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weight, even for a moment, we should return to a less exalted station with joy and thankfulness.

GOLIATH, armed with his sword, and shield, and spear, advances into the field. When David appears in the lists with such an adversary, the eyes of Israel and of the Philistines are fastened on him. His countrymen behold him with anxiety, and compassion. “ Alas, is that

stripling to contend against so mighty

a foe? Is he fent unarmed to such a “ a contest? Is the honour of Israel en« trusted to such hands as these?” The Philistines, especially their champion, look on him with the utmost scorn and insult. “ Am I a dog, that thou comest

against me with staves ? Come hi" ther, and I will give thy felh to the " fowls of the heaven, and to the beasts co of the field.”

PresumPTION is both the presage, and the cause of ruin. An avenging God,

by by the arm of David, shall bring to nought the arrogance of the unbelievers. Goliath shall learn too late, how formidable that enemy is, who goeth forth in the strength of the LORD God—who abideth under the shadow of the Almighty. David runs toward the Philistine, and, full of the hopes of victory, directs the stone against his vast forehead. GOD was not unmindful of his servant. He shewed strength with his arm-He cast down the proud in the imagination of his heart. There lies the great defier of Israel, gafping in the pangs of death, and biting the earth with shame and indignation, that he falls by the hand of a shepherd. So shall all thine · adversaries perish, O LORD!

O Thou, who canft arm the weak against the mighty, wherefore should we be afraid of man, that shall die, and the son of man, who shall be as grass, and forget thee, our refuge and strength, our


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present help in trouble? Wherefore should we fear in the day of adversity, because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy? Thou, even thou art He, that comforteth, defendeth, fighteth for us--and where is the fury of the oppressor?

THOU turneft the face of the wicked against themselves—thou makest thine enemies the instruments of their own destruction. The sword of Goliath, in the hand of David, avenges the honour of God, and brings victory and glory to Ifrael.

When the generations of men fled away in terrour from the powers of darkness, thou, O Saviour, didst undertake our cause alone-thou, O Son of David, by thy death destroying death, didft overcome the enemy with his own weapons. Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ-he hath


ransomed us he hath delivered us from the

grave. He is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God-angels, and authorities, and powers being made subject unto him.

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WHAT a striking difference do we behold in the fate of individuals, and of nations, as it pleases the divine justice to prosper, or to punish! When the Philiftines fet themselves in array against God, a stripling can be the occasion of their discomfiture—when they fight the Lord's battles, by arming against sacrilegious tyranny, the presence of a powerful monarch, or even of the ark itself, gives no fecurity to Ifrael. Then “ the Lord breaketh in pieces the staff of the ungodly, and the sceptre of the rulers. The man, who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, the op


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