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of these, they are often found, though in palaces, to be restless and wretched. Oh! how disconsolate is the condition of the man, who, though always present with his maker, yet finds no joy nor satisfaction in his presence! Though every particle of matter is actuated by this almighty being; though nature, through all her works, proclaims his wisdom, power, and goodness, unutterable; yet the man who is a stranger to divine love, views all this wonderful scenery
"With a brute unconscious gaze." Thompson.
He tastes none of that sacred joy which these things were meant to inspire. The divinity is with him and in him, and every where about him, but is of no advantage to him. It is in fact the fame thing to him as if there were no God in the world.
Happily different is the condition of the man who loves the great author of his being! When that divine passion, (the foul's true light) is set up in our hearts, the scales of blindness fall from our eyes, the (shades of night fly far away, and God, the blessed God, stands confessed before our admiring view. Tho* we cannot behold him with the eyes of sense, yet, we can feel his presence, we can taste and see his adorable perfections which shine so brightly on all his glorious works.
When we consider the infinite host of stars which adorn the evening skies; when, enlarging the idea, we cone template another heaven of funs and worlds rising still higher, and these again enlightened by a still superior firmament of luminaries, overwhelmed by such an immensity of prospect, we scarcely breathe out—" Eternal God! what is man that thou art mindful of him, or the Son of Man that thou regardcji him!"
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When, leaving these amazing scenes, we contemplate other parts of the divine dominions; when we walk through the fields and observe his wondrous workmanship in the touring trees or humbler lhrubs 5 in the gentle rill or majestic flood; in the birds winging their airy flight, or perched on branches warbling their melodious lays; in the peaceful flocks grazing their simple pastures with herds of nobler cattle; or, in the swarms of gilded insects that, with ceaseless buzz, and vigorous motion, present their golden wings to the fun. In these, in all his infinitely varied creatures, we fee, we admire, we adore the great creator.
The man whom love has thus taught to correspond with God, enjoys the most delightful and improving society. In the deepest solitude where others are depressed, he is happy, because he knows that he is with the greatest and best of
beings: beings: and when his earthly friends have withdrawn their agreeable company, he returns with still superior pleasure to that of his heavenly.
Divine love adds greatly to our happiness, because it disposes us to rejoice in every thing that seems connected with the honor of God. His Sabbath, his house, &c. become objects of our most hearty love and delight.
We live in a country, where one day in every week is set apart for the public worship of God. To the man who loves not his maker, this disposition of the seventh day is not very likely to be pleasing. As he is not a religious man, it is more than probable that he is a man of the world, a man of business or pleasure; and in either case the Sabbath must be unwelcome, as it is an interruption, and indeed a clear loss of one day's pleasure or profit in every week. A loss, which in the course of years must grow to be very serious: For, if we take fifty, (the number of tasteless and unprofitable Sabbaths in the year,) and multiply those by sevcnfy, (the years in a veteran's life) we shall find that it will amount to eight or ten years. Now, out of so short a life as threescore and ten, to be obliged to spend eight or ten years in lounging, moping, tiresome Sabbaths, must appear to men who have their interests and pleasures at heart, a heavy tax, a great drawback. Surely such men would give their thanks; nay, I suppose, would chearfully vote the thanks of all Christendom to him, who should put them in the way to make the Sabbath the most agreeable day in the week. Let us love God, and the work is done. We shall then rejoice that there is such a day, because our hearts will then approve the purposes for which it was appointed. A day that is taken from the cares of a short