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tion and heat of blood expofes you to many fatal difeafes. As many die in youth as in other periods of life. God may take away your breath every day and every hour just at his pleafure. Now as this is the fituation of every individual, what an argument of irresistible force is it to induce you to remember your Creator and your fouls in the days of your youth.
If you are not disposed to attend to religion now, there can be no future period of life, in which, if left to yourselves, you will be more, or even fo much inclined to this duty. If motives and arguments can have any influence, these are as strong and powerful now, as they can be at any time hereafter. The reafons drawn from the uncertainty of life-the commanding authority of God--the preciousness of the foul-the importance of falvation; and your own intereft, are all as weighty and forcible now, as they ever will or can be. These can never increafe. But it is an awful and alarming fact, that your indif pofition to attend to religion increases daily through every period of life. Your years grow not faster than the hardness of heart, blindness of mind, and stupidity of conscience. This From the native alienation of the arifes from various causes. foul from God; the longer it continues unreftrained, the ftronger it becomes. It arifes also from the force of fenfual The pleafures and from the nature of a worldly temper. more fuch pleasures are indulged, the greater power they ac quire. The longer our attachments to the world are indulged, the greater the difficulty to renounce them. This fatal temper likewife gains ftrength from the delufive and fascinating hopes of a more convenient feafon for engaging in religion. This prefumption is always of a growing nature. The longer we put off the concerns of our fouls, the motives for fo doing accumu late, till death clofes the fcene and all is loft forever. Hence collecting all confiderations into one view, youth will never have a more convenient opportunity or a better difpofition for the remembrance of your Creator, if left to yourselves, than the prefent. "Now is the accepted time, now is the day, of
**falvation." You must enter upon falvation now, or it is probable you never will. Weigh the arguments placed before you; if these cannot influence you at prefent, it is certain their impreffions will become weaker every day. Then think for a moment what is likely to be the confequence. That you must make your bed in everlasting forrows. God only can turn the heart from youthful pleafures and finful amufements and form it by his grace for his love and service, therefore be intreated to remember your creator in the days of your youth. The effectual grace of God in your repentance and converfion, fhould be improved by you as an irrefiftible argument to cause you to remember him.
This fubject will clofe with a few obfervations on the mo tives in our text employed to excite young people to this great duty, the remembrance of God and their Saviour. Remem ber," while the evil days come not nor the years draw nigh, "when they fhall fay, I have no pleasure in them." By evil days is generally and rightly understood times of ficknefs, calamity, pains and death. Perform this duty, make your peace with your Maker, embrace the Redeemer, relinquifh fin, and engage in the ways of piety in the prime of life. These things are to be done while you are young. They ought not to be postponed for a day. Evil days are fast hasting on, in which we will find no pleasure. God is long fuffering and grants space for repentance. And it concerns all to attend to it immediately and prepare for their latter end. Old age will advance and thefe will be years of unpleafantnefs. Barzillai could not then relish any of the delights of fenfe. There you will be loaded with infirmities, palfies, pains and weakneffes of a thousand forms; your ftrength will become labour and forrow. We shall have then parted with the most of our dear friends and relations, and the refidue may have become wearied of us. This is a tormenting feeling. It is worfe than the pangs of death. With not to be old, but wish to be good. Become
truly religious, "then if you live you will live to the Lord, " and if you die you will die to the Lord, fo that whether you live or die you will be the Lord's." Bleffed are the youth who are the favorites of heaven and united to Jefus. Confider how grofs the abfurdity, and how base the ingratitude, to give our strength and the flower ofour days to Satan, and to hope that God will accept the dregs and refuse of life. This will be offering the torn, the lame, and the fick for facrifice, which will furely be rejected. How can we expect God will support and comfort us in age, when we ferved him not while we were young. Precious was the experience of the Pfalmift when he could fay, "O God "thou haft taught me from my youth; now alfo when I am "old and grey-headed, forfake me not."
An argument to enforce religion upon tender minds, is taken in ftrong figurative expreffions from the luminaries of heaven and the clouds of the air. "While the fun, or the light, or "the moon, or the stars be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain." All thefe bright luminaries become dim to the aged, through failure of fight and all the powers of nature. Their understandings, memories and all their faculties fail. The beauty and pleasure of all these things are paffed away. Then the clouds return after the rain. No fooner is one cloud blown over than another fucceeds; thus the aged are no fooner relieved from one difeafe and pain than they are feized with another. Their ailments are like a continual dropping in a rainy day. Let all thefe things be placed together to engage youth in an early attention to religion. The commandment of your bleeding Saviour is, "Seek first the kingdom of God and the righteousnefs "thereof." And thofe that feek me early fhall find me. "Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while "the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh when thou "fhalt fay, 1 have no pleasure in them; while the fun, or the "light, or the moon, or the ftars be not darkened, nor the * clouds return after the rain.”
Is it not a melancholy thought that any of you fhould perish
Is not the thought tranfporting that you should all enjoy the felicity and glories of heaven forever?
O that it might be a portion of my biifs to behold you in the celeftial world! That you might fee me there as you now do in this facred desk, and that I might behold you in these happy regions, as I now behold you before me. Then bleed minister-happy children and eternally glorious youth.
Pfa. cxix. 9. Wherewith fhall a young man cleanfe his way ? By taking heed thereto according to thy word.
THE holy fcriptures are the fource of all divine wisdom and faving knowledge to the children of men. They are profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for inftruction in righteoufnefs. They are of the most extenfive fpiritual ufe, containing all things neceffary for to know and believe concerning God, ourfelves, the way of falvation for finners, and the graces, virtues and duties for acquiring the fame. They are perfectly calculated to difplay the character of God, the holiness of the divine law, the evil and turpitude of fin, the recovery of finners through the atonement and interceffion of Chrift, the way of faith and obedience, and to rectify and reform what is amifs in the foul. So that the man of God or the true Christian may be thoroughly furnished for the per formance of every good work.
This excellent Pfalm fhining with peculiar luftre among all