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3. Thirdly: You are to walk humbly with your God. To walk with God, signifies, in the language of Scripture, to be a faithful and zealous servant of God. Thus it is said of Enoch, that he walked with God: and he was not. He was no longer to be found on earth; for God took him. His piety and holinels were 10 eminent, that God distinguished him by translating him alive into heaven. Again, we are told that Noah was a juft man, ana perfeet in his generation; and Noah walked with God. And his heavenly Master as a signal reward preserved him and his family from the deluge. We, like these holy men of old, and like the righteous in all ages who have trodden in their footsteps, are also to walk with God. And, like them, we are to walk humbly with our God. We are to bring our whole hearts as well as our actions into subjection to the divine will. If you would obtain salvation, you must become like the Israelite to whose enquiries the words of Micah were a reply, humbled to the dust in forrow for your guilt, and fervently desirous of submitting to any method of reconciliation with the Majesty of heaven. But are you, like that Israelite, looking round for burnt-offerings to present unto the Lord? My Son, God will provide 1 X3
bimself a lamb for a burnt-offering (c). Would you give your first-born for your transgreffion; the fruit of your body for the fin of your foul }: Not your first-born is the atonement: but the only begotten Son of God. His must be the blood wherewith you come before the Lord and bow yourself before the Most High. Look to the cross of Christ, and to that alone. Disclaim all presumption, all boasting, all self-righteousness, all dependence on your own strength to will or to perform, Present yourself before God, not as a Phari. fee demanding reward as a debt; not as a vaunter professing to be rich, and bearing payment in his hand for a blessing which he would purchase: but as a finner imploring pardon and mercy through Christ, as otherwise totally unattainable, as in every point and circumstance the free and unme. rited gifts of divine grace. Look through Christ to the Holy Spirit for power to relift temptation, for power to form good resolu. tions, for power to carry them into effect. Remember that, while God refifteth the proud, it is to the humble that be giveth grace (d). When you have done all, confess that you are an unprofitable servant to your Lord; that you have done only that which was your (e) Gen. xxii. &. (d) i Det. v. 5:
bounden duty. This it is to walk humbly with your God in the general frame and temper of your soul. In all the changeful fituations of your life evince by your conduct this characteristic temper of a Christian. Are you in prosperity ? Walk humbly with your God. Confess, that it is he, who of his own loving kindness giveth you all things richly to enjoy. Confess, with the Patriarch Jacob, O Lord I am not worthy of the least of these thy mercies (e). Let the Giver be glorified in his gifts. Now ye are full, now ye are rich. Be it fo. Wbo maketh thee to differ from another? And what hast thou that thou didi not receive? Now if thou didst receive it; why doft thou glory as if thou had not received it (f)? The more distinguished is your profperity, the more earnest be your solicitude to become meek, huinble, and sober-minded. Remember that he who lifteth up, can caft down; that he who bestoweth can take away, Remember that thou hast here no coniinuing city. Look at that withering flower; and behold how perishable are all the glories which derive their nutriment from earth. Has adversity overtaken you ? Have trials and afAiations and ficknesses clouded your days? («) Gen. xxxii. 10. (f) Cor. iv. 7, 8.
Walk humbly with your God. Humble yourself under his chasțising hand. It is the Lord: let him do what seemeth him good (g). Reflect on his unbounded wisdom, hisi: inexhaustible loving-kindness. What! hall we receive good at the hand of God; and mall we not receive evil (5) ? Knoweth he not what is fittest for you? Loveth he not the work of His own hand, the soul for which he gave His Son unto death ? Verily be chastiseth us for our profit, that we may be partakers of his holiness. And although no chastening for the prefent seemeth to be joyous, but grievous ; nevertheless afterwards it yieldeth the peaceable fruits of righteoufness unto them which are exercised thereby (ii, and walk humbly with their God. Finally, observe his laws with reverence; and humbly render equal obedience to them all. Presume not to think that you may venture to neglect any commandment which God has pronounced. Dost thou refuse submission to any one of His injunctions, and sayest thou that thou walkest humbly with Him? Be diligent in frequenting the public worship of your Lord; and receive His word with humility. Slight not any opportunity of attending the holy communion, in humble and thankful remembrance of your . (s) 1 Sam. iii. 18. (b) Job, ii. io. (1) Hebr. xii. 10, 11.
crucified Master. In every thing by prayer and fupplication, public and private, let your requests be made known unto God (j). And humbly offer up to Him all your petitions in the name of the appointed Mediator and Intercessor, Jesus Christ. :
III. It appears then that to the Jew and to the Christian the sum and substance of religion have ever been the same. To do justly, to love mercy; and to walk humbly with God 'in grateful dependence and universal obedience; this it has been, this it is, to be a lervant of the Most High. The duties of justice and of mercy, duties placed within the sphere of human reason, were developed in the Scriptures of the Old Testament to the Jew. Before the Christian they stand arrayed in brighter radiance borrowed from the precepts and the example of his Lord. To the Jew the general obligation of walking humbly with his God was unfolded. The Christian, surveying it in clearer luftre, ascribes the
accession of light to his Saviour. But as to the is greatest of the events in the divine economy
to which that general obligation pointed, the Jew was comparatively in darkness. He little understood the method, by which ex. (j) Philipp. iv, 6.