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OF EARLY RELIGION. Aim as GOD MY SAVIOUR; and may my m ipirit rejoice in him, with joy unspeakable and full
glory. While many of the young around me
"grasp seeming happiness, and find it pain;" hi ha court pleasure, and win perdition; may I obtain
solid peace, and rest, and happiness in thee, III. Lord, 'lift thou up the light of thy countenance
napon me, and cheer me with thy smile. Give sme, O my God, a humble assurance that I am Pelbine: 'and may I look backward with pleasure
on dangers escaped ; and praise thee, for bringing me from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to thyself. Number me with thy saints ; and by faith may I see Salem's golden Towers, and beaven's eternal mansions; may I behold the blood-bought crowns, the palms of victory, and robes of light, designed for those who follow Jesus, and who are faithful unto
death. Let me live, rejoicing in him as my w guide, my Saviour, my all; and let me die, by
the cye of faith discerning him waiting on the
uich the world knows not of; pleasures of which bey cannot partake; and may it be my meat and
ink to do my Father's will. Let me find in ey promises, consolations more valuable than a housand worlds. In serving and loving thee, in
drink to do Com by promis
214 MOTIVES FOR EARLY PIETY, FROM communion with thee, and in anticipating thy kingdom, may I taste, even in this world, some humble foretaste of the joy to be possessed hereafter.
Blessed Redeemer, I look to thee. To thee would I come, not merely for life, but for happi. ness also. May I draw water with joy, from the wells of salvation. Give me to drink from that fountain, of which thou hast said, Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him, shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him, shall be in him a well of water, springing up into everlasting life. May I partake of this water, and thirst no more; but feeling through thy grace, an ever-flowing spring of holy joy în my own soul, may I look with indifference on the boasted delights of a vain world. - Whatever happens to me, let not my heart be troubled; but believing in God, and believing in thee, may I find the light afflictions, which are but for a moment, working for me a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. Grant this, O thou most compassionate Saviour, to me, one of the most unworthy of thy creatures, and thine shall be the praise. Amen.
THE HAPPY CONCLUSION OF A RELIGIOUS LIFE A
MOTIVE FOR EARLY PIETY.
“And when the closing scenes prevail,
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Come then be his in every part, to the host Nor give him less than all thy heart.” if - $ 1. It is, my young friend, the peculiar ex. pribly cellence of religion, that its blessings yield most o di support, when that support is needed most. The . Kur humble Christian does not love a forgetful God, ke They whose strength and prime are devoted to ll mit deir Maker's glory, will experience his presence criou and support, when their flesh and heart fail; and
when death is at hand, to remove them to the pond eternal world. If you remember your Creator,
jer zün these your blooming days, he will remember 588 on: this kindness of your youth through all the scenes
terer of your following life, and when you come to lie - hull down and die. Death is approaching; and when
iba sublunary objects can yield you no support, memek God would remember that, in you, he had a child pro conflicting with the last foe; and you might, et comx with pleasure, think
“Though unseen by human eye,
Far within the vale of night." . Though death is naturally dreadfuf-to man, yet uroloo many of the young disciples of the Lord have :. passed, with calm composure, or holy joy, through a to dark valley to the realms of everlasting day.
2. You are called on to imitate those who, Wrough fuith, and patience, are inheriting the rites promises. Take then a view of the concluding i poene of the life of one, who in his youth became zeed; disciple of the Lord. Think not that in refer*ping you to the apostle Paul's departure, as an
216 DYING TRIUMPH OF THE APOSTLE PAUL. example of holy triumph over death, I refer you to that of too elevated a character. Like you, he was but man. Like you, was once a sinner. The same blood that washed away his sins, may blot out yours. The Saviour who was his all, is willing to be yours. The grace he possessed, you may obtain. The strength, by which he conquered, you may enjoy. The Spirit, that made a tem. ple of his heart, is willing to make one of yours. Though not called with a call miraculous as his, though not employed in labours important as those in which his life was spent, yet you may be dear to his Lord; entitled to the same supports and privileges; and an heir of the same blessings as he.
Long bad this blessed apostle been, like his Lord, a man of sorrows; and his years had been worn out in labours. At length the end arrived when he might take a farewell to earth; and he did so with a calmness worthy the heir of a better world. His triumphant language was, “I have fought a good fight; I have finished my course; I have kept the faith; henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord the righteous Judge shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” “I know in whom I have believed ; and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” The world he was about to quit, concerned him no longer. He could smile at its hatred, and pity its happiness. A brighter, a better, and an eternal scene lay before him. We may imagine him looking back on past scenes of suffering and labour; retracing in his thoughts many a weary step, and many a painful hour; and then raptu. ;
APOSTLES BLESSEDNESS OF PEACE IN DEATII. 217 er deubles rously exclaiming — “This is all over now; my acter. la course is finished ; the-victory is won; my danonze gers are passed ; I have kept the faith. In vain hit would earth or hell attempt to excite one fear, or as fiscale raise one doubt within my breast. I know in
whom I have trusted. I know that Jesus is my Linh kic, Saviour, and an eternal weight of glory mine. I What we know that God is my portion; heaven my home, intact and that a few more days will land mę safely
$ 3. O my young friend, let me tell you, and ment. A tell you seriously, that you must die, and unless with you obtain the consolations of religion, must
know their importance when too late. Think,
then, that thus, in your case, early piety might la disarm death of its terrors, and drive away the real cloud of gloom that hangs over the grave. Thus
i might you also leave this world of vanity, assured w of an interest in Jesus, and of everlasting rest. wherO happy, happy they who thus can die! happy
they who so peacefully depart in blooming
youth, or withering age, from scenes of sorrow, her or from scenes of comfort! still happy they, who
by die blessed in an unseen Saviour's love; and what soon to be blessed by a present Saviour's gracious
welcome to the abodes of glory! Happy they,
beyond all thought and all expression! beyond in the power of mortal tongues to tell, or of narrow
time to utter! Let the vain world keep its pos1. sessions ! let the fashionable and the gay enjoy
their short-lived gaiety, and quickly-ending plea.
sure! Let the wealthy exult in their stores, and Detta
the noble in their honours! these are not the Flappy. The solemn death. bed, where the hum.
ble, faithful disciple of Jesus has lain, has often ha afforded a happier spectacle than the most happy