PROCLAIM LIBERTY --- Isaiah 61:1. C. H. V. Bogatzky's Daily Devotions May 16.

The Sixteenth of May.

THY WORD HAVE I HID IN MY HEART --- Psalm 119:11, 38.

"Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear. Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments. Therefore, remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope. I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart." --- Psalm 119:11, 38; and verses 7, 32, 49.

Gospel comforts sweetly and powerfully urge us to obedience; and law terrors check us from resting on that obedience. Both are needful to guard us from security and legality. Whosoever depises or neglects obedience, entertains a false notion of the gospel, and is running headlong into licentiousness and ruin; and he who relies on his obedience to justify him defeats the design of the gospel, and frustrates the grace of God, making it of no effect.

May the Lord lead and keep us in the right way.

Laden with grief, and full of fears,
I fly to thee, my Lord;
And not a glimpse of hope appears
But in thy written word.

This is the judge that ends the strife,
Where wit and reason fail;
My guide to everlasting life,
Through all this gloomy vale.

Oh! may thy counsels, mighty God,
My roving feet command;
Nor I forsake the happy road
That leads to thy right hand.