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Sermon on Psalm Twenty Five

Sermon on Psalm Twenty Five

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SERMON ON PSALM TWENTY FIVE

BY W. J. STRACEY


" remember not the sins and offences of my youth; but lucording to
thy mercy think thou upon me^ O Lord^ for thy goodness."

Psalm xxv. 6.

SERMON ON PSALM TWENTY FIVE

BY W. J. STRACEY


" remember not the sins and offences of my youth; but lucording to
thy mercy think thou upon me^ O Lord^ for thy goodness."

Psalm xxv. 6.

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SERMO O PSALM TWETY FIVEBY W. J. STRACEY" remember not the sins and offences of my youth; but lucording tothy mercy think thou upon me^ O Lord^ for thy goodness."Psalm xxv. 6.n^HIS psalm appears to have been composed by Davidin some time of trouble — perhaps, as has been sup-posed, during his flight from Jerusalem, when his ownson Absalom rebelled against him, and the king fledbefore him. I can well remember one of the mostexcellent men of our own times,* telling me that, ina season of great trial and trouble to himself, he hadfound more help, and comfort, and consolation in this25th Psalm than in any other. It has been difl&cult tome to select any verse in particular from it, as a textby itself; and I have chosen this one simply becausewe must all feel how necessary a prayer it contains forus all to use, whatever may be our age now, or our stateof heart. We cannot, my brethren, I am sure, look back to our early life without seeing and feeling how muchof aU we are and do now is the result of habits formed,♦ The late Rev. J. H. Finder, canon of Wells.THE HARVEST FROM THE SEED, 2/1of sins resisted, or of sins yielded to, in our earlier years.Childhood is in almost every case the parent of the fuU-growu man. We know how thoughtless children areapt to be, how little they look to consequences, howmuch they build upon the present moment, how fewthoughts they ever bestow upon the future characterand course of their life. They little think that from
 
their tenderest years they are sowing the seeds whichare to spring up and grow in years to come, and tobring forth good fruits for the great harvest, or onlytares for the burning. But so it is surely with everyone of us. What we are as children in the great out-lines of our character, and temper, and habits of life,that we remain through all the long after years, whenthe faces which smiled upon our childhood have allpassed away. It is this thought which invests with suchsupreme importance the earliest years and the firsttraining which a child receives. o doubt the know-ledge of this to His aU-seeing eye was one reason whyour Lord said to His disciples, " Take heed that ye de-spise not one of these little ones." We might say. It isonly a child; we need not care whether it receivesChristian instruction and Christian training so youngor not ; a few years hence will do to think of such thingsfor it ; as yet let it run wild, and take its chance in theworld. But if in the child we behold the future man,such a thought disappears at once. Is it not below thelevel of the ground that we dig out the foundation of 2/2 PSALM XXV.a building, and lay it strong and deep, knowing that if we were to begin to build upon the surface, our highwalls would fall as soon as the first stonn fell uponthem ? And so, too, in higher works than any whichman accomplishes, in all the natural world around us,the same rule prevails — all will be well in the end if all is weU done at the first, or at least if all is weU inthe end it is almost invariably because all was welldone at first. Exactly so is it with each one of us. Ourmanhood is the reflection of what our childhood was inits leading characteristics, in almost every instance. Ido not say but that it is in the power of all of us greatlyto alter ourselves, as we grow on in years and know-ledge, for better or worse ; or rather I would Say that
 
we all cto greatly alter from year to year, whether weknow it or not ; still, our original self underlies in mostparticulars all we still are. We may be cultivating ingreater extent the gifts of grace and virtue which we atfirst possessed and were endowed with, or we may stillbe correcting the particular form of sins which beset usyears ago : or we may be doing exactly the reverse of this, diminishing in grace and goodness, and yieldingourselves more completely to our besetting sin ; still, inmost of us the origin of both courses lay in us at ourfirst, and in most cases we are but going on as we atfirst began. Well, then, if we look back to years whichare gone beyond recall, when we feel now, as we didnot then, the importance of our early habits of life, ourS/S AD OFFECES OF MY YOUTH. 27$diligence or our neglect, our piety or our forgetfulnessof Grod, our purity of heart and life, or our self-indul-gence in unholy things, who is there amongst us whoneeds not and desires not to pray in the words of mytext: **0 remember not the sins and offences of myyouth; but according to thy mercy think thou uponme, Lord, for thy goodness" ? K we have had anybeginnings of goodness planted in us by the Holy Spiritof our God, surely we must all feel how far higher wemight now be standing in God's sight, how far fitter forthe life beyond the grave, if we had but loved, andserved, and honoured Christ our Lord more than wedid in our first years of life ; or if, alas ! our old sinsstill have their old power over us, if we are weak, andtJiey are strong, how much of this result is surely to betraced to those first yieldings of ourselves to the firsttemptations we were conscious of.And I think, my brethren, we must most of us beconscious of this, that though good and evil have grownup in us, as we ourselves have grown, noiselessly and

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