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VI. erful God of the universe ; for alas! who can deliver from his hands? The whole assemblage of created beings can make no resistance against him. Consider this Divine Power, all ye

who forget God, left be tear you in pieces, while there is none to

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The Justice of God.

REVELATION XV. 3.

Just and true are thy ways, thou King of

saints.

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has all power and dominion, we cannot but have the most exalted and awful thoughts of him ; but when we reflect farther, that he is of a moral character, that he regards the happiness of all his creatures, and always acts towards them in righteousness and truth, this is much more interesting to us, and give us a still more affecting view of him; it is a just matter of praise and thanksgiving, that we are under his equitable government, that he over-rules all for the best and most benevolent purposes, and that all rational agents may join with the heavenly company described by St. John, in their song of praise, in the words of the

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of saints.

These words are part of that form of praise and thanksgiving, which the martyrs and saints are represented to have, after they were delivered from their persecutions and troubles in this life, on account of their faith and religion. It is called the song of Moses, because it is to the same purpose, though not in the same words, with that which he composed after the deliverance of Ifrael from the Egyptians, at the Red Sea. St. John says, he saw them that bad

got the vi&tory over the beast, and over bis image, and over bis mark, and over the number of his name, having the harps of God; and they sung the song of Moses the servant of God, and the fong of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty, just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints! When those blessed spirits had finished their course, and got beyond all their troubles and uneasiness here, they faw clearly the Justice and reasonableness of God's government; they had a more extensive view of the divine scheme, and they plainly discovered that nothing could be wanting to carry on the infinitely wife

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purposes of providence for themselves, SER M. and for the general good. In this state indeed, (such are the mists and clouds that obstruct our sight), we imagine difficulties and objections to the Justice and government of God, which a clearer and more enlarged view would dispel and difsipate. But nevertheless, we may always see so far into the nature of things, and discover so much of the perfection of God, that we may certainly conclude, he is infinitely just and true in his conduct to the children of men. It is remarkable, that in the text, the Almighty is stiled King of saints ; which seems to signify, that though he has a dominion over all his creatures, he has a more particular and amiable sway over his saints; that he is their king by their choice and willing subjection ; that wiile others resist and rebel against him, they gladly submit to his righteous government, and he defends and takes care of their happiness. Jus and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

To be just and true among men, fig. nifies to give to every one what he has a reasonable claim to, regarding the common utility; or to distribute rewards and

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