And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places;…
I. I believe I shall not be doing justice to the prospective design of all Old Testament truth, if I do not represent to you all peace — all true moral peace — as founded in and on, not only THE ATONEMENT MADE BY THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, but on the nature of that atonement. "The peaceable habitation," in which only we have "a sure dwelling," and "a quiet resting-place," is made of the wood of the Cross.
II. Having said this, I must say, that no doubt "the peaceable habitation" is found in MORAL DISPOSITIONS CREATED WITHIN BY DIVINE GRACE. There is, first, the chamber of holiness. Oh, the sweet tranquillity of a holy life! This is the deep centre of peace. There is a hallowed chamber in the same palace of holy dispositions — a "quiet habitation" — resignation to the Divine will. From these chambers we climb the stairs and rise higher. Trust in God's providence-this is the observatory; and like all observatories, it is high and clear. Other observatories boast that from them you may see the stars in the day-time; but from this, you may see the sun in the night-time! A quiet habitation indeed! Scripture speaks of a "peace which passeth all understanding." The grave is a hallowed cavern, a blessed hiding-place.
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