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Mercy, I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations. For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds.- Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with loving-kindness and tender mercies.- Blessed be the GOD and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which, according to his abundant mercy, hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Ps. 57. 9, 10. and 103. 2, 4. 1 Pet. 1. 3.
Unspeakable Gift,-Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.- Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, And hath raised up a horn of salvation for us, in the house of his servant David: As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began. 2 Cor. 9. 15. Luke 1. 68-70.
Blessings with Christ,-Blessed be the Gop and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him, before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love. I thank my GoD always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enrich ed by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge. Eph. 1. 3, 4. 1 Cor. 1. 4, 5.
Revealed will, I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou GOD of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the king's matter. At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Dan. 2. 23. Mat. 11. 25.
Sealing graces,-Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.- We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth. Eph. 1. 15-18. 2 Thes. 1. 3.
Daily bread,-And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your Gop, that hath dealt won
derously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.For every creature of GoD is good, and nothing to be refus ed, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of Gon, and prayer. And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people. Joel 2. 26. 1 Tim. 4. 4, 5. Mark 8. 6.
Care of his Church,-When the Lord shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory. He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer. This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the Lord.- Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our Gon; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely. The Lord doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel. He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Ps. 102. 16-18. and 147. 1-3. Mat. 16. 18.
Wonderful works,-Make a joyful noise unto Gon, all ye lands Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious. Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. Ps. 66. 1-3. and 139. 14, 16.
And deliverances.-I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.- O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever. And say ye, Save us, O GOD of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise. Ps. 34. 1-4. 1 Chron. 16. 34, 35.
By imitating Joseph, Samuel, Obadiah, Josiah, Daniel, Timothy, and other pious youths, the young may secure all needful, temporal, and spiritual blessings.
Drunkenness weakens both the body and the mind. It destroys individual and domestic happiness, and usually terminates in a premature death of the body, and eternal death of the soul. It demoralizes society, and thus ruins many souls in time and ETERNITY. The friends of righteousness and humanity are loudly called on, in these degenerate days, to make united, powerful, and persevering exertions, to prevent the increasing ravages of intoxication, that MONSTER of INIQUITY and DEATH. According to a late very accurate computation, the United States annually expend more than 22,000,000 of dollars for ardent spirits. "A sum which exceeds all that is paid for the support of government, the education of children, and the support of religious instructors, by the people of this country." See Panoplist for Sept. 1812. O shame! folly! MADNESS! DESTRUCTION!
Is not unchastity in words, actions, and thoughts, strictly forbidden in the word of God?
THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT ADULTERY.
Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned? So he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication, sinneth against his own body.- Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience. Ex. 20. 14. Prov. 6. 27-29. 1 Cor. 6. 18. Col. 3. 5, 6. || Mat. 5. 28. and 15. 19. Deut. 22. 28, 29. and 23. 17. Prov. 5. 1-13. and 7. 6-10, 13-18, 21-23. Jude 7.
The following able remarks are extracted from an invaluable Treatise on Education, by T. BABINGTON Ése. member of the British Parliament.
I FEAR it is too common, to be satisfied with a less intimate acquaintance with the Word of God than becomes creatures to whom so inestimable a treasure is given. The Bible is at hand, perhaps is regularly read. Its different parts are recognised as old acquaintance on each re-perusal, and they are not passed over without care and attention. In this way a foun
dation is laid, with the Divine blessing, of sound religious knowledge, and of solid piety. Still, however, there is often but little of readiness in producing from memory the very expressions of Scripture. There is a wide departure from the spirit of the directions given to the Israelites :-"And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates." And yet on an ability to do this promptly and correctly, often depends our right and ready application of this our Divine rule, both in directing our own course through life, and in giving useful advice to those about us. Have not we all felt the prodigious advantage of an apposite passage of Scripture, striking the mind on occasions when temptation has pressed upon us, or when we have doubted as to the course we ought to pursue? Nor is the advantage less, when we can support our advice to others by the very words of Holy Writ. But the benefits resulting from this knowledge of Scripture, are by no means confined to such occasions; they extend to the general frame of the soul, and to its growth in grace; and, in this point of view, are far more important than in any other. What a rich treasury for a supply of holy thoughts, and for the cultivation of holy affections, with the Divine aid, does that man possess whose mind is well stored with the Word of God!—
Now, how will this knowledge of Scripture be best attained? Beyond all doubt, by learning much by heart during the period of youth. It is in youth that the memory is most retentive and the stores it then lays up are the least subject to loss or decay from the lapse of time. Like certain flowers gathered at a proper season for preservation, they retain even to a late period much of their original freshness; while passages learnt in after-life, are apt to fade, and escape altogether out of the mind, if not frequently reinstated by repetition. Besides, by beginning early, there is ample time for laying in a large store of the more important parts of Scripture; and what is learnt will take deeper root, not only in the memory, but in the affections, and become more, if I may so say, a part of ourselves. The impressions thus received, will, with God's blessing,
"Grow with our growth, and strengthen with our strength,” and contribute essentially to the formation, in due time, of the perfect man in Christ.