offer to Him his physics, the moralist his ethics, the scientist his science, and the artist his art; the sailor his succesful voyage, the husbandman his harvest, the herdsman the increase of his cattle; the physician the recovery of his patients, the general his victory, the statesman his chieftaincy, the monarch his rule. Let no one, therefore, however lowly in station despair or scruple to become a suppliant of God."
In the days of Messiah, says the Talmud, every kind of altar gift shall cease, save only the thanksoffering.