Moments on the mount; devotional meditations

 
9780217788939: Moments on the mount; devotional meditations

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ... CVIII. SPIRITUAL FEARLESSNESS. "For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God."--Job xxii. 26. To lift up the face unto God is a beautiful image; it is the symbol of perfect confidence. We say in common language, when we wish to describe a man of bad conscience, that he cannot look us in the face. Such is in substance the thought here revealed. It is suggested that the bad conscience keeps the head downward towards the earth, prevents the man from gazing up even in his acts of prayer into the face of his Father. There is something sublimely beautiful in these words of the Master where He says of little children, "Their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven." It is the expression of fearless confidence. In Eastern lands it was only the few who were allowed to stand in the presence of the king, to gaze into the face of royalty. In the presence of the King of kings it is the little children that stand, it is the spirit of childhood that lifts up its face to God. There is no crouching, there is no timidity, there is no covering of the eyes in an attitude of servile fear; there is that beautiful boldness before the throne of the Heavenly grace which the childlike heart alone can feel; there is the lifting up of the eyes to God. My soul, hast thou reached this glorious attitude of the childlike heart? hast thou attained to that perfect love which casteth out fear? Has thy religion become to thee anything more than a task, an ordeal, a daily and nightly penance which must somehow be got through, and which thou beginnest for the sake of getting through? Hast thou never risen from thine ashes in thy moments of prayer? have thy prayers never taken any form but that of abject servility?...

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