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Pf. 1. 21.
SERM. an evil way: not considering, how displea-
sing such a course is to the divine being.
And in the New Testament, says St. Paul:
' ye be in the faith.
thinks himself to be something, when he is no3, 4
thing, be deceives himself. But let every man
write in this manner to the church of EpheRev. ii. 5. sus: 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 con-
4. Which brings us to another argument
There is a day appointed for reviewing the actions of all mankind. And then
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 uiifeigned 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 must 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
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)ecumameul 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 efteem and veneration for the revealed will of God: which under some expression of law, word, statutes, ordinances, testimonies, or fome other phrase of like import, is menC2
Serm. tioned in almost every verse of the pfalm.
Notwithstanding which, and the length of
Indeed the variety is such, that it is some-
also for farthier instruction in God's