how soon and certainly they would be destroyed if left to their own control and guidance. Hence, intheir troubles, they cried unto the Lord ; and he mer-cifully heard them, and delivered them out of their dis-tresses, and led them forth by the right way, that theymight go to a city of habitation ; a place of permanentabode and rest and blessings, which God had preparedfor them.These remarks are a mere commentary on the text,which furnishes a history of the main points of theforty years' experience of the Israelites in the wilder-ness, from Egypt to Canaan. And what Christian canfail to see how close and striking the points of coinci-dence between their experience and that of the peopleof God now, and in every generation, in his dealings to-wards them, and their course from this world to the king-dom of heaven, the place which God has prepared fortheir eternal abode ! Inspired writers themselves haveoften referred to the one, to illustrate the other. Aprincipal reason for this is, that true religion is emi-nently practical. While it is founded on those greatSERMO XV. 251principles which are laid, and which produce a renovat-ing effect on the heart, they are designed to exert a con-trolling influence over the life. It does not consist ina system of doctrines, to be believed only ; in a creed,however correct. Such a system or creed is, indeed,necessary — is absolutely essential, whether in a formalmanner expressed or not. o man's conduct is likelyto be better than his belief, nor will be correct in thebelief of essentially erroneous sentiments. Correctevangelical views of Divine truth, however, will be in-volved in the course which I have prescribed to myself in the remarks to be submitted.