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3. Those, who walk with God, maintain an intimate and habitual intercourse with God by their daily devotions. It is by this intercourse, that they draw near to God, and he draws near to them and gives them a realizing sense of his presence and assistance. Prayer is a solemn mode of their meditating upon the being, the perfections, the presence, and government of God, and upon their own weakness, wants and imperfections. It is by their devotional exercises, that they live as seeing God who is invisible, that they confide in his faithfulness, rely upon his assistance, and enjoy communion and fellowship with him. David says to God, “Blessed is the man, whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee.” The apostle James says to christians, “Draw nigh to God; and he will draw nigh to you.” The apostle Paul says to christians, “Seeing we have a great high priest that is passed into the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Christ says, “He that hath my commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me ; and he, that loveth me, shall be loved of my Father; and I will love him ; and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”--Those, who walk with God, habitually feel their need of his assistance in duty, of his support in trials and of the light of his countenance in seasons of doubt and darkness. They durst not lean to their own understandings, nor trust in their own hearts, but feel the propriety of acknowledging God in all their ways, that he may direct their steps. For these reasons, they habitually endeavor to maintain an intimate intercourse with God in their daily devotions. As they desire te do every thing to the glory of God, so they pray to be in the fear of the Lord all the day long ; and as they desire to be careful for nothing, so in every thing, by prayer and supplication, they make known their re quests unto God. In a word, they walk with God, by living a holy and devout life. 4. Walking with God implies approving and walking in his way. Those, who walk with God, regard the operations of his hand in the dispensations of his providence. God is continually carrying into execution his wise, and holy, and gracious designs, by which he is displaying his perfections and speaking to the eyes, and ears, and heart, and consciences of mankind. David declares, “The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them, that have pleasure therein.”— And he says to God with respect to himself, “I remember the days of old ; I meditate on all thy works ; I muse on the works of thy hands.” God is to be seen in all his works and ways ; and those, who walk with him, have eyes to see him and ears to hear him and hearts to perceive him in all the dispensations of his providence. Accordingly, David declares, “The Lord is known by the judgment he executeth.”---And again speaking of the dispensations of providence, he says, “Whoso is wise and will observe these things, even they shall understand the loving kindness of the Lord.” The prophet Isaiah speaks the same language. “In the way of thy judgments, O Lord, have we waited for thee ; the desire of our soul is to thy name and to the remembrance of thee. Yea, with my spirit within me, will I seek thee early : for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.” Those, who walk with God, look through all secondary causes, and view his hand and heart in all he does in respect to themselves in particular, as well as in respect to the world in general. And so far as they see and understand his designs, they cordially approve of them, and are willing to be workers together with him, in carrying them into execution. They mean to obey the voice of his providence, as well as the voice of his word. As they discern the signs of the times; so they mean to feel and act agreeably to them. While Enoch
walked with God, and saw how God suffered the tri- .
umphing of the wicked, he anticipated their fearful doom, and solemnly warned them of it. “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of those, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousand of his saints, to execute judgments upon all, and to convince all, that are ungodly among them, of all their ungodly deeds, which they have ungodly committed; and of all their hard speeches, which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” Those who walk with God are governed by his eye, as dutiful children are governed by the eye of the parent. I must add here, 5. That those who walk with God, decline walk. ing with the world. As soon as they begin to walk with God, they resolve to walk with his friends and not with his enemies, It is the peculiar character of good men, that they walk together, and not with the wicked. David says to God “I am a companion of all them that fear thee and of them that keep thy precepts.” And again he says, “O my soul, thou hast said unto the Lord, Thou art my Lord : my goodness extendest not to thee; but to the saints that are in the earth and to the excellent, in whom is all my
delight.” And he further declares, “Blessed is the man, that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” Those, who walk with God, are sensible, that the friendship of the world is enmity with God; that it is their duty, not to be conformed to the world; and that it is their safety and happiness to come out from the world and to walk with God, that he may dwell in them, and walk in them, and be their Almighty Father and friend, as he has promised. Now, if those, who walk with God, live such a holy and devout hise, as we have described, it is justly to be expected, II. That he will manifest some peculiar tokens of his favor to them. God translated Enoch, that he should not see death, as a testimony that he pleased him. Since God is pleased with those, who walk with him, we must suppose he will give them some peculiar tokens of his favor. But as they do not merit any favor by walking with him, so he acts as a sovereign in granting his peculiar favors to one and another, when and how he pleases. And among the favors which he usually grants to those, who walk with him, I will mention the following. 1. God will guard them against the frowns of the world. If they were of the world, the world would love his own; but because they are not of the world, but God has chosen them out of the world, therefore the world hateth them. It is impossible for men to walk with God, without declining to walk with the world, or withoutreproving, and condemning the world, which never fails to excite their resentment and opposition. God knows therefore, that those who walk with him, stand in need of his constant care and protection :
and accordingly, while they walk with him, he will walk with them and keep them as in the hollow of his hand from the innumerable seen and unseen dangers to which they are continually exposed. We read, “The Spirit of God came upon Azariah, the son of Oded. And he went out to meet Asa and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The Lord is with you while ye be with him ; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you : but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.” This has always been God's usual conduct towards those, who have walked with him.--Enoch walked with God and preached righteousness to an ungodly world. Though it is probable, that the world, which then began to be filled with violence, wished to wreak their enmity upon Enoch, yet the Lord took him and translated him that he should not see death, by the hand of violence, nor in any other way. This was a signal mark of the divine favor and protection. As Noah was a just man, and perfect in his generations and walked with God; so he found grace in the eyes of the Lord, who, while he was about to sweep the whole earth with the besom of destruction, preserved him from sinking and perishing with an ungodly world. God delivered just Lot, when he condemned and overthrew the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob walked with God, who granted them peculiar tokens of his favor, care, and protection, through the numerous evils and dangers to which they were exposed, while pilgrims and strangers on the earth. And while their posterity walked with God, he withheld not his care and protection from them ; but when they were but few in number and went from one nation to another and from