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GRATITUDE TO GOD FOR HIS BENEFITS.

GRATITUDE TO GOD FOR HIS BENEFITS.

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Ps. Ixviii. 19,20. Blessed he the Lord, who daily loadeth us
with henejits, even the God of our salvation ! He that is
our God is the God of salvation ; and unto God the Lord
helony the issues from death.

Ps. Ixviii. 19,20. Blessed he the Lord, who daily loadeth us
with henejits, even the God of our salvation ! He that is
our God is the God of salvation ; and unto God the Lord
helony the issues from death.

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GRATITUDE TO GOD FOR HIS BENEFITS.
BY CHARLES SIMEON
Ps. Ixviii. 19,20. Blessed he the Lord, who daily loadeth uswith henejits, even the God of our salvation ! He that isour God is the God of salvation ; and unto God the Lordhelony the issues from death.GIO.J GRATITUDE TO GOD FOR HIS BENEFITS. 497THE service of God is beneficial to the soul, notmerely as bringing clown a divine' blessing upon us,but in that it prepares and attunes the soul forfurther services. David had been carrying up theark to Jerusalem, to place it in the sanctuary onMount Zion. And novi^, having already celebratedthe praises of Jehovah for his dealings with hispeople in former ages, and for the present ceremony,as typical of the Messiah's exaltation after he shouldhave completed his work on earth; and having depo-sited the ark in its proper place ; he bursts forth intogeneral acknowledgments of God's mercies to hispeople, and devout ascriptions of praise to him, forall the wonders of his love.Now^ we. Brethren, have been engaged in the holyservice of worshipping our God. But shall we besatisfied with that ? No : I would have that serviceto be a preparation for a still further honouringof God, whilst we contemplate with devoutest ad-miration,
 
I. The blessinsfs with which he has loaded us —And here I might expatiate on the temporal bene-fits which are poured out upon us daily, in the richestabundance; I might enumerate the various comfortsthat are ministered to us, in all the works both of creation and providence. But the inspired commentwhich we have on this passage leads our mind to farhigher benefits, even to all the blessings of redemp-tion. St. Paul quotes the words before my text, anddeclares them to have been fulfilled in the ascensionof our blessed Lord and Saviour, and in his bestow-ment of spiritual blessings on his Church''.Let us contemplate, then,L The ordinances of his grace —[This is the first thing mentioned by St. Paul in the passageto which I have referred: " He gave gifts unto men : he gavesome, apostles ; and some, propliets ; and some, evangelists ;and some, pastors and teachers ; for the perfecting of the saints,for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of a Eph. iv. 7, 8, 11, 12, 13.VOL. V. K K498 PSALMS, LXVIII. 19, 20. [610.Christy till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the
 
knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto themeasure of tlie stature of the fulness of Christ." And is thisbenefit confined to the apostolic age ? If we have not Prophetsand Apostles, have we not pastors and teachers ? And if wesee not thousands converted at a time, do we not still see theChurch augmented and edified in the midst of us ? Yes : wehave the same doctrines preached to us as were delivered in thedays of old, and the same blessed effects produced by them :and it becomes us to be duly sensible of this mercy, and tobless our God for it from our inmost souls.]2. The gift of his Spirit —[This, you know, was the immediate consequence of ourLord's ascension : he poured out his Spirit both on his disciplesand on his enemies, on the day of Pentecost ; for the instructionof the one, and the conversion of the other. And though weno longer have the Holy Spirit in his miraculous powers, havewe not still his enlightening, sanctifying, and comforting energiesexperienced amongst us? Many, 1 trust, who are here present,can attest, that the Spirit still accompanies the word, and makesit " sharper than any two-edged sword," and effectual for theends for which God, in his tender mercy, has sent it^. Evenwhere it has not yet wrought for the conversion of the soul,it has, in ten thousand instances, striven with us, to bring usto repentance. Perhaps, amongst us all, there is not one whohas not felt his motions within him, and heard his graciouswhispers, saying, " Repent, and turn unto thy God." For this,then, we have also reason to adore our God : for, next to thegift of God's only dear Son to die for us, is the gift of his HolySpirit to dwell in us, and to impart unto us all the blessingsof salvation.]. 3. The knowledge of his Son —

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