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Pf. 1. 21.

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2 Cor.

xiii. 5.

Gal. vi.

SERM. an evil way: not considering, how displea-
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sing such a course is to the divine being.
These things haft thou done, and I kept silence.
Thou thoughtest, that I was such an one as thy-
felf. 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 felves. And, If any man

thinks himself to be something, when he is no3, 4

thing, be deceives himself. But let every man
prove his own work. Then Mall be have rejoyc-
ing 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. 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-
demned, by the Lord.

4. 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

And then every one

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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

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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.

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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

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Serm. tioned in almost every verse of the pfalm.
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Notwithstanding which, and the length of
the meditation likewise, it is not chargeable
either with tediousnesse, or tautologie. But
there is a great and surprising variety, and the
attention of the reader is kept up from the be-
gining to the end.

Indeed the variety is such, that it is some-
what difficult to make a summarie of it's con-
tents, or represent in brief the several thoughts,
with which it is filled. However it

may

in
general be said, that the Psalmist often pro-
fefseth the regard he had for the divine law.
And he aims to recommend to others the se-
rious and diligent studie of it, and a sincere
and constant practise of all it's precepts, as
the only way to true blessednesse. He de-
clares 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, notwith-
standing 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

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