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The Wisdom of True Piety.

The Wisdom of True Piety.

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Ps. cxix. 34. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy
law ; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.

Ps. cxix. 34. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy
law ; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.

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THE WISDOM OF TRUE PIETY. BY REV. C. SIMEO, M. A.Ps. cxix. 34. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law ; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. A SPIRITUAL discernment essentially differs from the mere exercise of our intellectual powers. A man may have the richest stores of human know- ledge, and the most discriminating faculty in various branches of science, and yet be under the dominion, the allowed dominion, of his own lusts and passions. But spiritual knowledge is always accompanied with gracious dispositions: and for the sake of its prac- tical effects alone is it to be desired. This appears from what St. Paul says respecting the intercessions which he continually offered before God in the be- half of his Colossian Converts : ** We do not cease," says he, *' to pray for you, and to desire that ye may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding ; that ye may walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing ^.'' In a fore- going part of this psalm it might seem, as if know- ledge » Col. i. 9, 10. VOL. IV. D D 402 PSALMS, cxix. 34. [420. ledge alone had been the end for which David desired a spiritual illumination : " Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law." But we see in our text, that he had far other ends in view : he longed for knowledge, only that he might have his soul the more enlarged by it
to run the way of God's commandments : " Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law ; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart." From these words we will take occasion to shew, I. How true wisdom will operate — The provisional engagement which David entered into was no other than what must necessarily result from an answer to his petition. If God give to any of us a spiritual understanding, we shall immediately begin, 1 . To keep his law — [Whatever God has revealed will he a law unto us. Has he bidden us repent P We shall humble ourselves before him in dust and ashes Has he enjoined us to believe in his dear Son ? We shall receive him into our hearts, and embrace him as all our salvation and all our desire Has he commanded us to obey his precepts ? We shall endeavour to search out his will, and to conform ourselves to it in all things What- ever temptations may assault us, we shall not suffer them to turn us aside from the path of duty. Whatever opposition we may have to encounter, we shall hold on our way, determined to keep God's law, yea, to "keep it to the end''." This alone is true wisdom '" ; yea, this is the first beginning of wisdom in the soul ^.] 1. To observe it with our whole hearts — [There are two things which a spiritual understanding will most assuredly teach us, namely, the beauty and excellency of God's law, and the folly of rendering to it a merely partial obedience.
To an unenlightened mind many of God's commands appear absurd : and men are ready to say of them, " This is a hard saying; who can hear it?" But, in the view of one who is taught of God, " there is no commandment grievous :" the scope of every thing which God has spoken, is, to produce the present and eternal happiness of his creatures : the language of every injunction is, Be holy, be happy To attempt to lower '' ver. 1 i2. * Job xxviii. 28. ^ Ps. cxi. 10. 420.] WISDOM OF TRUE PIETY. 403 lower any command to the standard of man's opinion, or of our own wishes, is seen to be the most horrible infatuation : for, if we can deceive man, we cannot deceive God : " to him all things are naked and open/' As he knows the extent of his own com- mands, so he knows the precise measure of obedience which we pay to them: "He weighs," not our actions only, but "our spirits" also. Hence a partial obedience is the same kind of folly as if a man should request permission to take a poisoned cup, because it was sweet ; or as if he should shut his eyes, and say, that no man can see him. Convinced of this, he begs of God to "put truth in his inward parts," and desires to be " an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile."] As from a root which is acknowledged to be good we may anticipate a corresponding produce, so from fruit that is excellent we may infer with certainty the goodness of the root. In proof of this we will proceed to shew, II. Wherein its operation will approve itself to every reflecting mind —

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