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S E R M ON XLIII.
PSALM XCV. 6, 7.
come let us worship and fall down before him :--
for he is the Lord our GOD,
IN n this psalm we find holy David taken
up with the pious contemplation of God's infinite power, majesty, and greatness :- he considers him as the fovereign Lord of the whole earth, the maker and supporter of all things ;that by himn the heavens were created, and all the host of them; that the earth was wisely fashioned by his hands ;-he had founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods :- that we likewise, the people of his pasture, were raised up by the same creating hand, from nothing, to the dignity of rational creatures, made, with respect to our reason and understanding, after his own most perfect image.
It was natural to imagine that such a contemplation would light up a flame of devotion in any grateful man's breast; and accordingly we find it break forth in the words of the text, in a kind of religious rapture :
O come let us worship and fall down before him :-for he is the Lord our God.
Sure never exhortation to prayer and worship can be better enforced than upon this principle,--that God is the cause and creator of all things ;-that each individual being is upheld in the station it was first placed, by the same hand which first formed it ;--that all the blessings and advantages, which are necessary to the happiness and welfare of beings on earth, are only to be derived from the same fountain ;-and that the only way to do it, is to secure an interest in his favour, by a grateful expression of our sense for the benefits we have received, and a humble dependance upon him for those we expect and stand in want of, Whom have we in heaven,
says the Psalmist, but thee, O God, to look unto or depend on; to whom shall we pour out our complaints, and speak of all our wants and necessities, but to thy goodness, which is ever willing to confer upon us whatever becomes us to alk, and thee to grant;--because thou haft promised to be nigh nuto all that call upon thee,-yea, unto all such as call upon thee faithfully ;--that thou wilt fulfil the desire of them that fear thee, that thou wilt also hear their cry, and help them.
Of all duties, prayer certainly is the sweetest and most easy.—There are some duties which may seem to occasión a troublesome opposition to the natural workings of flesh and blood ;- such as the forgiveness of injuries, and the love of our enemies ;-others, which will force us unavoidably into a perpetual struggle with our passions, which war against the foul ;-such as chastity, temperance,-humility.-There are other virtues, which seem to bid us forget our present interest for a while,
such as charity and generosity ;-others,
his soul unto the Lord his God.
Indeed, as to the frequency of putting this duty formally in practice, as the precept must neceffarily have varied according to the different stations in which God has placed us ;- fo he has been pleased to determine nothing precisely