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"Ip Ho The "ifl i RELIGIOUS WORLD 7 I ! y v vJ - v j )' i THAT SETS SINGING. SPIRITS "lb International Sunday School Les- l or April 18 Is "The Shepherd l'. llin."-l,sjnm 23. WILLIAM T ELLIS. London I ! i r"C , i.rint shop in London I once .)( i photograph ofa remarkable :.J called "The Good Shepherd," ! have never been able to learn in ' about the original. The pic- -hws a steep hillside, covered arid briars. One whose ra- i.rnu nrociaims mm me uouu v.r.i is clamoring toilsomely .'to where a lamb is caught amid horns. The sun is setting; the v.,.n will be gone. In the sky j ;,n eatrle: and the beholder ives that if the Good Shepherd .. . . i a n, , ,t get tne lamo me uiru oi yiey More of Scripture teaching is ht into the painting than one in anv other treatment of the theme. .. ureal teaching which repre s man :us a straying sheep, and ;,.,! the Shepherd of souls, is fn ii ! in two great picture passages it: th I'.ihle. one in the Old and one in th" New Testament. The old writers, who took more time for care ( :! study of the Bible itself than we lay. were fond of pointing out trail el ism. :btless the most popular piece i attire in all human speecn is ri' ient hym of trust, which :. v to thrill forth naturally from -wft thite of the shepherd boy oti the hills of Bethlehem. Yet th It!" I" wi wn Oh, foolish SOUls! corn. My'sheep should never fPar vr- I am the Shenherd tmo The Iroraise of P ro vision. have cast all thy of the sea." sins in the depths The feet that are lifted up after stumbling are guided. God ladp We b- t' t' ill ih on fields, it bears the profound C"-ni -tions of a man who has suffered ply. and having, drunk life to the dn is returns to the childlike faith of hi boyhood. The poem sounds the ir.hersal note: .biY;th is my shepherd; I shall not want, H" fnaketh me to lie down in green pastures; He Uiideth tne beside still waters. Ho restoreth my soul: eousness for His name's sake. a. though I walk through the val 1 of the shadow of death. 1 a ill fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me. Tho i ireparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou hast anointed my head with oil; My onp runneth over. St:r!y goodness and lovintr-kindness shall follow me all the days of my life; , And I shall dwell In the house of Jehovah for ever." The Common Need, v.'hen the old prophet wrote "all like sheep have gone astray" he lou-rd no new sentiment. Every man at ill aware of himself knows his own sheep quality. His proneness to ' follow a multitude to do evil:" his tendency to lag from tested leader chip; his aptness for folly; his weak ness and defencelessness, all are borne in upon the introspective man. In his sincerest hours he is surest of hi rieed for shepherding. This deep human sense of depend ence breathes from the oldest litera ture. The comfort of the Scriptures consists in such teachings as "My times are in His hands"; "Casting all ur rare unon Him for He careth for ';"i"; "God is our refuge and strength w-y present help in trouble." VYe want n. shnhprd for our souls. never get beyond the need for otnfort of God's tender, patient Some one who is wiser than ;iro, and stronger and sufficient "ur spirits' needs, is the hunger ill hearts. Such simple songs as stir us, when the grand epics us unmoved. " is wandering sad and wreary i)"n my Saviour came to me; 'ho ways of sin grew dreary '! the world has ceased to woo me; I 1 thonrrh 1 hoard Tlim S,1V. Nh came along His way, foolish souls! come near Me: heep should never fear Me; m the Shepherd true.' W. the c-tr.-V for HC- I Oh It. At,. A- 'nh My I St I stopped to listen; voice could not deceive me' v.- His kind eye glisten. anxious to relieve me; 1 thought I heard Him say. went along His waj. lying souls! come near me. dieep should never fear Me. am the Shepherd true. une is in a croodlv ffii ne ieeas nis smnt oron navinv. t: v, oiu rsaim, ior millions of devout nwuia uirougn tnousands of years have uone so Jewish patriots in exile f V ri ion -v- r . . -. , . tient sufferers on beds of pain; hosts Of the DOOr. knowiti ir not vuViorn tKax- would get their next meal- 51 n d m nrt ern business men in a perplexity which the ancients srarrpiv VTio-r Nobody is too high or too low for the comfort of this Psalm. Tt is lttY- medicine for the soul-carking disease of civilization than anything the doc tors can prescribe. Take the little Psalm apart, and note its promises. Above and under all is the presence and power and provision and protection of the Good Shepherd, who is God over all, bless ed forever. No comfort counts that is not bed rocked on God. Much of our modern jejune optimism fails in life's real crises because it leaves God out. Reams of modern poems and epi grams and philosophy to the contrary not withstanding, man is not self-sufficient. He craves and must have a power outside of himself to help him become his best possible self. A shep herd God is the soul's surest solace. "Green pastures" are promised in the Psalm. That figure is easier for us to imagine tnan for the oriental shepherd. Sparse and dry picking is the food of most of the sheep of Bible lands. I have wondered how those in Arabia manage to exist at all. When the figure is applied we must admit that God's people, however unworthy, have had the best provision in the world. Christians own most of the earth. They possess the bulk of the wealth, they live in the best cities, and in the best homes; they have the greatest number of luxuries, and the most stable order of life. Their safety and health are far above that of non- Christian peoples. In the large, this promise has been fulfilled for God's people. The misery of our modern life is only comparative. Civilization has nothing to compare with the pov erty of Arabia, for instance. Not only may God's sheep lie down serene and in safety in green pas tures, but they are also led beside still waters, or as the Hebrew beauti fully puts it, "waters of rest." Satis faction for soul-thirst is a boon God reserves for His beloved. "All my springs are in Thee," cries the devout soul. God Himself is the refreshment of His sheep. The world's spiritual Questing, never more intense than today, fulfills itself only in God. After a Downfall. Critical reading often discerns in literature the personal experiences of the author. Back of the single line, "He restoreth my soul" we may read the word "Bathsheba." Out of the bitterness of a terrible sin that was yet forgiven, the psalmist wrote this tremendous truth. Here is the beacon of hope that flames from the cross of God's love. "Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return unto Je hovah, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon." God Is great in mercy. He has a plan for forgiving sins. No message is needed by this stumbling, sinning world more deeply than this. Dan Crawford, of Africa, one day drew out of his wallet and read to me, in that rich voice of his, these lines by an Irish factory girl: "I wilPcast in the depths of the fath omless sea, All thy sins and transgressions, what ever they be; Though they mount up to heaven, though they sink down to hell. They shall sink in the depths and above them shall swell All my waves of forgiveness, so mighty and free. I will cast all thy sins in the depths of the sea. "In the depths, in the depths, where the storm cannot come. Where its faint echo falls, like a musical hum. Where no mortal can enter, thy faults to deride. For above them forever flows love s mighty tide Of their sepulchres vast, I thy God, hold the key. I bury them there, in the depths of the sea those He loves in a plain path, do not have to irron or bbinder ward righteousness: we are eiven Shepherd s guidance. The Club With a Knob. From a shepherd boy in Gable one morning I bought his rod the same Sort of rod that is earrif-d r.ftpnfr lv far than a crook, by all shepherds in the East.and has been from earliest times. Probably the rod of Moses was like it. At one end of the stout stick is a heavy knob, cut from the root of a sapling. The shepherd's rod is a bludgeon. There is a deal of "comfort" in it. in a land of danger and violence. Now may have slain the There is safety Good Shepherd. we see how David lion and the tear. for the sheep of the The Bible frankly Sabbath was made for man. Jtnd not man for the Sabbath," of course, thai is a misuse of noble words. Clearly, the Sabbath is made for man's highest us, and not for hi. lowest: for his b :t and not his worst. The M 'str meant this day to minis ter to th- diviner nature of mun. So Christ Himself used it for deeds of helpfulness, for worship and for rest. To attempt to justify th perversion of the Sabbath into a mer- play-day by the words of Jesus is to wrest Scripture from its clear and obiou i mean inc. The physician, the economist, and the political scientist add their vuc- to the preacher's in preclaimit.,; the henwieent place and purposes of n:i day of rest in seven. The bow that is never unbent loses its power. The recognizes the fact of enemies. It pictures God as a protector as well as a provider. His presences drives out fear even when we walk through th. valley of the deep darkness. How many death-beds havee choed in these words of David the supreme comfort, "Thou art with me." Even the last great enemy loses his terrors when the Shepherd accompanies the sheep. The Overflowing Cup. Metaphors are mixed as the great song draws to its close. This is lit erature beyond the rules of rhetori cians. A master song, it breaks the restraints of literary form, that its spirit may be free. Heretofore the figure of the sheep has been preserv ed: now there is a table spread, a head anointed, a cup overflowing. No one metaphor is great enough to ex press the completeness and exhuber ance of the care of the Good Shep herd for the least of His own. So the cup of praise overflows, even as does the cup of providence. The psalm ends, in a pean of exultation, like the closing crash of all the in struments of an ochestra. surely goodness ana loving-Kmuness shall follow me all the days of my life: And I shall dwell in the house of Jehovah forever.' " field bears from turns Thr occasioiKiiiy b. fallow t hat best. The life that turns au! the day's duties regularly re to them with renewed vior. life that looks up rise. Th ui man ted to : requires one contenipla- that belon.c to 1: the riek a vines Saun- and wife keep MAKING PROVISION BEST. FOK Till Terse Comments on the Uniform Prayer Meeting Topic of the Young People's Societies -Christian En deavor, etc. For April 18: "One Day in Seven for the Highest Things." Ezek. 20:1-20. And (By William T. Ellis.) When we tarry for serious thought, amid the feverish rush of our days, we know that the most important of all concerns is the welfare of our spirits. Spiritual values are highest. In this mood we glimpse the divine economy of the Sabbath. It is the day dedicated to God and the higher life. All its observances bid us think upon eternal things. Lifting us above the fog of every day's material cares and anxieties the Sabbath opens a vista of the heights and the heaven lies. Life must be mean and sordid and burdensome to us if we deprive it of its Sabbath outlook and uplook. "A Sabbath well spent, brings a week of content." Such is the witchery of words that a single phrase may illuminate a vast theme. In two words Charles Lamb throws a shaft of light on two worlds: "Sabbathless Satan!" God has ordain ed a Sabbath, because God's other name is love. But Satan, whose name is synonymous with hate and hurt, is Sabbathless. Yea, child of suffering, thou mayest well be sure, He who ordained the Sabbath, loves the poor. Oliver Wendell Holmes. Courage, as well as conscience, is needed for the making of an idealist. No other test of character not even the sudden rush of a mighty and un expected temptation is so great as the subtle and insidious inducements to lower one's life standards. Real greatness of soul is required to hold a person up to his own noblest concep tions of living. The foes of the spirit are many and persistent. All possible reenforcements are needed to main tain the soul against their siege. Of these divine aids the Sabbath is sure ly one. It fortifies the soul to fight for its freedom. It is allied with the best in us as we war against the beast in us. The munitions of the Lord's Day are all for the conservation of man's highest qualities. "O day of rest and gladness. O day of joy and light, O balm of care and sadness, Most beautiful, most bright. On thee, the high and lowly. Through ages joined in tune. Sing, Holy, Holy, Holy, To the great God Tribune. spiritual progress day in se en dev. tion of the themes eternity. The Sabbath Pay bank of humanity. ders. A loving husband their wedding anniversaries joyously. Upon the day is written "Remember. " It recalls the whole content of a life of love. So the Sabbath Day bears the message, "Remember." Re member God the Creator: that thought carries back into the un plumbed reaches of eternity, with all its implications the adorableness of the Supreme Being for whose wor ship the Sabbath is employed. Re member God the Provider: the latest and best scientific thought is only be ginning to catch up with the signifi cance of the beneficent provision which God has made for man in this one day of rest and recuperation and uplook. Remember God the Redeem er: for now our Sabbath is the Lord's Day, a memorial of the burst bands of death and of the new life which the resurrection has brought to the world. At the portal of every truo Sabbath the devout vision may read, "This do in remembrance of Me." A home day, with sweet family re unions, and a church day with a meeting ol the lathers children m the Father's house these are char acteristics of a well-kept Sabbath. The emancipation which the"Lord's Day is designed to bring to everybody has been missed by the person who finds time to read a Sunday news paper but no time to read the Bibl. SEVEN SENTENCE SERMONS Mean to be something with all your might. Phillips Brooks. Xo labor is hard, no time is long, wherein the glory of eternity is tho mark we level at. St, Hieroii. Knowledge by suffering en tore th And life is perfected by death. Mrs. Browning. The wealth of man is the number of tilings he loves and blesses which he is loved and blessed by. Carlyle. were affrighted 'I 'bought His love would weaken. V- more and more He knew me, it burnetii like a beacon. And its light and heat go through me, And I ever hear Him say. As He goes along His way, . .And as they were affrighted and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them. Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen; remember how He spake unto you when He was yet in Galilee. Luke 24:5, 6. Whom the heart of man shuts out. Sometimes the heart of God takes in. Lowell. You never can tell when God will take a little word you may drop, like an arrow shot at a venture, and cause it to strike some hearer between the joints of the harness and bring him down. Schauffler. USES BAT TO BEST BURGLAR. "In the deep silent depths, far away from the shore Where they never may rise up to trouble thee more. Where no far-reaching tide, with its pitiless sweep May stir the dark waves of forget- fulness deep I have buried them there. wrhere no mortal may see, "On thee, at the creation. The light first had its birth; On thee for our salvation Christ rose from depths of earth; On thee our Lord victorious The Spirit sent from heaven; And thus on thee most glorious A triple light was given." Whenever a person wants to debase the Sabbath to everyday uses he takes refnee in the words of Jesus: "The Baseball Implement Scores in Battle Waged Amid Jam and Pickle Jars. Philadelphia North American. A baseball bat was used by John Kearney of West Philadelphia, to subdue a burglar who attacked him in the cellar of his home. After pum melling the intruder until he ..owied for mercy Kearney turned him over to the police. Kearney awakened before daylight and smell ed gas. After careful exam ination of the rooms of the first floor, he made his w-nv t' r'"' c' !1,r At the bottom of the stairs a mai jumped on Kearney's shon Witts .'ukj a struggle followed. Jars of raspberry jam, tomatoes, pickles and other pre serves were smashed during the com bat. One of Kearney's hands closed on a baseball bat as the two men rolled about the floor. Wrenching himself loose, he swung the bat against the burglar's head and repeated the operation until the man cried "enough." The relations between officers and men in the Russian army are of the most friendly kind; indeed, in speak ing to an officer a man says 'Tii-at" (brother), or "Batooska" (little fath er). An officer calls his men "my children." and he frequently writes their "home letters" for them, reads to them, teaches them, and takes them to cinematograph shows, where pictures of educational value are b . tng shown.