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nations, who have been instructed in SERM. true religion, sentiments of the fame i nature pave the way for prayer, repentance, faith, and all those, duties, by means of which we may hope, through a divine Mediator and intercessor, to be reconciled to heaven. Natural and revealed religion here appear in concord. We behold the original dictates of the human heart laying a foundation for the glad reception of the comfortable tid . ings of the gospel.

I HAVE thus endeavoured to shew in what manner, by regarding the work of the Lord, and confidering the operation of his hands, we may prevent the dangers arising from a thoughtless indulgence of pleasure; we may be furnished with an antidote to the poison which is too often mixed in that intoxicating cup. Human life is full of troubles. We are all tempted to alleviate them as much as we can, by freely enjoying the pleasurable moments which Providence thinks fit to al

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SER M. low us. Enjoy them we may: But, if VI. as we would enjoy them safely, and enjoy

them long, let us temper them with the fear of God. As soon as this is forgotten and obliterated, the found of the harp and the viol is changed into the signal of death. The serpent comes forth from the roses where it had lain in ambush, and gives the fatal fting. Pleasure in moderation is the cordial, in excess it is the bane, of life,

SERMON

SERMON VII.

On the Presence of God in a Future

State.

PSALM xvi. 11.

Thou wilt Shew me the path of life: In thy

presence is fulness of joy: at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermoré.

THE apostle Peter, in a discourse Šerm.

I which he held to the Jews, ap- VII. plies this passage, in a mystical and prom o phetical sense, to the Messiah*. But, in its literal and primitive meaning, it expresses the exalted hopes by which the

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* Aas ü. 25.-28

SER M. Psalmist David supported himself amidst ve the changes and revolutions, of which

his life was full. By these hopes, when
flying before Saul, when driven from his
throne, and persecuted by an unnatural
fon, he was enabled to preserve his vir-
tue, and to maintain unshaken trust in
God. In that early age of the world,
those explicit discoveries of a state of im-
mortality, which we enjoy, had not yet
been given to mankind. But though
the Sun of righteousness was not arisen,
the dawn had appeared of that glorious
day which he was to introduce. Even in
those antient times, holy men, as the
apostle writes to the Hebrews, saw the
promises afar off, and were persuaded of
them and embraced them; and confesing.
that they were strangers and pilgrims on
earth, declared that they fought after a
better country, that is an heavenly*. In-
deed, in every age, God permitted such,
hopes to afford support and consolation
to those who served him. The full

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* Heb. xi. 133-16.

effect of them we behold in those tri-serM. umphant expressions of the text, which mi are to be the subject of this discourse. They lead us to confider; first, The hope of the Psalmist in his present state; Thou wilt thew me the path of life. And, secondly, the termination of his hope in that future state, where in the presence of God is fulness of joy, and at his righthand there are pleasures for evermore.

I. Thou wilt Shew me the paths of life. This plainly imports that there are different paths or courses of conduct, which may be pursued by men in this world; a path which leads to life or happiness, and a path which issues in death or destruction. These oppofite lines of conduct are determined by the choice which men make of virtue or of vice; and hence men are divided into two great claffes, according as their inclinations lead them to good or to evil. The path of life is often a rough and difficult path, followed

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