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commanded to a thousand generations; even of the covenant which he made with Abraham, and of his oath unto Isaac; and hath confirmed the same to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant. For the Lord will not forsake his people for his great name's sake.

5“In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength. 6 For the Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace. "Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart. Wait, I say, on the Lord.

1 Phil. i, 6. 21 Sam. xii, 24. 91 Chron. xvi, 15-17. 4 1 Sam. xii, 22. 5 Is. Xxx, 15. 6 Ps. xxix, 11. ? Ps. xxvii, 14.

ILLUSTRATION. Peter walking on the sea. 1" One evening the disciples of Jesus went down unto the sea, and entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them, 2 but was alone on the land. 3 And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew, and the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves.

"And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a spirit;' and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, 'Be of good cheer : -It is I; be not afraid.'

“ And Peter answered him and said, 'Lord,

if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.' And he said, “Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid ; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, “Lord, save me.' And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?'

“And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, 'Of a truth thou art the son of God.' 1 John vi, 16, 17. 2 Mark vi, 47. 3 John vi, 18. 4 Matt. xiv, 24-33.

The prayer of a desponding saint. 1" Hear my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications : in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness. For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead. Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate. I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands. I stretch forth

my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. 3« Hear me speedily, O Lord : my spirit fail

40 my God, my soul is cast down within me. Why hast thou forgotten me? Why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? • Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name. Hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into

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Quicken me, O Lord, for thy name's sake: for thy righteousness sake bring my soul out of trouble." 1 Ps. cxliii, 1, 3-6. ? Ps. xlii, 1. 8 Ps. cxliii, 7. 4 Ps. xlii, 6, 9.

5 Ps. cxlii, 7. 6 Ps. cxliii, 7, 11.

the pit.

Divine consolations. 16. O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted; ?wherefore didst thou doubt? 3 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; "I will never leave thee nor forsake thee; I will not forget thee. 6For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.

7Verily, verily, I say unto you; he that believeth on me hath everlasting life. 8 Therefore let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid ; $and be not faithless, but believing. 10 For my sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.'

1 Is. liv, 11. 2 Matt. xiv, 31. 3 Is. xlix, 16. 4 Heb. xiii, 5. 5 Is. xlix, 15. 6 Is. liv, 10. 7 John vi, 47. 8 John xiv, 27. 9 John xx, 27. 10 John x, 27, 28.

ILLUSTRATION. The unbelief of Thomas. 1One day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the

disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus (after his resurrection) and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, 'Peace be unto you. And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side, ?and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.

3 Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.

“But Thomas, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, "We have seen the Lord.' But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.'

“And after eight days again the disciples were within, and Thomas with them. Then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace be unto you.' Then said he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.' And Thomas answered and said unto him, "My Lord and my God.' Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed : blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.""

1 John xx, 19, 20. 2 Mark xvi, 14. 3 John xx, 20, 24-29.

Exhortation to believe the promises, foc. 1“ Having therefore these exceeding great and precious promises, olet us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith ; and let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for He is faithful that promised.

4. For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named), that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith ; that ye being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen." 12 Cor, vii, 1. 2 2 Pet. i, 4. 3 Heb. x, 22, 23. 4 Eph. iii, 14-21.

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