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where no water is, to see thy power and thy glory, as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.

The aged are often first at Wisdom's gates, and last in quitting them. It is good when this is the result of pious attachment; and let this be the object for which you wish to live, that you may see Jesus more honoured, and that you may attain more conformity to him.

Beware of rash wishes for death. These have been sometimes expressed in a way neither creditable to your faith nor your patience. Leave them to the weak and to the peevish ; and while it is needful for you to remain in the flesh, be willing to continue. In the ordinances of religion, in the satisfactions of goodness, in the fair promise of the young, in the calm of the evening of life, and in the care of Him who giveth power to the faint, you will find the last days of your pilgrimage pleasant.

This subject may reconcile us to the departure of religious friends. They have entered into peace, and they rest with God. The Lord hath fulfilled their wish as to themselves, and you know that, as to you, it was their desire that you should join them in hea

It rests with you whether this wish shall be realized or not. While Nature droops, and looks at the scene with an eye dimmed with tears, while it sighs at the thought of the coldness of a parent's heart, the ghastliness of the face of beauty, and the silence of the voice of love, let faith, while it surveys the peace of their dismission, and thinks of their flesh resting in hope, say, “ Blessed are the dead which

ven.

Psalm lxiii. 1, 2.

die in the Lord.” O that the peace which blessed their departure may shed a cheering ray over the dark melancholy of the desolate heart !

Let me call on good men to cultivate an increasing acquaintance with God's salvation, in the diligent observance of religious ordinances. Christ in the word, and Christ in the sanctuary; must be sought by you daily, for there shall you see him ; and in the practice of righteousness you shall walk in the light of his countenance. While the fantastic and disorderly enthusiast is left to intrude into those things which he hath not seen, and is vainly puffed up in his fleshly mind, to him that ordereth his conversation aright shall be shown the salvation of God.

Let not the aged be unwilling to depart. For wise reasons Providence hath ordained that the relish for life is not lost even amidst its severest calamities and its utmost decays; but wisdom and piety should teach you how unbecoming it is in you to be reluctant to go away when the Master is come and calls for you. How

many have been removed from situations more useful than yours, and ere they had reached the half of your age! While you are at home in the body, you are absent from the Lord, and should therefore be willing to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Meditate on the texts in which a peaceful departure is promised to the good, and plead them in prayer. It is at these places that your Bibles should be found lying open beside you, and desire your young connexions to read them to you. Thus will they learn to consider their latter end, and to pursue that course in life which will render it happy. Sweet to the aged is the lesson of holy wisdom, and it hath a peculiar interest when read by the voice of youthful piety. Often hath this prayer ascended before God during such an exercise, that the passage read and heard may be made life and peace to both.

Let unconverted men reflect how different their character is from that of Simeon. Ye neither fear God nor regard man. You have not the Spirit of Christ, and the Saviour himself is the object of your neglect and hatred ; and what shall be the end of such a course but death ? not death in peace, but in horror; or if there should be no bands in your death, it will be an aggravation of your perdition. It will give you no comfort when you are dying, that you

have seen the world in its charms and sin in its pleasures, for this will render death more frightful. It will be vain to ask from God a dismission in peace, for this will be his answer," How can there be thy abominations are so many?” The salvation of God

you have never desired nor sought, and how shall you escape while scorning the only remedy, and persisting in the practices against which the wrath of God is revealed from heaven? Still Christ is in the temple, and he is here to be offer

“ Hearken to me, ye that are stout-hearted and far from righteousness; behold, I bring near my righteousness, it shall not be far off, and my salvation it shall not tarry."* O regard this offer as you will wish you had done when the things that belong to

peace when

ed to you:

* Isaiah xlvi. 12, 13.

your peace are passing away from your eyes ! May a sense of your guilt and danger induce you to cry for redemption through his blood; and may the view which we have taken of the character and departure of Simeon excite in you this wish, which the grace of God can and will realize in every sincere suppliant, Let me live the life of the righteous, and let my last end be like his."

der it happy. Sweet to the aged is the lesson of holy wisdom, and it hath a peculiar interest when read by the voice of youthful piety. Often hath this prayer ascended before God during such an exercise, that the passage read and heard may be made life and peace to both.

Let unconverted men reflect how different their character is from that of Simeon. Ye neither fear God nor regard man. You have not the Spirit of Christ, and the Saviour himself is the object of your neglect and hatred; and what shall be the end of such a course but death? not death in peace, but in horror; or if there should be no bands in your death, it will be an aggravation of your perdition. It will give you no comfort when you are dying, that you have seen the world in its charms and sin in its pleasures, for this will render death more frightful. It will be vain to ask from God a dismission in peace, for this will be his answer," How can there be peace

when thy abominations are so many ?” The salvation of God

you have never desired nor sought, and how shall you escape while scorning the only remedy, and persisting in the practices against which the wrath of God is revealed from heaven? Still Christ is in the temple, and he is here to be offer

“ Hearken to me, ye that are stout-hearted and far from righteousness; behold, I bring near my righteousness, it shall not be far off, and my salvation it shall not tarry.”

O regard this offer as you will wish you had done when the things that belong to

ed to you:

• Isaiah xlvi, 12, 13.

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