12 THE GOD OF HOPE. [SER. I.
thus hid from his church and people
the smilings of his countenance. He
has made a further revelation of his
divine character in the inspired volume.
The representations he has there made
of himself, so far from being repulsive,
are the most pleasing and attractive.
They are calculated to excite hope and
confidence, and thereby win our affec¬
tions. For while wre therein learn that
he "will not at all acquit the wicked,"1
we are also informed from the same
divine oracles, that he is " the Lord, the
Lord God, merciful and gracious, abun¬
dant in goodness*—the God of all com¬
fort,3 t7ie God of all grace,4 the God of
peace."5 These titles, with others of a
similar character that might be men¬
tioned, are indicative, of not only what
our Creator is in himself, but also what
he is to us. In the words of the text,
1 Nahum. i., 3. 2 Ex. xxxiv., 6.
3 2 Cor. i., 3. * 2 Peter v., 10.
5 Horn, xv., 33.