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Devotion to God Recommended and Enforced.

Devotion to God Recommended and Enforced.

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BY REV. C. SIMEON, M. A.



Ps. xcv. 6 — 11. come, let us worship and bow down, and kneel
before the Lord our Maker. For he is our God ; and we are
the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To- day y
if ye will hear his voice, harden not your heart, as in the pro-
vocation, and as in the day of temptation in the luilderness,
when your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work.
Forty years long ivas I grieved with this generation, and said,
It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known
my ways : unto ivhom I sware in my wrath, that they should
not enter info my rest.

BY REV. C. SIMEON, M. A.



Ps. xcv. 6 — 11. come, let us worship and bow down, and kneel
before the Lord our Maker. For he is our God ; and we are
the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To- day y
if ye will hear his voice, harden not your heart, as in the pro-
vocation, and as in the day of temptation in the luilderness,
when your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work.
Forty years long ivas I grieved with this generation, and said,
It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known
my ways : unto ivhom I sware in my wrath, that they should
not enter info my rest.

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DEVOTIO TO GOD RECOMMEDED AD EFORCED. BY REV. C. SIMEO, M. A.Ps. xcv. 6 — 11. come, let us worship and bow down, and kneel before the Lord our Maker. For he is our God ; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To- day y if ye will hear his voice, harden not your heart, as in the pro- vocation, and as in the day of temptation in the luilderness, when your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work. Forty years long ivas I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways : unto ivhom I sware in my wrath, that they should not enter info my rest. I the former part of this psahn, the Jewish peo- ple, for whom it was composed, mutually exhorted each other : in the latter part, God himself is the speaker : and the manner in which this latter part is cited in the Epistle to the Hebrews, shews, that the whole psalm is as proper for the use of the Christian, as it was of the Jewish, Church. The peculiar cir- cumstance of its consisting of a mutual exhortation is there expressly noticed ; and noticed with parti- cular approbation : " Exhort one another daily, while it is called To-day''." This hint the Compilers of our Liturgy attended to, when they appointed this psalm to-be read constantly in the Morning Service, as in- troductory to the other psalms that should come in rotation : and, as being so appointed, it deserves from us a more than ordinary attention. In discoursing upon it, we shall notice_, I. The exhortation — [The proper object of our worship is here described. As addressed to the Jews, the terms here used would fix their atten-
 
tion on Jehovah, as contra-distinguished from all false gods : but, as addressed to Christians, they lead our minds to the Lord Jesus Christ, who is " God with us," even " God over all, bles^sed far evermore." He is our Maker', for " by him were all things created, both which are in heaven and in earth **." He is "the good Shepherd, who laid down his life for his sheep," and who watches over them, and preserves them day and night'" Him then we must worship with all humility of mind, *' bowing down, '¦"¦ Heb. i;i. 13. '' John i. 3. ' John X. II. Heb. xiii. 20. Ezek. \xxiv. 11 —10. 401.] DEVOTIO TO GOD EFORCED. 323 down, and kneeling before him." At Iiis hands must we seek for mercy, even through tlie all-atouing sacrifice and from him, as our living Head, must we look for all necessary suppHes of grace and peace O come, let us thus approach him ! let us do it not merely in the public services of our Church, but in our secret chambers ; and not occasionally only, but constantly; having all our depen- dence upon him, and all our expectations from him.] That this exhortation may not be in vain, we in- treat you to consider, II. The warning with which it is enforced — [The Jews who, in the wilderness, disobeyed the heavenly
 
call, were never suffered to enter into the land of Canaan. In the judgments inflicted upon them, they are held forth as a warn- ing to US'*. Like them, we have seen all the wonders of God's love, in delivering us from a far sorer than Egyptian bondage. Like them, vi^e have had spiritual food adiin'nistcred to us in rich abundance in the Gospel of Christ. And if, like them, we harden our hearts, and rebel against our God, like them, we must be excluded from the heavenly Canaan. They by theii* obstinacy provoked God to exclude them with an oath : O that we may never provoke him to " swear that we also shall never enter into his rest !" That we are in danger of bringing this awful judgment on ourselves is evident from the intimation given us by the Apo- stle Jude^, and yet more plainly from the warnings which ^t. Paul founds on this very passage*^- Let us then " hear the voice" of our good Shepherd, ere it be too late. Let us " grieve him" no longer but let us turn to him with our wliole hearts Caleb and Joshua were admitted into Canaan, because " they followed the Lord fully:" let us follow him fullv, and we shall certainly attain the promised rest.] After the example of St. Paul, we would with all earnestness caution you against, 1. Unbelief— [The .lews believed neither the promises nor the threateninga of God, and therefore they perished. Let us beware lest we fall after the same example of unbeliefs, if we will not believe that we stand in need of mercy to the extent that God has declared, or that the service of God is so reasonable and blessed as he has repre- sented it to be, or that the judgments of God shall infallibly come on all who refuse to serve him, there is no hope : we must perish, notwithstanding all the offers of mercv that are sent to us : for " the

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