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and am lost in iusensibility. Danger worship him, to whom I am so nay come near ine, but I shall not deeply indebted. perceive it. How happy is it that The morning brings with it a re. the Guardian of Israel never slum- newal of health and vigour. The bereth! Death may steal npon me, Christian will consider the purpose and I may wake in eternity. How for which life is spared, and strength awfulthe thoug!!! The same Power renewed. “ Has God," he will which will revive my faculties with say, " restored my powers, and en. renewed vigour, will one day re- dued me with fresh capacity for store my frame after it shall have exertion? It is not that I should long slept in the dust! Tbus are consume them in sloth and idleness, death and the resurrection placed or waste it in sensual enjoyments. by Providence every evening before Shall I rise only to drink and play, my view. Thus is my dependence until the body, tired with these on God continually brought to my pursuits, again requires repose ? recollection. To thee, O God, I Are these the ends for which God would look,as my only hope and sup- recruits our strength? God had far port. Thy love in Christ Jesus re
wobler designs in view. He made freshes my soul in the night watches. man for himself: the worship and I am thine, and I commit my:clf to service of Ciod claim his first thy mercy. Whether I wake, let thoughts. For these was he created it be to live to thee: whether I by him, and for these his life and sleep in death, let me only be raised strength are daily renewed ; let me again at the last day amongst thy then begin the day by adoring chosen people! I can neither live God.” nor die but by thy good pleasure: The morning will also naturally living or dying, I would be thine." introduce reflections on the events
2. The morning will rise also, to that are likely to occur during the renew to the Christian the occa- day. Every prudent dian consision of worshipping the Lord. “In ders beforehand what he may have the moruing will I pray.”—The to do. Still more will the Christian, mercies of the Lord are new every who is engaged in the great work of morning, and the first thoughts of his salvation, who trembles to think a truly devout person will be of of the difficulties and temptations Him who has preserved him dur- of the way, and who reflects how ing the silent hours of the night: little he has hitherto lived to God, “How many,” he will reflect, “have begin the day with looking forward passed the night in restlessness and to his trials and temptations, and anxiety, unable to close their eyes with earnestly imploring grace to in sleep, oppressed by care, or tor- encounter them. He will feel, that mented by pain! Some have been without God he is a poor destitute awakened by the terrors of violent helpless creature. He will see that men, or of devouring flame. Others he needs the help of God to dishave opened their eyes to witness charge his duties in all the various the last departure of a dear friend, relations of life, and in all the vathe stay and support of their lives. rious recurrences of the day. To But I have been preserved. No him, therefore, he commits himself danger has come nigh my dwelling. in earnest prayer, and implores bis Let me then adore him who gave blessing me peaceful slunbers, and has now 3. Thus armed by prayer, the renewed my life. Yes, he is the Christian goes forth into the world. giver of all the comforts I en- But even throughout the course of joy. And all I have ever enjoy. the day God will not be forgotten. ell, or shall yet enjoy in time or " At noon also," says the Psalmist, eternity, are the result of his pro- "will I pray.” Business indeed may vidence and love. Let me then not always admit of regular retirement during the day, to worship vigour, who go into the world with God But a derout frame of mind no desire or care for his blessing will not want matter, even in the in whom they also live, and move, busiest season, at least for pious and have their being; who never reflection and ejaculation. It is think of him that hath given them not the length of the prayer, but their understanding, their health, the spirit which dictates it, that their prosperity; who lie down at God regards. In the midst of bu- night without any reflection on the siness, therefore, things will occur events of the day, or a single supto lead the soul to bless God, and plication for pardon and protecto lift up the heart to him in prayer. tion; who never call their families The nearness of danger, the pre- together to worship God, and join sence of temptation, the recollec. with thein in adoration; who even tion of sin, the view of the careless- when in the house of God are preness and sinfulness of 100 many sent indeed with their bodies, but around us, the sight of the evil are absent with their sous ? Will consequences which sin has entailed nothing then remind them of God? on the world, and the cares and Can they look upward to the heatrials to which we are subject: vens, or down upon the earth; can these awaken a sense of our need they look forward to futurity, or of Divine aid, and excite our peti- backward on their past lives; can tions for it So also the recollec- they look inwards, and consider the tion of the love and mercy of God faculties of their soals ; can they in spiritual blessings; the enjoy- contemplate ali these objects which ment of temporal mercies; the so plainly point to God, and, in sight of dear friends, or the news silent but most expressive language, of their welfare; the view of the bid us adore hun, and not be movsun shining in his strength, or the ed? Can morning after morning, fields waving with plenty; these and evening after evening, recur to cannot fail to draw out the heart of remind them of God, of death, of a devout person in aspirations of the changeful state of all things praise to God. “At noou I will here below, and yet no impression pray.”
be made ? Can they even go into Such is a sketch of the view the house of God, where every which will occur to every devout thing combines to direct their person at the several seasons of the thoughts to him, and be proof day: “ At evening and morning, against it all-sit as it were in the and noon-day will I pray.” I shall presence of God and be unmoved, now conclude with a brief address and be unthankful, and be without on the subject.
the spirit of prayer ? Alas! with 1. Let us make use of what has too many this is the case. All the been said as a test to try the state course of nature preaches to us the of our souls.-Have we a heart to duty we owe to God, if man bad worship God? It must be allowed but a heart to attend. And is not that nothing can be more natural, that great depravity which cáy be or more just, than to implore the so forgetful of God? We hope to aid of that great Being from whom live in heaven for ever : but beaall we have is derived, and to re- ven is the theatre of worship; nor turn thanks to him, who is the can those be happy there who could author of all our comforts. What not endure worship here. We hope shall we say then to those who to dwell with God for ever, and have no inclination to worship God; yet cannot bear to think of him or on whom the morning rises, but to address him. Can we, in this witnesses in them do return of case, take pleasure in God if adgratitude to Him who has renewed mitted into his presence, or can he the face of nature and restored their take pleasure in us and our conduct ? O let us see the sin of not from valuable aụthors, whose works having a heart to pray to and wor- from various causes are not likely ship God, and see the necessity of to meet the eye of the public in imploring a new heart, and seeking general; I beg to trouble you witli to have a right spirit renewed with- an extract from the writings of Sir in us!
Francis Bacon. If you agree with 2. Let me exhort you to consider me in thinking it worthy of attenprayer as a good lest of the state tion, it will probably appear in of your souls. It is the disposition your pages. of the heart to which God looks,
I am, &c. and which in fact regulates the
T. H.Y. character and conduct. Now where the heart is right, there will be a CHRISTIAN PARADOXES, strong disposition to cultivate a A Christian is one that believes close communion with God; and things his reason cannot comprenot only will the proper seasons of hend: he hopes for things which prayer be observed, but the mind neither he nor any man alive ever will be full of such reflections as saw. have been suggested. They re
He believes himself freely parquire neither genius nor learning. doned, and yet a sufficient satisfacThey ask only a heart sensible of tion was made for him. the goodness and mercy of God, He believes bimself to be preand desirous of obtaining his grace. cious in God's sight, and yet lothes This indeed is not a disposition himself in his own. He dares not patural to man. It is the gift of justify himself even in these things God through faith in Christ Jesus. wherein he can' find no fault with The Gospel reveals him to us, as himself, and yet believes God acrestoring men to the favour and cepts him in those services wherein fellowship of God. By nature the he is able to find many faults. heart is at enmity with him, and The more injury his enemies do then it feels no inclination to pray him, the more advantages he gains to him. But when the mercy of by them. The more he forsakes God in Christ Jesus þás softened worldly things, the more he enjoys the bard heart and a deep convic- them. tion of sin, its malignity, and its He is the most temperate of all danger has made us to feel our men, yet fares most deliciously. He need of Divine forgiveness--then lends and gives most freely, yet be the soul will be incited, and as it were is the greatest usurer, formed, to prayer. Prayer will be- He desires to bave more grace come our most delightful exercise. than any man hath in the world, It will not only be a duty we must yet is truly sorrowful when he perform, but the enjoyment of our seeth any man bave less than himpurest and highest pleasure.-Now self. may the God and Father of our He knoweth, if he please man be Lord Jesus Christ grant unto us the cannot be the servant of Christ; spirit of supplication and prayer, yet for Christ's sake he pleaseth all that we may pray always with all men in all things. prayer and supplication in the He believes Christ to have no Spirit, and may watch thereunto need of any thing he doth; yet with all perseverance. Amen. maketh account that he doth re
lieve Christ, in all his acts of
charity. To the Editor of the Christian Observer.
He knoweth he can do nothing
of himself, yet labours to work out As I perceive that you occasionally his own salvation. admit into your miscellany extracts He knoweth he shall pot be
saved by, not for his good works ; ing the sacrament to two persons at yet he doth all the good works he once. I adopted the latter plan, can.
though with some doubts as to its He knoweth God's providence is propriety. And though this shortin all things, yet is so diligent in ened the service on Christimas-day, his calling and business as if he it was not concluded till after three were to cut out the thread of his o'clock. At that inclement season, bappiness.
and in a church unusually cold and He thinks sometimes that the damp, a confinement of such length ordinances of God do him no good; must be very prejudicial to the yet he would rather part with his health; and in more than one iu. life than be deprived of them. stance, the effects of it are felt to
The world will sometimes ac- this day. But, sir, how would tbe count him a saint, when God ac event have been aggravated, had counteth him a hypocrite; and I not adopted the plan just men afterwards, when the world brand. tioned! The long coufinement eth bim for an hypocrite, then God of the communicating part of owneth him for a saint.
the congregation, however, would His Advocate, his Burety, shall be not have been all: the afterbis Judge: his mortal part shall noon service would thereby have become immortal; and what was been either entirely prevented, or, sown in corruption and defilement, at least, but very thinly attended. shall be raised in incorruption and Now, sir, I wish to have your glory, and a finite creature shall opinion, as to the propriety and possess an infinite happiness.— expediency of administering the Glory be to God.*
bread and wine to two or more persons, with only one repetition
of the appointed words.-Yourself, To the Editor of the Christian Observer. Mr. Editor, or some of your corI beg leave to solicit your opinion to inform me, whether, in churches
respondents, will perhaps be able relative to a practice into which I where great numbers communicate, have lately been led, but of the this mode of administering is compropriety of which I have some monly resorted to, and also whether doubts. At my church which is the mo- tionary power, as this deviation
a clergyman has any such discrether church of a considerable from common usage implies, or country parish, and where the whether it is regarded as an unnumber of communicants is gene- justifiable departure from the estarally very large, it has
been the cus. blished discipline of the church. tom for ihe curate of a chapel of I have never, except once (before ease always to assist in the admini
I was in orders) been present where stration of the Lord's Supper. this mode of administeriug the sa
On the two last communion crament was practised, and that days, however, he was unayoidably was at a church in Manchester : prevented from lending me the ac. the number of communicants was customed help; and I was reduced about 500 : there were two minito the necessity of either detaining sters, and the appointed words were the congregation for an unreasonable length of time, or administer pronounced to every four or six
persons. Bacon's Works 8vo. 1803, Vol. II.
I am, &c. ages 494–499.
Tothe Editor of the Christian Observer “ Paris seems, at first sight, a A WORK has recently appeared, plaçe devoted solely to enjoyment, entitled "A Visit to Paris," by Mr. and it is difficult to devise how Scott, which conveys some highly every one is so well provided with interesting information on the moral thre means. Iu the principal streets, state of that capital. Presuming almost every second house has a his statements to be correct (of part of it devoted to amusement which, independently of a variety or luxurious gratification of some of concurring' testimony, I think sort. The shops appear to be al. there appears internal evidence), most exclusively occupied with it is impossible not to contemplate embellishments and eatables; and, with the deepest emotion the uni- certainly, wherever superior inge versal profligacy and vice in which nuity is shewn, on wbich Paris may the metropolis of the French Em fairly plume herself, it is in the pire is immersed. The judgments manufacture of some decoration, , of the late Revolution, and the mer- some piece of vertů, some elegant cies of the more recent peare, ap. triße. The fashionable Boulevardeş pear to have been equally un. are lined with baths, where you heeded by infidel France; and, may lie in warm water, and have wbile a restless anbition prompts the most delicious refreshments her to vex and desolate other na. *floated towards you from an invisitions, she appears to be as ill at ble hand,- Cafés, where coffee and ease herself as the victim of un- liqueurs are taken - Restaurateurs, hallowed passions in private life, where dinners are served,-Patiswho feels not a pang the less be- siers, where you may regale an cause he is inflicting misery on all patties and ices,-theatres, and around him. The irrational devo- billiard rooms. But the Palais tion to amusement in every shape, Royal, which is justly said by the the pursuit of sensual indulgence Parisians to be without its equal in in all its varieties, and the con- the world, demands to be princitempt of all practical religion and pally noticed, now that I am to personal virtue are strongly marked touch on these subjects. by this writer; and if it be true " It is a square enclosure, form that righteousness exalteth a na- ed of the buildings of the Orleans tion,” while “ sin is a reproach to Palace;- piazzas make a covered any people,"_if it be true that there walk along three of its sides, and is a nearer connection between the center is an open gravelled national guilt and national punish- space, with a few straight lines of ment, than some sceptical observers slim trees running along its length, would have us believe,-then is the Tliere is a neat compact elegance situation of our neighbours at the visible in the architecture of what present moment calculated at once was the palace, -but the building to excite our commiseration for is now insignificant compared with them, and to operate as a warning its purposes, and you can no more to ourselves.
attend to its proportions than you Without detaining you longer could fix your attention on the with prefatory remarks, I shall ex. prospects adorning the banks of a tract the greatest part of a chapter river, if you were burried dowp from the work in question, and one of its cataracts. conclude with some observations “ The climate of France and the arising out of the subject.
cliaracter of the French conspire