The Pilgrim Psalms; An Exposition of the Songs of Degrees, Psalms CXX-CXXXIV

The Pilgrim Psalms; An Exposition of the Songs of Degrees, Psalms CXX-CXXXIV

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1860 edition. Excerpt: ...Divine commandment; while disobedience was punished with adversity. So long as the Israelites remained faithful to their covenant engagements, Jehovah was a wall of fire around them, and they were blessed with peace: their flocks and their herds increased, and their fields waved with abundance. But when they proved rebellious, the Divine protection was withdrawn, and the curse descended. And what ensued? The famine, the pestilence, the sword, the captivity. At this early period in the world's history, there was a necessity, so to speak, for the immediate vindication of the Divine government. In the peculiar circumstances of the Church, had not the right hand of God been almost visibly seen, executing His own laws, many would have been tempted to conclude, that He had no right hand at all. The same necessity does not now exist. The Church is no longer in her childhood, but is of full age. She has outgrown the swaddling lands of Judaism, and the sphere of her operation is the world. A strong light has been poured upon her true nature and destiny; and we can therefore dispense with that immediate retribution, which was essential in a former and less instructed age of the Church. But the same great principle of moral government is still in operation. The Psalmist represents the ideal of the Church, were she liberated from all obstructions, and permitted to exert her benignant influence upon society. It is as true now as it ever was: 'Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.' The virtues which Christianity calls into existence are, of all others, the best adapted to develop the resources and greatness of a community. They foster temperance and industry; and thus provide abundance, and health, and longevity. more

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