PAUL I A STRAIT. BY REV. JOH SUMMERFIELD, A.M.THE AUTHOR'S LAST SERMO. Philippians, i., 23. — I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart and to be with Christ, which is far better. one ever expressed more ardour of desire for the taber- nacle than David : " As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so longeth my soul after thee, O God !" " Wo is me that I sojourn in Meshech, that I dwell in the tents of Ke- dar !" And shall Christians, strangers, pilgrims in a wil- derness, sigh less after their home ? — less for that " city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God?" — » weary of dwelling in Meshech? — So Paul — though in a strait between the two, yet, when he consulted his own inclina- tion and interest, it was to die. Let us consider, I. The object of his wish — death with the happiness following — " to depart and be with Christ." II. His disposition with regard to it — with vehemence— " Having a desire to depart." III. The reason of his desire — the great advantage — > "far better:' I. The object of his wish, &c. The death of the believer is only a departure to go and rejoin himself to Christ. Death so considered should not be an object of fear, but of " de- sire." How different the views of men on the subject of death : to the infidel, annihilation ; to the man of the world, a cruel separation from all he holds dear ; but to the Christian it is only a departure to be with Christ.