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many places where the scripture preaches the justification of the ungodly, of being saved freely, or by faith alone, but he thinks and sings,
How glad am I that thou so loving art,
What should I do!
May we all experience the care of our Good Shepherd, the faithfulness of the Holy Ghost, and the tender love of the Father to our own eternal welfare, and to the honour of the Lamb; to whom with his Father, and the Holy Ghost, be praise for evermore. Amen.
AN HYMN: ;; 1. I LORD, the prodigal have been,
to My substance I have spent in sin;
And, naked, mourn my misery.
I've lost, and all my righteousness;
Reduc'd and made a stranger here, i Nothing but filthy rags I wear.
3. With men I oft have sought to join,
'Tis empty all, and vanity.
4. For heavenly bread I pant, I pant!
I know I now begin to want :
5. My Father's servants happy are,
While I the sinner perish here:
6. I'll rise, and, wretched as I am,
I'll cry to him for whom I came;
7. Behold a sinner, Lord! I'll say,
Thy son, who lately went astray;
8. See me,-though far from thee, and run
To meet thy poor returning son:
9. Bring the best robe, thy righteousness,
And let my feet be shod with peace :
10. Let all thy children now above,
Rejoice at thy redeeming love;
11. Grant this, my Father, and my tongue
Shall mingle with the blessed throng..
12. I dead in sin remain'd, till God ..
Redeem'd my soul from death by blood,
THE SYROPHENICIAN:, OR, A PATTERN
OF INVINCIBLE FAITH.
Matt. xv. 28.
O woman! great is thy faith, be it unlo thee even as
THESE gracious words of our Saviour were spoken
to a poor woman, a gentile of Canaan, who having found him preaching near Tyre and Sidon, desired him to heal her daughter, who was possessed of an evil spirit; and after some time, when she had met with several repulses from the disciples, and some trials from our Saviour himself, and yet continued her intreaties, Jesus answered her in these words, and sent her away rejoicing.
I look upon the whole history as a most instructing and profitable part of the scripture, and as a pattern of invincible faith ; and I think all relations and accounts of this sort are delivered down to us with this view and intent, that we may be stirred up and encouraged thereby to inherit by faith the pronrises of God, after their example who are gone before, and through their mercy obtain mercy. O may that God, whose mercies endure for ever, make it a blessing to us this day, when it becomes the matter of our consideration, and teach us so to believe in him, that he may also once say to