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living God. As the hart panteth for the waterbrooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God." *
I'inally, the true christian is enabled to view things by an eye of faith, and as fuch, is directed and determined what to chuse, and to pursue.
66. We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not feen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” Thus, “ by faith, Moses, wherr he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; choosing rather to fuffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt: for he had respect tothe recompence of the reward." The eye of faith overlooks all the glory of this world, and lays its honour in the dust. It draws a veil over the world's deceitful charms, and contemplates heavenly objects in their native luftre and
* Other refuge have I none;
Hangs my helpless foul on thee;
Lord, support and comfort me!
trust on thee is stay'd,
beauty. Faith realizes the things of the kingdom of God, and as such, is the victory which overcometh the world. It looks within the veil, takes the dimensions of the heavenly inheritance, surveys the celestial country, and forms a proper estimate both of things below, and things above, and engages and directs the soul to make a proper valuation of the one and of the other. A christian's life is a life of faith. He walks by faith, and not by sight and sense. Faith quickly discerns how little the objects of sense can contribute to folid happiness, and that the favour of God alone is the life of the fou. In his favour is life.
Vain earthly delights
No more I desire,
My wifhes aspire;
My portion and choice;
My soul shall rejoice.
The world I resign,
And all it can give;
Securely I live.
Having gone through the do&trinal part of our subject, we shall next endeavour to apply what has been advanced.
The Subject applied by Way of Information. IF F the reader is pleased to review the foregoing
pages, he will find, that by the favour of God we understand, his kindness in a way
of common providence, the peculiar instances of his goodness, the distinguishing acts of his grace, and the com, fortable enjoyment of his special love. This is denominated life, as it is the cause, the object, the regulation, and the end of a pious man’s life. We have considered the subject with respect to a sinner's first conversion, his being led into the'way of peace, and brought into a state of acceptance with God through Jesus Christ. We have observed. that divine favour restores us from a backsliding state, supports 'us under every kind of affliction, and fortifies our minds in the near approach of death. We have considered, that from the favour of God proceeds a life of justification, of sanctification, of perseverance in grace and holiness, and of glorification after death. We have finally remarked the reasons why God's children put such a value upon his favour as to account it life. Their minds are divinely illuminated, their wills and affections are fan&ified, they have tasted that the Lord is graK
cious, and their estimation of things is not after the flesh, but by faith. If the reader will favour us with his serious attention, we shall now endeavour to apply what has been advanced. And that, first, by way of information.
It appears from what has been said on this im. portant subject, that life is a rich mercy. It must be so, since it is the production of God's favour. In his favour is life. It is that good thing by which the Psalmist illustrates and exemplifies the favour of God. He does not say, In his favour are to be enjoyed wisdom, riches, health and kind relations; but, In his favour is life. Though those are great mercies, yet life is greater. Natural life is a fundamental blessing. If that is suspended, or taken away, all the comforts of life cease. Nature defires a perpetuation of its being, and shudders at the thought of its dissolution. Satan, the father of lies, can sometimes speak truth, as he did when he said, “ Skin for skin, and all that a man hath will he give for his life.”. It is owing to the favour of God that we have any being, though we are attended with many afflictions, and rank with the lowest of his reasonable creatures. Existence is what the Sovereign of the universe did not owe us. “ I will sing unto God," said David, as long as I live; I will sing praise ưnto my God, while I have