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like, yet be at the mercy of a stone, an insect, a microbe. Then reason is a curse, and the feeling heart a calamity.
But all is changed the moment we say to our soul: Be still, my times are in God's hands.
Then we see the source whence our own soul-life flowed. Over the dark horizon breaks the central sun that illumines the world, and brings light and rest to our own minds.
G. G. O SOLEMN thought ! That trumpet sound : I ought, I ought ! Which, though a thousand times I fall, Unbroken keeps it's solemn call; Nor passion's storm, nor reasoning art Can silence in the wayward heart.
the known Bod.
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain ; for the earth shall be full of the knowl. edge of God as waters cover the earth.—Isaiah xi, 9.
CONTRARY to the idea of the modern agnostic, the
Hebrew seer predicts the redemption of mankind from the evils which stalk in its midst, as a result of the universal knowledge of God; so universal, indeed, that, as it is said elsewhere, no man will say to his neighbor: know God! For they shall all know Him, from the greatest even unto the least. But, of
course, we must keep in mind what kind of knowledge the prophet was thinking of. We are not left in doubt about this. Perhaps the most complete definition of it is found in the declaration: Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom; let not the mighty man glory in his might; let not the rich man glory in his riches; let him that glories glory in this, that He knoweth Me and understandeth that I am the Lord who exercises loving kindness, justice and righteousness in the earth, and that in these things I delight, saith the Lord (Jer. ix., 23, 24). We see clearly that this is not a knowledge pursued merely to flatter human reason, or to place dominion into the hand of the powerful, or to enrich those that dispense wealth; no, but such a knowledge shall make the throne of the Allruler of the world the seat of loving kindness, justice and righteousness, and all who seek these graces, and they alone, are the servants in whom the Lord delighteth.
God appears :
Nearer my God to thee!
Whom have I in heaven but Thee? and there is none upon earth whom I desire besides Thee.- Psalm lxxiii, 25.
THE question is asked: Why is this world unsatisfy
ing? It is the grandeur of the soul which God has given us, which makes it insatiable in its desires—with an infinite void which cannot be filled up, a soul which was made for God, how can the world fill it? If the ocean can be still with miles of unstable waters beneath it, then, the soul of man, rocking itself upon its own deep longings, with the Infinite beneath it, may rest.
There is nothing left for us but to fill up the hollowness of the soul with God.
But let not that expression-filling the soul with Godpass away without a distinct meaning. God is love and goodness. Fill the soul with goodness, and fill the soul with love—that is the filling it with God. If we love one another God dwelleth within us.
F. W. ROBERTSON. |NTO the house of peace my spirit yearns,
Unto the source of being my soul turns ; To where the sacred light of heaven burns,
She struggles thitherward by day and night.
To her the wonder of God's works appear ;
From morn to even and trom night to night.— Jehudah Halevi.
the accepted Worship.
Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even unto me with all your heart and with fasting and with weeping and with mourning; and rend your heart and not your garment; for the Lord is gracious and merciful :-Joel ii. 12, 13.
O not seek for the City of God on earth, for it is
not built of wood or stone; but seek it in the soul of the man who is at peace with himself and is a lover of true wisdom.
If a man practices ablutions of the body, but defiles his mind ; if he offers hecatombs, founds a temple, adorns a shrine, and does nothing for making his soul beautiful; let him not be called religious. He has wandered far from real religion, mistaking ritual for holiness; attempting, as it were, to bribe the Incorruptible and to flatter Him whom none can flatter. God welcomes the genuine service of a soul, the sacrifice of truth, but from display of wealth He turns away.
Will any man with impure soul and with no intention to repent, dare to approach the most High God ? The grateful soul of the wise man is the true altar of God.
Philo JUDÆUS. OH,
were it not for mercy such as Thine,
How could the conscious sinner seek Thy shrine ?
Reverence Bod and Help Men.
Ye are blessed of the Lord who made heaven and earth. The heaven is the heaven of God, but the earth hath He given to the children of men.Psalm cxv. 15, 16.
SOME people attaching themselves to one portion of
the Decalogue, neglect the other. For, filled with the unmixed draught of religous yearning, they bid farewell to all other occupations and dedicate their whole life to God. Others, who believe there is no good beyond well-doing towards men, care only for human intercourse; and, by their social zeal, share their possessions with their fellows and seek to alleviate distress to the utmost of their power. Now, both the exclusive lover of man and the exclusive lover of God, we may rightly call half perfect. The perfectly virtuous are those who excel in both.
Reverence God and help men ; there is but one fruit of this earthly life: a holy disposition and social acts.
(N the work that no gold payeth,
Where he speedeth best who prayeth,