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On the Duty of Holing the Righteous in Remembrance

On the Duty of Holing the Righteous in Remembrance

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BY REV. GEORGE BUIST, B, B.


Psalm 112, Verse 6.
" The righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance."
BY REV. GEORGE BUIST, B, B.


Psalm 112, Verse 6.
" The righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance."

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O THE DUTY OF HOLIG THE RIGHTEOUS I REMEMBRACEBY REV. GEORGE BUIST, B, B. Psalm 112, Verse 6. " The righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance." Righteousness, in the language of scrip- ture, denotes general worth or excellence of character : To it is ascribed whatever belongs to religion or holiness. He that is righteous and shall be had in everlasting remembrance is described in this Psalm as fearing God, de- lighting greatly in his commandments, up- right, gracious, full of compassion and charity. Sometimes, indeed, the sense of the expres- sion is limited, and tlie righteous are compared and contrasted with those who are distinguish- ed by goodness. Thus, in the well known illustration of the grace of God in the salvation SERMO Xr. tgi of men, the Apostle observes, '* scarcely for ^* a righteous man will one die, yet peradven- ** ture for a good man some would even dare ** to die." But, in general, and excepting comparisons and distinctions of this kind, by riglueousness is meant whatever belongs to a perfect character. Persons of this character shall be in ever- lasting remembrance. This expression must also be understood in a sense limited by the temporary duration of all human affections
 
and pursuits. The time of our sojourning here is but short, and the survivor, in whose memory the good man lives, shall himself soon pass away and be forgotten. A few illus- trious characters, whose lot enabled them to perform great exploits, and to act a distinguish- ed part on the theatre of the world, may live for ever in the page of history, and receive the praises and the blessings of all future genera- tions of men. But with regard to the great bulk of mankind, even the pious, the upright, and the good, their love and their hatred and their envy soon perish, and, in a little time, the place which once knew them shall know them no more. The Psalmist, therefore, means that the memory of the righteous shall 196 SERMO XI. not speedily be effaced from the hearts of those who knew and valued their integrity and worth, but shall be often and long recalled with sentiments of honour, gratitude, and af- fection. In illustration of this subject, I propose to inquire, 1. By whom the memory of the just is blessed, and held in respectful and grateful remembrance. ti. Why we ought to hold the righteous in everlasting remembrance, and 3. i^or^; we shall most properly and effec- tually perpetuate the remembrance of the righteous.
 
I. We are to inquire by whom the memory of the just is blessed, and long held in respect- ful and grateful remembrance — and I. Good men are held in everlasting re- membrance by their own family : for by them the benign influence of their good qualities was most sensibly felt. In them the memory of their virtues was mingled with the warm sentiments of natural affection. To them the loss of their love, their services, their example, is the severest deprivation. The affectionate partner of their lives, who, for a long course SERMO XI. 197 of years has been in the habit of imparting mutual assistance and consolation, whose in- terests were necessarily interwoven with theirs, whose happiness was greatly, I had almost said wholly, in their power, who best knew their good qualities, who witnessed that piety and charity which modesty concealed from the publick eye ; on them doubtless is made the most lasting impression of the virtue and affection of the partner who is gone down to the dust ; to their memory the venerable image is often present ; in their ears the lisp- ing accents of their common offspring are eloquent ; the features of the deceased per- petuated in the children who survive, recall and renew that respect and gratitude and affec- tion which tbe living failed not to command, and suffer not the memorial to perish from their breast. To the children also of worthy and affec-

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