The Threshold Grace eBook

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When it emerges and men behold it, they behold the face of truth; and if it emerges not, it is still there, the fundamental fact and the vital issue of human life.  To dwell in the Divine Presence by faith and obedience; to live so near to God that you can see all about yourself and every human soul the real means of life, and straight before you the real end of life; to know that though so often the worst is man’s dark choice, yet ever the best is his true heritage; and to learn to interpret the whole of life in the terms of God’s saving purpose,—­this is to behold the beauty of the Lord.

And to inquire in His temple. The Psalmist desired for himself an inward attitude before God that should not only reveal unto him the eternal fitness of all God’s ways and the eternal grace of all His purposes, but should also put him in the way of solving the various problems that arise to try the wisdom and strength of men’s lives.  Sometimes the first court of appeal in life, and always the last, is the temple court.  When all the world is dumb, a voice speaks to them that worship.  Reverential love never loses its bearings.  In this world we need personal and social guidance, and there must be many times when both shall be wanting unless we have learned to carry the burden of our ignorance to the feet of the Eternal Wisdom.  And perhaps a man can desire no better thing for himself than that the reverence and devotion of his life should be such as to make the appeal to God’s perfect arbitrament an easy thing.

IV.

EYES AND FEET

  Mine eyes are ever toward the Lord,
  For He shall pluck my feet out of the net.

  Ps. xxv. 15.

In any man’s life a great deal depends upon outlook.  In some ways we recognize this fact.  We do not by choice live in a house whose windows front a blank wall.  A little patch of green grass, a tree, a peep of sky, or even the traffic of a busy street—­anything rather than a blank wall.  That is a sound instinct, but it ought to go deeper than it sometimes does.  This outlook and aspect question is important when you are building a house, but it is vastly more important when you are building a character.  The soul has eyes.  The deadliest monotony is that of a dull soul.  Life is a poor affair for any man who looks out upon the blind walls of earthly circumstance and necessity, and cannot see from his soul’s dwelling-place the pink flush of the dawn that men call hope, and who has no garden where he may grow the blossoms of faith and sweet memory, the fair flowers of holy human trusts and fellowships.  Only the divinity of life can deliver us from the monotony of living.  ‘Mine eyes are ever toward the Lord.’  This man has an infinite outlook.  It matters not whether he looked out through palace windows or lived in the meanest house in Jerusalem’s city.  It is the eye that makes the view.  This man had a fairer

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