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rivers before youth, of which many drink but are never fatis. fied. Youth in this world with to have happiness under their controul, but soon their show of independency on God will be over, and sipping at created cisterns must fail. They must feel, or they will feel comfort no more, “ That from him “ Springs fulness of joy." If, my precious youth, you plunge into the ocean of iniquity, you are lost, you are damned forever.
Fourthly, this remembrance implies a folemn enquiry how you stand with your creator, your Saviour and your God. Is it peace or war, friendship or enmity ? My dear young friends, you know not the import of this enquiry. Have you repented of fin, fled to the blood of Jesus for deliverence-are you humbled for original and actual tranfgreffion, and are the wonders of divine mercy all the ground of your hope ? Attend to the character of God, his holy law, the exceeding great evil of fin, and the only method of recovery through the atoning merits of Jesus Christ. The washing of the blood of the Redeemer is as necessary for the young as the old. By this blood you must be cleansed, and in the faith of it, you must hop for eter. dal life. Would to God, the scriptural declarations respecting these important matters might be effectually impressed on every young and tender mind. However few your years, these are the essential terms of eternal life, you must repent and believe the Gospel. “All men are commanded every where to repent, " the young as well as the old, the youth in all the flower of “his bloom, as well as the man of grey hairs." There is no exception here, all must repent or perilh. Our Lord's deci. Lon is, “ Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” Sô likewise faith enters into the essence of salvation. Eternal life by the constitution of heaven, is infallibly chained to faith, . and eternal damnation to unbelif and impenitence. The sum of all religion which our Lord delivered to his disciples, when he fent them forth to preach the gospel to every creature, is this, «He that believeth and is baptised shall be saved," but
how tremendously awful is the 'reverse part of wacis commiffion ? Who can pronounce it without horror, It should strike terror into every soul, “He that bem « lieveth not shall be damned.” Wherefore let the counsel in the text be powerfully felt by every youthful mind, as a mat. ter of the first and highest importance. « Remember thy Cre" ators in the days of thy youth.” Remember the character of the Lord of universal nature ; he is not a man, he is not a weak and impotent creature, but the Creator of the ends of the earth, whose arm is full of power ; his look shakes the earth to its center; his anger makes the pillars of heaven to tremble ; the hills melt and the mountains escape from before him. Wherefore my beloved children, “ Acquaint yourselves so with him and be at peace, and thereby good shall come un66 to you."
I proceed to the second part of this discourse, to endea. vour to inforce the duty on every young and tender mind. It is impossible in the range of a narrow discourse to pass the limits of our text. The field of reason and the extent of reve. lation upon this subject, the life of a Mathufalah could not exhibit.
First, the state of your birth is recommended to your confideration; that you have come into the world, shapen in fin, and brought forth in iniquity, and your fir entrance into existence is under the character of children of wrath. It is an awful thought for recollection, that you are by nature guilty and obnoxious in the fight of unstained purity. This is the fundamental reason of circumcision, baptism and the dedica. tion of children to God. The declaration of heaven is on the one hand, “That by one man's disobedience many were made « finners. That the judgment came upon all men to con« demnation ; all are under the curse," and the demands of justice rests upon the children who have never finned after the fimilitude of Adam's tranfgreflion, as well as others. And on
the other hand, all must repent, from the youngest to the oldest, and turn unto God in the way appointed.
Secondly, the remembrance in the text, seems to imply a natural disposition of unmindfulness of God. Were we born with a right temper, it would be as natural to love God, obey his commands and avoid what he forbids, as to exhibit delire for food and drink. That our first appearances of a&ion are not to love and serve God, are certain evidences, that our natural propenfities are wrong, wherefore upon this fupposition we are called upon to remember our Creator while we are young. And this remembrance implies every temper, exercise and duty which constitutes real piety and true reli. gion. Wlierefore, let children and youth who would wish for happiness and the favour of God comply with this divine counsel.
Thirdly, remember, while you continue in your native and wicked temper, God cannot be your friend, but enemy. * is angry with the wicked every day. If they turn not, he * will whet his sword, he hath bent his bow, and made it rea"dy." Therefore you are liable, however young, while re. maining impenitent and unbelieving to be turned into hell with all that forget God. While this is your character, no. thing keeps you from this awful doom, but the wonderful patience and forbearance of God. He most furely has power enough ar.d provocation enough to send you to perdition every moment you remain out of Christ. There is the greatcit reason therefore that you should remember your Creator in the days of your youth..
You know not, my dear friends, but that you may die young. You have no more security for life, than the most aged person loit ering under the burden of many years and in. ármities. This is a truth the young can hardly be persuaded to feel or believe, Nay, the very ftrength of your constitu. tion and heat of blood exposes you to many fatal diseases. 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 plea. sure. Now as this is the situation of every individual, what an argument of irresistible force is it to induce you to remember your Creator and your souls 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 so 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 reasons drawn from the uncertainty of life--the commanding authority of God--the preciousness of the soul-the importance of salvation ; and your own intereft, are all as weighty and forcible now, as they ever will or can be. These can never increase. But it is an awful and alarming fact, that your indirposition 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 Aupidity of conscience. This arises from various causes. From the native alienation of the foul from God; the longer it continues unrestrained, the stronger it becomes. It arises also from the force of sensual pleasures and from the nature of a worldly temper. The more such pleasures are indulged, the greater power they acquire. The longer our attachments to the world are indulged, the greater
the difficulty to renounce them. This fatal temper likewise gains strength from the delufive and fascinating hopes of a more convenient season for engaging in religion. This presumption is always of a growing nature. The longer we put off the concerns of our souls, the motives for so doing accumu. late, till death closes the scene and all is loft forever. Hence collecting all considerations into one view, youth will never have a more convenient opportunity or a better disposition for the remembrance of your Crtator, if left to yourselves, than the picfoni. "Now is the acccpied time, now is the day, of ** Ialvation." 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 present, it is certain their impreffions will become weaker every day. Then think for a moment what is likely to be the consequence. That you must make your bed in everlasting sorrows. God only can turn the heart from youthful pleasures and sinful amusements 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 conversion, hould be improved by you as an irreliftible argument to cause you to remember him.
This subject will close with a few obfervations on the mos 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 cone not nor the years draw nigh, “ when they shall say, I have no pleasure in them.” By evil days is generally and rightly understood times of fickness, calamity, pains and death. Perform this duty, make your peace with your Maker, embrace the Redeemer, relinquish 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 hafting 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 these will be years of unpleasantness. Barzillai could not then relish any of the delights of sense. There you will be loaded with infirmities, palfies, pains and weaknesses of a thousand forms ; your trength will become labour and forrow. We Thall have then parted with the most of our dear friends and relations, and the residue may have become wearied of us. This is a tormenting feeling. It is worse than the pangs of death. With not to be old, but with to be good. Become