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within the compass of its voice. Thus, among other methods,“ wisdom crieth without, she " uttereth her voice in the streets; she crieth in “ the chief places of concourse, in the openings “ of the gates; in the city she uttereth her “ words, saying, How long, ye simple ones, “ will ye love simplicity? and the scorners

delight in their scorning, and fools hate know

ledge? Turn you at my reproof; behold, I “ will pour out my Spirit unto you, I will make “ known my words unto you. Every Christian is a preacher. The silent but expressive language of his conduct, like that of the heavens, (Ps. xix. 1) declares the glory of God to the utmost extent of his orbit. His conversation, so far as it is formed on the model of Seripture, and is given by inspiration of God, " is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for cor

rection, and for instruction in righteousness.

If good works answer these important purposes, we need not wonder that every genuine believer is earnestly desirous of being devoted to the performance of them. His obligations are strong, and his motives are cogent.

We therefore pray that we may be “ conti

nually given to them"—that we may be incessantly and wholly addicted, dedicated, and consecrated to the practice of them. We implore grace that it may be our “ meat and drink to “ do the will of our Father which is in heaven;" and that " whatever we do, we may do all to " the glory of God.” Some persons seem to suppose, that it is enough if a good work be performed occasionally; and satisfy themselves with a few insulated acts, instead of an uninterrupted course of Godliness. But our church inculcates a different doctrine, when she instructs

us to pray

" that we may be continually givent “ to all good works.” The practice of them must be both our business and our recreation, our daily, hourly, and momentary occupation. " Whether we eat, or drink, or whatever we “ do," it must all be done “ to the glory of • God, and in the name of our Lord Jesus “ Christ, giving thanks unto God the Father “ by Him.” At least, this must be our desire and endeavour, or we cannot cordially join in this collect of our church. If we can content ourselves with the occasional performance of what we deem to be “good works,” it is evident that the motive, rule, and end of such occasional acts are wrong; for our heart, the spring of action, is not devoted to God, who says respecting His people (Is. xliii. 21) “ This peo

ple have I formed for myself: they shall shew “ forth my praise."

Let us inquire whether we can conscientiously use this collect of our church. Do we indeed desire to be continually giren to all good works? This is the cordial wish of the genuine churchman.

Is it your's, reader? If it be not, Oh, what hypocrisy is there in your prayers!

The true member of our church is conscious that the general habit of holiness, and all its. specific acts, are the effects of Divine grace. He feels a languor in his will, which he wants to have removed, and a debility in his powers, which he wants to have strengthened; and therefore he

" “ that he may be “ continually given to all good works.” Inquire, reader, if you feel thus. Is there any correspondence between your sensibilities and our collect?

prays

for grace,

We ask all these blessings “ through Jesus “ Christ our Lord;" a name which is increasingly precious to His disciples in proportion as they find their need of spiritual blessings, and derive increasing evidence that His merit and intercession avail for their supply.

VOL. III.

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