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“ There resided in the neighbourhood of Truro, a catechising his people_exercises which had, at that peyoung lady of accomplished manners, beauty, fortune, riod, almost fallen into disuse in England; and his exand piety. Her religion attached her to the ministry ample was soon followed by the other clergymen in that of Mr Walker, while superior education and good sense

district of the country. enabled her to appreciate his attainments. There was every reason to believe that she would have readily ac

In the close of the year 1756, the worthy pastor of cepted an offer of his hand, and that their union would | Truro found himself introduced into a new field of use. have been most happy. A friend, anxious to see him ful labour. A body of soldiers were sent into his parish relieved from his humble circumstances, by an alliance for winter quarters, and immediately they became the with a lady of fortune, piety, and zeal, ventured to ad- object of his pastoral solicitude. He began by address. vise him seriously to consider whether he ought not to

ing to them a sermon on the Sabbath afternoon, which avail bimself of such an opportunity.

He made no reply at the time, but a few days afterwards remarked,

went by the name of the “ Soldiers' Sermon," but, at you spoke to me lately about Miss

first, he had great difficulty in prevailing on them to listainly never saw a woman whom I thought comparable ten to him ; for, though conducted to Church by their to her, and I believe I should enjoy as much happiness officers, they used, even then, to turn off at the door. in a union with her, as it is possible to enjoy in this Mr Walker, however, was not disheartened; he set his world. I have reason also to think she would not re- pious members of the Society to work, and, by their ex. ject my suit.' Here he paused, and added with great ertions, a few of the soldiers were, at length, persuade! feeling and seriousness still it must never be ; what would the world say of me? Would not they imagine to attend. The numbers gradually increased ; and such that the hope of obtaining such a prize, intluenced my

was the effect of his faithful addresses, that, in three profession of religion? It is easy, they would say, to weeks, no less than a hundred of them went to his preach self-denial, and heavenly-mindedness; but has house, to speak to him, in private, on the concerns of not the preacher taken care to get as much of this their souls. Many of these, no doubt, returned to their world's goods as he could possibly obtain?', 'Sir,' he former thoughtlessness and forgetfulness of God. again said, with emphasis, it must never be. never suffer any temporal happiness or advantage to be Those, however, and there was a considerable number, a hindrance to my usefulness.'

who gave evidence of a real change of heart, were formDifferent opinions may be formed as to the propriety ed into a class, which was called the “ Soldiers' Society." or prudence of Mr Walker's conduct on this occasion, The effect of Mr Walker's assiduous attention to the but it exhibits the pious and disinterested conscientious spiritual interests of the soldiers, was soon apparent in ness of the man, in a very strong point of view. The the change which was perceptible in the outward de advancement of his Redeemer's honour was, with him, portment of the whole regiment. the grand object, and to this all other considerations

“ Mr Walker's exertions in the regiment at first m: were made to bow. Nor was his zeal unattended with with great opposition ; the captain publiely forbade 12 The pleasure of the Lord evidently prospered less, at last, than two hundred and fifty of them souclit

men to go to him for private instruction, though n in his hands. The number of converts was daily on

the over-tired' but persevering servant of Christ in the increase, and finding himself unable to pay due at

that purpose.

Those also wbom religion bad separate tention to each individual case, he formed them, at from the sinful habits and company of their unawaken! length, in 1754, into a Religious Society, the design of comrades, were much derided, but grace enabled theiu which, he stated, in the “considerations laid before the to stand. A great alteration, however, took place; meinbers at the first meeting,” to be threefold :—T. punishments soon diminished, and order prevailed i glorify God—to quicken and confirm themselves in faith the commander at length discovered the excellent cause

the regiment, to a degree never before witnessed, anj and holiness—and to render them more useful among the of this salutary change. Genuine zeal had now its til neighbours. The devotional services at the meetings triumph and its rich reward ; the officers waited on M of this society were conducted exclusively by Mr Walker Walker in a body, to acknowledge the good effects of himself, and thus, many of the disadvantages which are his wise and sedulous exertions, and to thank him for too often attendant on fellowship meetings, as usually

the reformation he had produced in their ranks." conducted, were obviated. Besides this general society,

The scene, when the regiment left the place, after Mr Walker instituted, and encouraged among his people,

nine weeks' residence, is thus beautifully described. smaller meetings, for mutual converse and prayer.

“ These interesting men left Truro on the 19th of

January, after nine weeks' stay. The parting sene Anxious that the utmost simplicity and purity of inten

was indescribably affecting. They assembled the last tion should be preserved among his converts, he laid

evening in the Society's room, to hear their beloved down minute regulations for their guidance at these minister's farewell prayer and exhortation. · Had you,' meetings.

said Mr Walker to a friend, but seen their counten. The exertions of this indefatigable pastor, however, ances, what thankfulness, love, sorrow, and joy, st were not limited entirely to his own parish ; he en- upon them; they hoped they might bring forth some deavoured also to stimulate his brethren around him.

fruit ; they hoped to meet us again at the right hand of With this view, he suggested the formation of a union

Jesus in his illustrious day. Amen.' It was an hour

of mingled distress and comfort; the hearts of some among the pious clergy of the neighbourhood, for mu

were so full, that they clasped the hand of the beloved tual assistance and encouragement in their pastoral du- instrument of their conversion, and turned away withties. This society, which was called the “ Parsons' out a word. They began their morning's march praisClub," was productive of much good both to the minis- ing God for bringing them under the sound of his Gosters and their people. As iron sharpeneth iron, so

pel; and as they slowly passed along, turned round to doth the face of a man his friend.” And it was so in catch occasional glimpses of the town as they gradually this instance, for the piety, and zeal, and activity of Mr lost sight of it, exclaiming, ‘ God bless Truro. Thes

saw their spiritual leader no more on earth, but were Walker, diffused a most beneficial influence over all his consoled by the hope of a triumphant meeting in the associates. He himself was assiduous in visiting and armies of heaven.".

success.

ness.

Amid his unwearied labours in his own parish, Mr Soon after the delivery of the discourse to which we Walker was prevailed upon to extend his sphere of use. have referred, Mr Walker was seized with a fever, fulness, by the publication of an admirable course of which confined him for several weeks to his room; and sermons, which, accordingly, appeared under the title when he had, in some measure, recovered, symptoms of of The Christian. This work has long been held in pulmonary consumption began to appear. At Bristol high esteem among the pious in this country, and has hot-wells, to which he repaired in the Autumn, he debeen often republished. It presents a lively portraiture rived little or no benefit, and after passing two months of the Christian character, in a series of discourses, il- there, he removed to Kington, in Warwickshire, with lustrative of the passage,-" If any man be in Christ, the view of spending some time with Mr Talbot, the he is a new creature.”

clergyman of the place. The season, however, set in The unwearied labour and perpetual anxieties to so unfavourably, that it was thought advisable for him which Mr Walker was subjected, in the conscientious to return to Bristol. Finding that, even yet, he could discharge of his ministerial duties, soon began to affect his derive no benefit from the use of the mineral waters, bodily constitution. In the mysterious arrangements of he accepted the invitation of the Earl of Dartmouth, to Providence, his sun went down while it was yet day. pay him a visit at Blackheath, in the neighbourhood of On the 27th April 1760, he preached, for the last time, London. Here Mr Walker found a Christian welcome, in the pulpit of the Church at Truro. The concluding and received the utmost attention during his trying illwords of his discourse were peculiarly solemn and af- “ The kindness of his host and hostess was unfecting. Though quite unconscious that his ministerial bounded; the physicians refused to receive any thing labours were now at a close, he spoke, as from the from him for their attendance; his flock at Truro were brink of the grave, to his beloved flock.

perpetually conveying to him sums of money, cheerfully " To be plain, I am grieved at heart for many, very bestowed on a minister who had impoverished himself many of you, to think how you will make your appear- for their sakes." ance before Christ's judgment-seat. You have no works

In the spring of the year 1761, Mr Walker's illness to speak there for your belonging to Christ; I can see

assumed a more alarming character. A burning fever none. I see works of various kinds that prove you do not belong to him. If a life of pleasure, idleness, in- by day, and distressing perspirations by night, with a dulgence, drunkenness, pride, covetousness, would re-cough which deprived him of rest, rendered bim, every commend you to the favour of the Judge, few would be day, weaker and more languid. Still his confidence in better received than numbers of you. In the name of the arrangements of his Heavenly Father, comforted God, my friends, when you know this moment in your and supported him. “ The weakness of my body," he own consciences, that if, as you have been and are, you observed, “ deprives me of all joyous sensations, but should be called to judgment, you would be as surely cast into hell, as if you were already scorching in those my faith in God's promises, I bless the Lord, is firm and dreadful fames, why will you live at such a rate ? – unshaken.” Whenever the slightest prospect of recoWell, we shall be all before the judgment-seat of Christ very presented itself, he instantly thought of his belov. together. There the controversy, between me, pered Truro, and looked forward, with fond anticipation, suading you by the terrors of the Lord, and you deter- to renewed exertions among an affectionate people. mined to abide in your sins, will be decided. There it Their best interests dwelt much upon his mind; and will appear whether your blood will be upon your own

often, very often, did he lift up his soul in earnest prayheads for your obstinate impenitence, or upon mine, for

er to God, “ that they all might be saved.” Throughout not giving you warning. Christ will certainly either acquit or condemn me on this account ; and if I should the whole of his illness, he enjoyed much sweet combe acquitted herein, what will become of you ? I trem- munion with the Father of his spirit ; and, as a necesble to think how so many words of mine will be brought sary consequence, his mind was kept in a state of perup against you on that day. What will you say, what fect peace. will you answer, how will you excuse yourselves ? 0 " To a friend, who shed tears, he said, 'why do you sirs , if you will not be prevailed upon, you will

, with trouble yourself? I am going to heaven : Christ my eternal self-reproach, curse the day that you knew me, Lord died. When Mr Burnet wept over him, he exor heard one word from my mouth. Why, why, will claimed, do you not rejoice with me ?' Five days beyou die with so aggravated a destruction ? O think of fore his death, be caused a letter to be written to Mr the judgment; think of it, and you will not be able to

Conon, in which he assures him, that ' with great conhold it out against your own souls. May the Lord in- fusion of thought he had no doubts, great confidence, cline you to do so; may he cause this word to sink

great submission, no complaining.' To this he added, deep into your hearts ; may he shew you all your dan- as to actual views of the joys that are coming, I have ger; and with an outstretched arm, bring you out of none, but a stedfast belief of them in Christ;' but lest the hands of the devil, and translate you into the glo he should be supposed to be wanting in satisfactory ex. rious kingdom of his dear Son to his own glory, and perience, he proceeded, ' what I have found in myself your unspeakable happiness, in the day of the appear- for months past, and the present workings of the Spiance of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Even so, rit, have left me without any doubt of my union with most mighty God, and most merciful Father, for the Christ.' same Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.”

Awaking from a doze, he seized the hand of bis Such was the powerful appeal with which this devot- nurse, and said, ' I have been upon the wings of the ed servant of the Lord terminated his faithful and suc- cherubim, heaven has been in a manner opened to me ; cessful ministry—a ministry which extended its benefits I shall be soon there myself, and am only sorry I canfar beyond the immediate sphere of its operations, and

not take you with me.' He also observed to Mr Bur. the effects of which are felt in Cornwall even at this day. net, that if his strength allowed, he could tell him news

which would rejoice his heart, I have bad,' he said, Of Mr Walker of Truro, indeed, it may be said, as was such views of heaven; but I can say no more.' These once declared of Henry Martyn," he hath lighted a raptures were, however, qualified by the deepest hufame which shall never be extinguished."

mility; for when one present rejoiced, over his apparent ripeness for heaven, he said, “ nay, my dear friend, theatrical spectacles of the wild beasts were finished. the body of sin is not yet done away. I shall continue They then unanimously shouted, that he should be a sinner to the very last gasp.

burned alive. The business was executed with all

posIn a frame of mind so calm, so enviable, did this faith- sible speed; for the people immediately gathered fus! ful servant of the Most High bid a last farewell to the from the work-shops and baths, in which employmen: world, and on Sabbath, July 19, 1761, his happy spirit lice. As soon as the fagots were collected, he stripped

the Jews distinguished themselves with their usual mawinged its flight from earth to heaven. Let us live the off his clothes, and loosed his girdle. Immediately the life of the righteous, and our “ last end will be like usual appendages of burning were placed about him. his."

And when they had proceeded to fasten him to the

stake, he said, “ Let me remain as I am ; for He who THE MARTYRDOM OF POLYCARP. giveth me strength to sustain the fire, will enable me Abridged from Milner.

also, without your securing me with nails, to remain In or about the year 167, Smyrna was distinguished by without nailing him. And he, putting his hands bekind

unmoved in the fire." Upon this they bound him the martyrdom of her bishop, Polycarp.

him, and being bound, offered to Almighty God the Usher has laboured to show that he was the angel of following prayer: “O Father of thy beloved and blessed the Church of Smyrna, addressed by our Saviour. If

Son Jesus Christ, through whom we have attained the he be right in this, the character of Polycarp is indeed knowledge of Thee, O God of angels and principalities

, delineated by a divine hand; and the martyrdom before

and of all creation, and of all the just who live in Thy us was particularly predicted.

sight, I bless Thee, that Thou hast counted me worthy of The admirable Polycarp, when he heard of the cruel. this day, and this hour, to receive my portion in the ties practised in the bloody persecution then carried on, number of martyrs, in the cup of Christ, for the resurwas quite unmoved, and resolved to remain in the city; rection to eternal life, both of soul and body, in the inBut, induced by the entreaties of his people, he retired corruption of the Holy Ghost ; among whom may 1 bre to a village, at no great distance; and there, with a few received before Thee, this day, as a sacrifice well savourfriends, he spent his time entirely, day and night, in

ed and acceptable, which Thou, the faithful and true praying, according to his usual custom, for all the God, hast prepared, promised before hand, and fulfilled Churches in the world. Three days before he was accordingly. Wherefore, I praise thee for all thore seized, he had a vision while he was praying: He saw

things, I bless thee, I glorify thee, by the eternal High his pillar consumed by fire; and turning to the com

Priest, Jesus Christ, thy well-beloved Son; through pany, he said prophetically, “ I must be burned alive."

whom, with Him in the Holy Spirit, be glory to Thee Upon hearing that the persons in search of him were

both now and for ever. Amen.' just at hand, he retired to another village. Immediately the officers came to his house ; and, not finding the fire ; and, a great fame bursting out, and forming

When he had finished his prayer, the officers lighted him, they seized two servants, one of whom was in the appearance of an arch, was as a wall round about duced, by torture, to confess the place of his retreat.

the body of the martyr, which was in the midst, not Taking the servant as their guide, they went out about supper time, with their usual arms, as against a robber ; furnace. ”At length, the infuriated people, observing

as burning flesh, but as gold and silver refined in the and arriving late, they found him lying in an upper room

that his body could not be consumed by the fire, called at the end of the house, whence he might have made

to the officer, whose business it was, in the Roman his escape, but he would not, saying, “ The will of the

games, to dispatch any beast that was unruly or dangerLord be done.” When he was brought to the tribunal, the pro-consul Upon this, a quantity of blood gushed out, so that the

ous, to approach, and to plunge his sword into his bely. asked him if he was Polycarp ; to which he assented. The pro-consul then began to exhort him to have pity venerable saint fled to the mansions of everlasting resí,

fire was extinguished ; and the immortal spirit of the on his great age, and to swear by the fortune of Cæsar, and glory, and felicity. and to reproach Christ, and he would release him. Polycarp gave him this ever memorable reply: “Eighty and six years have I served Him, and he hath never

DISCOURSE. wronged me, and how can I blaspheme my King who hath saved me?" The pro-consul still urging,

By The Rev. JOHN ANDERSON, by the fortune of Cæsar ;" Polycarp said, “ If you

Minister of Newburgh. still vainly contend to make me swear by the fortune of Cæsar, as you speak, affecting an ignorance of my

“ Hallowed be thy name.”—Matt. vi. 9. real character, hear me frankly declaring what I am: 1 The name of God is a Hebraism for God himam a Christian.” “ I have wild beasts,” says the pro- self, his attributes, and his works. When the consul; “ I will expose you to them, unless you re Jews meant to describe the person, character, of pent.” ' “ Call them," replies the martyr. “I will office of any one, they frequently made use of the tame your spirit by fire," says the pro-consul, you despise the wild beasts, unless you repent.” “You | term, Name; and we find it often employed in threaten me with fire,” answers Polycarp, “ which each of these senses by the writers of the New burns for a moment, and will be soon extinct ; but you Testament. Thus we find it expressly conare ignorant of the future judgment, and of the fire of ferred upon individuals, because of certain er. eternal punishment reserved for the ungodly. But why cellencies of character, qualities of condition, or do you delay? Do what you please." then sent the herald to proclaim thrice, in the midst of circumstances in life, on account of which they the assembly, “ Polycarp hath professed himself a had already been distinguished, or were yet to be Christian.” Upon this all the multitude, both of Gen- so in their future history ;-for example upon Noal, tiles and of Jews, who dwelt at Smyrna, with insatiate as a husbandman-upon Abraham, as the father of rage, shouted aloud, “ This is the doctor of Asia, the many nations—upon Isaac, with whom the covenant father of Christians, the subverter of our gods, who hath

was to be established—and upon Jesus, “ for He taught many not to sacrifice nor to adore.” They now begged Philip the Asiarch to let out a lion against shall save his people from their sins.” And so, in Polycarp. But he refused, observing that the amphi- the instance under consideration, the name of God

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is put for the inherent excellencies and attributes of holy, which would be to pray for an impossibility ; his nature, when, as the all-wise, all-powerful, and but we are desired to entreat, that his nature and all-gracious and merciful Jehovah, we are called perfections may be better known and understood ; upon to address Him as our Father in heaven,” that he may be more exalted, and revered, and who supplies all our wants, pardons all our sins, loved by the creatures whom he has formed in his and carefully superintends all our affairs.

own image, and created for his own glory; and Hallowing” the name of God, is an expres- that we, and all men, may be led to think, and speak, sion of the same import with sanctifying the name and act, as becomes his transcendent excellencies, of God, and it is applicable either to persons or to so fully revealed in his Word, and so strikingly things. Both are said to be sanctified or made manifested through all his works. holy, when they are set apart from a profane to a Ignorant of the very existence of one living and sacred use, and in this sense, the vessels of the true God, the heathens, even among learned and temple

, as well as the priests under the law, were civilized nations, at the time that our Lord dicsanctified or made holy, when they were dedicated tated this prayer, had no suitable apprehensions of to the service of God. But, as it was of vital im- divine perfection. They believed in a multitude portance to preserve persons and things thus con- of gods, and to all of them they ascribed not secrated from whatever might defile and pollute merely the weaknesses, but the errors and polluthem, the terms sanctified and holy soon came to tions of inferior beings, the debasing passions and signify what is clean and pure; and as a mind un- desires of sinful men. Even the Jews, though tainted by sin constitutes the most valuable spe- they knew of, and believed in, the existence of the cies of cleanness and purity, they were at length Great Sovereign Creator and Governor of the employed to denote internal rectitude, in opposi- world, entertained very unworthy notions of his tion to moral deformity. In this sense the ex- attributes, representing him as limited in the propression is used, when true believers are said to be tection which he afforded to the children of men, sanctified by the Holy Ghost ; sanctified in Christ and as a being whose mercy did not extend beJesus; sanctified by the blood of the covenant; yond their own nation. And, even now, amid all and when they are called upon to “sanctify the the advantages which men enjoy, God is not reLord God in their hearts, and cleanse themselves garded with becoming reverence, while there are from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting whole nations who still sit in darkness, who neither boliness in the fear of the Lord.”

know of, nor adore the One Universal Parent of naBut besides implying, in a secondary sense, to ture. When we pray, therefore, that his name he made holy, and to be set apart for a sacred use may be “hallowed,” our petition bears, that his and designation, the phrase is employed to denote, glorious perfections may be exalted in the eyes of in its first and highest sense, holiness itself, or all intelligent creatures ; that the veil may be what is essentially and absolutely holy. To God taken off from the eyes of the heathen ; that the alone it can be so applied ; and when it is said of worship of idols may be everywhere abolished, and him, that he is boly, the meaning is, that he is that all men may be led to separate from their conpossessed of in herent excellence of nature of un- ceptions every low and debasing attribute, and uniswerving rectitude of conduct—and is infinitely re- formly entertain suitable apprehensions of his mored from all possibility of purposing, or think- power, wisdom, goodness, holiness, justice and ing, or approving evil. When our Saviour, there- truth. “ O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy fore, teaches us to pray that the name of God may name in all the earth, who hast set thy glory be “ hallowed,” he, undoubtedly, does not mean above the heavens ;” “ let thy Word have free we should request that additional holiness may be course and be glorified ;” “ let the people praise conferred upon God. In his nature, improvement Thee O God; let all the people praise thee.” can have no place; already he is infinite in holi- 1. We sanctify God's name, in the spirit of this ness, as well as in every other perfection. No- petition, when we attend upon the ordinances of thing can add to, and nothing can diminish from Religion ; and offer up the praises of our hearts in the rectitude of the Supreme Being. Creatures the services of his House. These ordinances were may rise or fall in the scale of perfection; they appointed by God expressly for this purpose ; may acquire new degrees of sanctity, or they may and in the “ rest” of the original Sabbath, is contract a greater share of moral defilement. represented the sacred and hallowed calm by which But God is in this, as in every other quality of all hearts should be pervaded, when, on “ the day his nature, without “variableness or shadow of of the Lord,” men are reminded of the existence turning,” and he must ever continue absolutely and and perfections of Him who made the worlds and transcendently holy.

all the host of them, are admonished of the suborWhen we are directed, then, to address God in dination of all things in heaven and earth to Him, the petition,

“ hallowed be thy name,” we can and their subserviency to the purposes of his understand it in no other sense than as the ascrip- glory; and are thus given to understand that they tion of holiness and purity, as essentially belong- are employed in the noblest and most exalted exing to him ; and as a request that our own hearts ercise of their spiritual nature, when they unite in tnay be suitably affected by the knowledge of his the solemn and public acknowledgment of His being possessed of both these qualities. We are “ name," before whom angels worship and veil not directed to pray that God may become more their faces with their wings. Religio:l, even

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amidst the desolations of the fall, is still, in some 2. We sanctify God's name, in the spirit of measure, natural to man; a sense of Deity is in- this petition, when we live devoted to his will

, and separable from his nature; and nowhere, and regulate our conduct by the tenor of his law never, has that nation existed, among whom re- When God created man, he created him for his own ligious ceremonies and rites have not been observ- glory. This, we are repeatedly told in Scripture, ed. They are the proper and spontaneous effort was the motive which induced the Almighty to of the human mind to rise above its earthly con- give birth to the human race, and to endow them dition ; to connect itself with that mysterious, ce- with all the high powers and faculties of which lestial origin whence it sprung; and as the only they are possessed. The end which he haul in view tribute which it has to offer, and the only return in our creation ought, undoubtedly, to constitute which it can make for the goodness by which it the chief employment of our lives. Our devo. lives, it would thus recognise its connection with, tions and our actions should always correspond, and obligations to, that invisible and almighty and both should ever be conformable to the views power who rules and reigns over all. Supersti- of our divine Author. To us the inspiration of tion, in all its forms, the foulest and cruelest rites the Almighty has given understanding, and taught of heathenism, are nothing else than this senti- us more than the beasts of the field. He has con. ment of religion struggling to express itself; and, stituted us supreme in this lower world, and amply while from blind, ignorant, and corrupted man, left provided for our princely dignity. We have been to himself in the worship and homage which he crowned by him“ with glory; and whoever at. pays, nothing can be expected but error, deformi- tentively considers his nature and condition,—the ty, and imperfection ; yet, he who causeth the structure of his body and the constitution of his mind, very wrath of man to praise him, will so arrange the provision that is furnished for the supply the events of his providence, that his name shall of his animal wants,—the objects that are provided be magnified and extolled, and his justice made for the entertainment of his intellectual faculties

. known among the heathen.

and the scope that is afforded for the exercise of The Jews were early initiated in the knowledge his moral affections, must acknowledge that if the and worship of the one true God. “One thing," glory of God be manifestly displayed in the other said David, “ have I desired of the Lord, that will works of his hands, it shines with peculiar lustre I seek after ; that I may dwell in the house of the in the creation and preservation of man. Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty And in the doing of all this, has not our Creaof the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.” The tor plainly declared that while, in gratitude, he “ beauty,” or holiness, of the Lord had there a claims the homage and devotion of our hearts, and symbolical representation, and in the warm and in the use of the gift we ought to sanctify the fervid imagination of that people, the whole build-name of the Giver, we will then only best fulfil the ing, upon which had been lavished all that the end of our being, and reap the glory and felicity taste and treasures of the kingdom could afford, for which we were formed, when we dedicate our. became the type of every thing sacred and divine. selves to his service, and live in habitual subserThe Christian service is still more exalted and viency to his will and pleasure ? When such is refined, and now that we know we have not the case, we fall in with the general plan of divine been redeemed with corruptible things of earthly providence; our minds, if I may so speak, are in value, with the blood of goats, or of bulls, but by unison with the mind of God; and therefore it is, the precious ransom of God's own beloved Son ; that an apostle thus exhorts, “whether ye eat, or how deeply incumbent is it upon us, to repair drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of to God's House to hear what he will speak to God.” And what nobler design can man propose our souls of things pertaining to life and salva- to himself in life, in the exercise of all the highest tion, and to pour out the gratitude and devotion and most exalted endowments of his nature, than of our hearts for all the wonders of redeeming love! thus to manifest his sense of dependence by studying While we thus worship him, he sends a blessing to reverence the Author of his being ? While down to hallow and attune our services to the we walk then in the paths of God and Religion, we praises of his name; he strengthens and sanctifies walk also in those of nature and providence ; we our purposes and resolutions of living to his glory; are vessels of honour, as discharging the office he draws our desires and affections upwards to which our all-wise Creator has assigned us; man himself; and, deriving nourishment and grace is an echo to the voice of God, and the earth refrom that pure and heavenly source, we are en- volves in harmony with the course and the will of abled by the exercise, at once to love him more

heaven. and to serve him better. When Moses ascended The obligation incumbent upon Christians, unto the Mount with God, we are told that his however, to devote themselves to the service countenance, on his return to the people, bore of God, and thereby to “hallow his name," is marks that he had been in the heavenly presence; both more extensive and binding than any thing so when we come to the altar of the Lord, we go that can be urged from the relation in which back to the world, with a portion of the odour of we stand to him as the Author and Preserver of the sanctuary upon us, with our hearts better forti- our being, as the Father of our spirits, or as the fied against sin, and our affections glowing with bountiful and never failing Source of all our compurer and holier aspirations.

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