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Modern Scottish Pulpit
MINISTERS OF VARIOUS DENOMINATIONS.
ROBERT CARTER & BROTHERS, 530 BROADWAY.
8. Rev. JAMES BEGG, D.D. God's People comforted : Zeph. iii.
11. Rev. JAMES RANKIN, D.D. Habit and Holiness : Luke iv. 16,
Repentance: Ezek. xxxiii. 11,
26. Rev. JAMES ORR, B.D. God is Love: 1 John iv. 16,
GREEN PASTURES: A COMMUNION SERMON.
REV. SIR H. WELLWOOD MONCREIFF, BART., D.D.
“He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.”—PSALM xxiii. 2.
No thought is more suggestive of animal refreshment and comfort than green pastures provided for a flock of sheep. The remembrance of rich and healthy verdure, in the time of its brightest greenness, is always full of pleasant ideas. Few impressions, derived from early childhood, are more agreeable than those caused by association with the softness and beauty of a natural carpet in the open air. We are disposed to feel, that, if even man shows this delight in the green clothing of the earth, much more must sheep luxuriate in it, finding in it both their resting-place and their best nourishment. Therefore, as believers in the Gospel, we are ready to accept of green pastures as the best outward representation of the precious provision made by our Shepherd-King for our spiritual resting, and our spiritual refreshment. Looking at the words of my text in this point of view, I propose to direct your attention
(I.) To MAN'S WANT OF GREEN PASTURÉS. (II.) TO THE DISCOVERY OF GREEN PASTURES. (III.) TO THE EXPERIENCE OF GREEN PASTURES. (IV.) TO THE EXPECTATION OF GREEN PASTURES IN RICHER
AND MORE ABUNDANT MEASURE.
I. Let us attend to Man's want of Green Pastures.
In this bustling world it is difficult to enjoy a pleasant repose. Even those to whom a full cup of earthly good has been vouchsafed are, to a great extent, prevented from partaking of it in peace and tranquility. The hard-working servant of the community, whether it be by hands or by brain that he chiefly per