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obtain new favors is to praise the Lord for favors re-
ceived. Perhaps, if you consider his goodness, he
will consider your wants.



you are a pa: rent, and one child is converted, but there is another concerning whom you say, “O that he might live before Thee !" Go now and bless the Lord for the conversion of the first, and it is very likely he will give thee occasion shortly to keep another day of thanksgiving for the salvation of the other. Some of us are sick. Perhaps it is because we did not praise the Lord for health. We forget that benefit. We do not forget our sickness.

Nor is there any lack of desire in us to get well. We

We pray for recovery. And so we should; but it strikes me that we might get well sooner were we to dwell with less grief and despondency on our loss of health, and to contemplate with cheerful and grateful admiration what God has done for our souls—the great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins; and how he spared not his own Son, that he might spare us; and gives us now his Spirit, to be in us the earnest of heaven, our eternal home. If we were to think such thoughts, to the forgetfulness of our bodily aliments, I judge it would be better for the whole man, body and soul both, than any other course we can pursue. If the affliction should still continue, we should count it light, aye, should rejoice in it, because it is his will, and because he says he means to make it work our good.

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There is nothing glorifies God like praise. "Who. so offereth praise, glorifieth me.” Ps. 50:23. Prayer cxpresses dependence and desire; but praise admi. ration and gratitude. By it men testify and tell all abroad that God is good, and thus others are persuaded to "taste and see that the Lord is good.” Praise is altogether the superior exercise of the two. Prayer may be purely selfish in its origin, but praise is ingenuous. Praise is the employment of heaven. Angels praise. The spirits of the just made perfect praise. We shall not always pray, but we shall ever praise. Let us anticipate the employment of heaven. Let us exercise ourselves unto praise." Let us learn the song now, “O that men would praise the Lord for his goodness.” But above all, “ let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds." I charge thee, my soul, to praise him, and he will never let thee want matter for praise.“ While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being."

7. Do you remember Christ?

I know you cannot help thinking of Christ sometimes. His story is too extraordinary to be heard once and never again remembered. There is also

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much which we daily see and hear to remind us of
him. Doubtless you often involuntarily remember
him; but do you voluntarily, and of choice, remem-
her hiin? Do you ever, by an exercise of volition,
recall the memory of him? He is sometimes in-
truded into the society of your thoughts, but do you
ever invite him there? Do you ever say, “ Come
now, let me think of Christ ?" I doubt not you do
this also. You voluntarily remember—you call to
mind his incarnation, his miracles of mercy, his
doctrine, his example, his resurrection; but do you
particularly remember his death ? His death was
the main circumstance in his history. Do your
thoughts, passing from the manger along the track
of his sorrowful story, fasten on the cross?
May I ask, moreover, with what

you remember him? Whether it is a mere intellectual operation, or one in which the heart is conjoinedThere are recollections which pass across the mind without ever stirring the most easily excited emotions of the heart. Is your recollection of Christ of this kind? or do you feel while you think of him? Do your affections move in the line of your thoughts, and collect about the same centre? Jesus ought to be remembered with the heart. We should feel when we think of him. You say, perhaps, “I do not only mentally, but cordially remember Christ.” But do you remember him practically ? Do you do any thing in remembrance of him? It is customary not

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only to remember, but to commemorate great benefactors; and that not merely by speaking of their benevolent exploits, but by some appropriate acts. Do you this with respect to Christ, that greatest, best of benefactors ?

Perhaps you answer: "I do many things out of regard to the memory of Christ. His precepts generally I endeavor to obey." That is all very well; but do you that which he appointed, or requested to be done in remembrance of him, on that “same night in which he was betrayed ?" Some do not. Even some who profess respect, and indeed love for Christ, do not! It is strange, but so it is. They remember Christ in their own way, but not in his way. They do some things in remembrance of him, but not that which he said " do." I wonder they do not adopt his way. I cannot help suspecting their love when I see they do not. It always appeared to me that such a benefactor as Christ ought to be remembered in his own way—that he deserved to have the privilege of saying how he would be remembered ; and that sinners, whom he died to save, should remember liim in that way, even though it should not seem to them the most appropriate and reasonable manner of commemorating him. I do not know how it strikes others, but so it always struck me; and I confess I take the bread and eat it, and I put the

cup to my ips, primarily, because he said, "Do this."

The question about the usefulness of visible me

morials, and the suitableness of these memorials, I am content that he should settle. I know


well that if there be no natural adaptation in these memorials to do me good, he can connect a blessing with them. It is my part to obey him. It is enough for me that


Savior inclined to this mode of be. ing remembered, and expressed such a wish: the least I can do is to comply with it. He did not ex, press a great many wishes. It is an easy yoke he calls us to take-a light burden to bear. I cannot help regarding it as unkind, that this one wish of Je. sus should not be complied with; and especially when I consider what a friend he was-what a benefactor! I use the word benefactor--but those who are ac. quainted with the etymology of the word, know it does not express all that Christ was. It implies doing out of good will to others; but his benevolence was not satisfied with benefaction: he suffered-he died for others. Strong as death-stronger was his love! And consider, too, the circumstances under which this wish was expressed-when it was, and where. All his wishes, I think, should be complied with; but this was his last. He was going to suffer-he was to die in a few hours: and such a death too! and for them of whom he made the request, that they might never die. And the request was touching his death. He desired it might be commemorated as he signified. Oh, to think that such a wish should not be complied with the tender re

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