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The Christian's Chief Desires.

The Christian's Chief Desires.

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BY REV. C. SIMEON, M. A.




Ps. cxix. 132, 133. Look thou upon me, and be merc'ifid unto
me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name.
Order my steps in thy word : and let not any iniquity
have dominion over me.

BY REV. C. SIMEON, M. A.




Ps. cxix. 132, 133. Look thou upon me, and be merc'ifid unto
me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name.
Order my steps in thy word : and let not any iniquity
have dominion over me.

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THE CHRISTIA'S CHIEF DESIRES. BY REV. C. SIMEO, M. A.Ps. cxix. 132, 133. Look thou upon me, and be merc'ifid unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name. Order my steps in thy word : and let not any iniquity have dominion over me. TO many, the Psalms are less interesting than most other parts of Scripture, as having in them a less variety of incident whereon to ingraft instruction, as also a less measure of plainness in the instruction they convey. But, whatever may be wanting in them in these respects, it is more than compensated by the piety of sentiment and ardour of devotion which 427.] THE christian's CHIEF DESIRES. 437 which pervade them all. If other parts of Scripture add more to our stock of knowledge, this produces a more elevated tone of feeling, and, if deeply studied, tends in a pre-eminent degree to bring the soul into communion with its God, and to prepare it for the enjoyment of the heavenly world. Let us but get the spirit of the Psalmist in the prayer before us, and we shall have no reason to complain that we were not amused with curious speculations, or edified with matters of deep research. Our business on the present occasion will be quite simple, namely,
 
I. To explain the petitions here offered — Two things the Psalmist here implores of God ; 1 . The manifestations of his mercy — [Mercy is that which every Child of Adam needs : he needs it too, not merely for some particular violations of God's law, but for every action of his life : there is iniquity even in his holiest things: his very tears need to be washed, and his repentances to be repented of. Hence he must from the very beginning to the end of life, and in reference to every moment that he has lived, implore mercy at the hands of the heart-searching God In this request he sets, as it were, before his eyes all the instances of mercy which God has shewn to his most-favoured people from the foundation of the world. We may indeed under- stand his words as a general kind of plea taken from the wonted goodness of God to others : and then this petition will accord with that offered in another psalm, *' Remember me with the favour which thou bearest unto thy chosen ; O visit me with thy salvation^!" But there seems here a more specific reference to some particular exhibitions of God's mercy in the days of old ; multitudes of which must of necessity present themselves to his mind, whenever his attention was directed towards them. What mercy had God shewn to Adam, in promising a Saviour to him, instead of inflicting on him the judgments he had so deeply periled ! What mercy to Abel also, in giving him such manifest tokens of his favour ! To Enoch also, in affording him such constant access to him, and in translating him to glory, without ever suffering him to taste the bitterness of death ! In like manner his mercy to oah, in delivering him from the deluge which overwhelmed the whole world beside; and to, Abraham also, whom he admitted to all the familiarity of a most endeared friend. These, and many other instances, we may suppose to have been =* Ps, cvi. 4, 5.
 
438 PSALMS, cxix. 132, 133. [427. been in his mind, when he proposed them to God as patterns of the mercy which he himself desired to partake of. This is' the true way in which every Child ot .God should pray. From all that God has done for his saint'i in former times he should take eucomai^oment, and should enlarge his expectations to the ulusost extent that the >acred Records authorize. God is the same gracious and almighty Being in every age: and ^vhat he has done for one he may do tor another: and though he may not vouchsafe to us precisely the same interpositions as he did to others, he will as far as our particular occasions nav call for them : and we are enemies to ourselves, if we do not open our mouths wide, and ask all that our situation and circumstances can require.] 1. The communications of his grace — [He desired to be delivered, not from guilt only, hut from the power and dominion of sin also. This desire was with- out reserve : he wished not to retain " any iniquity," how- ever pleasant or prohtable, or even justifiable it might be in the eyes of an ungodly world. In this he approved himself sincere and upright : and in this, every true Christian will re- semble him — • But in order to this, he begged to be guided altogether by the Oracles of Truth. The Word of God is the only standard of right and wrong : if we follow any other directory, we shall err : if we adhere to that, vve cannot but fulfil the will of God. This is the constant declaration of God himself''; and it accords with the experience of his people in every age^. Happy would it be for us, if we would study the Scriptures with this paiticular view. We are not disposed to undervalue speculative knowledge : but that which is practical is infinitely to be preferred. The Scrip- tures are given us as a " light to our paths" in general, and as " a lantern" in every particular case, when we know not where

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