dained to hold communion with them, boldly addressedthe Divine Majesty, and, under the specious form of thanksgiving, poured forth the pride and uncharitable-ness of his heart. The publican, we are told, stood afaroff; and, though his face was turned towards the mercy-^eat, yet, conscious of his unworthiness, he would notso much as lift up his eyes unto heaven, but smitingupon his breast, as the seat of his disease and pain, fromwhence he despaired of fetching any relief, he as it wereflies from himself to the God of all grace, and gives ventfo his penitent and humble hope, in these few but em-phatical words, " God be merciful to me a sinner." Butthe nature of true humiliation will more fully appearfrom the salutary purposes for which it is intended;"which was theSecond thing I proposed to illustrate; and hence like-wise we shall discover how necessary it is, in order toour regaining that happiness we have forfeited. And,I. It is of use to disgrace and mortify carnal self,that usurping idol which sits on the throne of God, andreigns in the heart of every natural man. Herein liesthe essence of man's apostacy. He is fallen from Godto self. Dissatisfied with the rank which God had as-signed him, he attempted to break loose from the Au-thor of his being, and to seize upon knowledge, immor-tality, and happiness, without any dependance upon thehand that formed him. This my brethren, is the originaldisease of our nature; in this consisteth the sinfulnessand the misery of man. He lovcth himself supremely,SERMO LVI. ggihe liveth to himself ultimately : the genuine language of his heart is, " Wiio is the Lord, that I should obeyhim?"