guilty land completely removed 7 Is his angerturned away, and his hand, stretched out nolonger? Have our citizens, br^eaking off theirsins by repentance, returned to him from whomthey have deeply revolted ? From his judgmentswhich are abroad in the earth, do they ap-pear to have learned righteousness 7 And has theSpirit of grace shed down the large effusion of his quickening and purifying influence? Wouldto God, my brethren, that facts could warrant aprompt and exulting affirmative. But truthobliges us to confess, with blushes, that we havelittle reason to boast of rectified principle andnew obedience. We are still a sinfid nation, apeople laden icith iniquity, a seed of evil-doers ;children that are corrupters ; we have forsakenthe Lord ; we have provoked the Holy One of Israel to anger ; we have gone airay hackicard.87It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not con-sumed. But this cannot supersede the necessi-ty, nor lessen the propriety, of thanksgiving. Itis rather one of the most cogent reasons for sing-ing aloud of his mercy. Besides, we are to con-sider, that within a short time the procedure of holy Providence, contrary to our most distressingfears, hath, in matters intimately affecting ourhappiness, assumed a more favorable aspect.Therefore, although we are not authorized toconclude that the Lord is pacified towards us forall that we have done, yet we may and oughtto utter abundantly the memory of his good-ness; we may and ought to thank him, andthank him publicly, that he hath not dealt withus after our sins^ nor rewarded us according to ouriniquities.