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ther you take pains to conduct yourself towards the person with whom you are dealing, not only with fairness and moderation, but also with kindness. All these things He fees, and marks them down against the day of judgement. If you have covenanted to execute a piece of work for an employer; consider that the eye of God is fixed upon you. He observes whether you perform your undertaking, whatever it be, carefully and effectually, as you would act under similar circumstances for yourself. He observes whether you honestly consign to your employer's service all the time for which he pays you: or whether you defraud him, when you presume that you shall escape discovery, by wasting part of it in idleness, or by expending it on business of your own. These things he observes; and marks them down against the great day. If you are cultivating your farm; if you are selling your articles in the market or in a shop; if you are serving a master in your daily labour; if you are managing the concerns of your friend or of your country: remember that God is contemplating all your motives, all y5ur thoughts, all your words, all your actions; and that for all your motives and thoughts and words and actions you will have to render an account at the
him in trouble. J will deliver him and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and,
shew him my salvation (/).
In the psalm from which the text is taken, no less clearly than in that which has recently been quoted, a greater than David presents himself. / have set the Lord always before me. Because he is on my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: My flesh alfofiall refl in hope. For thou wilt not leave my foul in hell: neither wilt thou suffer thy holy One to fee corruption. Thou wilt shew me the path of life. In thy presence is fulness of joy: and at thy right hand are pleasures for evermore. In Jesus the Saviour, in the Son of God become man, in Him who alone was by nature without sin, in Him who alone was perfect in obedience to the will of his Father; theie promises received a literal accomplishment. His Father sustained Him in His anguish. His foul speedily returned from the abode of departed spirits. His body saw not corrup
- tion. He ascended, as man, to everlasting life, to the presence of God, to unchangeable blessedness, to the Mediatorial throne of the universe. But through the atonement of his
(/) Psalm xci. 14—16.
blood the promises are substantially extended to every individual among his faithful followers. The true Christian, like his Master, must suffer: but, like his Master, he looks to God, and is supported. His body must fee corruption. The child of Adam must bear the full.penalty of temporal death. He must return unto the dust from whence he was taken. He fliall say to corruption, Thou art my father: to the worm, Thou art my mother and my sister [tii). Yet his heart is glad and his glory rejoiceth: his flesh also (hall rest in hope. For though wormt destroy this body; yet in his flesh shall he fee God. For this corruptible Jhall put on incorruption; this mortal Jhallput on immortality (»}. He shall behold the path of life. He shall hear- the voice of his Redeemer; " Because I live, thou shalt "live also (0)." He /hall meet the Lord hi the air. He shall ascend to the presence of God. He shall stand before the Most High justified and accepted in the righteousness of Christ. He shall enter into bliss ; into bliss that fadeth not away; the bliss of angels, to •whom he is made equal; the bliss of the children of God in the light of the glory of God and of the Lamb [p). He shall be with
(m) Job, xvii. 14. («) Job, xix. 26. 1 Cor. xv. 53.
(0) John, xiv. 19. (p) Luke, xx. 36. Rev. xxi. 23.
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Christ, he shall be for ever with the Lord, and hehold his glory, and fee him as he is, face to face, and be like unto him (y). He hath overcome: and he shall sit with Christ on His throne, even as Christ also overcame, and is set down with His Father on His throne. He shall reign with Christ for ever and ever (r).
(j) John, xii.26. xvii. 24. 1 Thess. iv. 17. 1 John, iii. 2, j Cor. xiii. 12, (r) Rev. iii. 21. xxii. 5. 2 Tim. ii. 1*1