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The Faithful Promiser by John Ross Macduff

8TH DAY. Reviving Grace.

|He is Faithful that Promised.|

|They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint.| -- ISAIAH xl.31.

Reviving Grace.

|Wilt thou not revive us, O Lord?| My soul! art thou conscious of thy declining state? Is thy walk less with God, thy frame less heavenly? Hast thou less conscious nearness to the mercy-seat, -- diminished communion with thy Saviour? Is prayer less a privilege than it has been? -- the pulsations of spiritual life more languid, and fitful, and spasmodic? -- the bread of life less relished? -- the seen, and the temporal, and the tangible, displacing the unseen and eternal? Art thou sinking down into this state of drowsy self-contentment, this conformity-life with the world, forfeiting all the happiness of true religion, and risking and endangering the better life to come? Arise! call upon thy God! |Wilt thou not revive us, O Lord?| He might have returned nothing but the withering repulse, |How often would I have gathered thee; but thou wouldst not!| |Ephraim is joined to his idols; let him alone!| But |in wrath He remembers mercy.| |They shall revive as the corn.| |The mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.| How and where is reviving grace to be found? He gives thee, in this precious promise, the key. It is on thy bended knees -- by a return to thy deserted and unfrequented chamber! |They that wait upon the Lord!| |Wait on the Lord; be of good cheer, and He shall strengthen thine heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!|


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