Restore to me the joy of your salvation; and uphold me with your free spirit.
I. THE JOY OF A SUFFICIENT AND FINAL ANSWER TO THE SELF-UPBRAIDING OF A GUILTY SOUL. "I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord," etc. (Romans 7:25; Romans 8:1-4, 33-39). The burden falls off; the darkness is chased by dawn.
II. THE JOY OF A PORTION WHICH SATISFIES THE HEART'S LARGEST CONCEPTIONS AND DESIRES.
III. THE JOY OF AN ANSWER TO ALL THE DIFFICULTIES AND PERPLEXITIES WHICH BESET THE SPIRIT AND THE INTELLECT IN THEIR PROGRESS. "I know whom I have believed."
IV. THE JOY OF HAVING THE KEY TO ALL THE MYSTERIOUS WAYS OF PROVIDENCE IN THE WORLD.
V. THE JOY OF VICTORY OVER DEATH.
VI. THE JOY OF LIVING UNION WITH GOD, WITH CHRIST, WITH ALL LIVING AND BLESSED BEINGS, ETERNALLY.
(J. B. Brown, B. A.)
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