zed by Google 100 SERMO VII. US. He does not openly or palpably concern him- self, or declare how he feels disposed, respecting what is going on here. Even when the most heinous provocations are calling aloud to heaven ; God is still retired, withdrawn, secret, and invi- sible. Hence it arises, that men's notions of the Divine nature, are so infinitely various. o fixed standard is laid down : no common object is pre- sented, by which their judgment can be brought to agree, upon this all-important point. The volume of Scripture is, to the unawakened mind, scarce less indefinite, than that of nature. In both, materials are supplied, from which each individual can form a combination for himself: and out of these, we are, instinctively, led to frame such a notion of God, as may best suit the peculiar temperament of our several characters of mind. Hence the justice of that charge, which lies against the wicked, in my text ; " Thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself." And hence that universal law, by which a correspondence will be always found, between the worshipper and the object which he worships ; between what each individual discovers in himself, and what he thinks of God. But how can they, to whom it is given, in a Scriptural sense, to know the Lord, presume that the Being, whom they have learned to worship in spirit and in truth, is such an one as themselves ?