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his heart was soré troubled ; and suspecting
treachery in his own court, he called his
servants together, and said unto them,
" Will ye not shew me which of us is for the
" King of Israel?" . To whieh one of his.
fervants replied, None, my Lord, O King;
"bųt Elisha the prophet that is in Israel,
“ telleth the King of Israel the words that
" thou speakest in thy bed-chamber.” Nay,
he can preserve his people from the effects
of their own folly, as well as from the craft
and malice of their enemies." The Lord
« knoweth how to deliver the godly out of
“ temptation:"-" He leadeth the blind in

a way that they know not :”-“ he giveth
" understanding to the fimple:”. “ the meeks
“ will he guide in judgement, the meek will
« he teach his way,” And if infinite Wif-
dom' take the difposal of our lot, if he who
cannot err, vouchsafe to become both our
guardian, and our guide, with what unfuf-
pecting trust may we commit ourselves into
his hands, and cheerfully acquiesce in all the
determinations of his Providence? Efpecially
when we consider,
2dly, That his power is equal to his wife

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dom. 166 Whatsoever the Lord pleaseth, that
“ doth he, in heaven, in the earth, and in
" the sea, and in all deep places.". He cau-
seth the wrath of man to praise him ; and
the remainder thereof he is able to restrain.
All the power of the creatures is derived
from him, and dependent upon him. The
haughtiest tyrant upon earth is only the rod
of his anger, which he employs for a feas
fon, and then breaketh in pieces, and
throws it away.

When Pilate faid to our
Lord, “ Knoweft thou not that I have

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thee?" he at once detected and reproved his ignorance and pride, by answering him, « Thou couldst have no power at all against

me, except it were given thee from a166 bove." —And as the power of God is supreme, so is it likewise everlasting. “ The " Lord, the creator of the ends of the earth,

fainteth not, neither is weary." His arm is never shortened that it cannot save; neither age nor exercise can impair its vigour; what he did yesterday he can do to-day, and repeat it as often as his people have occaSon for it. This was the foundation of that Dd3

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“ Awake, ". awake, put on strength, O arm of the « Lord; awake as in the ancient days, in “ the generations of old. Art not thou it “ that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the “ dragon?" To which God replied, even I, am he that comforteth

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who thou then that thou shouldst be afraid s of a man that shall die, and of the son of

man which shall be made as grass ? and « forgettest the Lord, thy Maker, that hath s stretched forth the heavens, and laid the 5 foundations of the earth ? and haft feared «

continually every day, because of the

fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready “ to destroy? And where is the fury of " the oppressor? I am the Lord thy God, " that divided the sea, whose waters roared: " the Lord of hosts is my name.”His power reacheth to the heart of man, to which no creature can have immediate access : even the hearts of kings are in his hand, and he turnerh them as the rivers of water. Thus he promised to. Jeremiah, " that he would cause the enemy to intreat ss him well in the day of evil.” Who hut

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che Lord of man's heart could have faid unto Moab, and said it with efficacy, “Let ci mine outcasts dwell with thee, Moab; be “ thou a covert to them from the face of the “ spoiler ?” Thus, when it pleaseth him, he can open a fanctuary for his people in the midst of their fóes, and make these very foes the protectors of his people. In short,“ with God all things are posible.” He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we can ask or think. This good old Jacob gratefully acknowledged, when he met with his darling fon Joseph, whose supposed death he had long and bitterly lamented : “ I had not thought to see " thy face, and lo! God hath showed me thy children also."

When the apostles “ had the sentence of death in themselves," God dispelled their fears, and preserved their lives, in spite of all the rage

and cunning of their perfecutors. And thus, “ in 16 the mount of the Lord” it hath" often 66 been seen :" deliverance came when death was expected; or, according to the prophetic style of Zechariah, chap. xiv. 7. & evening time :" when, according to the

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course of nature, nothing was looked for but deepening shades and increasing dark. ness, " light" hath suddenly sprung up, and the thick clouds have fled and vanished away. Here then is a solid ground of confidence and hope : He that careth for us, not only knoweth all things, but can do all things. He giveth power to the faint, and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. “ Fear not,” faith he, « for I am “ with thee : be not dismayed, for I am thy .“ God: I will strengthen thee, yea I will help “ thee, yea I will uphold thee with the right “ hand of my righteousness.” Have we not then the most powerful encouragement to caft our care, our whole care, upon God? And still more, when I add,

3dly, That he who is so wise in heart, and mighty in strength ; fo wonderful in counsel, and excellent in working ; is likewise pofTefled of infinite goodness. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. “ God is love,” faid the Apostle John; and well might he fay so, who was one of the heralds of that joyful proclamation, “ God was in Chrift

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