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In the passage of holy writ which has been recited, the Psalmist directs your thoughts to the greatest of all beings, the source of all happiness. By the weight of his own example, by the result of his own experience, he admonishes you to an habitual remembrance of God* Of the prophetic import of the passage; of its ultimate and its most important reference to that defcendent of David, who alone among all the generations of men kept completely and invariably before his eyes the presence of his Almighty Father; I speak not now. Contemplate the words in their primary acceptation. Contemplate them as descriptive of that predominant desire of the heart of David, which he fervently expresses in almost every psalm: a desire which, notwithstanding occasional infirmities and. one most signal scene of transgression impartially recorded in the scriptures, is proved by the extraordinary commendations bestowed upon him^ia the sacred writings to have brought forth, through the influence of divine grace, the fruits of faith and holiness in his general conduct, and deep self-abhorrence and genuine repentance for the guilt into which he was betrayed. What was that desire? To set the Lord his God always before him. What was his recompence? That God was on his

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I. Let us, in the first place, enquire what it is to let God always before us. "*'. Represent tp yourself the proceedings of men, who have proposed to themselves as their main pursuit the possession of some worldly attainment. Observe \n what manner they set their object, be it what it may, always before their eyes. Contemplate the votary! of science. Behold him absorbed in laborious researches: in the investigation ;pf causes and effects; in the construction "of theories, and the explanation of the phenomena of nature. Behold him day after day bending all the powers of his mind to the invention and application of mechanism j to the arrangement and superintendence of ex-, periments; to the developement and illustra^ tion of philosophical truth. At home and abroad; in cities and in the fields^ in solitude and -in society; behold him steadily hearing in mind the object, to which he has dedicated, his life. Survey the votary pf-aflibitiorr. ^Behold,.e;very, nerve, every facohy, ijpon.the sti'etch.toXunplant to undermine or. to! surpass-.^!;riyals^"Tind to.attain the dizzy,

pre-eminence to which he aspires. Mark the votary of interest. Behold him toiling early and late; self-immured in a contracted abode j breathing the unhealthy atmosphere of crowded streets; and in his eagerness to accumulate additional wealth, denying himself the enjoyment of that which he possesses.Follow the votary of fame. Behold him careless of repose, patient of fatigue, fearless of death- Behold him indifferent to seasons to climates and to dangers, crossing continents, traversing oceans, facing the bayonets storming the breach. Widely as these men differ, each from the other, as to their pursuits; in the leading principle of their conduct they are perfectly united. The heart of .every man is fixed upon his object. His object is ever before his eyes. To his object his time is appropriated; his faculties are devoted; his indulgences are sacrificed; his plans ar,e made subservient. The children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light {a). Whosoever thou art, who hast chosen the favour. of God for thine object: receive a lesson from the children of this world. Contemplate their ever-wakeful remembrance of the.idols which they worship: and thou wilt discern what it is to set .the Lord thy God always before thee.

(a) Luke, xvi. 8.

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II. tet us:, in the next place, investigate the* distinct characters, undies which it re our duty %o 'set"the Lord our God before us. "- i. In reflecting on the different characters, under which we may regard the Deity zi having manifested himself towards man; the first which narurally strikes the mind is that of Creators He made us and ah* the vrorkK There was a period when this earth was ;n6t in existence; when there was neither fuft nor moon nor star; when neither mankind, nor any of the inumerable tribes of living creatures, which have inhabited and still vdhabit this world, were in being. God, in his unbounded goodness, determined to create all these things. He called the earth into being, and separated the land from the seas. He said, Let there be light; and there was light .-and he made tlie returns of morning and evening to praise him. He created and placed upon the earth a countless variety of animals,. to dwell oft the land, in the air, and in the waters, and to possess the happiness which he had made all, each according to its nature, capable of enjoying. And last of all he created man^ On man he conferred dominion over all other living creatures. On man he showered down a superior measure of understanding. Within man he implanted the light of conscience." And to crown every other gift with one still 9 greater, greater, to man alone be unfolded the prospect, of a glorious immortality. r;: . .'-ir .-,'..-'.. If then you deem life a blessing, j-enaember Him who bestowed it.. Rememtber that it was the Lord God Almighty w'ho formed you from the dust of the ground, and breathed into your nostrils the breath of Use, so that you became a living souL Remember that your Greator formed you of his own free will, of his own unbounded mercy: not be* cause lie needed your existence; but uv order to display the riches of hss goodness,, to render you happy here, to train you up for^bleflednefs hereafter. Set the Lord your Creator before you. Remember the wonders which he has wrought for you in bringing you into the present scene of existence, and inviting you to look forward to a better. 0 come and worships and bow down and kneel before the Lord your Maker \b\ From the gracious Author of your existence withhold not the poor tribute of gratitude and love.

2. In the next place, when you contemplate yourself as an inhabitant of the earth, and turn your thoughts to the Supreme Being; you cannot fail to recognise Him as your Preserver. To what cause is it owing that

you are at this moment alive ? To what cause

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(*) Psalm xcr. 6.

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