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therefore “afraid of evil tidings; let your
heart “ be fixed trusting in the LORD.” If "you hear of “ wars and rumours of wars, see that ye be not " troubled.” Should a deluge come, the LORD will prepare you an ark, in which you may be secure and comfortable : and he will say to you,
Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, “and shut thy doors about thee; hide thyself, as it
were for a little moment, until the indignation “ be over-past. For behold, the LORD cometh “out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the “earth for their iniquity. The earth also shall “ discover her blood, and shall no more cover her “slain. 19
Is. xxvi. 20, 21.
CLOSE OF THE AMERICAN WAR,
JULY 29, 1784.
Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were
destroyed of the destroyer.--1 Cor. x. 10.
MANKIND in general look at the dark side
of their circumstances, and the supposed bright side of their character; whence arise pride, discontent, and murmurs, dishonourable to God, and tormenting to themselves. But true religion teaches us to consider the dark side of our character, and the bright side of our circumstances; and, reflecting how many undeserved comforts we enjoy, to exercise humble gratitude and cheerful praise.
But few, however, comparatively, are truly religious ; and those few are only in part influenced by their principles : so that they are often repining, when they might be praising: and discontent almost every where prevails, instead of gratitude. Well then might the Psalmist repeatedly say, “ Oh, " that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, “and for his wonders to the children of men !"
Many, during the late war, joined with seeming earnestness in prayers for deliverance and peace; who, I fear, have not rendered unto the Lord thanks equally cordial now he hath answered their prayers. They forget our descrvings, ond our dangers; and because we are not that flourishing nation we were; because the peace is not so honourable as they wished; they indulge a spirit of discontent, quarrel with men and measures, and have no heart to bless God for the security, liberty, and privileges which we still enjoy.