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Chapter XIV.—That Out of the Children of the Night and of the Darkness, Children of the Light and of the Day are Made.

15. And so say I too, O my God, where art Thou? Behold where Thou art! In Thee I breathe a little, when I pour out my soul by myself in the voice of joy and praise, the sound of him that keeps holy-day.12411241    Ibid. ver. 4. And yet it is “cast down,” because it relapses and becomes a deep, or rather it feels that it is still a deep. Unto it doth my faith speak which Thou hast kindled to enlighten my feet in the night, “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God;”12421242    Ibid. ver. 5. His “word is a lamp unto my feet.”12431243    Ps. cxix. 105. Hope and endure until the night,—the mother of the wicked,—until the anger of the Lord be overpast,12441244    Job xiv. 13. whereof we also were once children who were sometimes darkness,12451245    Eph. ii. 3, and v. 8. the remains whereof we carry about us in our body, dead on account of sin,12461246    Rom. viii. 10. “until the day break and the shadows flee away.”12471247    Cant. ii. 17. “Hope thou in the Lord.” In the morning I shall stand in Thy presence, and contemplate Thee;12481248    Ps. v. 3. I shall for ever confess unto Thee.12491249    Ps. xxx. 12. In the morning I shall stand in Thy presence, and shall see “the health of my countenance,”12501250    Ps. xliii. 5. my God, who also shall quicken our mortal bodies by the Spirit that dwelleth in us,12511251    Rom. viii. 11. because in mercy He was borne over our inner darksome and floating deep. Whence we have in this pilgrimage received “an earnest”12521252    2 Cor. i. 22. that we should now be light, whilst as yet we “are saved by hope,”12531253    Rom. viii. 24. and are the children of light, and the children of the day,—not the children of the night nor of the darkness,12541254    Though of the light, we are not yet in the light; and though, in this grey dawn of the coming day, we have a foretaste of the vision that shall be, we cannot hope, as he says in Ps. v. 4, to “see Him as He is” until the darkness of sin be overpast. which yet we have been.12551255    Eph. v. 8, and 1 Thess. v. 5. Betwixt whom and us, in this as yet uncertain state of human knowledge, Thou only dividest, who provest our hearts12561256    Ps. vii. 9. and callest the light day, and the darkness night.12571257    Gen. i. 5. For who discerneth us but Thou? But what have we that we have not received of Thee?12581258    1 Cor. iv. 7. Out of the same lump vessels unto honour, of which others also are made to dishonour.12591259    Rom. ix. 21.


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