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repel them: in other words, let them learn SERM. and labour truly to get their own living, and III. let them run with patience the race that is set before them.
ON THE OMNIPRESENCE OF GOD.
PSALM CXxxix. 2.
Thou art about my path and about my bed,
and spiest out all my ways.
Among the many reasons which men have SERM. to excite them to a life of piety and virtue, there is none which, if duly considered, would have more weight with them than the omnipresence of God. By the omnipresence of God I mean that perfection of his, by which he is immediately present to every part of the creation, and by conse.
SERM. quence intimately acquainted with every
thing, which is going forward.
« If we climb up into the heaven,” says
wings of the morning, and remain in the
It was the advice of a celebrated heathen
observing them; as, with such an idea, SÈRM. they would be ashamed of the commission
IV. of any thing which was mean' or wicked, and encouraged in the pursuit of whatever was honourable and worthy. Now if the bare imagination and faint persuasion of the observation of a good man were expected to have so much influence, what may not be looked for froin the consideration of the actual presence of God?-of that Being, before whom the highest orders of arch: angels fall down and worship, whom no máñ can see, and live !-of that Being, who not only views our actions themselves, but is intimately acquainted with the motives from which they spring !--of that Being, who is holiness itself, and of purer eyes than to behold iniquity! Surely if any thing can excite in us awe and reverence, and restrain us from the perpetration of wickedness, it must be an habitual recollection of the piesence of our Creator.