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on Jerusalein, with a fervour and affection never to be exceeded. Our devotions, then, according to this model, must consist of confession of sins; deprecation of the punishments and judgements acknowledged to be justly due to them; supplication for pardon, deliverance, and grace; and intercession for the church, and all included in her, our relations, friends, countrymen, and fellow Christians, and more especially for all the sons and daughters of affliction; the whole to be concluded with thanksgiving“; concerning which we may observe that no situation in this world can exclude the necessity, and take away the ground of it; since we find Daniel " giving “thanks,” when the city and temple of God were in ashes, and himself a captive in Babylon. Even then he not only “prayed,” but also “gave thanks before “his God, as he did aforetime.” And indeed nothing but a brutish stupidity can hinder any man from seeing reason to thank God, so long as he grants him life and space, by repentance and faith, to secure to himself a part and portion in the glories of eternity. The poorest beggar, in rags upon a dunghill, ought to bless and praise the Lord without ceasing, that he has yet that privilege allowed him; a privilege denied to so many thousand miserable spirits; whose day of grace has long since expired in the night of everlasting death. Whatever, therefore, be our lot

a Let me be permitted to recommend to the reader, for his companion and directory in this way, The Devotions of Bishop ANDREWS, trunslated from the Greek by Dean STANHOPE; a new and beautiful edition of which has been lately printed for Messrs. Rivington, in St. Paul's Churcb-yard. VOL. 11.

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in this world, let us remember the apostolical injunction, “ In all things give thanks ;” and in order to stir ourselves up to the obeying it, let us only recount the mercies we have received through our Lord Jesus Christ, at sundry times, and in divers manners, spiritual and temporal, from the day of our birth to this present moment; and the result will be, it must be, that we shall all, the poorest and most afflicted among us, make the Psalmist's resolution our own; “ I will always give thanks unto the Lord, his praise “shall ever be in my mouth :" and whenever, like holy Daniel, we kneel “upon our knees to pray,” we shall, at the same time, like him, “ give thanks “ before our God."

Thus therefore, does Daniel not only strip us of every excuse for neglecting our devotions, but gives us likewise full instructions how to perform them, with regard to place, posture, time, and matter. And let the blessed effect and reward of his devotion fire our souls to an imitation of so great and glorious an example. Would we be delivered from the power of the devil, and the bitter pains of eternal death? Would we be holy, and just, and good ? Would we be filled with wisdom and understanding in the counsels of the Almighty ? Would we be high in the favour of Heaven? Nay, would we be saved from temporal calamities, and brought to honour, esteem, and reverence, in the sight of men? Constancy in prayer can open a way to all these blessings. For if we ask,

, why Daniel was preserved from the lions ? Why he was endued with such innocency of life? Why he was admitted into the secrets of the divine economy? Why he was styled, by way of eminence, “the man “greatly beloved?” and why the name of God was glorified by his promotion in a Heathen court? The answer to all is—“He kneeled upon his knees three "times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before 66 his God.”

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DISCOURSE XXI.

THE REDEMPTION OF TIME.

EPMESIANS, v. 16.

Redeeming the time.

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Man is often in Scripture compared to a merchant; and there are three things more especially, which, considered in that capacity, he is enjoined to purchase at any rate. The first is the kingdom of heaven, likened by our Saviour, in one of his parables, to a "pearl of great price, which a merchant

having met with, went and sold all that he had, “and bought it.” The second is truth.

Buy the “ truth," saith Solomon, “and sell it not." The third purchase we are to make is that mentioned in the text: “ Redeeming the time." And this, indeed, opens the way to the other two; since it is by a right employment of our time, that we come to a knowledge and love of the truth, which leads us to the kingdom of heaven, through him who is "the way, “ the truth, and the life.'

The phrase, “redeeming the time," supposes us to have been formerly negligent in this sort of spiritual traffic, and so to have suffered loss; which, therefore, we are to make up, by taking every opportunity of trading to advantage for the future.

The inestimable value and right improvement of time are, therefore, the subjects suggested to our meditations by these words of the apostle; in the prosecution of which let us consider, why time should be redeemned, and how it may be redeemed.

Time, little as men account of it, is the most choice and precious thing in the world.

" The iner"chandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.” And this God seems to have pointed out to us, by the very manner of his giving it, so different from that in which he vouchsafes his other gists. For, whereas he is graciously pleased to bestow many of them upon us in large quantities, so that we can keep some store of them by us, with time it is not so. Of that there is but a moment in the world at once, which is taken away when another is given. If therefore the value of a thing rises in proportion to its scarceness, what shall a man give, or rather what shall he not give, for the redemption of time, which is thus dealt out by Heaven, like some rich and invaluable cordial, in single drops, to the end, doubtless, that not one of them should be suffered to fall to the ground? We take no account of time, but by the loss of it; the clock which strikes, informs us-not that we have so much in our possession, but that so much is gone froin us; for which reason it hath been styled "the “knell of a departed hour,” which rings out for the

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