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And she stood at Jesus' feet behind him weeping, and began to wash
Dost thou believe on the Son of God? .............
WAITING ON GOD.
HAB. ii. 3.
Psalm cxlii. 4,
SERMON XII. "
ACTS iii. 8. And he, leaping up, stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple; walking and leaping, and praising God......... 80
MARK xiv, 8.
...i 88 SERMON XIV. THE LAST PASSOVER.
LUKE xxii. 11, 12. Where is the guest chamber, where I shall eat the passover with iry disciples? And he shall show you a large upper room, furnished.. 97
LUKE V. 8.
MATT. ii. 8.
for the young child : and when ye have found him, bring me word
2 Cor. v. 20. We pray you, in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God............ 116
2 Tim. iii. 2.
JOHN viii. 9.
......... 136 SERMON XX. EXCELLENCE OF THE LAW
PSALM cxix. 60. I have believed thy commandments.. ...................... 145
PSALM cxxxix. 23.
Search me, oh God, and know my heart : try me,
and know my thoughts.
| HIS excellent Psalm, so descriptive of the greatness and majesty, glory and excellency of God, concludes with a pathetic address to him : Search me, oh God! Do it thoroughly: search into my actions, and all their springs; into the temper of my mind, and every crevice of my soul. Take full cognizance of me: examine me as an artist does his work, to see whether there be any flaw or defect in it; as a physician does the pulse, or a surgeon the wounds of his patient; as a merchant his book of accompts, or a shopkeeper his stock in trade. Try me, as we try gold in a balance, or by the touchstone; or as candidates for honour and preferment, to see whether their talents be equal to the station they are designed to occupy. Thus Daniel and his companions were tried before they stood in the presence of the Persian monarch. It is added : and know my heart-know my thoughts. Not that God could be ignorant of either; for he is the searcher of hearts, and knows our thoughts afar off; but the meaning is, that by enlightening our understanding, awakening our conscience, by the instrumentality of his word, and the agency of bis Spirit, he would make both known to us.
The petition in the text is suitable at all times, and to all conditions and characters; but especially,
(1.) To young converts, who are doubtful of the truth of their convictions, the soundness of their conversion, and the sincerity of their graces. They were formerly confident and credulous: they are now fearful and jealous. Their frames being so fluctuating, and their counforts so unabiding, that they are sometimes greatly distressed lest they should be mistaken, and rest in the form of godliness instead of the power-pass for believers now, and be found amongst hypocrites at the last day.
(2.) To recovered backsliders. Such was David himself. He had fallen into great sins; and though assured of his pardon, yet he might look upon the news as too good to be true: nay, finding so much sin and corruption remaining in him, he might be jealous of a relapse; or fear that the wound being slightly healed, might break forth afresh, to the reproach of religion, and the dishonour of God. Hence the language of Job: That which I see not, teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more.
(3.) To those who are conscious of their own up.. rightness and integrity. The omniscience of God, which is a terror to wicked men, is a comfort to the sincere christian, who, though he knows nothing by himself, as Paul expresses it, that is, is not conscious of any secret indulged iniquity, yet is not satisfied therewith ; but desires lo submit himself to the scrutiny of that God whose knowledge is infinite, and whose judgment is always according to truth. Judge me, oh Lord; for I have walked in mine integrityExamine me, oh Lord, and prove me ; try my reins, and my heart. Psal. xxvi. 1, 2.
What I shall farther attempt from these words will be to shew what is implied in this request, and whence it might proceed.