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truly religious," then if you live you will live to the Lord,
" and if you die you will die to the Lord, so that whether you Live or die you will be the Lord's.” Blessed are the youth who are the favorites of heaven and united to Jefus. Consider how gross the absurdity, and how base the ingratitude, to give our strength and the flower ofour days to Satan, and to hope that God will accept the dregs and refuse of life. This will be offering the torn, the lame, and the sick for sacrifice, which will surely be rejected. How can we expect God will fupport and comfort us in age, when we served him not while we were young. Precious was the experience of the Pfalmift when he could say, “ O God 6thou hast taught me from my youth; now also when I am "old and grey-headed, forsake me not."
An argument to enforce religion upon tender minds, is taken in strong figurative expressions from the luminaries of heaven and the clouds of the air. “ While the sun, or the light, or
the moon, or the stars be not darkened, nor the clouds re* turn after the rain." All these bright luminaries become dim to the aged, through failure of fight and all the powers of nature. Their understandings, memories and all their faculties fail. The beauty and pleasure of all these things are paffed away.
Then the clouds return after the rain. No sooner is one cloud blown over than another suc. ceeds; thus the aged are no sooner relieved from one difease and pain than they are seized with another. Their ailments are like a continual dropping in a rainy day. Let all these things be placed together to engage youth in an early attencion to religion. The commandment of your bleeding Saviour is, “Seek first the kingdom of God and the righteousne 66 thereof." And those that seek me early shall find me, '«Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while 6 the evil days come not, not the years draw nigh when thou 6 shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; while the sun, or the "light, or the moon, or the stars be not darkened, nor the * clouds return aficr the rain."
Is it not a melancholy thought that any of you should perish?
Is not the thought transporting that you should all enjoy the felicity and glories of heaven forever?
O that it might be a portion of my bliss to behold you in the celestial world! That you might see me there as you now do in this facred desk, and that I might behold you in these happy regions, as I now behold you before me.
Then blesed minister-happy children and eternally glorious youth.
How Youth may become Holy and Habby.
Psa. cxix. 9. Wherewith fall a young man cleanse his way? By
taking heed thereto according to thy word.
THE holy scriptures are the source of all divine wisdom and saving knowledge to the children of men. They are profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. They are of the most extensive spiritual use, containing all things necessary for to know and believe con. cerning God, ourselves, the way of salvation for finners, and the graces, virtues and duties for acquiring the same. They are perfectly calculated to display the character of God, the holiness of the divine law, the evil and turpitude of fin, the recovery of finners through the atonement and intercefsion of Christ, the way of faith and obedience, and to rectify and reform what is amiss in the soul. So that the man of God or the true Christian may be thoroughly furnished for the per. formance of every good work.
This excellent Pfalm shining with peculiar lustre among all
che Pfalms of David, principally consists in praises and ence. miums on divine revelation. The Psalmist here in the most persuasive language recommends the great usefulness of the scriptures, from his own example and the distinguished bles fings he had experienced in them. How often does he exprels his most ardent desires, for a more intimate acquaintance with these precious oracles, and to be more conformed to their instructions? “ Deal with thy fervant according to thy mer. os cies, and teach me thy statutes. I am thy servant, give me “ understanding that I may know thy testimonies. O how I * love thy law; it is my meditation all the day.”
There is no less than ten words employed in this long Psalm expressive of the glories and advantages of divine revelation. And what is very remarkable, there is not a verse in which one of these terms is not used, a very few excepted, yet they are so placed and transposed, that the most accurate reader feels no tedious repitition, but every phrase appears with beau. ty and affords him the highest pleasure and delight.
It is stiled God's law, because the scriptures are given by the supreme and sovereign legislator-his way, because they contain the order of his dispensations, and the course of man's obedience--his commandments, because issued by the most abLolute authority-his testimonies, because attested or witnessed to the world by the most irrefragable evidence--his precepts, because they are the prescriptions of heaven to man--his word, because they are the declarations of his will--his judgments, because by them we shall be judged---his righteoufness, because holy, just and good, and the tandard of perfect juitice--his fatutes, because fixed, immutable and of perpetual obligationhis truth, because they are faithful sayings and founded on principles of eternal verity.
Now these oracles which are described in fach a variety of characters, exhibit complete rules of direction in every care In all difficulties in which persons may be involved, here is instruction for deliverance, or how to bear them with patience, and improve them for their greatest good. In our text they give directions of the highest importance, to wit, how the rising generation may become holy and useful in the world, and be happy forever. “Wherewith fhall a young man cleanse his way? “ By taking heed thereto according to thy word.” My young friends, I hope, will grant their attention to a subject of such infinite magnitude. It is long since it was said by the wisest of men, that youth is folly and vanity. I will not enter into the common essay, that youth is worse in this age than formerly: Every one, even the most ignorant, is continually giving lectures on this topic. This is not by any means a general truth , there may be particular places where one generation may be worse than a preceding, so there may be places where a generation arises better than the one which went before it. But however this matter may be, there is in the words before us an important question alked, and a satisfactory answer given for the direction of the rising generation.
There are various things of high importance contained in the question, “ How shall a young man cleanse his way?” By way, when used in this figurative fense, expreslive of the moral temper and character, is generally meant the bias and inclina. tion of the heart, and the course and prevailing tenor of the life. If the habitual turn of the heart be to that which is good and the external conversation such as becometh the gospel, then his way is right with God, or it is in its measure clean. But if the heart be commonly disposed to evil, and the conversation ungodly, this proves his way to be unclean, or corrupt and vicious.
To cleanse, in a moral or religious sense, signifies to reform and amend that which is amifs both in heart and conduct. To