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transgressions. Pride though it show not itself in clothes, but only in speech, is a sin; and persecuting pride, though it pile no fagots at Smithfield, but only revile with its lips, shall have to answer for it among the unholy crew of inquisitors. “And for cursing and lying which they speak.” Sins, like hounds, often hunt in couples. He who is not ashamed to curse before God, will be sure to lie unto men. Every swearer is a liar. Persecution leads on to perjury. They lie and swear to it. They curse and give a lying reason for their hate. This shall not go unnoted of the Lord, but shall bring down its recompense. How often has it happened that while haughty speeches have been fresh in the mouths of the wicked they have been overtaken by avenging providence, and made to see their mischief recoil upon themselves !
13. “ Consume them in wrath.” As if he had changed his mind and would have them brought to a speedy end, or if spared would have them exist as ruins, he cries, “consume them," and he redoubles his cry, "consume them;" nay, he gives a triple note, “ that they may not be." Revilers of God whose mouths pour forth such filth as David was on this occasion obliged to hear, are not to be tolerated by a holy soul; indignation must flame forth, and cry to God against them. When men curse the age and the place in which they live, common humanity leads the righteous to desire that they may be removed. If they could be reformed it would be infinitely better ; but if they cannot, if they must and will continue to be like mad dogs in a city, then let them cease to be. Who can desire to see such a generation perpetuated ? “ And let them know;" i.e., let all the nations know," that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth." He whose government is universal fixes his headquarters among his chosen people, and there in special he punishes sin. So David would have all men
Let even the most remote nations know that the great moral Governor has power to destroy ungodliness, and does not wink at iniquity in any, at any time, or in any place. When sin is manifestly punished it is a valuable lesson to all mankind. The overthrow of a Napoleon is a homily for all monarchs, the death of a Tom Paine a warning to all infidels, the siege of Paris a sermon to all cities. Selah. Good cause there is for this rest, when a theme so wide and important is introduced. Solemn subjects ought not to be hurried over; nor should the condition of the heart while contemplating themes so high be a matter of indifference. Reader, bethink thee. Sit thou still awhile and consider the ways of God with man.
14 And at evening let them return; and let them make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city.
15 Let them wander up and down for meat, and grudge if they be not satisfied.
14. Here verse six is repeated, as if the songster defied his foes and revelled in the thought of their futile search, their malice, their disappointment, their rage, their defeated vigilance, their wasted energy. He laughs to think that all the city would know how they were deceived, and all Israel would ring with the story of the image and the goats' hair in the bed. Nothing was more a subject of Oriental merriment than a case in which the crafty are deceived, and nothing more makes a man the object of derision than to be outwitted by a woman, as in this instance Saul and his base minions were by Michal. The warrior poet hears in fancy the howl of rage in the council of his foes when they found their victim clean escaped from their hands.
15. “Let them wander up and down for meat." Like dogs that have missed the expected carcass, let them go up and down dissatisfied, snapping at one another, and too disappointed to be quiet and take the matter easily. “ And grudge if they be not satisfied." Let them act like those who cannot believe that they have lost their prey: like a herd of Oriental dogs, unhoused, unkennelled, let them prowl about seeking a prey which they shall never find. Thus the menial followers of Saul paraded the city in vain hope of satisfying their malice
and their master. “Surely," say they, “ we shall have him yet. We cannot endure to miss him. Perhaps he is in yonder corner, or concealed in such a hidingplace. We must have him. We grudge him his life. Our lust for his blood is hot, nor can we be persuaded but that we shall light upon him." See the restlessness of wicked men; this will increase as their enmity to God increases, and in hell it will be their infinite torment. What is the state of the lost, but the condition of an ambitious camp of rebels, who have espoused a hopeless cause, and will not give it up, but are impelled by their raging passions to rave on against the cause of God, of truth, and of his people.
16 But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning : for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.
17 Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.
16. “But I will sing of thy pover." The wicked howl, but I sing and will sing: Their power is weakness, but thine is omnipotence ; I see them vanquished and thy power victorious, and for ever and ever will I sing of thee. “ Yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning.” When those lovers of darkness find their game is up, and their midnight howlings die away, then will I lift up my voice on high and praise the lovingkindness of God without fear of being disturbed. What a blessed morning will soon break for the righteous, and what a song will be theirs ! Sons of the morning, ye may sigh to-night, but joy will come on the wings of the rising sun. Tune your harps even now, for the signal to commence the eternal music will soon be given; the morning cometh and your sun shall go no more down for ever." For thou hast been my defence." The song is for God alone, and it is one which none can sing but those who have experienced the lovingkindness of their God. Looking back upon a past all full of mercy, the saints will bless the Lord with their whole hearts, and triumph in him as the high place of their security. “ And refuge in the day of my trouble.” The greater our present trials the louder will our future songs be, and the more intense our joyful gratitude. Had we no day of trouble, where were our season of retrospective thanksgiving? David's besetment by Saul's bloodhounds creates an opportunity for divine interposition and so for triumphant praise.
17. “Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing.” What transport is here! What a monopolising of all his emotions for the one object of praising God! Strength has been overcome by strength; not by the hero's own prowess, but by the might of God alone. See how the singer girds himself with the almightiness of God, and calls it all his own by faith. Sweet is the music of experience, but it is all for God ; there is not even a stray note for man, for self, or for human helpers. “For God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.” With full assurance he claims possession of the Infinite as his protection and security. He sees God in all, and all his own. Mercy rises before him, conspicuous and manifold, for he feels he is undeserving, and security is with him, undisturbed and impregnable, for he knows that he is safe in divine keeping. Oh, choice song! My soul would sing it now in defiance of all the dogs of hell. Away, away, ye adversaries of my soul, the God of my mercy will keep ye all at bay
"Nor shall th' infernal lion rend
Whom he designs to keep."
you read it.
Our accumulation of books has become so great that we want to make sure of
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A VERY little book containing an episode The travels of Moffatt, Livingstone, in the history of the Huguenots. It is Du Chaillu, and others, worked up into always stimulating to the soul to observe a story of marvels and a marvel of the constancy of the saints and martyrs stories, in which Robinson Crusoe will of by gone days. find a very worthy rival. The engravings, we were about to say, are innu- Choice Poetry for little children. Remerable, certainly we have not the
ligious Tract Society. time to count them, and they are as CHOICE poetry, choice engravings, choice good as they are plentiful. Moving in- coloured pictures—a choice book alcidents by food and field, hair-breadth together. escapes, and wonderful discoveries are here without stint. Boys, if papa
The New Illustrated Primer. By OLD
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and there we see a touch of fun, very Animal Life in Europe, illustrated Take for instance letter E.
hard to introduce into a spelling book. with coloured plates, by F. Specht, is
That eels that in the water swim, a capital book for children of rather ad
For food are very fine, vanced years, published by the Religious
And new laid eggs are famous things, Tract Society. We do not much admire To help a man to dine. the colouring, but the natural history New Series of Toy Books. Little Paul's has a more than ordinary freshness and
Christmas and The Lord's Prayer. originality in it.
Religious Tract Society. The Children's Record of the Free These are two charming books. The
Church of Scotland. Nelson & Sons. illustrations are really works of art. This little halfpenny magazine always The science of colour-printing must delights us. Our friend, Mr. Dickson, here, we think, have reached its perfecdoes his work as only a man can who tion. How such things can be made loves children and knows their ways. and sold for one shilling we are at a loss His publishers, from their vast stock of to know. engravings, supply him with an unrivalled wealth of illustration.
The Story of Our Doll. By Mrs.
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Panoramic Series. History of David.
Religious Tract Society. May Lane, a story of the Sixteenth TWELVE well-coloured pictures with Century. By C. M. M. Shaw & Co.
appropriate letterpress; a beautiful gift We do not think much of it.
for a child.
The German Drummer Boy; or, The Tke Young Man in the Battle of Life.
Horrors of War. Adapted from the By WILLIAM LANDELS, D.D. Cas-
The author appears to entertain a susGod speed the pens which write for picion that his book may peace, and dry up the quills which in satisfy the fastidious taste." His fears glowing terms write up the pageantry are groundless. His style so nearly of war. Every child should read this approaches the faultless that it might drummer-boy story. The Peace Society be selected as a model of correct Eng. would do well to spend as much as lish ; those who could censure it must ever it can afford in circulating such be themselves utterly beneath contempt. books as this, and the four stories The matter is quickening and encourby those Siamese-twins of literature aging. With the blessing, of God the known as Erckman-Chatrian,
Our reading of this work would be of the beart chides us if we have failed to utmost service to every young man. urge upon our readers and hearers the We are glad to see our friend's volume absolute sin of every kind of war. Thou in the hands of such a pushing firm as shalt not kill," is a command, the breach Messrs. Cassell; and we hope that both of which is not excused but aggravated here and America “ The Young Man by the lørgeness of the scale on which in the Battle of Life" may achieve the the killing is conducted.
popularity which it deserves. Messrs. So far we give to the juveniles, who Hodder & Stoughton also publish another are well cared for by the publishers. young men's book by Dr. Landels, which What a race of men the next generation we have not the time to look througlı ought to be considering their advan- at present. Dr. Landels at this rate tages. God bless them. We now go will need a shelf to himself in all comon to other works.
plete libraries. Whitaker's Almanack is an extraordi
Since writing the above there has nary shilling's worth ; and for business
come to hand another volume from men and the general public, it is out Messrs. Cassell's press: “Woman; her of sight the most useful almanack we Position and Power," by the know of.
author. We suppose our friend felt it Beeton's Bible Dictionary; a Cyclope-. to be unfair to give the young men all dia of the Truths and Narratives of his attention, and so prepared a volume Scripture. With the correct Pronun- for the other sex. Our friend writes ciation of the leuding Names and Words, books for the sister-hood so well, that and their original meaning, Consisting if a chaplain-general for the ladies of in all of two thousand complete England were to be elected, he would articles. Ward, Lock, and Tyler.
be sure to head the poll. YOUNG men observe this. Here is a Bible Dictionary, in paper covers for One Thousand Gems from Henry Ward
Beecker. Edited by Rev. G. D. one shilling; or, if you are wise enough to buy it bound, it will only cost you
Evans. Hodder and Stoughton. eighteenpence. We have sent off an Mr. Evans gleans a field which has order for a hundred for the Pastors' Col- been three times reaped before, and yet lege, and this is the most practical proof of such is the excessive fertility of the soil our appreciation. If there be any diffi- that he gathers together full sheaves of culty in obtaining it, our Colporteur, golden grain. Who else among the Mr. Brown, 19, Temple Street, Newing- living sons of men besides Mr. Beecher ton, London, will send it by post on the could furnish material for such a volume: receipt of the published price and one He is for versatility of genius and wealth additional penny stamp towards postage. of illustration altogether peerless; our
The Baptist Messenger, the Church, regret is, that he is far from being as the Appeal, the Hive, the Methodist spiritual as he is spirited, and is more a Temperance Magazine, all good in their model for an orator than for a divine. own line, deserve an increased circle of Our friend Mr. Evans will we hope readers. They are all published by soon try his hand at original authorship, Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row. for which he is well qualified.
Supplementary Psalms and Hymns. By range of influence for good. Our
W. DRANSFIELD. Passmore & Ala- esteemed friend is himself an instance baster.
in weakness"-none more To our intense delight we have long weakly in body, and few more vigorous venerable author of these hymns. He The Cross and the Crown; or, the trials enjoyed the loving fellowship of the in mind than he. is one of our elders at the Tabernacle, and the very model of a genial, generous,
and triumphs of the Scottish Kirk. A
poem in ten books. By the Rev. gracious, glad and grey headed believer.
John Johnston, Balmaghie. EdinHis happiness is constant and stimu
burgh: John Maclaren. lating; all around him feel the more cheerful for his presence. Our friend Mr. Johnston is himself a brave man, in former years was well known as a a very hero to attempt a poem in ten preacher of the word, and his excellent books. Why it must have engrossed printed sermons attained a very con- the leisure, and encroached into the siderable circulation. Now that he ordinary labours of half a lifetime. The cannot preach he has taken to singing, theme is animating, the piety unquestionand finds it pleasant to express his holy able, the design admirable, the effort joy in spiritual songs of his own com- praiseworthy ; as for the poetry, we posing. We should never think of have always confessed our inability to criticising anything our friend either criticise the poems of friends, but we says or does, but if we did we should often wish they would turn them into feel bound to commend very highly the prose. The two first verses of Mr. theology and spirit of these supplemental Johnstone's poem will serve as a fair hymns, and to express our belief that specimen of the whole, illustrating both many lowly minds will find pleasure in the form of stanza employed and the their perusal. Instead of a criticism we ability displayed. make a selection and give No. 6 as a
Full many have sung of old Scotia, “ land fair specimen of the 190. May the Of the mountain and the flood," beloved writer and his household enjoy The birth spot of many a noble band, the richest of heaven's blessings.
The home of the brave and good.
And we lovingly hear of the deeds “Oh, matchless love of God
Of her heroes and men of might,
Who their foes defy,
With the battle cry,
“Let our God defend the right."
We sing of the Wallace and Bruce, the swell Why did I seek thy face?
Of the patriot's love rises then; What sweetly forced my happy choice? To their memory all hail, O who can tell 'Twas rich and sovereign grace.
Our debt to those valiant inen!
But of warriors worthy, there is a band,
Of whom I would gladly sing,
Who, with holy aim,
Mid reproach and shame,
Were faithful to Zion's King."
Saint Paul. By Felix BUNGENER.
Tract Society, 56, Paternoster Row.
No life of the apostle Paul will outMessrs. Hodder and Stoughton have shine that of Cony beare and Howson ; just issued new editions of Power in and everyone that is issued will come Weakness, and Symbols of Christ, by more or less under its overshadowing. our well-beloved brother, Mr. CHARLES To some minds the vivacity and clearSTANFORD). We are not about to re- ness of the French author will render view these delightful works; they are this book more readable. It is well now in the general esteem of the Chris- translated, and we deem the Tract Sotian church deservedly elevated above ciety to have taken the right step in preall criticism; but we welcome the senting it to their large constituency. cheaper editions very gladly, and wish It will be of use to many, and to Biblefor the works a consequently wider class leaders especially.