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chosen thee to be a special people to himself, above till people that are on th.- sace of the earth. And . they shall call: them the holy people, the redeemed 'os the Lord." This is the reason why they are iejtvomtnated saints, or holy. The term implies, that hey are cleansed by the Mood and spirit of the Sa'iour, to be an holy people both in heart and lise.

Insinite wisdom and goodness have devised means ussiciently essicacious to renew and sanctify the most impure. "Come, now, and let us reason together, '* faith the Lord: Though your sins be as scarlet, "they shall be white as snow; though they be red "like crimson, they shall be as wool." How deplorable the condition of those to whom this is addressed! They are characterised as^ a sinsul nation, a people laden with iniquity; " a feed of evil-doers, ** children that are corruprers, who have forsaken: "the Lord, and provoked the Holy One of Israel."

Sin is the great cause which excludes creatures from the savour of their Creator, and draws upon? them innumerable evil's. It renders the lise of the sinner miserable, and his death awsul. Before men can either enjoy God's savour here, or be sitted for the immediate visions of his glory hereafter, their fouls must be purisied by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost: they must be washed in the blood of the Lamb. Hence, David, the man according to God's own heart, was wont to pray, " Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, K and cleanse me from my sin. Create in me a clean "heart, O' God, and renew a right spirit within ** me."—He remembered what God said to Israel; "Ye shall sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; "for I am Holy."'

When John was savoured with a vision of the redeemed, who stood before the Throne, and before the Lamb v he beheld them- arrayed in white robes* with palms in their hands; and was informed, that 2 K 3 they they were washed and made white in the blood os tie Lamb. All, therefore, who sincerely hope for immortal lise, will purify themselves, as God is pute.

Cut, not only are the saints purisied from the desilement of sin and vice; holy principles are implanted in their fouls, and that assemblage of Christian graces, which constitutes their likeness to their heavenly Father. They are not only counted of the family of God, by adoption ; but they are indeed his children, being formed after his image, and made partakers of the Divine nature, having God dwelling in them, and they in God.

As rays unite to form a bright luminous splendour j so, justice, truth, mercy, love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, saith,. meekness and temperance, unite in persect harmony, and constitute that holiness, which is the delight of the saints and saithsul in Christ Jesus. A holy life, corresponding to those fruits of the Spirit, completes the character of those who are saints.

This truth is consirmed by the psalm before us. It begins with a display of that love, which glows in the heart of all the saints, and which powersully constrains them to that obedience which is sincere, cheersul, and uniform. Hence the resolution to »A before the Lord in the land of the living. It was the Almighty's command to Abraham -t " Walk besore "me, and be thou pef sect and it is the sixed determination of every true saint, to walk before the Lord unto all pleasing; to walk as in his presence, and under his omniscient eye; and that not on a se w particular occasions, and at stated times only, but regularly and uniformly through their whole lives. Thus,-those virtues and internal graces, not only beautify and id' orn the foul, but serve to produce obedience in those whom the Lord hath set apart for himself, aud redeemed to be a peculiar people, zealous c.*good works

In this manner, their saintshi{. rorld, and holiness to the Lord esK ;h ar act er. This holiness is not foun\ Iraint, nor does it depend on the seeblt* iportate heart; but is established by the h. in Almighty Redeemer, in whose sight, t\^ Is well as their lise, is precious. \

This leads me to the second general head rourfe, which was to shew in what respects their death is precious in his sight.

II. It was sin that brought death into the world; and which, though eventually a blessing to the saints, is a formidable foe, from which human nature shrinks with aversion. This psalm, therefore, celebrates the goodness of God in delivering from death; and contains a prayer, that the lise which he had so graciously preserved, might for the suture be spent in his service. This remarkable preservation of the psalmist's lise, was the reason of the observation in the text; that " precious in the sight of the Lord is the death * of his saints."

Their death is precious in his sight, in that he is pleased often to bless them with length of days, and to bring them to the grave in a good old age, as a shock of corn comes in his season. The sons of violence and strise frequently rise up against the saints of God. But, their lise and all that is dear to them, are deposited in his hands as a sacred trust; he forsaketh them not in any case, and in his sight their lise as well as their death is precious. He redeems their fouls from deceit and violence, and .will not permit their blood wantonly to be shed: nor will he bring them to the grave, till death, to them, become great gain.

Old age is in a peculiar manner promised to the saints. "They shall inherit the earth, while the "wicked, who are in great power, and spread them** selves like a green bay tree, shall be cut down like "the grass, and pass away."—" The Lord knoweth


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"the days of the upright: they shall dwell m the ** land, and the persect shall remain in it: bat the "wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the "transgressors shall be rooted out of it."

The death of the faints is precious in the^ sight »f the Lord ; because, by it, he oftentimes delivers them from the evil to come. "The righteous perisheth," faith the prophet, ** and no man layeth it to heart j "and mercisul men are taken away, none consider"ing that the righteous are taken away from the evir "to come." The faints are the pillars of the world, and their death portends evil to the place and nation in whichtheyhave lived. There were not ttn righteous perfons in Sodom, and dreadsul ruin came. The eatth itself is preserved for their fakes; and ** when the "Lord cometh out of his place, to punish the in"habitants of it for their iniquity," the faints are removed by death, that they may not be the fad spectators of such diresul calamities. Thus, Hezekiah comforts himself, that he should not live to see the Babylonish captivity, which was foretold by the pro* phet Ifaiah: u Good is the word of the Lord, faith "he, which thou hast spoken."'

I would not prefage ilt to the country, nor to the 1 Church of God. But, when we consider the many heinous and presumptuous sins of this nation, the efforts of profanity to defeat, of insidelity to reject, and of dissipation to elude the force of religion upon the mind; the strange inconsistency between the belief and practice of many; and the present daring licentiousness, and violation of all orderamong a certain class of men, whose prosperity seems to destroy them : When we consider those things, those signs of the times, the stoutest-hearted of us all must tremble at the consequences.' Have we not just reafon to dread the judgments of offended Heaven, and that the faint departed, whose death we this day lament, is taken away from the evil to come, which perhaps we may

live live to see ?" Help, Lord, for the godly man ceaseth; "for the faithsul fail from among the children of "men."

Again, precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of his faints: because, he deprives death of its sting, and encourages them in the moment of departure to commit their spirits to his care, and rely with considence on his ability to fave to the uttermost all those who sincej-ely believe in his mediation. They are at all times his peculiar care: but, then, his almighty arm is stretched out in a particular manner to support them: and with that voice which caHetl alt nature into existence, he bids .them not sear, for He is with them; even He, who has the keys of death and of the unseen state in his hand, who himself has encountered the King of terrors, and who knows what support they need in the dying hour. It was on this account that David sung with triumphant joy, " Though I walk through the valley of the "shadow of death, yet will I sear no evil j for thou art ** with me, thy rod and thy staff they comfort me."

Many tender scenes indeed are presented to the mind of a dying faint! The very idea of death must affect more or less even the gayest heart: It cannot be dressed out in any form that will reconcile the reflecting mind to pass it by without the senfations of folemnity and awe. The pallid dejection, pining grief, and anxious care of tender connections, with whom it is painsul to part, cannot prevent the gradual approach of the last inevitable hour*

In his last moments the faint experiences that his death is precious in the sight of God. This gracious promise, replete with every comfort, fortisies him against desponding sears, and brightens his foul with a ray of hope, when this world darkens on his view. Sympathising angels hover round his departing spirit, ready to conduct it to the realms of glory. That benevolent Saviour, who himself trod the thorny • - path*

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