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others a day of pastime; and with others a day of idleness? Is not swearing a common sin with many, and excessive drinking a notorious vice with several? Is not lying, slandering, and tale bearing frequent among us; and do we not often hear of quarrels and contentions? I know not such another parish under the sun, for the size of it, so abounding in wickedness, considering the advantages we enjoy, the privileges we possess: the clear light of truth has shone in the midst of us for a considerable time, but how few have admitted its rays; how few of us have any experimental knowledge of divine things; how small is the number of those who are anxiously enquiring what they shall do to be saved? I grant there are many formal hearers, many customary attendants at this place, but where shall we find the persons who are influenced by the preaching of God's word; who are actuated by the spirit of Christianity; who are benefited by the invitations of mercy? We are exalted to heaven as it were with privileges, so much greater will be our condemnation for the mis-improvement of them, since to whom much is given, of the same much will be required; and is it not highly reasonable that it should be so? Ought not the end to be proportioned to the means? I believe many of the poor Hottentots, and numbers of the African slaves, those benighted race of mortals who are fast bound (as the psalmist speaks) in misery

and iron, who have never been visited with the light of truth, whose ears never yet heard the proclamations of mercy, the invitations of the Saviour, the tidings of pardon and peace by the intercession of Jesus Christ, unto whom the word of salvation has never yet been sent, I believe many of these, if favoured as we have been, would have repented long ago; would have turned from dumb idols to serve the living and true God. My brethren, what inferences are we to draw from the tenor of this discourse; what instruction may we derive from this important subject? Should not each one here say to himself, I have been a hearer of this Gospel now for several years, what fruit have I brought forth; what change has passed upon my heart; what amendment has taken place in my life? It is true my judgment is better informed upon divine subjects, I have clearer discoveries of Gospel truth, I know more of God and Christianity, I have a deeper insight into religious matters, but have I been born again; am I walking in the narrow way; do I lové prayer; do I delight in God's law; do I take pleasure in devotional exercises; or am I not rather in my element when partaking of the amusements of the day, when enjoying a cheerful glass, when listening to the merry song, when passing away the jovial hours? Leaving your consciences to decide upon these matters, and to answer these important questions, we conclude.Now &c.

SERMON III.

PROVERBS, CHAP. 3, VERSE 5.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not to thine own undertanding. How sublime are the precepts contained in the Scriptures of truth; how authoratative are its injunctions; how encouraging the promises; how alarming the threatenings? No book can be compared with the Bible for antiquity, for excellence of matter, energy of expression, sublimity of style, elevation of sentiment, and depth of reasoning. Indeed a considerable part of it was written by men of the first-rate abilities, by persons of the finest talents, of distinguished parts, of splendid endowments; such as Moses, Isaiah, Daniel, Solomon, David, and St. Paul. There is a height and depth in the Scriptures which the wisest philosophers have not been able to fathom, and yet whatever relates to the ultimate good of man is plain and easy to be understood by every unprejudiced mind, by every sincere enquirer after truth.

In discoursing from the words of the text, I shall, 1st, endeavour to shew what is implied

in trusting in the Lord: 2dly, explain the extent of this command: 3dly, set forth the reason of this negative precept "lean not to thine own understaning," and conclude with a few observations.

I purpose then, in the first place, to shew what is implied in trusting in the Lord. This expression is of greater latitude than many imagine, it has a more comprehensive meaning than is generally supposed, it has a more extensive signification than is commonly understood. Many profess to trust in God while favoured with health, but where is their confidence in him when visited with sicknes? Numbers profess to depend upon him in a season of prosperity, but where is their reliance upon providence when poverty stares them in the face? Such persons praise him only with the lips, and exalt him with the tongue, but their hearts are not upright with him. To trust in the Lord, is to repose an unshaken confidence in him at all times, to believe that all things are wisely ordered for the best, it is to commit all our concerns into his hands, to acquiesce in all his dispensations, it is to use all prudential means for our well-being, both here and hereafter. But how can any one be said to hope in the Lord, or to confide in his mercy, unless they are first reconciled to him through faith in his Son; unless restored to his favour, regenerated by his spirit,

converted by his grace, adopted into his family, and made heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ, the sons and daughters of the Lord Almighty. Do you ask, my brethren, how it can be known that a sinner is reconciled to God, and that his sins are pardoned and done away? I will answer this question by propounding another. How does a child know after having offended its parents, that the father is reconciled? Why the child having confessed its faults with grief and sorrow of heart, and implored forgiveness, it reads the expressions of the parent's good-will in his countenance as well as by the father's caresses and endearments; the child immediately feels an inward satisfaction, a composure of mind, a tranquility of heart which is visible in its looks. sinner being conscious of having offended his God, and confessing his guilt with fervour and importunity in prayer, imploring pardon through the merits of a Saviour; the father of mercies lifts the light of his countenance upon him, removes the dread of future punishment, dissipates his fears of endless wrath, gives him a - foretaste of eternal happiness, a pledge of future glory, an earnest of never-failing comfort, an assurance of final good; the sinner from what he feels knows that God, for Christ's sake, has forgiven him all trespasses; and the Holy Spirit (as St. Paul observes) testifies with his

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