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Love to Ordinances.

Love to Ordinances.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY JAMES SMITH



A day in thy courts is better than a thousand.
PSALM hxxiv. 10.
BY JAMES SMITH



A day in thy courts is better than a thousand.
PSALM hxxiv. 10.

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LOVE TO ORDIACES.BY JAMES SMITHA day in thy courts is better than a thousand.PSALM hxxiv. 10.OE know the value of the ordinances of thegospel, but those who are deprived of them. Butthey are always highly esteemed by every trulyspiritual person, and in proportion as the mindis spiritual will ordinances be prized. They willnot be put in the place of Christ, or made a sub-stitute for fellowship with God ; but they willbe valued as means of grace, as the meetingplaces between God and the soul. The healthyman is naturally hungry at meal time, and seeksthe food provided and placed on the table for him ;so the healthy Christian, hungers for the breadof life, and goes to the ordinances with appetiteto feed on the Lord Jesus Christ. The child wholoves his parent, and enjoys his company, will besure to remember the time fixed for meeting withthat parent ; so the child of God when influencedby love to God, will be sure to go where Godhas appointed to meet him, and hold communionwith him. When we see Christians absentingthemselves from the meetings of the Lord's peo-ple, or habitually coming late to those meetings,we may be sure that the soul is not in a healthystate." Lord," said David, " I have loved the habi-LOVE TO ORDIACES. 215tation of thy house, and the place where thine
 
honour dwelleth." And how did, -he manifesthis love ? By-regular and early attendance whenhe could, and by ardently longing to do so whenhe could not. "A day in thy courts," said lie," is better than a thousand ; I liad rather be 'adoor keeper in the house of my God, than to,dwell in the tents of wickedness." And again," One thing have I desired of the Lord, that willI seek after ; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold thebeauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple."Once more, "Blessed is the man whom thouehoosest, and causestto approach unto thee, thathe may dwell in. thy courts : we shall be satisfiedwith the goodness of thy house, even of thy holytemple." ow reader, do these portions ex-press the feelings of your soul ? Do you go upto the Lord's house as to the place which of allothers you love most ? Does your regular andearly attendance, both on Lord's days, and onthe week day evening services say, " I love theLord's ordinances, and prize them above gold?"Or, does the irregularity of your attendance, andyour late appearance among the saints say," These ordinances are not of much account, weshould be almost as well without them as withthem ?" Remember, they were instituted by aninfinitely wise, and infinitely gracious God. Hesaw they were necessary for us, and in his lovelie ordained them to benefit and bless us. Toneglect them, is to. insult him. To desoise them,216 LOVE TO ORDIACES.is to grieve him. To allow any trifle to keep usfrom meeting him in his house, is to grieve hislove and wound his tender heart. He says, " Letus meet together in my house." The time is
 
fixed, the hour arrives, and he is present ; but weeither neglect altogether, or come long after thehour' appointed. If this is not insulting him, isit not very much like it ? If we had made anappointment with any one, and were thus keptwaiting, and we knew that it was only sometrifling matter that was allowed to he the occa-sion, how should we feel ? Should we act sotowards an earthly friend? Should we thustreat our earthly sovereign ? Indeed we shouldnot. Can we then justify our conduct towardthe King of kings, and Lord of lords ? I shouldthink not. And yet how many, how very many .professors act thus. Many church members,who could if their hearts were set upon it, neverenter the house of prayer except on the Lord'sday, and sometimes only once then. They nevermeet with the saints for prayer, or to attend tothe business of the church. They never comeout to hear a sermon on the week day evening.Is it any wonder if their souls are lean from dayto day ? Is it any wonder, if they become cold,carnal, and worldly ? Are we surprised that theyhave no relish for savoury, experimental conver-sation ? Indeed we are not surprised, but weshould be surprised if they had. Such cannotsay, " Blessed are they that dwell in thy house,they will be still praising thee."t/OVE TO ORDIACES. 217Header, how is it with you? The presentstate of things in God's church, calls upon everyone to examine himself, and to ask, is it anything in me, or in my conduct that has grievedthe Holy Spirit, and caused him to withhold hisinfluences and his blessing? How is it thenwith you ? Do you prize the ordinances as you

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