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rit of God departs also from him. His foul droops in melancholy dejection, or raves with tumultuous frenzy. His courtiers have recourse to an expedient, innocent at least, if not fully efficacious, to allay the tempest of his passions. They call in the assistance of music—they fly for aid to the harp of the son of Jeffe.

David, from the time of his consecration, had lived in the same peaceful retirement as before his only care, his only ambition was to promote the welfare of his flock. But the wisdom of God finds occasion to bring him on that theatre, where he was to shine with unrivalled lustre. However he is neglected by his brethren, the acts of his youthful prowess against the tyrants of the defart are rehearsed the fame of his virtues and accomplishments is not buried in obfcurity. That skill, which had for its object no more than the innocent recreation of a pastoral life, shall

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now introduce him into the presence of his afflicted sovereign.

Doubtless the father of David noted these things, and pondered them in his heart. He could not but behold the wonderful interposition of divine providence, by which the youth, who was brought from the field to be anointed, was summoned thence as unexpectedly to the palace of Saul. Now he perceived, that God was preparing for the accomplishment of His promise ; and he awaited the issue in joyful expectation.

No sooner is David in the presence of Saul, than he obtains the royal favour. The Giver of all graces has ordained, that even wicked men should honour the virtues which they will not imitate. The harp of David chases away the melancholy of his lord--the psalms which he sung to it foothe his frantic despair. To this day their efficacy is undiminished. Our hymns and spiritual songs

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are adverse to the powers of darkness, and rejoice the blessed angels of heaven, who sing their hallelujahs in the choir of glory. “ It came to pass, when the evil spirit was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand ; and Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.'

XXVIII.

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XXVIII.

DAVID AND GOLIATH.

THE harp of David has chased the evil spirit from Saul-and the youth has again leisure to retire to Bethlehem. 'The fplendour of a court is less dear to him, than the folitudes of the wilderderness. A good heart frames itself to all conditions, and however outward circumstances vary, is still the same. Worldly minds rise without difficulty, but cannot descend from their elevation with patience, or with safety.

There he remains amidst his flocks, till God calls him into the field of battle. Forty days had Goliath defied the armies of Israel. Where was the courage

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of him, who once new his thousands ? --of him, who once indignantly asked, « What aileth the people, that they

weep?”—of him, whose own gigantic stature made him no unequal competitor to the Philistine? The spirit of God is the spirit of fortitude of that Saul's disobedience had deprived him it was transferred, with the prophet's blessing, to his rival.

SCARCELY has David faluted his bre. thren, when the proud champion steps forward before his troops, and renews his infolent challenge against Israel. David sees him-hears his defiance and wonders that all faces turn pale at his approach. The youth is filled with shame and amazement at the pufillanimity of his countrymen-who, while they fly from Goliath, speak, of the reward, which should be consequent on a victory they dare not undertake. Alas, how many, who yield themselves an easy

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