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above, should turn unto God. Remember Solomon's advice : “ Boast not thyself of to-morrow ; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” (Prov. xxvii. 1.) Awake, I beseech you, to the many dangers which surround you, before it be too late. Arise, call upon your God, if so be that God will
ye perish not.”
think upon you,
“Come, ye sinners, poor and wretched,
This is your accepted hour ;
Full of pity, love, and power :
“ Come, ye weary, heavy-laden,
Lost and ruined by the fall !
You will never come at all :
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THE OMNIPRESENCE OF GOD.
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“He smiles in heav'n; He frowns in hell ;
He fills the air, the earth, the sea :
I cannot from His anger flee.
“ Yet I may flee,-He shows me where;
Tells me to Jesus Christ to fly;
There's only mercy in His eye.”
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"The eye of God! Think of that. Every where, in every house, in every field, in every room, in every company,-alone or in a crowd,--the eye of God is always upon you. The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good,' (Prov. xv. 3,) and they are eyes that read hearts as well as actions.
Young men, I ask you all to read Psalm cxxxix. when you go home. I advise you all to learn it by heart. Make it the test of all your dealings in this world's business : say to yourselves often, 'Do I remember that God sees me?'
Never spend your time in such a way that you would not like to have God say, “What art thou doing?'”–Ryle's Sermon to Young Men, p. 57.
THE OMNIPRESENCE OF GOD,
“Whither shall I go from thy Spirit ? or whither shall I flee from thy presence ? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.”—Ps. cxxxix. 7—10.
It is evident that this psalm was composed at a time when David was persecuted and calumniated by his enemies ; and that his distress of mind was unusually severe. Yet observe, his sorrow did not assume the character of despair. On what, then, did he found his hope? Where did he repose his grief? Whence did he draw comfort to his soul in this season of deep affliction ? It was on the fixed belief that the God whom he loved and served was every where, “beholding the evil and the good;" that in vain will man seek a spot in the whole creation, where the Divine protection is not felt, or whither the Divine anger does not follow; that heaven is the seat of God's glory ; that this world, in all its wide extent, is the scene of His providence; and that even hell (i.e., the grave) must at His command give up its dead, and is under His absolute control. Thus did the Psalmist declare his belief in God's
omnipresence. And this doctrine is as clearly taught in other parts of Scripture. For example, we read in the Proverbs of Solomon, “Hell and destruction are before the Lord ; how much more then the hearts of the children of men ?” (xv. 11.) Jeremiah asks whether any man can hide himself in secret places that God shall not see him ; adding, not I fill heaven and earth ? saith the Lord.” (xxiii. 24.) And St. Paul declares that “neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight; but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” (Heb. iv. 13.) Conceiving it unnecessary to multiply passages of similar import, I merely remind you of that encouraging promise given to the faithful of every age and nation, that “where two or three are gathered together" to worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness, there, in the midst of them, is the Saviour of the world, to hear and answer their supplications.
In addition to these most convincing proofs from the Word of God, reason tells us that the Ruler of the universe, whatever other attributes He may possess, sees all things, and is in every place ; for, as David did, I may appeal to His works,-I may appeal to nature as a testimony that the Author of nature is omnipresent. (Ps. xciv. 8—10.) Yes; the wonders and harmony of creation, from the meanest insect to man, God's noblest work, even were there no revelation upon the subject, prove, beyond all controversy, the universal presence, as well as the