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different light, and we must care- derstand clearly their lower sense fully read both before we can —that relating to David—the better rightly estimate what he said and shall we be able to see how they did just then. In the Book of point to One far greater than David; Samuel we have the dark side of just in the same way as he who is the question : the man whom well grounded in the earthly or though but a shepherd—God had literal meaning of a parable will chosen to be a king, ungratefully (all other things being equal) be distrusts him in the hour of danger, far more likely to bring out fully and stoops to deceit in order to its heavenly meaning than he who save his life. Now, though this is has paid but little attention to its the truth, it is but half the truth; Eastern imagery and its allusions the other half is given us in the to Eastern customs. More on this 31th Psalm, penned just after his subject hereafter; but we must now deliverance from the Philistines. notice a second difficulty. I shall Here he not only heartily thanks have occasion to allude to many of God for his deliverance, but shows the Psalms. How can we tell, in great dependence on him and great any given case, whether or not the confidence in his protection. We Psalm was penned by David ? In can only reconcile the seeming dis- many ways. The titles of the crepancy by bearing in mind the Psalms are here of great service peculiar circumstances of the case, to us; some of them may be inand the naturally impulsive cha correct, but to reject on such racter of David : these might mis grounds the whole mass, would be lead him in a moment of danger, as absurd as to reject every shilling and betray him into sins of sur paid over the counter because you prise, but could not destroy his know there are bad shillings in cirlove towards God or his general con culation. Without wearying the fidence in his mercy and protection. reader with a long controversy, I For, as Tennyson writes
may remark that its results are
well summed up by Dr. Angus“The sin which passion burns into the
“ The titles may be accepted except blood, And not the one dark hour which brings when they disagree with the conremorse,
tents of the Psalms."* But there are other ways of testing whether
any given Psalm was penned by There were too many of these “dark
David. Does it contain his own hours" in Dayid's life; but, as a
peculiar experiences, and are these rule, when he fell he soon rose
expressed in his own style and chaagain. Affliction might drive or
racteristic phrases ? When these bend him out of his usual course,
questions can be answered satisbut before long he sprang back to
factorily we need not scruple to his old position.
accept the title. While, however, the subject be
On two points the Psalms cast fore us is (especially to ministers
light upon the early life of and Sunday-school teachers) of
David. First of all," upon the great interest and importance, it is
way in which he spent his boynot without its difficulties. Where
hood. Boaz, his ancestor, was Davia's Psalms are prophetic, they
a wealthy man, and the Rev. E. receive their full accomplishment
Wilton tries to show that Jesse in Christ and the extension of his
was also well off, though, to be kingdom; and it requires all the
sure, his wealth did not lie much in skill of the interpreter to bring out
sheep. To my mind, Ps. lxxviii. their double meaning, so that they
70, 71, upsets this view, for it shows shall be made to apply without
that Jesse's youngest son, while a constraint both to Christ and to David. Yet, when once we un
* Dr. Angus's “ Bible Handbook." * I speak only of those that have a + Journal of Sacred Literature Oct., double sense.
For ever stamps us of whose fold we
distress and pain, it is true, but of earnest, and benevolent Christicomfort and happiness also." If anity. Such is the supreme desire sentences ill-constructed and un- of the author. We are glad of the grammatical like these were only appearance of this volume of serfew and occasional, we should not mons from our venerable brother have noticed them; but such sen- in the gospel, “The higher aim" tences are plentifully scattered over which he avows as his reason for the book, and as the writer of these publishing them will, we are sure, sentences advertises at the end of be reached wherever the sermons the volume eleven other literary are read, for they do decidedly tend productions, we think it is about to“ promote sound doctrine and a time somebody pointed out his healthy, earnest, and benevolent errors and advised greater careful Christianity." We sincerely wish ness in the construction of his for the volume an extensive circusentences for the future.
lation. MISSIONARY ENTERPRISE NO STRANGE FOOTSTEPS, or Thoughts FICTION : a Tale founded on Facts on the Providence of God. IllusElliot Stock. 12mo, 203 pp. Of trated by incidents new and old. this work we can only say, we By Revs. C. & H. KENDALL Lonwould rather have had the facts don: George Lamb. 12mo, 300 pp. without the tale.
-This is a readable book, rather THE GOSPEL CHURCH, delineated of the sensational kind, dealing from the New Testament, in largely as it does in “visions and its Constitution, Worship, Order, revelations.” Some of its positions Ministers and Ministrations: an are open to question, but on the exhibition in detail of the special whole it will encourage God's people privileges and authorized duties of
to trust in him, and be calm and Christian fellowship. By HENRY
hopeful in all their trials. It is WEBB. Simpkin, Marshall, & Co. never dull; the style is fresh and 8vo, 294 pp.- A weary, wandering
lively, and the “incidents” are dissertation on a church which, striking. Few readers will desire according to the author's notion, is to lay it down till they have read .60 a brotherhood of mutual instruc
it through; the fourth chapter tors," who are to “break bread," might have been omitted, as in no manage finance, hire rooms and way directly connected with the the like for service, and, without main object of the book. appointed ministers, are to teach THE METHODIST QUARTERLY for one another the right way. We
June, 1871.- This is a good num
June 1871. This frankly confess that we do not find
ber, above the average in merit. such a church organization in the
The articles are vigorous, fresh, New Testament, and we have no and readable. They comprise idea of joining such.
“Resurrection of the Dead,” we preDISCOURSES ILLUSTRATIVE OF sume by the editor, concerning SACRED TRUTHS. By W. COOKE, which there may be some difference D.D. Price 58. 6d. Hamilton, of opinion as to the positions taken; Adams, & Co., and H. Webber. but it is well written, and gives us --There are nineteen of these dis- the most recent results of theocourses in the present volume. The logical thought in England upon author says, in a prefatory note, the subject. Mr. Scott's article on that they have for the most part “Our English Bible" is clear, fresh, been preached on special occasions and interesting, and will be read Often and urgently has the author with pleasure. “Notes on North been requested to publish them in China," “Lancashire Nonconforone volume. A higher aim, how- mity," " The Government and the ever, than the gratification of Liquor Traffic," and Notices of friends, is the desire to establish Books, comprise the other items in God's people in the faith, to pro the list, and the whole are creditmote sound doctrine and a healthy, able to the writers.
two great works. In the first place, by God's aid, she forms in her own heart Christian virtues which will not only fit her for usefulness on earth, but will flourish for ever in heaven; in the next, when she has led her child to the Saviour's feet, the same virtues are found in his heart also. Thus her work lives for ever in a double sense--lives in herself and in her child. Such is God's appointed way of blessing and reviving the Church, and in this way must we walk if we would see the Connexion all that we could wish it to be. S.
mere youth, was forced to follow a menial employment; he was, in fact, no mere general overseer, but a working shepherd. “He chose David also his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds : from following the ewes great with young." The whole tenor of the passage seems to show that this was his usual occupation. Now this fact reads us a useful moral lesson, one that may bring encouragement to many who greatly need it. If God designs a man for eminent usefulness, it matters little what is his calling or in what sphere he moves ; God can make use of any calling or any sphere to fit him for his future work. Another fact taught us in the Psalms, but taught nowhere else, is that David's mother was a pious woman; such, at least, is a fair inference from Ps. lxxxvi. 16, where he prays," turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give the strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid.” It may indeed be urged that she, like every other woman, was God's “ handmaid” by creation, but unless she had also been his “ handmaid” through grace David would never have asked God to show him mercy for her sake. This view also gains support from Ps. cxvi. 16, if, with Drs. Kitto and Barth, we ascribe the Psalm to David. It is remarkable in how many cases the great men of the Church have, like David himself, had pious mothers. We are told that the great want of the Church just now is a number of burning and shining lights ;* well, if so, she has only to train first-rate Christian mothers, and her end will be soon gained. If the responsibility of the Christian mother is great, great also is her reward. The artist who produces a splendid painting or statue, the arcbitect who gives us a splendid building, each of these may gain great applause from the world, but, after all, his work will “ perish in the using." Very different is the case of the faithful Christian mother; she spends her strength in doing
* Rev. W. Arthur.
“CHEER HIM!” In one of our large cities a fire broke out in a lofty dwelling. It was near midnight, and the flames had made headway before they were discovered. The fire companies rallied, but the smoke had become so thick that the outlines of the house were scarcely visible, and the fiery element was raging with fearful power, when a piercing cry thrilled all hearts as they learned that there was one person yet unsaved within the building. In a moment a ladder was swung through the flames and planted against the heated walls, and a brave fireman rushed up its rounds to the rescue.
Overcome by the smoke, and perhaps daunted by the hissing flames before him, he halted, and seemed to hesitate. It was an awful scene. A life hung in the balance, and each moment was an age.
“Cheer him!” shouted a voice from the crowd, and a wild "hurrah !” burst like a tempest from the beholding multitude. "That cheer did the work, and the brave fireman did the went upward amid smoke and flame, and in a monent descended with the rescued one in his arms.
Friend, brother, when you see & brave soul battling with temptation, struggling under the cross, rushing forward to rescue dying men, and yet faltering in an hour of weakness or a moment of peril, then “cheer him!” And as a
pebble's fall may change a river's course, so your words of sympathetic kindness may uplift a drooping heart, and fix its faltering purpose for a noble life.
THE BOTTLE OF OIL. An old gentleman occupied a large house. He had a number of servants, and apparently every comfort that could be desired. But he was naturally peevish ; and when things went amiss he became cross, and often flew into a passion. At last his servants left him. Quite out of temper, he went to a neighbour with the story of his distresses.
“It seems to me,” said the neighbour, “it would be well for you to oil yourself a little.”
“To oil myself !”
“Yes. I will explain. Some time ago one of the doors in my
house creaked. Nobody liked to go in or out by it. One day I oiled its hinges, and it has been constantly used by everybody since."
" Then you think I am like your creaking door,” cried the old gentleman. “How! do you want me to oil myself ?”
“That's an easy matter,” said the neighbour. Go home and engage a servant, and when he does right praise him. If, on the comtrary, he does something amiss, do not be cross; oil your voice and words with the oil of love."
The old gentleman went home, and no harsh or ugly word was heard in his house afterwards. Every family should have a bottle of this precious oil, for every family is liable to a creaking hinge, in the shape of a fretful disposition, a cross temper, a harsh tone, or a faultfinding spirit.
BOOK NOTICES. SUNBEAMS IN SORROW. Recollec- pied his enforced leisure by sending tions and Remains of Helena Love. forth these sermons. We cannot day Cocks. By her Father. Lon. say that they transcend mediocrity. don : Elliot Stock. 16mo, 176 pp. The thinking is often loose, and - This little book contains recollec the style is in many instances harsh, tions and remains of a precocious and the sentences incorrect; for and saintly daughter, whose charac instance, in the sermon on the Law ter we do not wonder that her father Hill Colliery calamity, in which should wish to be known and con twenty-seven workmen lost their templated by others outside her lives, speaking of the seriousness family circle. It is given to few of death the author says, “ But if parents to have such a child, and this is the case relative to one on we are sure that the contemplation his bed, surrounded with friends, of her sweet life, and her literary and all the soothing attention of remains, will refresh and guide friendship, what must it be in the many young disciples who, through death of twenty-seven, as by this this volume, may become acquainted calamity it has been the case ?” with her character.
And again, p. 108, “ Truth is sold
in a hundred ways, little thought of THINGS NEW AND OLD RELATIVE and known by the public eye and TO LIFE, being Sermons on different the innocent gaze." We did not Subjects. By T. H. London: know previously that “the public Hodder & Stoughton. 16mo, 342 eye and the innocent gaze" thought pp.-The author of these sermons at all. And again, p. 137, “Life was silenced by the Wesleyan Con- is different and superior from an ference for something he had said inert body, in the power of conabout class-meetings. He has occu- sciousness. It is competent of