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JANUARY 13.

'His heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord."-Ps. cxii. 7. THE heart of a man is not sufficient for self-support, therefore naturally it seeks out some other thing to lean and rest itself on. The unhappiness is, for the most part, that it seeks to things below itself: and these, being so mean and so uncertain, cannot be a firm and certain stay to it. These things are not fixed themselves, how can they fix the heart? The believer only hath this advantage; he hath a rest high enough and sure enough, out of the reach of all hazards. "His heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord." The basis of this happiness is, He trusteth in the Lord. So the heart is fixed; and so fixed, it fears no ill tidings. This trust is grounded on the Word of God, revealing the power and all-sufficiency of God, and withal, His goodness, His offer of Himself to be the stay of souls, commanding us to rest upon Him. O, the sweet calm of such a soul amidst all storms; thus once trusting and fixed, then no more fear, not afraid of evil tidings, nor of any ill hearing! not troubled before trouble with dark and dismal apprehensions, but satisfied in a quiet unmoved expectation of the hardest things. "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee." Isa. xxvi. 3.-Archbishop Leighton.

O for a closer walk with God,

A calm and heavenly frame,
A light to shine upon the road

That leads me to the Lamb.
The dearest idol I have known,
Whate'er that idol be,

Help me to tear it from Thy throne,
And worship only Thee.

JANUARY 2.

"Redeeming the time."-EPH. V. 16.

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You are entering upon another year, and are pleased
with its opening prospects. You say, perhaps, my
health is good, my day is bright; and you presume it
will never be night. But remember there are only
twelve hours in the day. While you are young, I call
upon you to regard "the day-spring from on high
to behold "the Sun of Righteousness;" then, what-
ever occurs, you will be able to say with David,
"God hath made with me an everlasting covenant,
ordered in all things and sure; and this is all my
salvation, and all my desire." I call upon you, while
in the prime of life, to own this. Judge of things by
this light, for it is the only true light. Lean not to
your own understanding; call things as God calls
them; and then you will be right. Take care of the
ignis-fatuus, a fire which, as in nature so in morals,
arises from a bog. In the twelfth chapter of St. John
you see a consequence: "Yet a little while is the
light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest
darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in
darkness, knoweth not whither he goeth." The wise
men followed the star, and it brought them to the
place where the young child lay.
If you are led by
true wisdom, it always leads to Jesus.-R. Cecil.

Thou Who didst come to bring
On Thy redeeming wing
Healing and light,

Health to the sick in mind,
Sight to the inly blind,
O, now to all mankind

Let there be light.

JANUARY 15.

"Who may stand in Thy sight.”—Ps. lxxvi. 7.

WHERESOEVER I am, or whatsoever I am doing, I must still consider the Eye of the Great God as directly intent upon me, viewing and observing all my thoughts, words, and actions, and writing them down in the book of His remembrance; and that all these, unless they be washed out with the tears of repentance, and crossed with the blood of my crucified Saviour, must still remain on record, and be brought into judgment against me at the Great Day. That therefore I may always behave myself as in His presence, it behoves me thoroughly to consider, and be persuaded, not only that my outward man, but even also the secret thoughts, the inward motions and retirements of my soul, all the several windings and turnings of my heart, are exactly known and manifest, as anatomized before Him. He knows what I am now thinking and doing, as well as I do myself; yea, He sees every word whilst it is in my heart, before it be brought forth. He knows all the resolutions I have made, and how often, poor creature! I have broken them already, since I made them. May these thoughts be accompanied with such happy effects, that I may live with God upon earth, and so love and fear His presence in this world, that I may for ever enjoy His glory in the next.—Bishop Beveridge.

Could I mount on the wings of the morning away,
To caves of the ocean, unseen by the day,
And hide in the uttermost parts of the sea,

I should there still be living and moving in Thee.

JANUARY 4.

"The heavens declare the glory of God."-Ps. xix. 1.

Is it a fine thing to build one's self splendid houses, to have many servants, to lie and gaze at a gilded roof? Why then, assuredly, it is superfluous and unprofitable. For other buildings there are, far brighter and more majestic than these. Wilt thou see the fairest of roofs? At eventide look upon the starred heaven. "But," saith some one, "this roof is not mine." Yet in truth this is more thine than that other. For thee it was made, and is common to thee and to thy brethren; the other is not thine, but theirs, who after thy death inherit it. The one may do thee the greatest service, guiding thee by its beauty to its Creator; the other, the greatest harm, becoming thy accuser at the Day of Judgment, inasmuch as it is covered with gold, while Christ hath not even needful raiment. Let us not be subject to such folly; let us not pursue things which flee away, and flee those which endure; let us not betray our own salvation, but hold fast to our hope of what shall be hereafter; the aged, as certainly knowing that but a little space of life is left them; the young, as well persuaded that what is left is not much-let all instruct one another to desire those things which are to come; through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. St. Chrysostom.

O! may the heavenly vision fire
Our hearts with ardent love,
Till wings of faith and strong desire
Bear every thought above.

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