They drink in the rain from heaven. The land whither thou goest is a land of hills and valleys. But here the scoffer may interject, "Why, if this be 'a land which the Lord careth for,' IS IT SUFFERED TO BE DARKENED HERE AND THERE BY THE OVERHANGING PESTILENCE, or drained of its best blood to keep down a despot's pride?" It is so with individuals; it is so with nations.(D. Because He has engaged Himself hereto. (1)A free land. (2)The produce of the land was assured. II. And it becomes you as rational, as immortal, and as accountable beings, to reflect seriously on all that you have received and endured and done during the past year, that thus you may be able to correct what has been wrong, and to supply what has been wanting, in your character and conduct, so as to be better prepared for the trial which you must undergo when you leave the present scene of activity.1. However that may be, it means that the land of Egypt was watered with extraordinary labour, in order to preserve it from sterility. "The eyes of the Lord thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year." In Deuteronomy 32, the Song of Moses, which recounts the wilderness wanderings of those who escaped Egyptian slavery, was delivered to a new generation of Israelites. No; we must be taught, as Israel was taught, that fruitfulness was not so much the happy product of the soil, still less the natural requital of man's industry and skill, but an immediate effect of the Divine blessing — a consequence of the eyes of the Lord never being off the land, but ever seeking and ever caring for it to do it good.II. We have come to the opening of the year, and we have to get through it somehow, we must stumble through January, go muddling through the winter, groaning through the spring, sweating through the summer, fainting through the autumn, and grovelling on to another Christmas, and no God to help us; no prayer when God is gone, no promise when God is no more. With self-dedication. Moore, M. Do not pick out one day in the year, and say it was a bad day, but take all the year round. With confession of sin, and engagement to holiness. The eyes of the Lord thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year. First, we will take notice of the former, namely, the privilege itself here mentioned. How high the hills would be, they did not know. Moore, M. A.I. The productiveness of the new land was to be a blessing to the producer. Our comfortable, predictable lives have been disrupted and, in many cases, may never look the same. De Du). We are now to TURN THE TEXT OVER; that is to say, we will misread, it, yet read it rightly. The word is very suggestive to us. With confession of sin, and engagement to holiness. The hills, the bleak hills of life that we wonder at and perhaps grumble at, bring down the showers. Moore, M. Nothing in creation is more beautiful than the sight of consecrated spirits cooperating in the work of God and of His Christ. Man of God, thy place is Canaan, the land that the Lord careth for. And it becomes you as rational, as immortal, and as accountable beings, to reflect seriously on all that you have received and endured and done during the past year, that thus you may be able to correct what has been wrong, and to supply what has been wanting, in your character and conduct, so as to be better prepared for the trial which you must undergo when you leave the present scene of activity.1. II. How sweet and fertile the valleys were, they knew. THE RESULTS OF THIS CONTRAST TO THE INHABITANTS. 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