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degree, which appears to be but little understood, or experienced, by the bulk of mankind.
The man who does not feel that the pleasures of intellect are higher and greater than the pleasures of sense, betrays great want of just taste and feeling; and it is from a want of this just taste that many persons are averse to reading the Scriptures, and those excellent sermons with which our language abounds. For as the Scriptures and these sermons treat on the noblest subjects, whenever there is a correspondent feeling, and a true and genuine taste in the mind for the sublime, it will naturally take pleasure in seeking its congenial gratification; therefore when a person finds no pleasure in the perusal of the Scriptures, or a wellcomposed sermon, it is not only a sign of a culpable Want of zeal in his religion, but it is a sign of his want of true taste, that he is a slave to vulgar prejudice, and that he either does not, or cannot judge correctly and properly of his duty or his happiness; especially as men of the sublimest genius, and of the most acknowledged taste, have ever exercised and gratified their minds by the perusal of these writings.
I shall conclude this treatise in the following emphatic words, four times repeated by the pious and inspired writer of the 107th Psalm ; “O that
men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and “ for his wonderful works to the children of men !"
being fully convinced, that, without a constant observance of this holy practice, no ardent or radical love of God can penetrate or prevail in the heart of man; and that every human being, who will daily and deeply employ his mind in this grateful exercise, will adopt the most effective way possible to establish in his heart genuine piety towards God, and genuine benevolence towards man; the constituent causes both of the utmost perfection and of the utmost happiness of the human character. By a daily observance of this pious practice, of praising God, and contemplating his wonderful works to the children of men, so pathetically recommended by the inspired writer, such a train of ideas will be associated in the mind, as will unavoidably lead it to make a just appreciation between the fleeting enjoyments of this world, and the permanent ones of another and a better. And at the same time that this appreciation will, nay, must influence the soul to set its affection chiefly on that state of being, in which, through the goodness of God and the merits of Jesus Christ, it will for ever be permitted to be in the presence of God, and to partake of those pleasures which are at his right hand for evermore, it will likewise induce him to recollect, with the greatest thankfulness, the number and importance of those various instances of love and affection, which its gracious Creator continually
confers on man in this life, by permitting him to partake of all those innocent gratifications of sense and intellect which are so liberally set before him. With deep susceptibility and ardent gratitude for this indulgent conduct of his heavenly Father, he will daily express the feelings of his heart, in the animated and energetic language of the pious Psalmist; “ I will extol thee, O God, my King; “ I will praise thy holy name for ever and ever. " I will praise thee, O my God, whilst I have “ my being."
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