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receive; cast your burden, cast yourself upon him, and he will sustain you. Fear not, for he is with you; be not dismayed, for he is your God; he will strengthen you; yea, he will help you; yea, he will uphold you with the right hand of his righteousness.* These things will he do unto you, and will

never forsake you.

"Why should I doubt his love at last,

With anxious thoughts perplexed?

Who saved me in the troubles past

Will save me in the next.
Will save-till at my latest hour,
With more than conquest blest,
I soar beyond temptation's power,
And enter into rest."

"Thou hast taught me from my youth: and hither to have I declared thy wondrous works. Now also when I am old and gray-headed, O God, forsake me not." Psa. lxxi. 17, 18.

"Thou hast taught me from my youth." How encouraging it is to look back to our early life, and recognize the goodness of God in its varied events! He was our Guide, our Instructor, our Father. He restrained us from evil; counselled us in difficulty; directed us in uncertainty; preserved us through

* Isa. xli. 10.

danger. All the knowledge which we have gained of his character, of his will, of ourselves, of futurity, he has communicated to us. And how gradual, how wise, how gentle are his teachings! How patiently has he borne with our ignorance and forgetfulness! how tenderly has he imparted his most difficult lessons! And though we have been dull and wayward scholars, though we have not profited as we might have done by his Divine instructions, yet we know, if we are disciples of Christ, that we have so learned of him as to find rest unto our souls. We have learned to rely upon his strength, to depend upon his faithfulness, to trust in his righteousness.

"And hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works." Grateful for his favours towards us, we have striven to live to his praise and show forth his glory. It has been our aim to communicate to others the knowledge which we have received. We have spoken of his goodness to those around us. We have not been ashamed of his gospel, nor indifferent to his honour.

"Now also when I am old and gray-headed, O God, forsake me not." "Those who have been taught of God from their youth, and have made it the business of their lives to serve and honour him, may be sure that he will not leave them when they are old and

gray-headed: he is not a Master that is wont to cast

off old servants."

"In early years thou wast my guide,

And of my youth the friend;

And as my days began with thee,

With thee my days shall end."

"And even to your old age I am He; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you." Isa. xlvi. 4.

Ah, Christian, here is ground for your confidence in God. You have his promise that he will be with you in your old age, to support you under its infirmities, and therefore you are cheerful and tranquil. Listen to the testimony of an aged pilgrim: "What a comfort it is, as we get old and feeble, and friends drop off one after another, to remember that our God does not change! He says to us, 'I am he;' the same that I ever was; 'I am he;' the Lord who preserved and guided you from your infancy; 'I am he:' all that I have promised to be to you, all that you can possibly need. 'And even to hoar hairs will I carry you.' What tender and expressive language! How can we help trusting in such a mighty and loving Friend? Whether we look at the present or the future, there is no room for fear. Those who can walk have his rod and staff to help and comfort them; and those who cannot walk find that his ever

lasting arms are beneath them, and that they are borne safely onwards. We are like children, who, when they are weak and tired, are carried in a father's arms, and lifted over difficulty and danger."

"Fear not, I am with thee; oh, be not dismayed!

I, I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;

I'll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.

E'en down to old age all my people shall prove
My sovereign, eternal, unchangeable love;

And when hoary hairs shall their temples adorn,

In the arms of my mercy they still shall be borne."

"The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness." Prov. xvi. 31.

Old age is honourable, and commands respect. "Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man."* But we cannot expect to receive true and lasting deference from others unless our character is calculated to win their esteem. Superiority in age should be combined with superiority in excellence. Multitude of years should teach wisdom. "The hoary head is a crown of glory, if" -mark that "if it be found in the way of righteousness." If it be found in the way of wickedness, its honour is forfeited, its crown profaned and laid in

* Lev. xix. 32.

the dust. How is it with you, reader? Are you sanctified through faith in Christ? are you "walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless ?"* Oh, how lovely and dignified is old age when marked by piety and consistency!

"When piety adorns declining years,

The hoary head a glorious crown appears;
A dignity no earthly rank bestows

Marks the believer then; and sweet repose

Is stamped upon his features; all who gaze
Revere his person, and his virtues praise."

"Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil." Heb. vi. 19.

A vessel was driving ashore. Her anchors were gone, and she refused to obey the helm. A few moments more and she would strike. If any should be saved, they must be tossed by the waves on the beach. In the midst of the general consternation there was one person quite calm. He had done all that a man could do to prepare for the worst when the wreck was inevitable; and now that death was apparently near he was quietly waiting the event. A friend of his asked the reason of his calmness in the midst of danger so imminent :

* Luke i. 6.

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