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Altogether lovely!

Altogether lovely!

 

“Yea, He is altogether lovely. This is my beloved,
and this is my friend…” (Song of Solomon 5:16)

 

Why does the world reject the Savior of the world?
Why do they abhor Him Who is altogether lovely,
and hate Him Who is the best Friend of mankind?

O men of the world! what good can you desire which
is not in Christ? The excellencies of earth are but His
footstool; the excellencies of heaven are but His
throne! How excellent, then, must He himself be!

His treasures are infinite--and open for you!

In Jesus are . . .
  riches
if you are poor;
  honor
if you are despised;
  friendship
if you are forsaken;
  help
if you are injured;
  mercy
if you are miserable;
  joy
if you are disconsolate;
  protection
if you are in danger;
  deliverance
if you are a captive;
  life
if you are mortal;
  and all things
if you have nothing at all.

Time and eternity are His! He can give
you all the glorious things of eternity!

Moreover, He can deliver you . . .
  from all your fears;
  from sin
the worst of all evils;
  from self
the most hurtful of all companions;
  from death
the most dreadful of all changes;
  from Satan
the most subtle of all enemies;
  from hell
the most horrible of all prisons; and
  from wrath
the most horrifying doom of all sinners!

Now, where will you find such a one as Jesus?

Why, then, refuse life, and seek after death?

All heaven is enamored with His beauty!

The longer we look on 'created gaieties', the leaner
and less lovely they grow; so that, by the time we
have viewed them forty, fifty, or sixty years
we
see nothing but vanity in the creature! But when
ten thousand ages are employed in beholding the
perfection and beauty of Jesus
He still appears
more and more lovely
even altogether lovely!

Alas! I can say nothing of His true excellencies!
They overwhelm my laboring thought, and are
too vast for my feeble conception to bring forth!

 

("Solitude Sweetened" by James Meikle, 1730-1799)

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