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what Jesus Christ saw under the fig-tree, nor is it necessary now to inquire ;-but it was certainly fomething which, Nathaniel was fully persuaded, - no inortal eye had seen. As soon, therefore, as Jesus Christ bad uttered these words, he believed, and said, Rabbi, thou art the Christ, the son of I be living God. My brethren, God useth the same language to each of you to-day : when tbou wast.under sbe fig-tree, I saw thee.
Thou hypocrite, when wrapped in a veil of religion, embellished with exterior piety, thou concealed ft an impious heart, and didit endeavcur to impofe on God and man, I saw thee. "I penetrated all those labyrinthe, I diffipated all those darknesses, I dived into all thy deep designs.
Thou worldling, who, with a prudence truly infernal, hait the art of giving a beautiful tint to the most odious objects; who appearest-not to hate thy neighbour, because thou dost not openly attack him ; not to falsify thy promise, because thou hast the art of eluding it:; not to oppress thy dependents, because theu knowest how to im
pose filence on them: I saw tbee, when thou gavest those secret stabs, when thou didst receive thole bribes, and did& accumulate those wages of unrighteousnets, which cry for vengeance against thee.
Thou llave to sensuality, alhamed of thine excesses before the face of the fur, I saw thee, when, with bars and bolts, with obscurity and darkpess, and complicated precautions, thou dida hide thyself from the eyes of men, defile the tem. ble of God, and make the members of Christ the members of a barlot, 1 Cor. vi. 15.
My. brethren, the discourses, which we usually preach to you, absorb your minds in a multitude of ideas. A collection of moral ideas perhaps confound instead of instructing you, and when we attempt to engage you in too many
reflections, you enter really into none. Behold an epitome
of religion. Behold a morality in three words, Return to your houles, and every where carry this reflection with you, God seeth me, God seeib ·
To all the wiles of the devil, to all the fpares of the world, to all the baits of fin, oppose this reflection, God seeth me. if, clothed with a human form, he were always in your path, were che to follow you to every place, were he always before you with his majestic face, with eyes falhing with lightning, with looks inspiring terror, dare ye before. bis august presence give a loofe to your passions ? But you have been hearing that his majestic face is every where, those sparkling eyes do inspect you in every place, those terrible looks do consider you every where. Particularly, in the ensuing week, while you are preparing for the Lord's supper, recollect this. Let each examine his own heart, and endeavour to search into his conscience, where he may discover so much weakness, so much corruption, so much hardness, so many unclean sources overflowing with so many exceses, and let this idea strike each of you, God sectb ře. God feeth me, as I fee myself, unclean, ungrateful, and rebellious. O may this idea produce contrition and forrow, a just remorse and a found converion, a hoiy and a fervent communion, crowned with graces and virtues. Happy, if, after our examination, we have a new heart! a heart agreeable to those eyes that search and try it ! Happy, if, after our communion, after a new examination, we can say with the prophet, O Lord, thou hast proved mine heart, thou bast tried ine, and bast found notbing, Psal. xvii. 3. So be it. To God be honour and glory for ever.
THE MANNER' OF PRAISING GOD. Preached after the administration of the Lord's
Psalm xxxiii. 1.
HERE is fomething very noble, my brethren, in the end for which we are now afo sembled in the presence of God. His providence hath infinitely diversified the conditions of those who compofe this affeinbly. Some are placed in the most eminent, others in the most obscure posts. of society. Some live in fplendor and opulence, others in meannels and indigence. One is eme ployed in the turbulence of the army, another in the silence of the study. Notwithstanding this infinite variety of employments, ranks, and ages, We all affemble to.day in one place ; one object. occupies us ; one feneinient animates us ; voice makes the church resound, Praise ye ibe Lord, for his mercy endureth for ever, Plaf. CXXXVI. 1. If there be an object, that can give a mortal any ideas of the first impressions, which are made on a soul, at its first entering the glori. ous palace of the blefied God in heaven, it is this. The first objects, that strike such a soul, are mul. titudes of all nations, tongues, and people, concentered in a meditation on the beneficence of Gad, prostrating themselves before his throne, casting their crowns at his feet, and crying out of ihe abundance of their hearts, which contemplate the perfections of a Being worthy of their profoundest praise, Amen, Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and bonour, and
power, and might, be unto our God, for ever and ever, Amen, Rev. vii. 12.
“ We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, wbich art, and wall, and art to come ; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and haft reigned," chap.; xi. 17. " Great and marvellous are thy works, bord God Almighty ; jult and true are thy ways, thou King of faines !" chap. XV. 3. “Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever, Amen," chap. i. 5. 6. This is the employment of the blessed in heaven: this is what we are doing to-day on earth.
But what a contradiction, what a contrast appears, when, lifting up the exterior habit of piety, that covers fome of us wei examine the in..ward dispositions of the heart. The pfalms, : which are uttered with the voice, are contradicted by the tempers of the heart. The mouths, that were just now opened to bless the Creator, will presently be opened again to blaspheme and. to curse him. The praises, which seemed so prope: er to please dim in whose honour they were:ofa: fered, will incur this reproof, Thou wicked man ! What bast thou to do to take my covenant in thy mouth ? Pfal. 1. 16.
My brethren, if: we would join our voices with those of angels,. we muft have the sentiments of angels. We must, (at least as far as the duty, is imitable by such frail creatures) we mult, in ore der to worship God, as those happy fpirits praise him, love him as they do, serve him as they do, devote ourselves to bim as they devote themselves to him ; and this is the manner of praising God, to which I exhort, and in which I would endeav.. our to instruct you to.day, agreeably to the proph. et's exalted notion of it in the words of the text... What day can be more proper to inspire soch a : noble design? What day can be nuore proper to