4.—Awake, O north wind, and come, thou south, blow upon my garden.—Song 4:16.
Are these the words of my Lord? Yes, surely, they can be no other; for none but Jesus can send the Holy Ghost to his church and people. And, beside, none can call the church my garden, but he that is the rightful owner of it. Surely, Lord, it is thine, both by thy Father’s gift, and by thy choice, and by thy purchase, and by the conquests of thy grace, and by the voluntary surrender of thy people, when thou hast made them willing in the day of thy power. And dost thou call, then, both the north wind and the south, thou dearest Lord, to blow upon my soul? Dost thou command all suited influences of thy grace to visit me, that one may search, and another warm, my affections, and call thine own gifts and graces forth in exercise upon thy glorious Person, and thy glorious work? Oh, come then, thou Holy Spirit, with all thy sweet and precious offices! Come, Lord, to convince and comfort me, to humble and direct me, to chill my affections to the world, and to warm them towards the Lord Jesus! Come, thou holy, gracious, Almighty Quickener, Reviver, Restorer, and Glorifier of my God and Saviour! Oh, if thou wilt make my soul like the chariots of Amminadib, and cause those graces thou hast planted there to go forth in a way of love, and desire, and faith, and expectation, and hope, upon the Person and glory of Him whom my soul loveth, then shall I cry out, with the church, and say, “Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat of his pleasant fruits!”