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Gal. vi. 3, 4
SERŃ. an evil way: not considering, how displeaI.
sing such a course is to the divine being. Pr. 1.2T. These things haft thou done, and I kept silence.
Thou thoughtest, that I was such an one as thyfelf. But I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thee. Now consider this, ye that forget God : least I tare you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.
And in the New Testament, says St. Paul: Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith. Prove your own selves. And, if any man thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, be deceives himself. But let every man prove his own work. Then shall be have rejoycing in himself alone, and not in another. St. John is directed by our exalted Lord, to
write in this manner to the church of EpheRev. ii. 5. fus: Remember therefore, from whence thou
art fallen : and repent, and do the first work. 1 Cor. xi. And St. Paul observes : If we would judge
ourselves, we should not be judged, or condemned, by the Lord.
Which brings us to another argument for this practise: That God will hereafter try and judge us, and all men.
There is a day appointed for reviewing the actions of all mankind. And then every one
will receive according to what he has done in Serm. the body, whether good or evil. This should
1. be of great force to persuade us to think on our ways now, and seriously to recollect our past conduct; that all instances of milbehaviour may be blotted out, and corrected by the tears of unfeigned and timely repentance, and by hearty reformation and amendment. 5.
There is a great deal of reason to apprehend; that we shall be induced to think on our ways some time before our departure out of this world,
If ever we are brought into troubles and distresses, or have near apprehensions of death and judgement: then these reflections will be unavoidable, and these thoughts will disturb us; when the benefit will be uncertain. It mult therefore be prudent, to think on our ways in time, freely and voluntarily, and by a speedy and effectual repentance and amendment, to lay a foundation for pleasing reflections, and comfortable prospects, in a day of affliction, or at the time of death.
6. Lastly, Let us attend to the ad vantages of thinking on our ways.
It is a likely mean of repentance, of amendment, and of
emprovement in every С
SERM. thing good and excellent. We shall then I.
know ourselves. We shall see the evil of sin, and be very sensible of the sad consequences of continuing therein.
We shall turn from it, and carefully keep God's commandments, to the end, without any more deliberatly and wilfully forsaking, or turning aside from them.
This is the lesson of the text, and of what follows. I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies. I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments. Which last words, God willing, shall be the subject of our meditations the next opportunity.
I made hafte, and delayed not to keep
tby teftimonies/ecumameuk HIS pfalm is equally admirable for juftnefse and piety of sentiment, and for exactnesse and
elegance of composition. The prevailing principle running throughout, is a high esteem and veneration for the revealed will of God: which under fome expression of law, word, statutes, ordinances, testimonies, or fome other phrase of like import, is men
Serm. tioned in almost every verse of the pfalm.
Notwithstanding which, and the length of
Indeed the variety is such, that it is some-
in general be said, that the Psalmist often profefseth the regard he had for the divine law. And he aims to recommend to others the ferious and diligent studie of it, and a sincere and constant practise of all it's precepts, as the only way to true blessednesse. He declares the great and frequent experience he had of support and comfort from it in his distresses and afflictions. He vows perpetual obedience and conformity to it, notwithstanding the discouragements he might meet with from the world about him, and the multitude, or the greatnesse of transgressors. He prays
also for farthier instruction in God's word, and help to keep it to the end. The psalm is suited to comfort the dejected, to